This article was published on April 12th, 2019
Big White truly showed its pride at the 3rd annual Peak Pride Big White. From April 5-7, 2019, the snowy village of Big White Ski Resort was transformed into a gorgeous, gay winter wonderland. The rainbow flags were proudly on display everywhere: on the chair lifts, carried by ally’s Lucy and Loose Moose, and a giant Pride display inside the Village Centre Mall.
The gents asked, and Mama Nature—boy did she deliver. With fresh Okanagan champagne powder snow falling over the weekend, Big White was a ski weekend haven. The ski report saw ski and snowboard conditions at mid-winter levels, even though it is spring skiing season. Powder and groomed runs open on all the areas of the mountain, made for incredible tracks. Though the weather was mostly overcast and snowed most of the weekend, the extra snow meant it was an extra fun weekend.
Guests popped by the Welcome Desk in the lobby of the host hotel, the Inn at Big White, to pick up their weekend passes, buy Peak Pride merchandise, and ask questions, then headed into the kick-off Mx Welcome Reception. Held at the Blarney Stone on Friday evening from 6:00-8:00pm, the Mx Welcome Reception was a great way for everyone to meet, connect, and get to know everyone who is attending for the weekend of fun. With a free cocktail just for stopping in, everyone from new attendees to seasoned returners felt welcome.
Later on Friday night, the Gayme Night, Held at Snowshoe Sam’s, adjacent to the Inn at Big White, ran from 8:00pm — 12:00am. A very casual evening of board and après ski games set up throughout the bar, people headed home early to get rested up for Saturday skiing / snowboarding, or to attend private room gatherings at their accommodations.
On Saturday for the Mountain Pride Parade, skiers and snowboarders met at the Bullet Chairlift right beside the village and headed up the mountain at 2:00pm. The Mountain Pride Parade started from the top of the mountain with skiers and boarders, which met up with the walking marchers at the fire hall at the top of the village. It combined into one large, colorful group of people which proceeded into the village together, welcomed by skiers, snowboarders, visitors and mountain staff. It was extra fun with Sparkle, leading the Mountain Pride Parade, in full-drag, down the mountain into the Big White village.
The local LGBT youth group, Etcetera, brought up 20 LGBT youth to participate in the Mountain Pride March, and other attendees carried Pride, bi and trans flags, banners, and were dressed in colorful outfits.
Saturday afternoon was après ski, hosted from 2:00pm — 6:00pm at bars located in the Big White village. Peak Pride combined with the annual Ales and Après Festival for the ultimate après ski event. Big White village bars each hosted 2 – 5 breweries and cideries from across British Columbia. Spectators tasted their way around the village, sampling everything from pale ales and porters, to blackberry ciders and brown ales.
Saturday evening was the featured Dine Around event, held at three different seating times. Guests started at Happy Valley Day Lodge and worked your way through the Big White village, ending up at the Gun Barrel Saloon, right above Snow Show Sam’s, where wipeOUT was taking place. Each group of 20 people has a dinner host that took the group to each of the locations, and each location featured a different light-bite and glass of wine or beer. Dine Around started off with nachos and ended with Big White’s signature gun barrel coffee — with liquor being poured down a real double-barrel shot gun, lit on fire, and poured into a cup of coffee.
The killer Saturday night party event was the wipeOUT party held Snowshoe Sam’s. World famous DJ DrewG of San Diego was on the decks all night long keeping the dance floor hopping with fun music. Every single person who was there was drooling over him. The dance floor was packed until the event shut down at 1:00am. People just didn’t want to leave because it was so much fun.
HomoCulture was on the red-carpet all-night photographing everyone on the step-and-repeat. Couples, groups, and friends came to get their photos taken on their own or with the drag queens. The red carpet was a key feature all night long as everyone wanted their picture taken.
Meanwhile, the entertainment lineup left everyone’s weaves snatched as Sparkle, Freida Whales, Alexa, and Ella each put on an amazing performance and entertained the party-goers all night long, mixing, mingling, throwing shade, and taking photos.
Gays just love a good brunch, and the final event of the Peak Pride Big White ski weekend was Sunday Brunch. After getting in some early morning fresh tracks on the mountain, out exploring Canada’s backcountry on dog sledding or snowmobile, rejuvenating at the spa—or spending time sleeping in and nursing hangovers—people headed for brunch to say goodbye to all the new friends and familiar faces, before starting to make their way home. Brunch was the perfect way to wrap up the weekend at Peak Pride Big White.
Now that you know what it’s all about, you have to make plans to attend next year’s Peak Pride at Big White. Featuring amazing snow conditions throughout the winter, Big White is also a fantastic summer destination. With ample things to do in the summer and winter at Big White Ski Resort, make plans to gaycation here soon.
The weekend only has room to grow and expand to even more extraordinary heights! The Thompson Okanagan region is becoming an up and coming gay holiday destination: if you missed Peak Pride Big White or Peak Pride Sun Peaks, queer event FruitCake is returning May featuring performances by legendary RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Tatianna.
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