Dallas-based Straight Out Media has spent more than a year helping to launch the Matthew Shepard Foundation Gay Ski Week, the first of its kind in Crested Butte, Colo. The even kicked off last Saturday, with events continuing through this weekend. The event is actually a fundraiser for the Shepard foundation.

This is spring skiing season — the resort actually closes the lifts on April 3 — so it’s pretty warm at the base, and you even see  people in shorts on the slopes sometime. But it’s still beautiful.

I came back early, missing the Purple Party and a pool party, but still enjoyed the Al Johnson skiing event and learning how to snowboard. Here are some images of the location and some of the fun I had there.

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