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Press Kit for GayWhistler’s WinterPRIDE 2012




GayWhistler continues to be the leading Gay Ski Weeks in the world with the four elements of sports, culinary, wellness and entertainment.

World class mountain resort offers a huge array of activities for both skier & non skier, for the foodies to the clubbers. Value hotels to luxury five diamond resorts.

WinterPRIDE has a fantastic mix of guests from the USA, Canada, and International.


WinterPRIDE 2013


GayWhistler’s WinterPRIDE: Celebrate 21 years of the annual Gay & Lesbian Ski Week 8 Days, 65 Events February 3-10, 2013

21 Years 2,500+ Guests 8 Days 65 Events

CELEBRATING 21 YEARS OF OUT ON THE SLOPES... Born out of activism in 1992 GayWhistler remembers its roots and continues to evolve and balance celebration with safe welcoming spaces for the LGBT community to come together from around the world.

SNAP SHOT: KEY EVENTS Sunday, Feb. 3rd - Welcome Travel Expo and Home Coming Party Monday, Feb. 4th - Mix & Mingle Party with a trip give away to Germany! Tuesday, Feb. 5th - Cowboy Party with trip give away to Dallas, Texas! Wednesday, Feb. 6th - Whistler Debates: “Gay Pride is no longer relevant.” Wednesday, Feb. 6th - Mad Hatter mar-TEA-ni Gender Bender Party Thursday, Feb. 7th - Pride March through village: Skiers Plaza - Conference Centre Thursday, Feb. 7th - Official Proclamation of “Pride Week” by Mayor of Whistler Thursday, Feb. 7th - Mr. Gay Canada Grand Finale & Fashion Show Friday, Feb. 8th - WinterPRIDE 5K Run/Walk hosted by Vancouver Frontrrunners Friday, Feb. 8th - WinterPRIDE Charity Ski Race on Blackcomb Mountain Friday, Feb. 8th - Triple Threat Night: Furrocious, Snowstorm, and Purrlesque Saturday, Feb. 9th - Snowball 21 one of Whistler’s longest running annual dances - Daily Complimentary WinterPRIDE Ski/Snowboard guiding - Daily Après ski parties - Nightly theme parties

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Whistler Village in Rainbows The Resort Municipality & Merchants display Rainbows to ensure the LGBT traveler feel welcomed.

The Destination


The world renown resort of Whistler is within a five-hour driving radius of more than 6.3 Million people and within easy driving distance of Vancovuer. YVR - Vancouver International Airport, is Canada’s second busiest, welcoming more than 16.2 Million passengers annually gives huge growth potential for the resort and festival. Whistler resort’s unique pedestrian village and most accessible back country terrain gives visitors unlimited possibilities earning Whistler countless awards including: #1 Overall Resort - Ski Magazine #1 Resort - FreeSkier #1 Best Place to Ski/Stay - Condé Nast Traveler (2012) #1 Gay Ski Week - (2012) Award winning hotels including the Pan Pacific Whistler, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Westin, and the Four Seasons Whistler - all Conde Nast Gold Medal winners. Award winning Spas including the Four Seasons and the Scandinave Spa.

Festival Experience WinterPRIDE is known around the world as

complimentary ski/snowboard guiding over the 8,171 acres of pure skiing bliss, by grouping like skier/riders with our trained guides to ensure everyone has a great time. This allows our guests to meet new people with similar passions and ski abilities in a safe and welcoming environment. We offer designated group lunch daily both on the mountain for the skiers as well as in the resort for the non-skiers. One of our most popular activities is the infamous “Après Ski” where everyone comes together and recounts the day’s adventures! Each night we designate two restaurants for WinterPRIDE Dine OUT where the festival guests can continue to socialize and plan the week ahead. After dinner we have our early evening dance club events with each night having a different theme all culminating to the grand finale dance party - Snowball on Saturday night. Other activities during the week include: Culinary Experience, Yoga, Spa Retreats, Dog Sledding, Snowmobile Tours, Fashion Show, Pool Party, Educational Workshops.

the friendly Gay & Lesbian Ski/Snowboard week. Every day during the festival we lead

Après Ski #1 Social Event

WinterPRIDE Diversity Organized skiing and snowboarding, dog sledding, snowmobile tours, to world class social events from the Fashion Show, Pool Party, Après Ski and large weekend dance parties. There is something for everyone. - Bear, Leather, Fetish - Cowboy, Gender Bender - Women events - Culinary, Wellness, Spa

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Resort in Pride We work closely with our

will have rainbow flags to show their support to the LGBT community. In annual surveys

resort partners in ensuring all stakeholders

the majority of Whistler

have diversity policies in

employees all agree that

place and practice year

WinterPRIDE is their

round rather than just for

favourite week of the year

the week.

- “Everyone is having a

You can expect to see Rainbow Banners

About Us

many of our businesses

great time and in fabulous moods!” Majority of Whistler

down our main street, Village Gate Boulevard,

Hotels are “TAG

welcoming the world to

Approved / HRC

the resort as well as


Alpenglow Productions Corp. GayWhistler Alpenglow Productions Corp. (APC) has been the executive producers of Whistler’s Gay Ski Week since 2006. In that time we have rebuilt the annual event to one of the leading and most popular Gay Ski events on the planet earning us the nod from as one of the leading Gay Ski Weeks in the world (2012) and continue to be cited by editors and guests as one of the best ski weeks in the world. APC is Supplier Diversity Certified through CGLCC


Champion of Human (LGBT) Rights APC also produces various other events that are more specific in raising awareness on homophobia including: Mr. Gay Canada Competitions as well as producing the 2009 Mr. Gay World Competition. APC was the creator and founder of the first ever LGBT dedicated pavilion at a major sporting event - PRIDE house at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The goal of the pavilion was to raise awareness of homophobia within sport and to be a catalyst in making the sporting environment a safer place for LGBT athletes, coaches, trainers and fans. The result was PRIDE house became one of the most talked about news stories of the 2010 Olympics.

