Magazines boost global interest in gay ski week

20:21, Mar 30 2014

Hot on the heels of Queenstown becoming a gay wedding hotspot, the organisers of the resort's Gay Ski Week have organised international travel prizes bound to grow the event's global profile.

Hundreds of gay men and women converge on Queenstown for the annual event, this year being held from August 30 to September 6, and organisers Sally and Mandy Whitewoods have used the growth of the event to leverage international coverage through some of the world's largest gay-focused magazines.

"Every year we attract more and more people from a cross-section of countries and we're stoked to be able to grow the event's profile and reach even further," Sally Whitewoods said.

"It's fantastic we can offer people in the US and Australia the chance to experience DNA Gay Ski Week QT first hand. The prizes are just phenomenal. We're looking forward to generating some interest and raising the profile of Queenstown across the globe."

Readers of America's Curve and Instinct magazines are up for prize packs containing return flights from San Francisco and deluxe accommodation packages as well as Shotover Jet rides, Cardrona day passes and tickets to all DNA Gay Ski Week QT events.

Readers of Australia's LOTL and DNA magazines will be up for return flights from Sydney with Air New Zealand and lakeside accommodation packages as well as tickets and passes.


As well as the usual loud and lively shenanigans, top gay scene DJs from Melbourne and Sydney will play a circus-themed final party and spa pool party, and Anika Moa will play an intimate gig.

Last year Queenstown became a popular spot for gay weddings, with many Australian couples jetting over the Tasman to tie the knot in the resort.

The trend first began in 2012 when New South Wales couple Sandra Gibney and Jo Christie celebrated a civil union on the top of The Remarkables mountain range.

"We've had the rings in the safe at home waiting for the Australian Government to legalise gay marriage, but we're still waiting for that day to come," Gibney told The Southland Times at the time. 

The Southland Times