Although the majority of North America's gay ski weeks take place in the West (think Aspen, Park City, Whistler), the charming and picturesque town of Stowe, Vermont has been hosting its own increasingly popular gay ski gathering for more than two decades. Winter Rendezvous takes place over five days in late January - the dates this year are Wednesday, January 22 through Sunday, January 26, 2014.
Note that southern Vermont hosts its own gay ski event, Killington Winter Pride, later in the season - the dates this year are February 28 through March 3, 2014.
This is the 31st year of Winter Rendezvous. In addition to downhill skiing and snowboarding, the festival features plenty of other outdoorsy activities, including snowshoeing and dog-sledding. Plus there are the social goings-on - parties (a classic disco ball one night, a blow-out house party the next), "Sound of Music" singalongs at the Von Trapp Family Lodge, social mixers, an indoor pool party, dances, and entertainment - this year the Kinsey Sicks, Well Stung, House of LeMay, Boston's DJ Harrison, and Provincetown's Steve Marsden will be onhand. You can register for Winter Rendezvous here.
Also, you can get details about discounted lift tickets here. Stowe gay ski week's official host hotels are the elegant Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, the famed Trapp Family Lodge, and Stowe Motel & Snowdrift Inn (an excellent value with nice room). More hotel information for Stowe Gay Ski Week is available here.
Also check out the complete guide to gay-friendly restaurants and bars in Burlington, Vermont, which is a relatively short drive from Stowe.
For general tourism information on Stowe, check out the website of the Stowe Chamber of Commerce