Thousands to flock to Arosa for Gay Ski Week 2009
Wednesday, 3rd December 2008
Written by Francesca Cookney
Every year thousands of gay and lesbian Europeans make their way to the Alps to pose, party, and, of course, ski, at one of the many Gay Ski Weeks.
Naturally every travel brochure claims to offer the ‘party of the season’ and this year, Switzerland’s picturesque Arosa reckons it’s got it in the bag. From 3 January to 9 January, the Alpine resort will be offering everything from classical music concerts to foam parties, romantic torch lit sled rides to fondue evenings.
From the welcome drinks to the closing party, guests can keep it as wild or as low key as they choose although one of the week’s biggest events, the drag queen ski race, is something of a must-see whether you’re partaking or simply watching. And one of the great things about Gay Ski Week is that skiing is by no means obligatory.
For keen skiers and boarders, Arosa is a dream. Situated some 1800m above sea level in the Schanfigg Valley, it guarantees snow between December and March and its prime location in the Swiss Alps offers challenging runs as well as excellent off-piste action.
But it also gets some 8-12 hours of sunshine a day so grab yourself a deck chair and some shades and keep the drinks coming. It’s all about the après-ski after all and there’s nothing like fresh mountain air and a bit of slope-gazing to ease off that hangover.
For more information head to www.arosa-gayskiweek.com
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