It's a happy fact that western Canada's coolest, swankiest, and gay-friendliest ski town, Whistler, is also one of North America's best gay winter hideaways, a modern and stylish community rife with gay-friendly hotels, boutiques, and restaurants, all just steps from one of the world's biggest - and most exciting - ski resorts, Whistler Blackcomb. In fact, there's as much to do here for non-skiers as for fans of boarding and skiing - during the annual WinterPride (aka Whistler Gay Ski Week), there's everything from cooking classes and blow-out parties to Ziptrek ecotours and dog-sledding. The dates this year for WinterPride and Whistler Gay Ski Week are January 26 to February 2, 2014.
Events kick off in Whistler on Sunday, January 26, where guests pick up information and can buy tickets at WinterPride's hospitality center and Pride House inside the hip Aava Whistler Hotel. Then throughout the week there's skiing, apres ski hobnobbing, dances and parties, and a number of events appealing to nonskiers: snowmobile tours, dog-sledding, dine-arounds, tubing, a ZipTrek eagle tour, wine tastings, cooking classes, and plenty more - check out the full list of events. There are also plenty of women's events than ever apres-ski fetes to mountain-climbing parties.
For all of the events, activities, and parties held throughout the week you can buy tickets online.
Whistler Blackcomb Central Reservations is your one-stop for booking WinterPride lift-ticket and accommodation packages, and there are some terrific deals. In fact, Whistler Blackcomb Central Reservations always has a ton of great packages and deals throughout the season, everything from lift tickets and dining to accommodations.
Be sure to check out WinterPride's page on booking accommodations. This year's official WinterPride host hotel is swish and trendy Aava Whistler. There are several other properties participating in WinterPride as official "Preferred Hotels" - these include Coast Blackcomb Suites, Hilton Whistler, Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, and ResortQuest Whistler. Note also that the hip Times Square Suites hotel in Vancouver's bustling GLBT 'hood, the West End, is the official pre/post WinterPride accommodation.
For more information on the gay scene in Whistler, check out the Gay Whistler Guide and About.com's Whistler Gay Guide and Gallery and Whistler Gay-Friendly Hotels and Resorts Guide. Also take a look at the excellent GLBT page produced by the city's official tourism organization, Tourism Whistler.