More than just Gay Ski Week 8,171 Acres of Pure skiing bliss

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Both Ken & Dean travel to various events to promote the annual Gay Ski Week, but as well as, work at breaking down the barriers to homophobia and supporting emerging prides.

The Producers: Ken Coolen - has over twenty years of experience in working with the the LGBT community in a leadership role. Ken has worked with Out on the Slopes, the annual AIDS Walk with the BCPWA, Starbuck’s Diversity Team, InterPride, and the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) - as past president of the society. Dean Nelson - has over seven years of experience in working with the LGBT community and over twenty years in management within the hospitality / tourism industry. Dean is an active member with Travel Gay Canada, IGLTA, Vancouver Pride Society, InterPride, and GLISA - Outgames to name a few.

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Putting Western Canada on the International LGBT Map In 1990 the international LGBT community discovered the Emerald Gem of Canada as a warm and welcoming destination when Vancouver hosted the Gay Games. Sport became a catalyst for brining people together in celebration and camaraderie. 1991 Seattle based Out & About sports group organized a gay ski weekend for a group of avid skiers including Brent Benaschak & Rodney Plant. 1992 Brent and his team organized the beginning of what was soon to become known as “Altitude.” Monk’s on Blackcomb was an early advocate of the ski week and, Bev Brown was a key ally and hosted the first Snowball at the restaurant for an estimated 300 people. 1993 Reviews from the year earlier were positive and gave the gay community a viable choice as Colorado was grabbling with discriminatory legislation towards homosexuals. Altitude Volunteer program began as the community started to work together. Estimated 600 people attended with most events sold out.

Retrospective of Gay Ski Week: Altitude

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1994 - The Growing Year: Whistler started to take notice of this niche market as the Producers wooed Canadian Recording Artist, Sarah McLachan to perform to a sold out audience solidifying Altitude as a “must attend” event on the Gay Calendar. 1995 -A savvy media campaign is executed and the expected 300-400 people at the opening party turns out to attract over a 1,000. And by weeks end over 1,600 people have called Whistler home. Altitude became the single biggest ski event in Whistler with events that included: Gay Bingo, Comedy Night, Beach Party, Fashion Show, Mountain Top T-Dance, and Snowball headlined by DJ Billy Carroll 1996 - 2000 - Altitude surpassed Aspen as the biggest Gay Ski Week in the World. World class entertainment included: CeCe Peniston, Jimmy Somerville, Joi Cardwell, Kevin Aviance and his outrageous back up dancers, Elvira Kurt, Kiki & Herb, Pam Ann, Christine W., and the most famous guest to attend Altitude The Rt. Honorable Pierre Elliot Trudeau. Estimated attendance 3,000

Altitude’s evolution to GayWhistler’s WinterPRIDE, one of the world’s leading LGBT mountain festivals 2001 - 2002 Altitude continues to dominate

2007 - Gay Ski Week launched with its new brand “GayWhistler’s WinterPRIDE.” The vision of WinterPRIDE was to take the annual event and transform it into a festival that would be more inclusive and accessible to a wider

the gay ski week circuit and firmly establishes

audience. Activities were introduced to both the

itself as the start of the pride circuit celebrations

skier and non skier, Bear/Leather events, lesbian

annually. Whistler resort also continues receive

specific events and new culinary and wellness

world wide attention as one of the best ski


resorts in the world only adding even more prestige to the annual event. 2003 Altitude faced its most difficult year

2008 - WinterPRIDE earned the prestigious nod of being recognized as the #1 Gay Ski Week in the World by editors of PlanetOUT /

as the founder and visionary suddenly passed as well as the most lesbian welcoming

away one month prior to the start of the annual

of all gay ski weeks.

ski week. The Altitude team and community

2010 - The Olympic Winter Games are

came together to celebrate Brent’s life and

hosted in the City of Vancouver and the resort of

Altitude continued.

Whistler forcing the normal time slot for ski week

2004-2005 Altitude transferred through two

to shift by a month. Executive Producers Dean

years of temporary ownership from an investor

Nelson and Ken Coolen make a bold move to

from San Diego.

create the first Olympic Pride Pavilion - Pride

2006 - A group of independent business

House. The world wide media attention

people took over the ski week with just twelve

showcased how welcoming the destination is to

days to plan. The week was called

the LGBT community.

“GayWhistler’s Ski Week” and it was an


2012 - The Resort Municipality of Whistler

opportunity for the annual event to get back

extends official civic status to the festival

down to its core roots, research what the LGBT

proclaiming Feb. 5-12 ‘Pride Week’. The first

community wanted and plan for the future.

pride march is scheduled for Feb. 9th, 2012.

*Package rates are per person per night, based on 2 adults sharing a Deluxe Room from January 28 - February 8, 2011. Book by Nov 15, 2010. Package includes accommodation and a 4 Day Lift Ticket per person. Rates do not include taxes or fees, are subject to availability and may change without notice. Minimum blackout dates and/or other restrictions may apply.

Whistler Blackcomb

2012 Official Civc Status in Whistler

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2008 - Whistler Blackcomb becomes the first Ski Resort to include LGBT specific pages on their corporate website. They also included a “Rainbow Flag” on their home page with other flags such as “French”, “Japanese”, “Independent Disabled Travelers” reinforcing the resort’s stance on being truly inclusive.


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ENTERTAINMENT LINE UP Int’l dj/producer Paul Goodyear

DJ Kasey Riot

DJ Byron James

Snowball 21 Saturday, February 9th Goodyear has been headlining the world’s highest-profile clubs and parties for over 25 years. His style encapsulates an incredible range. During his sets he combines tech house, latin beats, dynamic disco, and soulful house to create a signature style all his own. Paul has shown a remarkable gift for not just staying current, but for contributing as a leader as a Producer and DJ. The Bay Area Reporter called Paul Goodyear a “world-renowned mix master.” Dance Music Authority Magazine called him a “Disco dignitary” and Gay News Network labelled him a “DJ Sensation.”

