Gay Ski Week under way
'Big gay out' marks opening nightJOHN EDENS
Gay Ski Week opened with a bang at the weekend with the annual "big gay out" opening night party in Barmuda.
The event has grown in popularity and attracts a steady stream of party-goers to the resort for a week of fun on the slopes and socialising.
Organisers Sally Whitewoods and wife Mandy Whitewoods have been at the helm since 2011.
Many Queenstown businesses get stuck into the fun, decorating businesses with the gay factor, and staff often dress for the occasion.
Sally Whitewoods said last year's event attracted at least 1000 party-goers to the resort although it was hard to gauge exact numbers because not everyone registered for the party.
One thing was certain, this year was bigger and if it continued to grow in popularity the organisers would need help next year, she said.
It was also great to see more people travelling from overseas just for Gay Ski Week. "It's definitely geting bigger. The vibe is slowly snowballing.
"We've a lot more Kiwis than in previous years ... Aussies are such a big group and we've a few from South America."
Tickets sold out for an evening of gay bingo - "bingay" - yesterday and the cabaret-style show La Cage Aux Folles was a hit too.
Highlights include a Casino Royale gala evening at the Skyline gondola tomorrow, a Queens on the Lake party aboard the TSS Earnslaw on Friday and the Heaven and Hell closing night party at Vinyl Underground.
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