We just finished celebrating Pride in Los Angeles this weekend, but not all Pride celebrations happen in June. Whistler, Canada has theirs in January and it’s one of the most fun events we’ve ever attended. Both a Pride AND a gay ski week, the organizers put together an amazing itinerary of activities to truly take advantage of this winter wonderland. There was fresh powder on the slopes every day, creating some unforgettable skiing conditions on the mountain. Every morning there are ski groups and every afternoon there is an après-ski event where festival goers can gather over cocktails to talk about their day on the slopes. Skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only winter sports available, you should also definitely check out snowmobiling and ziplining with The Adventure Group.
Even though you’re surrounded by snow, there’s still fun to be had in the water as well. The Scandinave Spa Experience is an unforgettable chance to relax in a series of spas, baths, jacuzzis, and saunas surrounded by the most beautiful landscape you’ve ever seen. If you’d rather turn up in a pool than wind down, check out the amazing Splash Pool Party on Thursday night. The convention center is home to some really fun late night parties like Furrocious and the Snowball, as well as live performances. We were treated to seeing one of our personal favorites, stand-up legend Margaret Cho.
There are memorable restaurants both on the mountain and in the village. Two of our favorites were Christine’s, located on top of Blackcomb Mountain and featuring inventive fine dining surrounded by stunning panoramic views, and the Bearfoot Bistro, Whistler’s premier fine dining destination. No meal there is complete without a trip to their wine cellar and the Ketel One Ice Room for a vodka tasting. No Pride is complete without a parade, and the Whistler Pride Parade is truly one of a kind. Festival goers gather on top of the mountain, some dressed as unicorns, some with feather boas, and everyone skis down with a giant rainbow flag. Then at the bottom of the mountain, the parade was joined by representatives of the Squamish Lil’wat Centre of Whistler’s First Nation to continue the celebration on foot around the village.