WOW! Women of WinterPRIDE Closing Party Saturday February 9th Currently one of the most prominent female DJs in Vancouver's club scene, Kasey Riot's been setting dance floors on fire since 2007 and has proven herself as a heavy hitter with multiple residencies, headlining shows and frequent tours. With a classically trained background, she has gone from learning piano and theory from her Polish mother, to fronting punk rock bands, but has now taken her knowledge and passion for music to the dance floors.

WinterPRIDE Cowboy & Cowgirl Party Tuesday February 5th Byron James is a former on-air personality for 93.7 JRfm, Canada's number one country station and has been nominated 4 times as "OnAir Personality of the Year" by the British Columbia Country Music Association. Byron is the resident DJ at The Bourbon in Gastown, Vancouver's only Country-Rock Club.

DJ Nick Bertossi Snowball 21- Closing Party Saturday February 9th Nick Bertossi is one of Vancouver’s best dj’s and is quickly rising to the top with his unique mixes and addictive rhythms. Blasting his way through online with releases on such distributions sites such as beatport, itunes and soundcloud, his following just gets bigger and bigger. Mixing thick rhythms with funky baselines and high energy vocals, even throwing in an anthem or two, Bertossi’s sets are always full of his own edits and remixes that leave the crowd jumping, screaming and wanting more!

DJ Tim Jones GuySpy Village T-Dance Friday February 8th Tim's musical style is described as Vocal House meets Rock Tec House, his recent bootleg remixes of The Beatles, Yello and T Rex are tearing up London's dancefloors. Most Dj's play track after track, Tim's unique style is to use the DJ deck, tools and digital workstations as instruments, creating a harmonix mix of music and samples to really move the audience.

DJ Dwayne Minard Furrocious Friday February 8th Dwayne’s signature sound of funky, uplifting house led to DJ sets in Vancouver, at Miami’s White Party and in famed London UK clubs Pacha and The End. He continues to be a mainstay of Toronto’s gay scene through regular residencies at various clubs he now produces his own popular parties under the brand Mr. Big and Daddy Next Door.

DJ SHE WOW! Women of WinterPRIDE Closing Party Saturday February 9th Award winning artist, DJ SHE is the first female DJ in Canada to compete in the worldwide Red Bull 3 Style competition in 2010 and is a 2012 Pioneer DJ Stylus Award Nominee for Female DJ Of The Year. Her style ranges from the roots of today’s music; classic funk, disco and soul, but SHE also crosses genres of West Coast and Chicago House, funky mid-tempo Breaks and of course Hip Hop and R&B.

DJ Adam Dreaddy Monsoon Pool Party Thursday, February 7th Adam has been DJing for 6 years now and since playing WinterPRIDE for his third year, he continues his Vancouver residences' with Big Roger Events, 560 Nightclub, and 1181. While focusing on the people in front of him and their music needs, Adam has been successful keeping the floor full and moving! He craves energy from a crowd, and he is not happy until he sees hands in the air and the sweat pouring!

DJ Drew Mad Hatter Mar-TEA-ni Gender Bender Party Wednesday February 6th DJ Drew's innovative style of mixing and understanding of what club goers want to hear continues to pack dance floors wherever he chooses to spin his talent and as a result has been labeled Vancouver's "Golden Boy". You can find Drew holding down various gigs in Vancouver including Hard Candy at Celebrities and Industry night at Junction.

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DJ Foxy Moron Thursday Après Thursday February 7th Foxy Moron is the resident Après-ski dj at the base of Whistler Mtn. in the Garibaldi Lift Co. She plays strictly vinyl and likes music with soul. Whether it's funk, jazz, house, breaks, rock, roll or electronic, it all goes well with drinking toddies and grooving bodies.

DJ Lisa DeLux Purrlesque Friday February 8th Well known for her high energy party rockin' sets, Lisa captures dance floors with her original remixes, live mashups and innovative styles. Appearing as a DJ on Showtime's Lesbian Series "the L Word" for 4 seasons, as well as countless mega Pride events including “The Dinah” has created a huge loyal followers.

DJ RSquared Saturday GuySpy Après Ski Saturday February 9th DJ Rsquared excels at spinning commercial house, but he always likes to have an edge with the emerging EDM scene; thus making him an extremely versatile DJ. His energetic performances are quickly having him emerge as a successful Canadian DJ. As he moves at a lightening pace, the audience loves to watch as Rsquared begins to twist this sound, drop that beat, and chop and change between tracks until the dance floor is throbbing to his music.

DJ Mixmaster Fab Monday Mix/Mingle Party Monday, February 4th The Mixmaster has been on the Whistler party scene for more than 20 years spinning at iconic parties like Solartribe Full Moon Parties bring his unique fusion house that is crowd driven. His collection is vast pulling from incredible crooner music of the 1950's to rock anthems, disco, bigbrass Latin and American Top 40.

Internationally renown artist take Whistler by storm Chad Michaels - RuPaul’s All Star & #1 Cher Performer Werking Girl. Top 3 RPDR4, Professor Chad Michaels Drag U3, #1 Cher Impersonator, Fierce Bitch, Living Legend, Queen of Queens RPDR

have been described as a Live Vocal and Visual drum show where their passion for music is fueled by exchanging energy with the audience.

