Anyone attending OutBoard (March 30- April 4, Breckenridge)?

  • treader

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    Feb 01, 2010 10:41 PM GMT

    Looking into attending this year's OutBoard in Breckenridge (March 30-April 4 although I can only go to the latter half April 1-4). Anyone else going? I haven't done OutBoard before. Any recommendations from those who have done it before? Thanks.

    Info on this year's event:

    "Grab your snowboard and get ready for Outboard 2010, "Outboard XL" as we return to Breckenridge, CO, March 30-April 4, 2010.

    You will be staying with Outboard in the incredible Main Street Station, right at the base of the lifts! This complex boasts luxury accommodations, a pool, hot tubs, close proximity to shopping and dining directly outside your door, and a few hundred of your Outboard buddies.

    Breckenridge resort boasts 4 mountains of snowboarding for all abilities on Peaks 7, 8, 9 and 10. Breckenridge Ski & Ride school will be offering lessons for all abilities and a learn to snowboard package for the virgins in the group. If you're already an experienced rider, the resort has groomers, bumps, and trees for everyone as well as one of the best terrain parks at any resort. For those of you looking to push your limits, be sure to check out the Imperial Express which takes you to the top of Peak 8 from which you can access Imperial Bowl, North Bowl, and a host of other double black chutes and runs.

    Outboard begins March 30th with an opening cocktail party, followed on Wednesday by the Ice Queen Party at the ice rink. On Thursday, Outboard hosts a private dinner in the evening with Friday bringing the “Boy Soup XL” pool party with 2 pools 2 hot tubs and water slides at the recreation center. Finally on Saturday, the biggest event of the week takes place with the Outboard Extravaganza and Closing Party. This year’s Extravaganza and Closing Party feature OutBoard resident DJ Foos and a special performance by the Demented Divas. On top of all of this, attendees will experience group breakfast, lunch, and apres events each day.

    Recently named the "Most Laid Back" and "Most Affordable Gay & Lesbian Ski Week" by TripOutGayTravel, attendees can get all 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and 4 parties all for under $300.00.

    Outboard is also very happy to announce that they have partnered with "The Center" as the non-profit beneficiary for this year's event with a portion of proceeds for some events benefiting The Center ( The Center is the only statewide, nonprofit community center in Colorado dedicated to providing support and advocacy for Colorado’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) population."
  • H2Oskier

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    Feb 02, 2010 1:14 AM GMT
    I don't think I'll be going this year since I just got back from Aspen, (and Breck isn't my favorite mountain) but it is a great bunch of guys and a fun trip. My recommendations: sign up for the full meal packages and parties. The meals probably aren't bargains compared to eating out, and sometimes catering doesn't provide the best food, but it is a good way to get to meet everyone when you're one of the new guys. I'm not a big fan of parties in general (only do the pool party at Aspen) but the Outboard parties are small and intimate and friendlier than most Big Gay Parties. They also set up meeting times at the lifts so you can meet up with other Outboarders.

    There's usually a core group of 150 to 200 guys that go every year and know each other, and another 100 or so first timers.

    I think you'll have a great time.
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    Feb 02, 2010 11:01 AM GMT
    It's a fun event, but the skiing can suck. Breck isn't exactly the best mountain in Colorado.

    The crowd beats the LA Aspen crowd by leaps and bounds, which is really the only reason to hit OutBoard. OutBoard guys are great fun, and the trip is reasonably priced for those on a budget.

    Otherwise, I recommend Gay Ski Week in Whistler/Blackcomb, or hitting Aspen with friends during a week when there are no events (seriously, you've not experienced pretentious pricks like those you'll find in Aspen during Gay Ski Week).
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    Feb 04, 2010 3:08 AM GMT
    I am going and I have a blast every year! I have connected with and made more long term friends thru Outboard then just about anything else. It is a great demographic of active realjock type guys who let down all the attitude and just have a good time. Once you go, you become one of the fraternity. I know I may be prejudice and I married an Outboarder. icon_biggrin.gif

    The events and meals are the best place to meet everyone. I am guessing the Pool Party and the Sat night "Extravaganza/closing party" will be the hottest tickets in town and may sell out. 2 years ago in Breck all events sold out. Some have said they don't like the mountain, but last time Outboard was there, the Imperial chair opened (highest lift in USA) opening up more expert terrain and we all had a great time on the mountain. What can I say 300 hot gay snowboarders (&skiers) put a smile on my face!

    Breakfasts you can meet others of your skill level for boarding that day. Just speak up and join in. I can't wait to see everybody there! Hit me up if you're going.
  • treader

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    Mar 04, 2010 9:34 PM GMT
    Update: I'm heading to OutBoard! I'll be there Wednesday through Saturday. I'm planning on doing Vail on Friday to avoid the crowds. For events, I'm doing the Wed/Thurs breakfast, Wed skating party, and Friday's Pool party.

    SteveDenver said
    Breakfasts you can meet others of your skill level for boarding that day. Just speak up and join in. I can't wait to see everybody there! Hit me up if you're going.

    Steve, thanks for the tip. A friend of mine was bugging us to skip breakfast because $19 is too much. It's definitely worth it if you meet other people at your level. This was the best part of the gay Whistler week.

    If anyone is still on the fence about attending, airfares are still pretty cheap. I got a direct roundtrip on Southwest with free suitcase and snowboard checkin for only $200.

    Woo Hoo!
  • Artesin

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    Nov 08, 2010 2:17 AM GMT
    I plan to go although I only just checked it out tonight and not too sure if Ill have the funding. It looks like a blast but I just wonder how many people will be attending the event and if many people will attend the gatherings.

    I dont really have any friends that snowboard... or like sports in general that arent completely dull so this would be an amazing way to meet people with the same interest in a tight area.

    It's something im looking forward to but I cant seem to find any flights that just fly straight through from norfolk/newport news VA to gunnison and even then the site doesnt give much description in reaching the resort after arriving at gunnison. To add to this it seems impossible to leave late at night and arrive at dawn on march 29th. Most (from my location) seem to get there from 8pm-12am on the 28th or around noon on the 29th, which wouldnt be so bad if I knew how long it would take me to get to the resort.

    So if anyone is attending this event and would like a roommate for the duration who snowboards let me know so we can sort out the details... I am hoping for three to a room (including myself) this would only cost a total of 330$ for the dates mentioned.