European Gay Ski Week - March 2009

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Europe's Biggest Gay Ski Event

The European Gay Ski Week is not just a ski and snowboarding holiday, with its packed Itinerary, it’s a whole lot more and you really do have to work out just when you’re going to sleep. Whether you’re a deadly downhill racer or unsteady beginner; whichever you prefer; skiing or boarding (and even if you shudder at the very concept of sliding down a mountain)….. No matter what you choose to abuse: gravity or sleep; The European Gay Ski Week has it covered. With affordable self catering apartments to luxury 4 star hotel suites there are packages for all pockets. With prices starting from only £261.00 / €329.00 including 7 nights accommodation, event pass and lift pass everyone can afford to come. An estimated 400-500 people travelled to the event that is in conjunction with the Tignes ski resort.

Following the cancellation last year of ManMountain in Solden, France's Happy Gay Ski Week, invited ManMountain to join them in Tignes. The combination of ManMountain and The Happy Gay Ski Week was more successful than anyone imagined possible so in March 2009 ManMountain and the Happy Gay Ski week combined their resources to create The European Gay Ski Week. So for a second year running hundreds of gay men seduced by Tignes’ world class skiing area; descended on the stunning resort from across the continent and around the world.

During the days there were exclusive gay ski & boarding lessons, and for the more advanced - ski & boarding guides touring the slopes of the ski area 'Espace Killy'. Then there was the Après Ski every day from 4pm through to 7pm on the terrace and in the bar of Le Coffee with a live DJ and gogo boy entertainment. Once done with the Après Ski you had time for a nice dinner and then off into the nominated bars and clubs throughout the resort. International DJ’s from Salvation (London), Trade (London), La Demence (Brussels) Jungle (Lausanne) and several others all made some fantastic parties.

Through out the whole week there were nominated bars and clubs to party at, each night had a different theme or DJ style. The most unique party was that of Salvation, a special event held at the top of the mountain, 3032m high. To get to it we used the Funiculaire (a train that travel’s steeply up inside the mountain). The theme was Hollywood Gold, so we made some special gold outfits especially for the event, although unfortunately I think we were the only ones who made an effort to dress up. Oliver M played a great set of Salvation tracks; however we were expecting it to be the big party of the week. Due to limited train operating times and lack of atmosphere due to unsuitable lighting and décor, it wasn’t as good as it could have been.

The highlight of the week was the Pool Party on the Wednesday evening. About 200 Speedo clad boys partied around the resorts swimming pool, water slides and sauna’s for what was described as the best party of the week. We were kicking ourselves the next day as unfortunately we didn’t manage to get to it. Transport again was very limited, the last bus to get us there was the bus everyone wanted to get on. It was totally full and the door closed just in front of us, so couldn’t get on. The morel of the story: never plan to catch the last bus.

Roll on next year coz we totally loved the European Gay Ski week and all the fun and adventure it gave us.

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Special thanks to the organisers Kevin Millins and Olivier Paria.

Chris Geary 2010