Lola Frost - Vancouver’s Rock N’ Roll Flapper is known to take

ALLSTARS WINNER. Chad produces and performs with the longest

Neo-Burlesque to a perfect alchemy of nostalgia and classic grace. Lola

running Female Impersonation show in California, The Dreamgirls Revue,

has been recognized at the Burlesque Hall of Fame - Best Debut 2010.

and travels extensively touring nationally and internationally as a proud representative of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

April O’Peel - Burlesque Hall of Fame award winner, “Most Comedic” overall performer (2012) April believes in diversity, variety and


multiformity in creating her numbers. She uses Fantasy, Theatrics, Humor,

Award winning musical duo veteran punk rock drummer, Bobby James

Sexuality, Body Positivity, and Dance in order to create Joy, Positivity and

and jazz singer Christina Sing with their high energy and engaging


performances have taken audiences around the world by storm. They





One of Vancouver's premier gender illusionists. Entertaining the masses from Paris to Whistler Awarded "Entertainer of the Year"

Iona is the current reining “Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar” and last year played in “La Cage Aux Folles” at Vancouver’s Playhouse.

Best known for her brilliant impersonations of Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli and Dolly Parton, Mandy is a frequent guest performer on the Vancouver scene.

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EVENT LISTINGS - MIDWEEK Summary of event listings for WinterPRIDE 21 WinterPRIDE Guest Services and Ticket Centre will be open in the Aava Whistler Hotel from Feb. 3-10 Sunday, Feb. 3rd, 2013 3PM-6PM Après Ski at Black’s Pub 7PM-10PM Welcome Party at the Conference Centre 10PM-1AM Welcome Dance at Buffalo Bill’s with DJ Peacefrog Monday, Feb. 4th, 2013 WinterPRIDE 9AM-12PM TAG BC FreshTracks Snowmobile Tour Ski Guiding 10AM-2PM Ski/Snowboard Guiding on Whistler Mountain 12-2PM Lunch Roundhouse Lodge Whistler Mountain 3PM-6PM Après Ski at the Buffalo Bill’s with DJ Peacefrog 6PM-10PM Dine OUT Whistler Tandoori Grill - 4368 Main Street #201 | Tel: 604.905.4900 | Bearfoot Bistro - 4121 Village Green | Tel: 604-932-3433 | 9PM-Late Mix & Mingle Party at the Savage Beagle with DJ Mixmaster Fab Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 10AM-2PM Ski/Snowboard Guiding on Blackcomb Mountain 10AM-12PM TAG Natural Mystic Snowshoe Tour 12-2PM Lunch Glacier Creek Lodge - Expressway 3PM-6PM Après Ski at the GLC with DJ Kori.K 6PM-10 PM Dine OUT Whistler Alta Bistro - 4319 Main Street, #104 | 604.932.2582 | Brewhouse - 4355 Blackcomb Way | 604.905.2739 | 9PM-2AM Cowboy & Cowgirl Party at Buffalo Bill’s with DJ Byron James & Timberline Dance Society Wednesday, Feb. 6th, 2013 11AM- 1PM TAG - Zoom Zipline Adventure 10AM-2PM Ski/Snowboard Guiding on Whistler Mountain 12-2PM Lunch Roundhouse Lodge - Glacierview Whistler Mountain 1PM-3PM WinterPRIDE Inner Tubing at the CocaCola Tube Park, Blackcomb 3PM-6PM Après Ski at the Grand Foyer - Whistler Conference Centre with 4PM - 8PM Whistler Tasting Tours - Finer Things Dinner Tour 6PM-10PM Dine OUT Whistler Ric’s Grill - 4154 Village Green | 604.932.7427 | 21 Steps - 4433 Sundial Place | 604.966.2121 | 8PM-10PM Whistler Debates: “Pride is no longer relevant” at the Whistler Museum and Archives 9PM-2AM Mad Hatter Mar-TEA-ni Gender Bender Party at Garfinkels

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EVENT LISTINGS: WEEKEND Summary of event listings for WinterPRIDE 21

Weekend has the larger evening parties

Thursday, Feb. 7th, 2013 Official PRIDE DAY in Whistler 9AM-1PM The Medicine Trail Snow Shoeing 10AM-2PM Ski/Snowboard Guiding on Blackcomb 12-2PM Lunch Glacier Creek Lodge - Expressway 1PM-2PM WinterPRIDE Charity Ski Race on Blackcomb 1PM-3PM Barefoot Mixology with Wine at the Aava 3PM-3.30PM Pride March in Whistler’s Skiers Plaza 3PM-6PM Après Ski at the Grand Foyer with DJ Foxy Moron 6PM-7.30PM VIP Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Reception with Chad Michaels 6PM-10PM Dine OUT Whistler Araxi Restaurant + Bar - 4122 Village Gate Square | 604.932.4540 | Hy’s Steakhouse - 4308 Main Street | 604.905.5555 | 8PM-10PM Mr. Gay Canada Grand Finale & Fashion Show with RuPaul’s All Star - Chad Michaels 10PM-Late Monsoon Pool Party at Meadow Park with DJ Adam Dreaddy Friday, Feb. 8th, 2013 8AM-10AM WinterPRIDE 5K run/walk hosted by the Vancouver Frontrunners 10AM-12PM TAG Zoom Zipline Tours 10AM-2PM Ski/Snowboard Guiding on Whistler Mountain 12-2PM Lunch Roundhouse Lodge - Glacierview Whistler Mountain 2PM-4PM WHISTLER BREWERY - BEER TASTING at the Aava Whistler Hotel 3PM-6PM GuySpy Après Ski Village T-Dance at the Conference Centre 3PM-6PM Vancouver Dyke March Women’s Après Ski & Speed Dating at the Aava Whistler Hotel 6PM-7PM HIM Speed Dating at the Conference Center 6PM-10PM Dine OUT Whistler Bavaria Restaurant - 4369 Main Street, #101 | 604-932-7518 | Quattro - 4319 Main Street | 604.905.4844 | 9PM-2AM Furrocious - A Leather, Denim and Uniform Party at the Conference Centre with DJ Dwayne Minard 9PM-2AM Purrlesque a Bisexual/Lesbian themed party at Black’s Pub with DJ Lisa DeLux and Lola Frost 9PM-2AM Snowstorm a Club Kid Circuit party at Garfinkels with DJ Matilda Ho and Raye Sunshine

