Miami and Gay Ski Events in ManAboutWorld’s November Issue

11 11 2015
ManAboutWorld's November cover: the Miami skyline at night

Miami, our November cover

We don’t mind the unseasonably warm weather enveloping most of the U.S. as we go to press, but it’s not helping us mentally prepare for winter ahead. Where nature fails, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine delivers though with our insider-y guide to Miami, an easily accessed, LGBT-popular destination that’s undergoing an exciting evolution.

Download ManAboutWorld to discover a city bursting well beyond gay-centric South Beach. Wynwood is home to some of the most exciting galleries on the planet, especially at this moment when they’re preparing for next month’s Art Basel, which we also cover this month. Brickell feels like the capital of Latin America, filled with dining, drinking and hobnobbing. And discover some of the most exciting new hotels in the country that have recently opened their doors, a number of them located in Miami’s newly emerging Mid-Beach district.

In winter, not everyone flees to warm-weather destinations. Some people actually run towards the cold. Gleefully. For you we present a

Aspen gay ski week in ManAboutWorld (gay travel magazine)-November issue which also includes Miami

Aspen gay ski week

hot list of cool snowy events encircling the globe. Aspen Gay Ski week is still the daddy of all gay winter events, and it seems to be getting better with a reinvigorated leadership and truly welcoming vibe. We’re proud to be media partners with this event which benefits a number of worthy LGBT community organizations.

Have you seen our new Radar section? These are discoveries around the globe sent in by our correspondents and friends. We encourage you, dear readers, to send us your discoveries, which you may see included in an upcoming issue. Use our “Contact us” page on the blog.

New ZealandGay Ski Week: Start Planning for Next Year

10 10 2015
ManAboutWorld's Michael Siebert (left). and his friend Joao at gay ski week Queenstown

ManAboutWorld’s Michael Siebert (left)

The largest gay ski event in the southern half of the world sees hundreds of people flock to Queenstown, NZ during the last part of August and early September, every year, for a full week of skiing, drinking, dancing and adventure. The next official DNA Gay Ski Week will happen August 27 to September 3, 2016.  Start making your plans now. Here’s a report by ManAboutWorld correspondent Michael Siebert who is pictured here (on the left in the photo above) with his handsome friend, Joao. They enjoyed Gay Ski Week with hundreds of gay ski and boarding aficionados but also spent a little time exploring Queenstown and surroundings.

Queenstown is an adventure town. Consider skydiving and all the other options available to a fun-seeker.  Days trips to Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound are available; however, I would consider an overnight boat tour so that you are able to see the sound at sunset and sunrise. Exploring the lake area is a lovely option as well.  Another option:  One could rent a car in Christchuch and drive through the lake regions for some spectacular views, but the drive is approximately 6-7 hours from Christchurch to Queenstown.

Ski season in Queenstown is from mid-June to early-October.  If you plan for early October you just must might have the slopes to yourself and it is a perfect time to stay at Pounamu since it is just outside their busy season.

This year, our gracious host, Pounamu Apartments was a an excellent place to call home for a week of skiing and relaxation. The views and comfort, along with the excellent hospitality, you will feel like a local in no time.  Pounamu is short 10-minute walk to the city center; however, you will have the comfort of your own kitchen, fireplace, fantastic views, service and the staff are available to help customize your trip to your liking.  If walking is not your thing, rent a car for your trips to the mountain and surrounding areas; however, walk to the center of town, the traffic will drive you mad and parking can be difficult.

Skiing in Queenstown does require a short bus ride (if you do not have your own car) to any mountain (three to choose from) and the bus stop is just outside the front steps of Pounamu.

Can’t wait till next August? ManAboutWorld will cover gay ski events in the Northern Hemisphere in our next issue. Stay tuned.

ManAboutWorld's Michael Siebert (right). and his friend Joao at gay ski week Queenstown

Michael and his friend at the Pounamu Apartments

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Atten-SHUN! Military Personnel: Free at Telluride Gay Ski Week

6 02 2012

The organizers of Telluride Gay Ski Week, which takes place from Saturday, February 25, 2012 through Saturday, March 3, 2012, is offering free VIP party passes for the week for active service members and a special military-themed “Do Ask Do Tell” dance party.

In celebration of the defeat of the discriminatory ban on openly gay and lesbian military personal known as “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” the party will take place during the middle of the week.

Telluride Gay Ski Week 2012


  • Saturday, February 25, 2012 – Saturday, March 3, 2012


  • Towns of Mountain Village and Telluride, CO and Telluride Ski Resort


  • Event schedule and ticket information available at
  • Exclusive lodging packages available by calling toll free to 888-376-9770.

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Gay-friendly Park City, Utah in winter

28 02 2010

I wrote a piece for (Logo) based on my recent visit to the lovely, kinda hippy/liberal/gay-friendly ski enclave of Park City, Utah.  Click here to read all about it!

Park City, UT: Gay Winter Paradise

3 02 2010

Park City, UT is open for business!

Photos: Ed Salvato

Utah is probably not the first state that comes to mind when you think ‘gay winter paradise.’ You may be surprised to learn that Park City is a cool, blue dot in a sea of conservative red and well worth a visit this winter.

You may have just missed Sundance Film Festival, which pretty much amps up the gay factor a 100 times, but during the rest of the year, you’ll find an incredibly gay-friendly environment, bars and restaurants that welcome gay and straight customers with equal gusto, and some of the best outdoor activities you can shake a ski pole at.

In winter you have the choice of three incredible beautiful and unique ski resorts. Deer Valley Resort, with its six easily accessible peaks, does not allow snowboarding so it has, perhaps the purest ski vibe of any of the three resorts. Park City Mountain Resort allows both skiing and snowboarding, which grants it a slightly younger, groovier vibe. The Canyons Resort is the local favorite and it may be where you’ll stumble into young Olympic hopefuls just skiing or boarding on their day off.

I was just there last week and discovered a charming boutique ski lodge: The ski-in/ski-out Goldener Hirsch Inn in the photogenic Silver Lake area of Deer Valley, with its festively lit and snow-covered evergreen trees. The boutique-like Goldener is tucked discreetly into the side of the mountain between several other properties and tastefully appointed with authentic Austrian alpine furnishings and décor. The very high level of professional, friendly, attentive service belies the fact that the property offers only 20 units.

I also got to visit a very cool restaurant I first saw under construction last August. The owners of the High-West Distillery claim it’s the first distillery built in Utah since the 1870s and it’s well worth a visit to try their delicious home-distilled whiskey, Rendezvous Rye (get a flight!) and vodka, Vodka 7,000 for the altitude at which it’s created.

I’ll be writing about the rest of my visit and lots more discoveries for and and will post these articles here later.

For additional trip-planning information, visit the website of the Park City Chamber of Commerce.

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