New Traditions

BY Muriel Perez | May 30, 2018 | Feature Features

Aspen Gay Ski Week expands its presence into summer with AdventureOUT.
Horseback riding is one way to experience the Brush Creek Valley. Photo by Jeremy Swanson

After 42 years, Aspen Gay Ski Week is the oldest (and only) nonprofit weeklong gay ski event in the nation. It began when a group of local gay men and tourists from different national ski groups decided to get together one January, agreeing to each host all-inclusive parties. Since 1996, it has been produced annually by the Roaring Fork Gay and Lesbian Community Fund, recently shortened to AspenOUT.

The event quickly became a favorite in Aspen, and now it’s taking on summer too. In partnership with Snowmass Village, AspenOUT premieres AdventureOUT (adventureoutsnowmass.‌org) July 4 to 8.

AdventureOUT will offer the same jampacked agenda as its winter counterpart, with a family-friendly edge. The affair kicks off with a giant rainbow flag making its way down Aspen’s Main Street during the annual Fourth of July parade. Attendees can enjoy VIP experiences at the Snowmass Rodeo, and indulge in outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and horseback riding.

AdventureOUT will focus on the LGBT community and their friends and families, as well as the community that stands behind them, while honing in on youth and education. The focus of this new summer experience is to encourage the community to come together, experience nature and build an environment that is loving, supportive and tight-knit, says Kevin McManamon, executive director of AspenOUT.

Alongside more adventurous feats, the week will offer evening activities such as outdoor concerts, farm-to-table dinners and kids-only events. The inaugural event will hop around Snowmass Village and round off with a finale of drinks, live music and a toast to inclusivity.

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