Gay Ski Week QT 2018
Gay Ski Week QT is back for 2018 in Queenstown, New Zealand. Come join us and catch up with old friends, make new ones, hit the slopes, wineries, other adventure activities or whatever else catches your fancy. Whether you come for the whole week, a few days or just a long weekend, let's get together and celebrate our community.
We will use this event page to update you on what is confirmed and what we are still trying to plan. So check in on the discussion and on the information in the description section.
Jam-packed with amazing events, including dance parties , apres ski, cabaret and ski and boarding, the festival is the perfect week for people to show their true selves in an accepting, supportive and fun community.
Held annually, Queenstown is one of the best places in the world to host such a festival. As well as being the adventure capital of the world, it’s also a top tourist destination, and is full of supportive local businesses and people who welcome and encourage our community’s growing demographic.
Based on your feedback from last year, this year we are organising more events, both ticketed and free, and are launching a new "MINI Event Pass" for those who want more freedom to attend core events and pick and choose which other events to go to. For VIP Event Pass holders, we are introducing priority access for entry and bar access, at key events.
What can we confirm?
• Specific Parties / events:
We can confirm that there will be the following parties. The days, times and venues will change.
"S/O last year" indicates that a specific event (or its equivalent) was sold out in 2017, so may want to book for those events as early as you possibly can.
"TBC" indicates that we are actively planning the event.
Saturday 1 Sept: VIP Welcome Party (early evening, VIP pass holders only), Gibbston Valley Pre-Party (early evening), Opening Party (S/O last year)
Sunday 2 Sept: Apres Ski (free), Wild West Party (S/O last year)
Monday 3 Sept: Apres Ski (free), Queer Quiz Night (S/O last year)
Tuesday 4 Sept: Long Lunch (mid-day) (S/O last year), Apres Ski (free), (party TBC)
Wednesday 5 Sept: Apres Ski (free), Cabaret Night (S/O last year)
Thursday 6 Sept: Apres Ski (free), (early evening event TBC), Karaoke (free),
Friday 7 Sept: Apres Ski (free), (early evening event TBC), Leather and Lace (S/O last year)
Saturday 8 Sept: Apres Ski, Final Party (S/O last year)
What is Apres Ski?
In a New Zealand context, this is different from in Europe. We are going to give this a really hard push this year, with prizes, happy hour, and live music / DJ's as you rejoin your friends and mountain groups with live music / DJ in a bar which is keen to partner with our Gay Ski Week QT as a pride event. These are early, pre-dinner drinks and should be a lot of fun.
• Event Passes:
There are currently 3 full week passes available: VIP Event Pass, which gives prioritised access to queues and bars, the Maxi Event Pass, and the Mini Event Pass. Check the Eventfinda link for specific details on each.
Earlybird passes (limited release) give a 10% discount on standard ticket prices for events.
Standard Event Passes give a 5% discount on included ticket prices.
What are we still planning to organise?
• More events – we are actively planning to add extra events to the Gay Ski Week QT festival and will update you as we go
• More Passes – we are exploring having a WEEKENDER PASS (Friday and Saturday) and a LONG WEEKENDER PASS (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), so if this appeals to you, watch out for further information on this.
• OFF THE MOUNTAIN PASS (for those who do't like winter sport) - we are exploring a pass for people who prefer wine and other less icy activities. SO if a bit of adventure, a bit of pampering and a good deal of wine and food appeal to you, then watch this space.
• MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL PASS (6 day, 3 day or +1 day) includes mountain pass, transport to and from the mountain. We are going to create a festival which lets guests experience as many mountains as possible during the week.
We will take you to a different Mountain each day so that you can, if you choose to, enjoy guided ski / board groups just like they do in European Gay Ski Week and Whistler Winter Pride and Ski Festival events. This will give festival goers a far more social and friendly mountain experience. It is a real must-do.
As most of our guests know, Queenstown has 3 mountains within reasonably close proximity and a fourth which is a little bit more of a drive. Up until this point, no single pass connected all mountians.
We are currently negotiating with our mountain partners to create a special deal for Gay Ski Week to try give you access to as many mountains as possible, with transport, at a rate about between 5% and 20% below their usual day rate.
So watch this space before booking your mountain passes.
How much will it cost? We intended to get these passes to you, including the bus ride to the designated mountain for the day and a few other apres activities along the way for as close to the $115 mark as we can per day.
Mountain Festival 6 Day + transport $660
Mountain Festival 3 Day + transport $335
Mountain Festival + 1 Day + transport $120.
That's all for now folks. It is going to be epic as usual.
See you all in early September
The Gay Ski Week QT Team: Mike, Martin, and Tracey
Gay Ski Week QT is operated and managed by South Pacific Pride Ltd T/A Gay Ski Week QT.
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