Everything you need to know about the 26th annual Whistler Pride and Ski Festival

*image credit – Tourism Whistler


The world’s #1 gay winter event (as ranked by Gay Travel) returns to Whistler on January 21st, 2018 for eight days of excitement.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 26th annual Whistler Pride and Ski Festival:


What:

Members of the global LGBTQI community flock to North America’s #1 ski resort for a week-long celebration of diversity, with an abundance of indoor and outdoor entertainment.

When:

January 21st – 28th, 2018

Where:

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Where to stay:

Aava Whistler (host hotel), Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel, ResortQuest Whistler, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Blackcomb Lodge, Delta Whistler Village Suites, First Tracks Lodge, Loden Hotel

Notable events:

Annual Pride Ski Parade

“Join the annual Pride Ski + March where skiers and riders start on Whistler’s Mid-station on the Olympic Run and swoosh down the slopes in a sea of colour. Rainbow flags are carried with pride and skiers and riders dress in colour outfits as they descend down to Whistler Village at Skiers’ Plaza. The giant Pride Flag is transferred from skier to marchers as the crowd continues down the Village Stroll to the Olympic Rings at Whistler Olympic Plaza, paying homage to the start of the very first Pride House at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. After the parade join the celebrations at the Whistler Conference Centre for an afternoon après-ski T-dance.”

Après Ski Sessions

“After a fantastic day on the mountains, at the spa or simply hanging out in the village come together to meet and greet other festival participants at après-ski before heading out for the night. View the full schedule for locations and times by day.”

Furrocious Military Ball

“Who doesn’t love a man in uniform? The Military Ball is your chance to party it up in your favourite uniform whether it’s army, police, leather or sports kit. One of the week’s most popular events! We’re getting deep and dirty with beats provided by award winning superstar DJ/producer GSP, a European legend and master of driving huge crowds of sexy men wild with his dark and dangerous ways!”

Night of Comedy: Margaret Cho, Fresh Off the Bloat

“Whistler Pride’s Night of Comedy features Margaret Cho, recently named one of the TOP 50 standup Comics of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine. Her wildly funny night Fresh Off the Bloat content that will have you rolling in the aisles.”

Splash Pool Party

“Let’s get soaking wet! DJ RAFAEL CALVENTE turns up the heat at the annual Whistler Pride festival Pool Party. Bring your own towel and swimsuit. Clothes check and lockers available on site. Cash bar sponsored by Whistler Brewing Company + Hey Y’All Hard Ice Tea.”

Snowball26 with The Cube Guys

“International DJs The Cube Guys (Italy) headline Whistler Pride’s main event. The festival pulls out all the stops and transforms the conference centre into a mega nightclub you would find at other world renowned locations. Sensational sound and visuals, stunning go-gos all tricked out and wired to impress! This is one club event you must experience!”

Where to buy tickets:

You can buy tickets to all WPSF events here.

*tip – if you plan on attending multiple events, you can purchase a full week or a weekend pass.

Full list of events:

Click here to view the complete WPSF schedule.

Travel tips:

Gay Whistler has compiled a helpful list of travel partners and tips for getting to WPSF 2018.

Festival guide: