Although friendly and progressive Vermont has been home to a popular gay ski week for many years, Winter Rendezvous, up in beautiful Stowe, which takes place in late January, only recently has southern Vermont developed a GLBT winter ski event: Gay Winter Pride, held at New England's famous (and largest) ski resort community, Killington, which is less than a three-hour drive from Boston, and about a 4.5- to 5-hour drive from New York City. Killington's new gay ski weekend, Gay Winter Pride, took place the first weekend of February this year.
Organizers have not yet announced plans for 2014, but information will be posted here as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, here's a look at the last year's inaugural event, plus a full calendar of events for the first Killington Winter Pride weekend.
You can purchase Winter Pride passes online for $129 for a standard version, and $169 for the "gold" version. The standard gets you into all related events - the White Out party at Wobbly Barn, a Rainbow Jam party at Outback Pizza and Tabu Nightclub, the opening VIP party at Santa Fe Steakhouse, a goodie bag, and access to deals on Winter Pride ski and snowboard packages and lodging. The gold version includes all this, plus a one-day lift ticket, which normally costs $88, so this is a great deal. Additionally, $20 of the price for either pass includes a charitable donation to the RU 12 GLBT Community Center, Vermont's only such resource, in the town of Winooski, just outside Burlington.
Throughout the weekend and a couple of days on either end, you can also book some great Pride packages at area partner hotels - the official Killington Winter Pride lodging page has all the details.
For general tourism information on Killington, check out the website of the Killington Resort; also visit the website of the Vermont Gay Tourism Association, for more information on the state. Winter Pride has been developed by GNAR - Gay Network Alliance of Riders, whose mission is to promote the LGBTQ community "through the vehicle of winter sports."