A weekend on Blue Mountain doesn’t usually involve sequins, feather boas and Drag Queen performances that’ll knock your toque off, but not every weekend is Rainbow Ski Weekend. This yearly party brings together people from across the community to celebrate a winter pride event unlike any other.
Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success, and this year is planned to be even bigger. Everyone is welcome and daytime events are all family friendly. Andrew Siegwart, president of the Blue Mountain Village Association says, “We are doing it a bit differently. The LGBTQ community is maturing. We have children now and families and so you want to go to a place and enjoy yourself but you want to bring your kids. It’s about having some family fun.”
Not your Average Pride Event
When you think of Pride, hot sunny weekends in the summer come to mind, but this event aims to change that. Enjoy your day outside doing fun winter activities, then warm up at night in the hot tub with friends, or out on the dance floor. The weekend kicks off Friday afternoon with an official flag raising ceremony, with a musical backdrop from Proud FM’s DJ Alejo. Pick up your welcome bag, then mix and mingle with other attendees and members of the LGBTQ community. “It’s a winter pride celebration like no other in Ontario,” said Blue Mountain Village Association president Andrew Siegwart.
Brandon Rheal Amyot, President of Fierte Simcoe Pride says, “The event is sure to be great fun for community members of all ages. We are thrilled that Blue Mountain is joining in the celebration of Pride. […] It will greatly benefit the growth of Pride throughout the region.”
If you’re wondering how to get to Blue Mountain, AUC Tours is offering a shuttle service from four pick-up locations in Toronto for under $50 for a roundtrip (save $10 on a round trip ticket when you use the code RAINBOW).
Winter Activities for Everybody
The fun continues that afternoon with Brew-ga, a special yoga event in the spa that is followed by a complimentary beverage (call to reserve a spot 705-293-2492). Finish your first day off with a Stop Light themed party at Copper Blues Bar and Grill, get your tickets here. Remember that green means ‘single’, red is ‘taken’ and orange is ‘it’s complicated.’ Buttons, drinks and stickers with the stop light theme will be available.
During the day on Saturday, put on your cutest toque and enjoy all that Blue Mountain offers. Snowboarding, skiing, skating and snowshoeing are all there for your enjoyment. Or, if you’d rather take it easy you can go snow tubing, ride the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, or simply relax in the Aquatic Center, then book some time at one of three spas on the grounds.
Also on Saturday there will be the Slalom Rainbow Run, where skiers will make their way down the hills surrounded by multi-coloured smoke plumes in the air. Drag shows from Xtacy love, Farra N Hyte, Katinka Kature, Baby Bel Bel and many more. And don’t forget to get your ‘gram – free professional photo sessions will be done in front of the Rainbow Weekend Ski backdrop in the Plaza from 1:00-4:00pm.
The night will heat up at the ‘Hat and Helmet Apres’ party at the Twist Martini Lounge. Keep your rainbow themed helmet or headgear on (most creative gets a prize), and watch as the Drag Queens make a return for a less-family friendly version of their previous main stage shows.
If you’re tired of watching others dance, you can head over to SMASH Niteclub for the After Party. More performances will be on the stage through the night, and a special guest DJ will spin the night away. Grab your tickets beforehand because this is bound to be popular.
Sunday Morning on the Mountain
Wind down the next morning at Copper Blues Bar & Grill with brunch and $6 mimosas. If your skin is feeling a little worse for wear after all the skiing and dancing, Blue Mountain’s iwa Spa is offering a Rainbow Facial Package and special yoga sessions, call to book ahead of time.
Redefine what a Pride event looks like, and get your best snowbunny outfit on for this fantastic weekend. You won’t want to miss out on this party of the winter.
Images courtesy of: Blue Mountain Village