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EVENT LISTINGS: WEEKEND Summary of event listings for WinterPRIDE 21

Saturday, Feb. 11th, 2012 9:30AM-12PM TAG BC Fresh Tracks Snowmobile Tour 10AM-2PM Ski/Snowboard Guiding on Blackcomb 12-2PM Lunch Glacier Creek Lodge - Expressway 12PM-2PM Ice Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza 2PM-4PM Barefoot Wine Tasting & HIM Art of Flirtation - Aava Hotel 3PM-6PM Après Ski - Whistler Conference Centre with DJ RSquared 6PM-10PM Dine OUT Whistler The Grill Room - 4599 Chateau Blvd | 604.938.2033 Trattoria di Umberto - 4242 Village Stroll | 604-932-4442 9PM-2AM WOW! Women of WinterPRIDE Closing Party at the GLC with DJ Kasey Riot & DJ SHE 9PM-12AM skiOUT! WHOOSSH Party at Merlin’s with DJ Smoothie and Ms. Willie Taylor 10PM-4AM Snowball 21 at the Conference Centre with DJ Nick Bertossi & DJ Paul Goodyear Sunday, Feb. 12th, 2012 12PM-2PM Guest Relations & Lost and Found at the Aava Whistler hotel 10AM-1PM Farewell Breakfast at the Dubh Linn Gate, Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside 1PM-4PM Volunteer Wrap Party - Aava Whistler hotel 3PM-6PM Après Ski at Black’s Pub 3PM-7PM Detox at the Sandinave Spa 10PM - Late XoXo - post WinterPRIDE Vancouver Party - Ginger 62, Vancouver

ENTERTAINMENT SUMMARY: International DJ/producer Paul Goodyear (SFO/SYD), DJ Dwayne Minard (YYZ), DJ Tim Jones

(LHR), DJ Lisa DeLux (YVR), DJ Adam Dreaddy (YVR), DJ/Producer Bertossi (YVR), DJ Drew (YVR), DJ RSquare (YVR/YUL), DJ SHE (YVR), DJ Kasey Riot (YVR), DJ Foxy Moron (Whistler), DJ Byron James (YVR), (Whistler), DJ Mixmaster Fab (Whistler), DJ Smoothie (YVR), DJ Peacefrog (Whistler), DJ Kori.K (Whistler)

SPECIAL GUESTS: RUPAUL’S ALL STAR - CHAD MICHAELS, CHARLIE DAVID, BRENT EVERETT, SYMONE SAYS, MANDY KAMP, IONA WHIPP, CONNIE SMUDGE, SAMANTHA MACK, LOLA FROST, APRIL O’PEEL, MR. GAY CANADA 2013 DELEGATES For More information on these and other events please visit * Events and entertainers subject to change without notice [13] WinterPRIDE 2013 Electronic Press Kit (EPK)

Mix and Mingle with Mixmaster Fab

Monday, February 4

A fun and interactive party to help meet new and old friends in one of Whistler’s hottest clubs. 9pm - 1am | Savage Beagle | $15**

Mr. Gay Canada Grand Finale Thursday, February 7

RuPaul’s All Star – Chad Michaels holds court with Charile David (Dante’s Cove) at the 5th annual Mr. Gay Canada competition & Fashion Show. Fashions by: Mckillop, Priape, Motherland, Boys’ Co., CanSki, and more. Special performances by: Destineak, Symone Says, Iona Whip, Mandy Kamp, and other guests!” 8pm - 10pm | Whistler Conference Centre | $36*


snowball 21 Dance ‘Til Dawn

with DJ Lisa DeLux

with DJ Paul Goodyear

Friday, February 8

Saturday, February 9

Purrlesque a night of erotic dance at the foot of Whistler Mountain with special guests Lola Frost & April O’Peel. Women celebrating women hosted by the Vancouver Dyke March Festival Society. 9pm - Late | Black’s Pub | $23*

Furrocious Party with DJ Dwayne Minard

Friday, February 8

Wear your favourite “Uniform”, whether it is policeman, soldier, doctor, mechanic or leather man and get down to DJ Dwayne Minard as he gets dark & dirty for a night of debauchery, the Wildlife comes out at night in Whistler and they are Furrocious. Visit the Winter Chill Lounge, presented by HIM! 9pm - Late | Whistler Conference Centre | $30*

Cowboy and Cowgirl Party with DJ Byron James

Tuesday, February 5

Get ready for a Ho Down with some great line dancing with a true West Coast flare with the Timberline Dance Society and meet the 2013 Mr. Gay Canada delegates. 9pm - Late | Buffalo Bill’s | $20**

WinterPRIDE Whistler Debates Wednesday 7pm Door/Bar opens Debate begins promptly at 8pm Whistler Debates is extremely excited to host WinterPRIDE in debating “Whistler believes the gay rights movement is no longer relevant”.

» $10** | Whistler Museum and Archives

Pool Party with DJ adam Dreaddy

with DJ Matilda Ho and guest performance by Raye sunshine

apres ski Village T-Dance

Celebrities Night Club will turn Garfinkels into a pumping dance heaven with new sound system & intelligent lights plus performances by the House of Celebs Go Go Boys. 9pm - Late | Garfinkel’s $35* advance

with DJ Tim Jones presented in part by Guyspy

Friday, February 8

Join the crowd in the Grand Foyer for WinterPRIDE’s classic afternoon T-Dance with special guests Brent Everett and Charlie David. 3pm - 6pm | Whistler Conference Centre $15**

Mad Hatter Party with DJ Drew Wednesday, February 6

Alice in Wonderland comes to Whistler! An exciting night is planned with crazy outfits and Gender Bender fun. Get your Mad Hatter Hat at the PRIDEhouse (Aava Whistler) or make your own. 9pm - Late | Garfinkel’s | $15*

Barefoot Mixology Thursday 1-3pm

Mixology with Wine: Join the barefooters as they share with you on how to take a bottle of wine and create fun and fabulous cocktails!

