Aspen Gay Ski Week’s 40th anniversary approaches; lift tickets available

screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-10-37-00-amLast year, I wrote a piece about the diminishing number of gay-specific Ski Weeks being sponsored out there. Of course, with global climate change, it’s like Colorado will be ocean-front property in our lifetimes, but no matter — the granddaddy of all gay ski weeks is fast approaching (it’s so established, it’s URL is simply

Aspen Gay Ski Week will celebrate its 40th anniversary Jan. 15–22, and lift passes are available for one, two up to seven days (oddly, a four-day ticket is the best deal). It’s just a month off, so start making plans soon!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Another reason to go to Aspen: Leslie Jordan

Last week, I mentioned that time was running out to get some early-bird deals for Aspen Gay Ski Week, the Who’s-your-granddaddy of gay ski events. Scheduled entertainment included Dallas’ own Paul J. Williams, who will host the “comedy night.” Now word comes in that the headliner for the event will be Leslie Jordan.

The Emmy-winning star of Will & Grace and Sordid Lives is a fixture in Dallas where his home-spun queer humor plays well. No word yet on whether Jordan will perform his Trip Down the Pink Carpet one-man show, his standup or just improvise with Williams. (I know from experience: Jordan needs no help to be funny extemporaneously for long stretches.)

The show takes place at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen on Jan. 20. Tickets are $50. Buy ’em at 970-920-5770.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Gay getaway: Aspen Gay Ski Week deal

Aspen Gay Ski Week — for those looking for daddies, it’s the granddaddy of gay ski events — doesn’t begin until Jan. 16, but if you know you’re going, you might wanna book now. Until Oct. 15, the price for a daily lift ticket (when bought as part of a package) is only $52 — that’s almost half of the $98 average price after Oct. 16. And if you book the early bird rate at the Hotel Jerome before Oct. 31, you get a good discount, too.

Just make sure you save time out on your trip to see Paul J. Williams, who returns to Aspen, producing a night of comedy and having his alter ego, Sister Helen Holy, host the downhill costume parade.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones