Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Whistler Gay Ski Week February 5-12 Is A Go With New Event Producers And Program Changes
Whistler, B.C. – Tourism Whistler wants to assure visitors planning to attend Whistler Gay Ski Week 2006 that, despite changes to the program, a full week of activities will be offered in Whistler February 5-12 with a backdrop of fantastic snow conditions at North America’s largest ski resort.
GayWhistler, a privately-owned company which had already planned its own events for the annual Gay Ski Week, has expanded its schedule of events to keep the successful and popular annual tradition alive. Out On the Slopes Productions, which had produced Gay Ski Week events under the brand “Altitude” for 13 years, has ceased producing the event due to internal issues unrelated to GayWhistler or Tourism Whistler.
The program, which has been renamed “GayWhistler Ski Week”, will run on the same dates Altitude events were planned for, but will feature a different schedule of events – keeping some of the most popular activities and events, and bringing back the simple charm of the early days of the ski week. GayWhistler has announced that the program will include guided ski tours, après ski parties, along with martini parties, a concert with an international recording artist, a masquerade ball and the dance-til-dawn Fresh Ball. Along with the 11 feet of snow that have fallen on the mountains since January 1, and snow base of 229cm (90 inches), the week promises to continue the legacy of the annual event in Whistler-style.
“Yes, there have been some management and event changes heading into next month’s Gay Ski Week, but the event will still be a highlight on the gay event calendar – with an amazing line-up of fun events, along with the stellar skiing,” said Michele Comeau Thompson, Director, Communications, at Tourism Whistler. “Tourism Whistler is a huge supporter of the annual event, and we have every confidence in GayWhistler to produce a world-class event.”
As the marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, Tourism Whistler regrets any inconvenience and complications this has meant for its valued visitors. The organization supports the vision of the new organizers and commends them for stepping in at the last minute to ensure Whistler continues its legacy of Gay Ski Week. Tourism Whistler welcomes all guests who had booked to come to Whistler for Altitude, to keep their plans to be in Whistler for GayWhistler Ski Week this year, and in years to come.
“GayWhistler is very pleased to be working with the Whistler community to produce a great event,” says Dean Nelson, a Whistler resident and company director and spokesperson for GayWhistler. “The lead time is short but as long-time Gay Ski Week participants ourselves, we know what makes this week special. We look forward to hosting gay men and lesbians from around the world.”
Out on the Slopes Productions has sent out an e-mail to its customers indicating that they are in the process of determining the ticket refund process.
All event, booking and ticket information will be available at TourismWhistler.com and GayWhistler.com.
Whistler has hosted gay ski weeks for more than a decade and this year marks the fourteenth. Gay ski week has grown from a few hundred attendees in the early 90s to an estimated 3,000 in recent years. The event has been the cornerstone of Whistler’s growing commitment to the gay and lesbian market, which it welcomes to its community year-round.
Whistler is a year-round leisure and meeting destination located 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and is a site of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. With 3,036 hectares (8,171 acres) of ski and snowboard terrain, Whistler Blackcomb ski resort receives an average of nine metres (30 feet) of snow per year. Whistler has a range of accommodations totaling 5,400 rooms, and a wide selection of restaurants, bars, spas, boutiques and galleries. Activities range from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports.
Whistler is a cosmopolitan and diverse community that welcomes gay and lesbian travelers four seasons of the year.
Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, and operating the TELUS Whistler Conference Centre, the Whistler Golf Club and TourismWhistler.com, the official website of Whistler. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.
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