» $10** | Aava Whistler Hotel

Vancouver Dyke March apres ski and speed Dating Friday 3-6pm

» Aava Hotel $15**

Beer Tasting Friday 2-4PM

Whistler Brewery will take you through a tasting of their products and share with you the story of beer.

» $10** | Aava Whistler Hotel

Friday, February 8

Barefoot Wine Tasting and art of Flirtation Saturday 2-4pm

Join the Barefooter team and taste and experience some great Californian Wines while the team from HIM teach you the Art of Flirting.

» $10** | Aava Whistler Hotel

WOW - Women of WinterPRIDE with DJ Kassey Riot and DJ she

Saturday, February 9

Hosted by the Vancouver Dyke March Festival Society DJ Kassey Riot & DJ She heat up the dance floor at WOW – the Women of WinterPRIDE closing party for the week! You can expect HOT snow bunnies, performers & pounding beats. Need we say more! 9pm - 2am | GLC | $30*

* All rates are starting from and valid for online sales/Advance sales only, quoted in Canadian dollars, per person, subject to hst tax and/or other fees including insurance may be applicable, space is limited, subject to general availability at time of reservation. ** All rates quoted in Canadian dollars, per person, includes hst tax, space is limited, subject to venue capacity first come first serve basis.

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Guyspy apres ski Monday - Saturday, 3-6pm Monday | Buffalo Bill’s | $12** Tuesday | GLC | $12** Wednesday | WCC | $12** Thursday | WCC | $12** Friday | WCC | $15** Saturday | WCC | $15**

sNOWsTORM in Whistler

Thursday, February 7

Let’s get soaking wet! WinterPRIDE takes over the Meadow Park swimming pool for a late night party hosted by the ever outrageous Drag Diva - Symone Says. 10pm - Late | Meadow Park Pool $36*

DJ Nick Bertossi opens for Int’l DJ/Producer Paul Goodyear for the epic closing party -SNOWBALL 21. Special guest performances by Destineak and the House of Celbs Go Go’s and other surprises. Enhanced visuals and design by Debut Events & Design, Showmaxx. Take it down a tempo at the Winter Chill Lounge, presented by HIM! 10pm - 4am | Whistler Conference Centre | $75*

PassEs Purchase Passes for added value! (Please see icons beside events for which events are included with each pass)

Men’s Full Week Pass Sunday Feb 3 – Saturday Feb 9

Men’s Mid-Week Pass Sunday, Feb 3 – Thursday, Feb 7

$299* $130*

Men’s Extended Week End

Thursday, Feb 7 – Saturday, Feb 9 $179*

Men’s Week End Pass Friday, Feb 8 – Saturday, Feb 9


Women’s Full Week Pass Sunday Feb 3 - Saturday Feb 9


Women’s Mid-Week Pass Sunday, Feb 3 – Thursday, Feb 7


Women’s Extended Week End Pass

Thursday, Feb 7 – Saturday, Feb 9 $129*

Women’s Week End Pass Friday, Feb 8 – Saturday, Feb 9

Men’s Après Ski Pass Sunday, Feb 3 – Saturday, Feb 9

$79* $79*

Women’s Après Ski Pass Sunday, Feb 3 – Saturday, Feb 9


FAQ’S - STORY STARTERS AN INTERVIEW WITH DEAN NELSON, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF GAYWHISTLER’S WINTERPRIDE 1. Tell me what WinterPRIDE is and how you got involved?  WinterPRIDE is the evolution of Gay Ski Week. In 2007 we re-branded Gay Ski week as we saw there was a bigger opportunity to reach more people to become more inclusive to both the skier/non skier, to the full spectrum of our very diverse LGBT community. We have programming specific for women, to the bear/ leather/fetish, to the circuit queens and everything in between. I first was involved with Gay Ski Week back in 1995 as a hotel partner, as well as a volunteer, and then in 2006 became part of the organizing group that took over the week long celebration.

during WinterPRIDE, we assemble everyone that wants to ski/snowboard together into similar skiing/riding abilities. This way you are able to meet other people at your own speed and have an enjoyable experience at North America’s largest ski resort. Whistler and Blackcomb mountains can be a bit overwhelming for some of our guests from vertically challenged geographies! This also means if you are in a relationship and you are at different skiing abilities group you can break off and each have an amazing time on the mountain and come back and meet for lunch and later for Après without feeling guilty of either holding your partner back or pushing him/her into terrain that they are not comfortable with. It has saved a many a marriage I reckon!

5.   Are there races or 2.    There are a few other gay ski competitions? On Friday, Feb. 10th we have weeks out there, but WinterPride seems our annual Charity Ski Race... the race is to be the best at attracting lesbians. actually a race against yourself where you need Why is that? WinterPRIDE is a huge team to guess your time. So it does not necessarily effort and we are really fortunate to work with many wonderful community groups that are able to engage and listen to what our female guests are looking for and needing in a winter escape. We are thrilled to have an opportunity to work with the Vancouver Dyke March making the festival more inclusive and to attract the international and regional lesbian traveller. There are women specific Après Ski parties as well as the Purrlesque Friday Night party and the closing party on Saturday - “WOW!”

3.   Why come to an event like WinterPride instead of just going to Whistler for a ski week on your own?

The advantage of coming during WinterPRIDE is the village vibe is remarkably different. Everyone loosens up, is having a great time and everyone can just be themselves without having to think in their mind “is this okay.” Also many of our resort partners have exclusive discounts and promotions during the week therefore making your vacation budget stretch that much more. You can also win some amazing prizes and of course you are meeting like minded people from all over the world. Many of our guests have found their life partners and made long time friends.

