This article was published on April 12th, 2018
That’s a wrap! Peak Pride 2018 at Big White Ski Resort just concluded another fabulously fun weekend that included amazing events, performers, winter fun at its second annual event geared towards the LGBT community. More than 100 visitors from all over the BC interior, Yukon, Alberta, and Ontario descended upon Big White to ski and socialize while the locals at this newer, smaller, community focused event. Big White Ski Resort yet again served as a lovely host for Peak Pride 2018, where a good time was had by all.
In its second year, Peak Pride ended up being nearly perfect. Mother Nature presented attendees with overcast skies and snow all weekend long, making for amazing ski and snowboard conditions. Not your typical Pride event, Peak Pride at Big White is geared for queers who love to ski, snowboard, and come together for a weekend of fun on the snow. Peak Pride incorporates the best of a typical ski/winter vacation: being out and proud on the mountain, après-ski, great food, glorious events, philanthropy, and meeting new friends.
“I am very pleased that Peak Pride 2018 saw nearly twice as many people attend our events,” said Dustyn Baulkham, co-producer of Peak Pride. “For this first time we hosted events that were by donation. These events raised $600 for the Etcetera Youth Group in Kelowna.”
While there aren’t always many gay activities in the BC interior, Peak Pride serves as an important and significant opportunity for like-minded queers to have a fun social weekend infused with gay culture. The all-inclusive event welcomed the local 20/30-something’s, couples, men of all ages, lesbians, trans, and allies to Big White to a safe, unique environment for the entire LGBT community to get together and participate in some snow-based activities, packed with social events along the way.
The weekend started with a little friendly competition Friday evening at Gaymes Night, hosted by local drag queen legend, Sparkle. A fun series of trivia games to warm everyone up for the weekend, Gaymes Night was hosted at Happy Valley Day lodge.
The night continued as Peak Pride held a fun party called The Mix, which was a fun social mixer hosted at The Blarney Stone at the Inn at Big White in the center of the village. Beer flowed late into the night and local drag queens Ginger Snap and Alexa Nerezza made appearances and snapped selfies while mingling with the guests.
Saturday, the skiing and snowboarding began in the morning and continued into late afternoon. Before the end of the ski day, the second annual Mountain Pride Parade commenced down the mountain. People were able to ski, snowboard, or walk in the procession down the mount as they made their way into the village, and they were greeted by a colorful rainbow of mountain guests, LGBT allies, supporters, and Big White staff.
During and after the parade, The Globe held a special arès-ski, where most of the non-skiers and the rest of the Peak Pride Parade attendees headed for their famous sangria punch bowls, food, giveaways, laughter, comradery, and libations. Saturday evening Peak Pride held its Culinary Walk, a food crawl where the portions were large and of great value, as guests ventured to The Globe, The Woods, Blarney Stone, and Moose Lounge.
Saturday Night was the signature event of the weekend: WipeOUT. Attendees made their way down to this event on the Happy Valley Gondola—a fantastic way to make a fabulous and unique entrance—hosted at the Kettle Valley Steakhouse at Happy Valley. DJ Dopamine from Calgary spun popular club tunes all night for the approximately 100 people in attendance. Drag queens Sparkle, Ginger Snap, and Alexa Nerezza all performed throughout the night. Whether you wanted to enjoy cocktails, dance, mix, or mingle, WipeOUT outrageously fun.
Peak Pride 2018 at Big White Ski Resort is the last winter Pride event of the winter season in North America. While Big White is known as Canada’s favorite family resort, they proved again that the definition of family goes beyond the heteronormative and is completely inclusive of the LGBT community. Fabulously friendly and welcoming, Big White went out of their way to welcome the community and guarantee all LGBT attendees felt as comfortable and at home as possible at this second annual Peak Pride celebration.
Check out the full photo gallery from Peak Pride 2018 on the HomoCulture Facebook page: