It was 20 years ago that Whistler – North America’s top-ranked ski resort – took one small step for gay skiers and one giant leap forward for the Pride movement. Upset over the passage of anti-gay legislation in Colorado, local activists decided to boycott the famous Aspen Gay Ski Week and start their own celebration. A few hundred skiers and boarders showed up for a low-key week on the slopes.
Fast-forward to the present and WinterPRIDE is ranked one of the top ten gay ski weeks on the planet by the UK’s Guardian newspaper, attracting up to 3,000 revelers every year. And the party is anything but low key.