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Find Your Ski Tribe

14 December 2016
Read Time: 2.5 mins

Like attracts like and no more so than at ski and snowboard resorts. Find snow enthusiasts who think like you, party like you and shred like you or maybe just those at a similar experience level to you. Here are five tailored adventures where you can hit the mountain with a like minded tribe. 


foam party gay ski week qt Gay Ski Week QT is just as much about the parties as the slopes.


Have A Gay Time In Queenstown

From late August to early September, Queenstown New Zealand comes alive with Gay Ski Week QT. The gay community and friends take to the Kiwi slopes of Cardrona, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables for the largest gay and lesbian ski week in the Southern Hemisphere. Dedicated intermediate and advanced groups ski together with an instructor at Cardrona throughout the week and the après-ski calendar is packed with a foam party, queer quiz night, fine dining, a cabaret and karaoke… so you may need to book a recovery holiday the following week.

Mammoth Ladies' Lessons

Women and men ski differently: it’s called the Q angle and it’s all in the hips – women have a higher Q angle due to physiological make up. That’s just one of the reasons why an all-woman ski camp will take your skiing to the next level. At Mammoth Mountain in California, female instructors, small groups, video analysis and an après-ski party make for a personalised and fun learning experience. The three-day camps are held four times throughout the ski season for strong intermediate, advanced and expert female skiers. 


Intensive lessons make for great bonding experiences too.


Swiss Intensive

The Warren Smith Ski Academy offers five-day camps throughout the winter in the big mountain ski village of Verbier, Switzerland. A combination of ski technique, biomechanics and ski physiology is taught daily to groups of similar-ability skiers to advance your ski level in an intensive way.


Ever wondered what heli skiing is like but never had the guts to try? I Colorado an expert guide and small group will sort that out for you.


Get Air In Colorado

Always wanted to heli ski but feared you weren’t good enough? Think again. Colorado’s Telluride ski resort has a three-day heli-ski camp to get solid skiers there with two days spent on mountain with an instructor developing skills and familiarising you with the rugged terrain. On the third day your instructor takes you heli skiing on the San Juan Mountains, giving you plenty of tips along the way. With only three skiers per group, personalised instruction is guaranteed.


Backcountry skiing and boarding isn't just about the impressive powder, the views are equally as epic.


Be A Backcountry Bandit

Extremely Canadian have teamed up with the Whistler Blackcomb resort in Canada to offer first-time backcountry skiers and snowboarders a one-day guided small group introduction to the off-piste, unmarked terrain. The experienced guides offer safety knowledge, avalanche and mountain awareness and techniques to hone your skiing and boarding. 

This story first appeared in Travel Ideas magazine. Photos: Alamy, Gay Ski Week QT, iStock, Peter Morning. Feature image courtesy of Getty.


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Rachael Oakes-Ash

Rachael Oakes-Ash is addicted to snow. A prolific blogger for her website, her snow and ski writing has been published globally by ESPN Freeskiing, Fairfax Digital, Chill Factor, Powderhound and more. She was the Southern Hemisphere editor for and series producer for Generation Snow TV Series. Have skis, will travel, is her motto.