Elevation Utah 2011, is our first annual Park City Gay Ski Week! For the past 8 years, Elevation Mammoth has taken place in Mammoth Lakes, California and quickly grew to be the 3rd largest gay ski week in North America, now bringing more than 2000 people to the High Sierras each year. At a time when the many of the large gay party weekends have declined drastically in numbers, attendance at Elevation has increased by 60 to 100% each year. In 2011, we are excited to add the second Elevation to our roster - bringing the fun of Elevation to Park City, Utah as well as continuing the fun in Mammoth Lakes.
Why did Elevation become so successful in Mammoth? Probably because Elevation offers a great alternative to the gay party scene. Yes, we have huge dance parties with the biggest DJs in the country, but this weekend is about more than just those parties. When you come to Elevation, you experience some of the best skiing and boarding in the world, at an amazing resort, surrounded by gay guys and girls who are coming together in a spirit of camaraderie and fun.
When we were looking to expand the Elevation brand to a new resort, Park City was at the top of the list from the very beginning. It is an amazing world class resort. The town of Park City has a multitude of venues for events, as well as great restaurants and hotels. One advantage that Park City has over Mammoth is that it is so easy to get to from anywhere in the country because of the close proximity of Salt Lake City airport. You can be in downtown Park City a half hour after you land.
When you come to Elevation, you also get more options than just big dance parties. Our signature apres-ski events are more social, "bar-oriented" events, where you can meet (and buy drinks for) friendly guys from all over the country. Fresh off the slopes, margarita in hand, flushed and tan from a sunny day of amazing snowboarding - those are some of our favorite moments.
"...a great weekend of fun, friends, good folk and AWESOME spring skiing!"
A (very brief) serious moment. We created Elevation to bring people together in a spirit of celebration and diversity and fun. Elevation is also about sharing that celebration with Mammoth. Each year, the town has welcomed us wholeheartedly. The mayor and city council writes us a welcome letter each year. Merchants can't wait to put out their signs of support in their shop windows. Locals talk about how we have the best parties of the year, and how much they look forward to them. We've even heard cops at a local coffeehouse talking about how we have more people and fewer problems at our events than they've ever seen.
I'm also looking forward to having a huge local gay population joining us from Salt Lake City. We are working with local organizations, including HRC, the Pride Center, QUAC and others to involve the local charities and organizations in the event. In addition, we're holding preparties at some of the clubs in SLC. The local gays are excited about the event. (They're wondering why it took so long for this to happen.) One of our partners on the weekend, QUAC (Queer Utah Aquatic Club) is having their annual Ski-n-Swim weekend on the same weekend as Elevation Utah. We are partnering on a couple of events together, but for a full schedule of their events, click here.
This is a weekend about serious fun, new and old friends, and a community coming together. So, in the spirit of Elevation, a tip for the weekend that I always give every year: Be friendly. Introduce yourself. This is the kind of weekend where everyone loses the attitude. No judgement, no pretension, no waiting around to see if he talks to you first. The guy you meet one night will be the friend you ski with the next day.
And most importantly, have fun. That's the reason we do this.
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Elevation Utah has host properties with discount rooms blocked off for Elevation. This year, we have secured lower room rates than you will be able to book anywhere else, even with MVP or AAA discounts. Our host hotels are listed on our lodging page. Make your travel plans with the official Tom Whitman Presents travel partner Bruvion Travel/Concierge Services. They can arrange packages for you including lodging and event tickets. For more information please visit our lodging section.
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