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Aspen Gay Ski Week 2024, the nation’s oldest and largest gay ski gathering, expects to welcome up to 3,000 visitors for its annual event on January 14-21, 2024, in Aspen, Colorado. This year’s event features a special screening of Tom of Finland to benefit the Tom of Finland Foundation.
Now in its 47th year. Aspen Gay Ski Week also serves as the annual fundraising event for AspenOUT, which provides grants to local, regional, and national LGBTQ+ organizations.
“AGSW is much more than a party and unique among gay ski weeks around the world because it’s a fundraiser,” says Kevin McManamon, Executive Director of AspenOUT. “It’s funded countless LGBTQ+ organizations and now, we’ve created a leadership program to make even a greater difference in the lives of area youth.”
For 2024 organizers have added a new twist to the schedule of events, with educational programming and a panel discussion about the future of the LGBTQ+ community.
You can learn more about Aspen Gay Ski Week, including how to make travel reservations, at www.gayskiweek.com.
Here are some of the highlighted events from Aspen Gay Ski Week 2024.
Saturday, January 13
Après Ski Party. 3 to 7 p.m. daily at Limelight Hotel. The official daily après ski with DJ entertainment, free gifts from sponsors, a hospitality suite, a heated pool, and two hot tubs.
Film Night. 7 to 10 p.m. at the Isis Theater. Special film screening of Tom of Finland to benefit Aspen Film and Tom of Finland Foundation.
Sunday, January 14
Drag Queen Bingo Brunch. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Little Nell Hotel. Hosted by San Diego’s “crankiest drag queen,” Mariam T.
Opening Cocktail Reception. 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the W Aspen. Hosted in the indoor/outdoor 39 Degrees restaurant and bar.
Monday, January 15
Monday Dinner & Late Night Party. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Mi Chola restaurant. Enjoy dinner then dance the night away at this progressive Mexican restaurant.
Tuesday, January 16
Drag Queen Bingo. 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at W Aspen. Hosted by Mariam T.
Wednesday, January 17
Benefit Night. 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Caribou Club. Aspen’s premier private club hosts a night of dancing and fundraising.
Thursday, January 18
Talks Like These. 5 p.m. at Aspen Meadows. A conversation about the future of the LGBTQ+ community moderated by Dr. Bill Kapfer and featuring Kevin Jennings, CEO of Lambda Legal; Joe Nucci, Psychotherapist, Denver Minds; and Richie Villani, Creative Director, Tom of Finland Foundation.
Womxn's Cocktail Party. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. location TBD. Complimentary cocktails and appetizers just for the ladies with DJ Autumn Leilani.
Comedy & Drag Night. 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House. Bonding actor and comedian Brendan Scannel, Mariam T, and others star in Frenemies: A Fierce, Fabulous and Funny Show.
Electric Cowboy. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Belly Up. An Electric Cowboy-themed party, “A Night at the Round Up Saloon,” presented by Visit Dallas with Los Angeles-based DJ Jeremy Blacklow.
Friday, January 19
2024 Downhill Costume Contest. 12 to 3 p.m. at the foot of Aspen Mountain. Mariam T and other celebrities will judge participants with plenty of prizes on the line.
Top of the Mountain Party. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Sundeck Restaurant on Aspen Mountain. Take a gondola to this year’s party from the Tom of Finland Foundation and themed “Tom on Top.”
39 Degrees Dance Party. 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at W Aspen 39 Degrees. An alternative to Top of the Mountain party and hosted by DJ Autumn Leilani.
Saturday, January 20
Friendship Dinner. 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Element 47 in the Little Nell Hotel. Locally sourced food and seasonally inspired dishes.
Saturday Pool Party. 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Aspen Recreation Center. The infamous pool party features DJs, dancing, hot tubs, water slides, a lazy river, and open bars for 1,000 guests.
This is just a partial list of events. To learn more about Aspen Gay Ski Week, lodging, and discounted lift tickets, visit www.gayskiweek.com.