SPORTS & ACTIVITIES

Big Powder: The Gay Skiing Movement Take Off

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ski Bums
Above, Ski Bums members say cheese on the slopes, and after boarding.

Running the organization is enough to keep French busy full-time during the season. French not only runs the group's slick web site and mailing lists (he's a web developer on the side; good skill to have in this business), he also hosts its twice-monthly parties in Manhattan, recruits new members, and, most important, plans and books the trips from start to finish. It's a lot of work.

"We announce our season in the fall, and then our members sign up for membership [and trips] through our web site," says French. "We intentionally plan everything from the transportation to the lodging to the lift tickets to the equipment rentals. Our members just have to show up."

Because Ski Bums buys everything in bulk, French is able to pass along those savings to his group's members. That probably helped out a lot last year when the group planned an ambitious trip to Zermatt, Switzerland, which French describes as simply "fantastic." This year, French is looking forward most to his group's ski trip to Salt Lake City in March.

"I love Salt Lake City," says French. "I find that the resorts near Salt Lake are as challenging and as beautiful as the more famous resorts in Colorado, but they tend not to be as crowded. It's rare to find lift lines, and the snow is just fantastic in Utah."

Skip Ahead
Page 1: Birth of a gay ski movement
Page 2: Aspen Gay Ski Week
Page 3: Gay ski weeks spring up
Page 4: Gay ski clubs
Page 5: Running a gay ski club
Page 6: Gay snowboarding
Page 7: Having fun off the slopes
Page 8: All ages and levels welcome
Page 9: Links to gay ski weeks and ski clubs