Sunday, January 30, 2011

WinterPRIDE, Whistler's gay and lesbian ski week, kicks off 1/30

WinterPRIDE, Whistler's gay and lesbian ski week, opened today (Sunday, Jan. 30) and runs through Feb. 6, 2011. Now in its 19th year, WinterPRIDE is one of the largest and most renowned gay ski weeks in the world.

With eight days of skiing and snowboarding aplenty, the apres snow menu is filled with dance parties, culinary events and heaps of entertainment. This year's headliners include New York's Last Comic Standing finalist Michele Balan and Drag Superstar Tyra Sanchez of RuPaul's Drag Race. DJs include Eddie Baez, Ted Eiel, Adam Dreaddy, Nick Bertossi and JC Simon.

Sunday's festival opening includes an evening welcome party at the Whistler Conference Centre. After that, it's Buffalo Bill's for the welcome dance. On Tuesday, Feb. 1, it's back to Buffalo Bill's for the cowboy and cowgirl party (dress accordingly!). And if you're looking to get a little bent, the Southern Comfort gender bender party at Garf's is Wednesday, Feb. 2, with special guest drag appearances (including Kendra Doll).

Throughout the week, WinterPRIDE will offer plenty of activities such as tubing, fondue and snowCAT tours, dog sledding, snowshoeing, ziplining and snowmobiling.

WinterPRIDE is produced by GayWhistler, which also operates, a year-round resource for gay and lesbian travelers to Whistler.

Photo courtesy Tourism Whistler