European Gay Ski Week 2000

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The European Gay Ski Week is held in the last week of March. This year we were working as the gogo dancers and what a great time we had. This event was organised by Eric Crespin of Alternative Holidays, although now its run by a new company.

In its fifth year, the event was held at Les 2 Alps in a Club Med Hotel just over two hours from Lyon. It was the biggest one yet, attracting a sell-out 600 strong group of boys from 23 countries around the world.

Unlike many of the larger American ski weeks and weekends on offer, it's an all-inclusive price and you all stay in the same hotel. Included are three buffet style meals a day - plus free wine, three hours ski tuition a day and some great evening entertainment.
Because its all-inclusive, it looks quite expensive up front, though actually it works out to be quite cheap. However, with the whole crowd staying at the hotel and meals already paid for (which makes eating out seem like a waste), it's quite incestuous. Eating, sleeping and socialising together can be a good or bad thing depending on whether you get on! If you do, it's the perfect opportunity to bond. Its also safer as there is usually security on the door to stop anyone without proper ID - a discrete dog-tag.

Skiing was great although the snow was noticeably thinning on the lower slopes. The weather was very hot, regular sun-cream top-ups were essential. Queuing for the lifts wasn't too bad - an average of 5-10 minutes. I found the ski instructors very helpful, with tuition available for all ski levels for both skiing and boarding and was able to lean some great new moves. The tuition groups mean you get to ski with sexy boys of the same ability as you.

The evening entertainment was well organised. The first day, Sunday, saw the Eva & La Diva Pamela Show: two amazing French drag queens with astounding impersonations. Monday was the Dame Edna Experience, which proved very popular. Tuesday was 'Boyz Factory' and provided go-go boys, singers, strippers and dancers. Wednesday's drag act was the side-splitting Miss Karla.

The big night of the week was Thursday, however. Taking over the large nightclub next door to the hotel, this year's theme was heaven and hell. Everyone made a big effort to dress up and the costumes were either flamboyant or very skimpy. Eric dressed as Disney's evil Camilla and we were her four Dalmatians. It went down a storm, I've never seen so many camera flashes. There were angles, devils, gods and monsters; a fantastic atmosphere ensuring one of the best nights I've ever been too. The fact I had my hands down the pants of a sexy straight boy from the band while he was snogging a girl were nothing to do with it! It's amazing what alcohol lets you get away with!

A leisure centre next to the hotel contained a small pool, gym and squash court, not to mention a very popular jacuzzi, steam room, and sauna. If that wasn't enough, the hotel had a set aside "ironing room" (dark room) where no irons were to be found, weather that was because it was too dark to see or not is another matter!!

This week comes highly recommended. Spaces are restricted by the size of the hotel, so it tends to sell out very quickly. Next year's event is held on 18-25 March 2001 in Club Med, Les Menuires (part of the Three Valleys), again with a 600-capacity.

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