Gay Ski Week in Telluride, Colo., started in 2002 and now brings one of the largest ski groups to the area each year. Share TELLURIDE, Colo. — As you drive into Telluride, Colo.
, in late winter, you’re greeted by a banner reading “Telluride Gay Ski Week: Thanks for Coming Out,” letting you know from the moment you enter the town that you’re welcome. For one week a year at the end of February through early March, Colorado’s Telluride and Mountain Village host people from all over the country for an LGBTQ celebration.
Although gay ski weeks are filled with apres-ski parties and drag, the origins of the week-long celebration are rooted in LGBTQ rights. The first gay ski week was hosted by Telluride’s fellow resort town of Aspen in the 1970s by locals Jon Busch, David Hoch, Tom Duesterberg and Russell Anderson.
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