Fun-filled LGBT ski festival which has become one of the biggest annual LGBT winter events in Europe
While other LGBT wintersports events have sprung up and withered away all over Europe’s mountains, Arosa Gay Ski Week, now in its 11th sparkling, sequinned year, is the only one with proven staying power. Bigger and better with each edition, the relaxed and friendly January event now draws around 500 skiers and boarders of all ages – and while women are still in the minority, their numbers are rising – from more than 30 countries around the world to the beautiful and eminently gay-friendly Graubünden resort of Arosa. This year the packed roster of parties, dinners, après cocktail sessions and entertainments is kicked off by prima New York diva Sherry Vine, while other highlights include the world’s highest white party at the Weisshorn mountain’s 2,653m summit, a fondue under the stars, a classical concert and the dragtastic Downhill Costume Race. Oh, and if anyone fancies any skiing, the resort, recently linked with neighbouring Lenzerheide, offers 225km of pistes, plus the more ambitious can even hop on a heli for a day’s downhilling in St Moritz.