Gay Ski Week NZ isn’t too far away now. The action kicks off from August 29 and runs right through to September 8 in Queenstown, New Zealand. And despite what the name suggests, there’s a whole lot more to Gay Ski Week NZ than just a week of gays skiing in New Zealand!
“There’s so much on offer here,” says Gay Ski Week NZ organiser Mike Sanford. “We’ve already had amazing interest from singles, couples and groups who are delighted that we’ll prepare a really social and fun week for them – with some skiing squeezed in of course!”
He’s not wrong. This year there’s a whole swag of new events on offer for those of you who either don’t ski or just want a break from the slopes. For the adventurous, why not strap on your boots and take part in the Dyke Hyke? Or if you’re after some relaxation, why not have a spa day at beautiful Millbrook Resort? You can even send hubby off to ski while you take part in the lunch and shopping day at Arrowtown, a picturesque riverside village that offers a wide range of fashion, galleries, jade, gifts and local wines. Afterwards you can kick back in the Onsen Hot Pools. Divine.
According to Mike, Queenstown is pumping at the moment – there’s been regular snowfalls, all the ski fields are reporting excellent skiing conditions and Crowne Plaza Hotel, which is base camp for Gay Ski Week NZ, already has 450 room nights booked.
“It’s the one week of year when Queenstown truly lives up to its name! It’s the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest gay and lesbian alpine party,” says Mike. “We attract people from all over the globe, they come to wine, dine, ski, dance, adventure and sing their way through the week.”
The official event line up includes the welcome party, the ski bum party, retro bowling night, karaoke casino night, wine tour, lake cruise and dinner at Walter Peak. This year’s final night’s White Out Party will feature special guests DJ Dan Murphy, DJ Puppy and Miss Kitty Glitter.
It’s not hard to see why this event keeps going from strength to strength, and why so many people keep on coming back year after year.