This article was published on March 7th, 2019
Winter is here, John Snow. And winter certainly has hit British Columbia. A major arctic front might have moved across BC resulting in temperatures plummeting resulting in clear blue skies the entire weekend. But that meant there was nothing but perfect ski and snowboard conditions with a 131cm mid-mountain and 170cm alpine base at the first ever Peak Pride Sun Peaks, held March 1-3 at Sun Peaks Resort located near Kamloops, BC in the Thompson Okangan. A banger of a success story in its inaugural year, Peak Pride Sun Peaks 2019 just became Canada’s freshest winter Pride!
With over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, Sun Peaks Resort, covers a vast amount of land for a world-class winter resort—great for winter adventures and sports activities. Sun Peaks’ behemoth 4,270 acres is spread across three skiable mountain faces, each with a personality all their own. Each mountain face is easily accessible from the village, so you can ski all three peaks in the same day or stick to the mountain area that you love the most.
Peak Pride Sun Peaks kicked off Friday night with a comedy night for a packed house at Morrissey’s. The show featured three local comedians, Matt Baker, Andrew Crone, and Valina Taskov. They had the entire room laughing all night long with jokes, stories, and analogies fit for adult ears. Morrissey’s got fully into the spirit by decking out the bar with Pride flags, while the staff wore Pride themed t-shirts. All proceeds from the opening night event went to Kamloops Pride. Even the winner of the 50/50 draw donated the winnings back to Kamloops Pride, to the thunderous applause of everyone who attended.
Saturday morning kicked off with Peak Pride guests exploring Sun Peaks Resort. The weather was cold, but spectacular! Many headed out on skis and snowboards to explore the 4,270-acre mountain. With 3 mountain faces, 13 lifts, and 137 trails, there was plenty of terrain to experience.
Others chose to spend the morning participating in other on-mountain activities including dog sledding, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing, while others kept warm indoors relaxing at the spa, having brunch, and hanging out at the local restaurants.
Around noon on Saturday, everyone headed up the Sunburst quad bubble chair, including the queens in full drag, to the top of the mountain for the Tops pre Pride parade party. Views of the mountain mixed with gay anthems and classic beats from Sun Peaks resident DJ, DJ Trix, on the outdoor deck. The Tops pre-parade meet up saw People dancing, mingling, and having a gay ol’ time. The event had some of the featured Pride-themed drink specials, as everyone got a little lit before the parade kick off.
Then, at 2:30pm the Pride ski/snowboard parade headed down the mountain to classic gay theme songs in all rainbow glory. Small in numbers but mighty in heart, 50 people participated in the Pride ski parade, carrying Pride flags as they made their way down the mountain, living their best out and proud lives.
After the parade, everyone met in the village for a march through the village, then headed to Bottoms Bar & Grill for après. Bottoms Bar & Grill really got into the spirit with Pride themed hats and outfits for all the staff. While DJ D Funk spun the decks all afternoon, the highlight featured a captivating drag performance by Kelowna drag queens Sparkle and Ella Lamoureux.
Saturday night was the WipeOUT party held at Masa’s Bar and Grill. wipeOUT was a sold-out event, vastly exceeding expectations, with more than 150 in attendance. DJ Dopamine played a fierce set and the featured local drag queens, Sparkle and Ella Lamoureux, who put on a fun 30-minute drag performance and played some trivia games for prizes. HomoCulture, the title media partner of Peak Pride, hosted a photo session throughout the night where guests could get their photo take on the signature step-and-repeat.
Sunday wrapped up the Peak Pride Sun Peaks inaugural gay ski weekend with more skiing and snowboarding, mixing, mingling, drinking, and a fab closing brunch at Mantles Restaurant in the Sun Peaks Grand to send away all who attended with full bellies and happy hearts.
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The local community has a long-lasting history of inclusiveness and being welcoming to the LGBT community. For the first Peak Pride hosted as Sun Peaks, it was warmly welcomed by Kamloops and the Thompson region. This community really comes out to support events like Peak Pride, FruitCake, and Kamloops Pride. Peak Pride Sun Peaks is set to become a new gay ski weekend tradition.
Peak Pride has quickly become the best value when it comes to a gay ski weekend in North America. It’s an opportunity to meet new friends, enjoy the famous Thompson Okanagan powder snow, and experience some of the best ski-to/ski-from resorts in Canada. Peak Pride offers a great, affordable gay ski weekend at a fraction of the price of other queer snow bunny retreat getaways.
The Thompson Okanagan region, located in the of British Columbia, Canada has some of the most beautiful and iconic Canadian scenery. The Thompson Okanagan covers 71,000 square kilometers of land, and boasts climates as varied as Canada’s only desert, rainforests, plains and Canada’s tallest mountain within this stretch of the Canadian Rockies. It’s rich diversity and massive size make it flush with life, natural beauty, thriving open communities, rich heritage and of course—the perfect location for a gay ski weekend.
If you still want to experience a gay ski weekend, there’s still one more chance this winter to get out and enjoy Peak Pride Big White, April 5-7, 2019, at Big White Ski Resort near Kelowna, BC, in the Thompson Okanagan. Tickets are on sale now.
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