This article was published on February 3rd, 2016
Thousands of men and women descended on Whistler for eight incredible days, celebrating sport, culture, and diversity. From January 23-31, the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival hosted a exciting line-up of entertainment and events, with stunning performances from some of the biggest names in the LGBT community.
Each day of the festival guided ski and snowboard tours were held, showing off all the hidden secrets of both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. At the end of each afternoon, skiers, snowboarders, and non-skiers gathered for an après ski party, complete with DJ’s, snacks, and drinks.
What did you miss?
On Wednesday night, America’s frostiest ice queens, Bianca Del Rio, Jackie Beat, Sherry Vine, and Varla Jean Merman, hosted Oh Snow She Didn’t, a winter themed comedy show. It was a blast. Afterwards the four queens posed for photos with many of the guests.
Things heated up Thursday night as guys stripped down to their speedos at the annual Splash pool party. Guys were lounging in the hot tubs, making out in the sauna, and flirting in the pools, while enjoying drinks and awesome deep beats by DJ Del Stamp pounding off the walls. It was an awesome night.
Friday night Furrocious was the main party, with guys dressed up in hot and sexy military gear at the Whistler Conference Centre. The party went late into the night, with DJ Phil B pounding out thunderous beats to keep the dance floor moving. The other big party was White Out at Garfinkles, with a sea of guys dressed all in white, dancing the night away.
Saturday afternoon, dozens of skiers and snowboards made their way down Whistler mountain carrying pride flags. A large crowd made their way through Whistler Village in a march with a giant 25 foot long pride flag and dozens of pride flags, chanting “Happy Pride”.
The entire week long celebration wrapped up with the much anticipated Snowball. The massive closing party event, held at the Whistler Conference Centre, was the pinnacle moment everyone had waited for. DJ Bret Law opened the night with an incredible set, followed by a spectacular live performance by international dance performer, Flava.
If you ski or snowboard, enjoy magical winter getaways, relaxing days at the spa and boutique shopping, combined with an incredible line-up of outstanding nightlife and entertainment, you have to put Whistler Pride and Ski Festival on your calendar for 2017. It’s also recommended that you make your reservation now at the host hotel, the Aava Whistler, which is always fully booked for the next year’s gay ski week before the current ski season is even over. These guys go all-out to put together a well organized, exciting, and fun weeklong celebration and one of the best ski resorts in the world!
For more photos from Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2016, visit the HomoCulture Facebook page.