Gay Ski Week co-organiser Sally Whitewoods is looking
forward to hosting a week-long party of over 1000 people
from this Saturday. Photo by Christina McDonald.
Ticket sales for this year's Gay Ski Week are up 50% on
this time last year, co-organiser Sally Whitewoods says, and,
with New Zealand's first gay weddings held last week, ''quite a
few weddings'' are expected to be held during the annual
Gay Ski week would likely again bring more than 1000 people
to the resort, Mrs Whitewoods said.
The event begins on Saturday and runs until September 7.
This is the second year Mrs Whitewoods and her wife, Mandy,
have organised the event, and the third time they have been
involved in the event.
Included in this year's programme is Queens on the Lake - a
dance party on TSS Earnslaw, which Mrs Whitewoods was
particularly looking forward to.
Events varied from year to year to ''keep people coming back
for something new''.
A ''huge amount of Australians'' were expected, and Mrs
Whitewoods had also heard from people in Canada, the United
States of America and Brazil who would be attending, as well
as ''a lot more New Zealanders''.
''We had 1000 people throughout the week last year, so I
would say we would easily match that.''
Cardrona Alpine Resort will again be the primary mountain
meeting point for the week's participants and at night a
range of events will be on offer in Queenstown.
Mrs Whitewoods encouraged locals to ''come along and join
''It is a gay event as such ... but it is just a fun event to
break down barriers and boundaries.''
A gay wedding package is up for grabs during the week in
association with the Queenstown Wedding Association.
Entries for the wedding package close next Tuesday.