4.   Tell me about the skiing and snow boarding. Do people all meet up to ski together or what? Yes, everyday

mean the fastest racer wins.... it is the skier that is the most consistent. Last year the winner guessed his time perfect! All proceeds this year go towards the Whistler Health Care Centre.

6.   What about newbies? Can they get lessons? Yes, Whistler Blackcomb offers both private and group lessons. When you sign up and let the guest relations know you are with WinterPRIDE they will do their best to link you up with other WinterPRIDE guests.

7.   What kinds of events do you have for non-skiers? There are so many amazing adventures to get into... we have the very passive adventures like culinary (mixology, wine tastings, beer sampling, progressive dinners), sightseeing on the Peak2Peak gondola; soft adventures like Inner Tubing, dog sledding, ice skating in the village, to relaxing and detoxing at one of our many spas... to more adrenaline adventures like Bungee Jumping, Snowmobile tours, ZipTreking, and new this year... Skelton! Imagine hovering just inches off a sheet of ice clocking some 70 mph head first down the fastest sliding track in the world! That is Skelton at the Whistler Olympic Sliding Centre... it is okay, totally safe... Skelton is the easiest of the three sliding sports and you have a full training session on how to slide safely!

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8.   What big women’s events do you have scheduled for 2013? This year we are working with a local grass roots organization - the Vancouver Dyke March to help build the women’s community at WinterPRIDE. They will be hosting a special Speed Dating Après on Friday and a games inspired Après for the Saturday afternoon Après. Retuning this year is the sensational and seductive Purrlesque Party hosted by the Vancouver Dyke March. Special guest performances by Lola Frost and April O’Peel and DJ Lisa DeLux will spin into the wee hours of the morning. WOW! Women of WinterPRIDE is the closing party for the women with DJ Kasey Riot and DJ SHE and loads of beautiful snow bunnies to get you in the mood to party the night away. All of WinterPRIDE events are accessible to everyone, so besides these two signature events... the girls will be at the Mix & Mingle Party, Cowboy/girl Party, Mad Hatter Party and of course the MGC Grand Finale and Fashion show with RuPaul’s Chad Michaels.

9.   Is WinterPride a good place for singles? Or is it geared more toward couples? WinterPRIDE has a diverse offering so we have both singles, couples and swingers! So of course singles ares going to have a total rage just depends on what they are looking for.

10. Anything else you want to say about WinterPride? WinterPRIDE will be giving away some exciting prizes throughout the week including a Trip for 2 to Munich and Vienna courtesy of the Lufthansa Group. Much of the programming is similar from years past just refreshed a bit. The civic government has officially declared Feb. 3-10, 2013 “Pride Week in Whistler” and the Mayor herself will be presenting the Proclamation during the Mr. Gay Canada Fashion Show. Also on Thursday WinterPRIDE will host the second annual Pride ski-out and March through the village. The biggest travel tip is to plan early as all the best deals are available prior to November 15th each year. For those that plan last minute still can find some good rates if they are flexible on the dates they want. Call 1.866.787.1966 or visit us online at

FAQ’S - STORY STARTERS AN INTERVIEW WITH DEAN NELSON, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF GAYWHISTLER’S WINTERPRIDE Whistler is not cheap, is WinterPRIDE a playground just for people with deep pockets? Or are there ways those of us who are economically challenged can enjoy the event? I think the perception that Whistler is expensive is the biggest misconception.

Snowbus is a twice daily shuttle service with an excellent value price point. You can

WOULD IT BE CORRECT TO SAY THAT reach them direct at 1.888.794.5511 or online at WHISTLER IS A SAFE HAVEN FOR MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE STILL IN THE CLOSET BACK HOME, WHO From Seattle you can take the COME TO THE EVENT TO BE Amtrak - Cascades. It is a relaxing journey THEMSELVES? Whistler for the most part creates an

up to Vancouver where you can easily transfer to the Greyhound to continue your journey to

Whistler is actually excellent value when you

environment that embraces diversity and has an

look at the total picture of what the resort has to

attitude of anything goes. Speaking with some

offer. Whistler has world class facilities, some of

of our guests over the last couple years they

the best skiing/riding in the world, voted

have told me that the reason why they love

consistently as one of the best mountain resorts

coming to Whistler is because Whistler is not

for culinary, night life, spas, and

seen as a Gay destination so it does not raise

accommodations. If you plan ahead you will get

any flags or alarm bells for those in a more

wicked deals for instances we offered ski

conservative community. They are able to for

most up to date equipment available and all

packages starting at just $101/person/night

the week let their hair down and have fun and

guests can save up to 33% when they book in

back in August, room only rates starting at $99/

not worry about looking over their should to see

advance. The other advantage of renting with

night. I think the problem is when people do not

if anyone is watching, they are able to just be

our preferred partner is you have complimentary

plan ahead and want to go up to Whistler last

and have fun as an equal human being. We

ski storage, access to free tuning and service,

minute and all they can find are the few rooms

have created programming that allows our guest

and convenient pick up locations. Plus they

available at some of our luxury properties that

to be ambiguous to über-gay and everything in-

have outer wear rentals available so the only

start at $399/night. This year will be no


thing you will need to pack are your ski gloves

are currently running a promotion that if you book now you can get a 3 night / 2 day ski package for just $134/night/person, but you have to book in advance. For those that are a bit more frugal the Whistler hostel at the Olympic village is excellent value at just $39/ bed/night, other ways to save is collect some of your friends and go in on renting a larger suite to share the cost. You can prepare some of your own meals in the suite to save some dollars on dining out during your stay. Buy an Edge Card or your ski tickets online before you arrive into the resort. Ticket window price for a ski ticket is approx. $96/day vs. online at $88 or $82 with an Edge card (based on a 2-day ski pass online pre-purchase 48+ hours in advance) Final tip: Volunteer for Pride! You get access to the events, meet lots of great people and you will have a great time.

1.800.USA.RAIL or visit

Extra luggage fees are killing me do I need to bring my ski gear? Travel light! Whistler Blackcomb has the

and socks! Call 1.866.787.1966 or visit online at

exception as the snow base continues to grow as will the hotel room rates - so book early. We

Whistler. For more information call

How do I get up to Whistler from Vancouver? There are many different options available to our guests. They can self drive, limo, take a

Do you have the dates for WinterPRIDE in the future years?

motor coach or shuttle service, take the

Yes, our dates are:

Greyhound, or you can even take a Heli-Jet from

February 2-9, 2014

the Airport. Here are some great resources for

February 1-8, 2015

your consideration:

The official travel partner is Whistler

Glacier Coach Lines - the preferred

Blackcomb where they can assist you with all of

transportation company for GayWhistler. They

your travel needs from Air, Accommodation, Ski

offer town car, luxury SUV’s, limo, mini-coaches

Tickets, Rentals, Ground Transfers, and

and motor coach private charters for the larger

activities. Call 1.866.787.1966 or visit

groups. You can reach them at: 1.866.905.7779

or online at Pacific Coach Lines is the official shuttle service to Whistler Blackcomb with express Airport service with nine departures daily. You can reach them direct at 1.800.661.1725 or visit online at

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Host Hotel for 2013-15 is the Aava Whistler Hotel




Tales from the Coat Check Two years ago our Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium was working the coat check for a Whistler Pride event at the Conference Centre. The group was incredibly generous with their donations to our Eradicate Polio Campaign and we were able to talk with several of the attendees regarding their visit to Whistler. A gentleman of about my age started chatting with me about my family and our feeling about Whistler Pride. We discussed at some length about how the town had always been so welcoming and then he told

outside world as a "Gay" destination. The attendees could tell acquaintances they were going to Whistler without fear of letting their orientation be revealed. Thanks for letting me share this with you, Dean Diane Maskell -Past President Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium

me his story. His partner of 35 years had just recently passed away; but he had made this gentleman promise that he would still come to Whistler Pride to represent both of them. He told me that Whistler was, for years, the ONLY place they could vacation as a couple without fear of reprisals for their sexual orientation. He and his partner had never missed a week since the inception. He looked around the large gathering and mused that most of the younger men present had NO idea of just how lucky they were to enjoy the freedom of expressing their orientation that had, for years, been denied to them. What I still remember was his quiet dignity as he relayed all this to me. I have never forgotten him and the impact he had on me. Especially since Dean explained to me that for many in the Gay Community, Whistler held no connotation to the

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Media Tools:

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THE RAINBOW FLAG Start of a Pride movement bringing an invisible minority out of the shadows Every year the Village is covered in

including adaptations such as

Rainbows. Whether it be the banners along

bumper stickers and decals. "A

Main Street or flags in the windows of many of

true flag," Baker said, "is torn from

the businesses. This is a recognition to the

the soul of the people.

LGBT Community of the acceptance that is part

of the culture of Whistler. The following explains

Since, Baker has designed

what the significance of the Rainbow Flag is to

flags for many dignitaries and

our Community.

political figures, including then

Gilbert Baker – Father of the Rainbow Flag

San Francisco Mayor Dianne

In 1978, Gilbert Baker (born in Kansas in 1951) designed the Rainbow (or Gay Pride) Flag as a symbol of LGBT pride, liberation and diversity. "In the beginning the Rainbow Flag was about liberation. It was about breaking free

Feinstein. Baker also designed the flags for the 1984 Democratic

Father of the Rainbow Flag: Gilbert Baker

National Convention.

The 25th Anniversary of The Rainbow Flag:

of an existence limited by fear and conformity,

In 2003, Baker created a rainbow flag that

the right to express sexuality without shame or

stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic

retaliation from those who legislate "morality.'“

Ocean in Key West to commemorate the 25th

The previous symbol for our community had

anniversary of the flag. With that creation, Baker

been the Pink Triangle, which was a stigma or

broke his own record previously awarded in

mark put on us by the Nazis in the Second

1994 for his mile long Rainbow Flag in memory

World War.

of the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

The Key West flag, which was 1.25-miles, was

He began making banners and ultimately

created over three months and included more

the Rainbow Flag for his friend Harvey Milk, who

than 18,000 yards of nylon fabric, 25 miles of

was later assassinated on Nov 27, 1978. The

seams, and was created in 100 foot and 250

Rainbow Flag debuted at the 1978 San

foot sections seamed together. It weighed more

Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day

than three tons. A section of this world record


flag hangs in Whistler every year for

Pride Snowflake In 2007 Alpenglow Productions commissioned an artist to update Altitude’s Pride Snowflake. The Pride snowflake encompasses the entire community incorporating the male, female and transgender symbols as well as incorporating sexual diversity by including the gay, lesbian and bisexual symbols along with the six colours of the original pride flag.


It has since been used around the world as a symbol of LGBT unity in many variations,

Beyond Gay: Politics of Pride - Feature Movie Both Ken and Dean spent two years filming a feature documentary which included Whistler. The Film has gone on to win a number of awards. The Film is just one example of the other unique TV and Movie

Other Events Alpenglow Productions produces and collaborates on other events throughout the year including: • • • •

Summer Adventures Mr. Gay Canada Mr. Gay World Travel Gay Canada Conference

exposure GayWhistler has brought to the resort and the exposure there of.

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ALPENGLOW PRODUCTIONS dba GayWhistler’s WinterPRIDE Suite 1025, 106-4368 Main St. Whistler, BC, V0N 1B4, CANADA T: 604.288.7218 F: 888.803.6345 E: W:

SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS & PARTNERS Without their generous support the festival would not be the award winning and world class event it is today. Thank you for helping us celebrate diversity both on and o the slopes in Whistler.


Seattle Gay News


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2013 EPK - Electronic Press Kit for WinterPRIDE  

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