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After over 28 hours of travelling via 3 planes, 3 coaches, a puncture and a few delays - I arrived. The hotel was great, as you'd expect from most American accommodation - spacious and full of luxury extra's. There was also an outdoor heated pool and two hot tubs - after a hard day on the slopes, they provided a great opportunity to slip into some well fitting speedo's, relax and get to know the other cute boys in the hotel.
The gay ski week heralds entertainment throughout the week, from Aprés ski in the early afternoon, cocktail parties, a gay film festival, drag shows, evening and after-hours parties for those of us who just didn't want to sleep. Most nights they were held at The Tippler, a two floor, log cabin style venue in the centre of town. It had a fantastic close atmosphere - where everybody was well into the party/holiday mood! The muscle boys strutted their stuff on the bar tops and chart anthems played the night away - some nights till 5am!! Of course the American boys made sure there were many private parties too, some being more sexually orientated than others! If you haven't seen the film "The Other Side of Aspen" then I'd recommend it!
There are 4 mountains to ski, providing endless runs. Some seem to be appropriately named for us, the best include: Bottom's up, Hal's Hollow, Naked Lady, Fanny Hill, Bear Bottom, Adam's Avenue and even Sam's Knob! The snow was fantastic with well over a metre of fresh powder settling during the week. The snow, the breath-taking scenery and the fantastic runs lined with beautiful snow drenched pine trees all made the resort live up to it's hype.
Queues were non-existent, with the help of some of the newest, longest and fastest chair lifts in the country. A different mountain restaurant was nominated for lunch each day of the week. This sometimes generated a queue if you got there dead on 1o'clock, but provided another good opportunity to meet new friends and exchange the thrills and spills of the day. Prices weren't too bad at round £10/meal, offering a good choice of American junk food along with more healthy salads.
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There are many like-minded gay ski weeks and weekends on offer. One closer to home is the
European one in the French Alps, held late March. We will be part of the go-go dancing team this year, so if your going - see you there. Unfortunately it's already sold out this year but next year it'll be at the 3 Valleys so get booking early. Another big one is in
More info on Aspen Gay Ski Week:
More info on Aspen Gay Ski Week: www.GaySkiWeek.com