This article was published on December 23rd, 2019
The snow is perfect, and the mountains are calling. The interior of British Columbia has been bucketed with snow over the past week, meaning it is prime ski and snowboard conditions at most ski resorts in the interior of BC. As you sit back and enjoy the extended holiday season, there is a last-minute opportunity for LGBT skiers and snowboarders to get out and enjoy one of the freshest events in the gay winter Pride calendar. It’s called Peak Pride RED, and it is taking place January 2-5, 2020.
Peak Pride is making tracks at ski resorts throughout the southern interior of British Columbia. For the last three years the gay ski weekend series has been bringing queer events, focused on regional talent, community engagement, and social activities. The newest stop in the Peak Pride series is at RED Mountain Resort, located near Rossland, in the Kootney region, in south eastern BC, and it’s right around the corner. It’s time to gear up and get ready for Peak Pride RED.
RED Mountain Resort, located just minutes away from the town of Rossland, receives over 7.5 meters (25 feet) of annual snowfall. It’s light, fluffy, powder snow. With 110 runs across 2,682skiable acres of terrain over three mountain peaks, skiers and snowboarders will find everything from wide-open groomers to steep, powder-filled glades. Peak Pride guests will receive 30% off three-day lift passes and 20% off two-day lift passes. Lift tickets can be purchased on-site with the Peak Pride Festival Pass. Register in advance from Peak Pride and pick-up at the merchandise table on-site.
Peak Pride RED will have a fantastic line-up of events, from fab parties, extraordinary ski and winter sport activities, a film screening, and drag performances by Freida Whales and Sophonda Dick.
Here’s what’s going on for Peak Pride RED:
Thursday, January 2 will be a free screening of the film, Alone in the Game presented by viaSport at 7:30pm in the conference centre. This is an all ages event, with adult beverages, and food available at Sourdough Alley. Come mix and mingle after the movie at the after-film social
held at Rafters Lounge in the Day Lodge starting at 9:00 pm.
Friday, January 3 will be skiing, snowboarding and outdoors winter activities. There will be live music at the Flying Steamshovel Gastropub featuring a regional LGBT performer. This event will have a cover charge.
Satudray, January 4 at 2:30pm will be the Peak Pride Parade. The parade route starts at the top of Red Mountain, goes along Back Trail continues on to the Face of Red. It is a blue, groomed run and it is safe for most levels of skiers/boarders.
Join new friends at the Apres Ski event at Rafters Lounge at 3:30pm. Saturday night’s event will be the first ever Peak Pride RED wipeOUT @ Rafters Lounge at 8:00pm. Rafters was ranked as Best Après Ski Bar on the Planet by Powder Magazine. There will be performances by Freida Whales and Sophonda Dick.
Sunday, January 5 wrap up the weekend with a great gay farewell brunch at The Josie Hotel. There will be an la carte menu from 10:00am-12:00pm.
Destination guests can fly into Trail Regional Airport, serviced via Calgary and Vancouver airports. The airport is located approximately 20 minutes from Rossland and RED Mountain Resort. From Kelowna, RED Mountain Resort is a 3.5-hour drive along Highway 33.
Please do not drink and drive. Rossland and RED Mountain Resort are serviced by Safe Ride Home; an on-demand taxi service. It is $5 per person between RED and Rossland, and $10 per person to Blackjack and Warfield. Safe Ride Home operations from 7:30pm till last call and can be booked online.
The host property is The Josie, a beautiful new slope side condominium property at Red Mountain. Peak Pride guests can stay for just $299/night + taxes. Book online now.
Red Mountain Resort Lodging is pleased to offer all Peak Pride participants 20% off all its properties with a 2-night minimum stay. To book your accommodation, call 1 -877-969-7669 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please quote “Peak Pride” when making your reservation.
Instead of staying at home over the holidays, come enjoy the holigays! It’s a great way to kick-off the 2020 Pride season, make turns in the snow, discover a new independent ski resort, enjoy some queer entertainment, and make new friends.