Arosa Gay Ski Week 2015 – Preview

Adam Lowe

the 11th Annual Arosa Gay Ski Week takes place from 11-18 January 2015 in the gorgeous Swiss Alps. More than 500 participants descend upon the Alps from over 30 nations, making this Europe’s favourite winter pride festival.

Arosa has a great concept: all the LGBT+ events on the programme take place at different locations throughout Arosa. This includes activities and events in the new Kursaal, in the Waterworld at Hotel Altein, at the town Ice Rink and in various ski huts, restaurants and hotel lounges.

Winter sports

There are 225km/140miles of slopes in the newly linked skiing domain of Arosa-Lenzerheide. The good sunshine, fantastic snow conditions and top-notch instructors mean that this is a perfect spot for winter sports enthusiasts.

Ski and snowboard fans can either join a group with a dedicated sporty guide or can opt to take some lessons with one of the experienced teachers at the ABC Snow Sport School.

You can even pop over for a quick ski trip in nearby St. Moritz by helicopter!

The Tschugenhütte midday rendezvous can be reached on foot, and there’s plenty to do for those who’d rather not don their skates.

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The Arosa Ski Week features a welcome cocktail party with Sherry Vine and Arroba, friendship dinners for any singles (or couples who want to mingle), daily Après-Ski parties with DJs, and late bar nights out.

There’s also a classical music concert in the village church with Michel Dalbert, Michail Lifits and Max Simon; fondue fun at the Tschuggenhütte; night-time sledging; and the ‘Splash Pool Party’. There will be the regular ‘Downhill Costume Race’ – now infamous around the world – and an impressive farewell party at the world’s highest White Party, on top of the Weisshorn at 8,704ft!

Accommodation

There are no less than 11 LGBT-friendly hotels in the region – offering special packages where you get the Event Pass at a special rate. Event Pass holders get free entry to all parties, Apres-Skis and concerts, as well as free sun-loungers at the Tschuggenhütte during the week, plus a 10% discount for the ski pass and 20% discount on ski hire at the Bananas Ski- and Snowboard center.

Getting there

Arosa is at the end of the Schanfigg Valley, in Canton Graubünden, in Eastern Switzerland, between Davos and St. Moritz. There are excellent transport connections from these cities.

It’s also an easy drive from Zurich to Arosa by car, and the scenic train journey is child’s play: ICE and IC trains go from Zurich Airport to Chur, where you change to the Arosa line. This romantic stretch of the journey takes about an hour and is well worth it for the breathtaking view alone.

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For more information, visit arosa-gayskiweek.com.

About Adam Lowe

Adam Lowe is an award-winning author, editor and publisher from Leeds, now based in Manchester. He runs Dog Horn Publishing and is Director and Writing Coordinator for Young Enigma, a writer development programme for LGBT young people.

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