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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for AGSW 2021

Though COVID-19 has changed event life, for the time being, we are booking for hotels, ski and snowboarding rentals, and lift tickets. As questions come in, we’ll answer and update this page.

UPDATE – Published October 2020 

Will Aspen Gay Ski Week Still happen in January 2021?

Yes, but more of an “AGSW 2021 LITE” version. After monitoring the current state of COVID-19, we have decided to alter our programming for Aspen Gay Ski Week 2021. This decision has not come without much thought and consideration. The safety of our patrons and staff is very important to us. At this time, our larger gatherings such as the Pool Party, Belly Up Comedy Night and Dance Party, and Top of the Mountain Dance Party will take a break or take a new virtual form for 2021. As gathering guidelines continue to change, we will too. Plans to come back better than ever for 2022 (our 45th Anniversary) are also in the works.

What do you mean by “AGSW 2021 LITE”?

All of our larger flagship gatherings including Belly Up Comedy and Dance Night, Top of The Mountain Dance Party, Drag Queen Bingo at a Bar, and Pool Party will take a break for 2021.

While our flagship gatherings will pause for 2021, hotels, ski and snowboarding equipment rentals, and lift tickets are all on sale through our website which will provide the best pricing and also help AspenOUT raise funds to continue its year-round philanthropic work in the LGBTQ+ Community.

We continue to see longtime AGSW ski and snowboarding attendees book accommodations through GaySkiWeek.com. Attendees can enjoy all of the outdoor snow sport activities Aspen has to offer during the week of AGSW 2021.

Virtual events are in planning stages for those who are coming to Aspen during January 17-24, 2021, and also for those who are not coming. Virtual events might include Drag Queen Bingo, Piano Showtunes, Virtual Happy Hours, and the possibility of a Virtual Downhill Contest.

Current state and local government rules and regulations cap the number of people for any social gathering, require social distancing for those who are not in the same household unit, and also require masks to be worn in public at all times. For current rules and regulations taking place in Aspen, please click here.

If state and local government rules and regulations remain the same and our host hotel, the Limelight Aspen is able to accommodate social distance gatherings, there is a possibility of limited social distanced seating Drag Queen Bingo, Piano Happy Hour, Comedy Happy Hour, and more. As with most events in the past year, plans can change week-to-week and day-to-day. Please understand we do not have any control over state and local government rules and regulations.

At the very least, you can plan on enjoying a fabulous snow sporting week in Aspen all while helping raise funds for the LGBTQ+ Community! That’s how it all started in the first place, small groups of LGBTQ+ friends getting together and enjoying a ski vacation.

Will refunds be offered for lift tickets, rentals, and hotels if COVID-19 gets worse?

While we understand that COVID-19 is constantly changing on a daily basis, each hotel and rental company has its own policy for refunds and credits. Please be sure to read each of their policies before booking your ski equipment rental, lift ticket, and hotel accommodations. Aspen Gay Ski Week does not provide refunds for any of these purchases.

How safe is it to ski and what guidelines are being used?

Aspen Snowmass is putting in place procedures that will keep our guests, employees, and community safe and healthy. Read about their COVID-19 Operating Procedures here.

We also recommend reading the Visitor Resource Guide to Aspen put together by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.

UPDATE – Published April 2020 

The last few weeks have been difficult for many of us. Aspen Gay Ski Week (AGSW) has heard stories of some being directly affected by COVID-19 and our hearts go out to all. We sympathize with everyone throughout the country and world who are being financially impacted by the “Stay-At-Home” efforts to stop the spread of this virus.

AspenOUT, the charity organization behind AGSW, continues to support the Roaring Fork Valley, as well as all of its benefactors throughout the country during this challenging time. Our team is right there with you virtually working from home to continue our ongoing planning for Aspen Gay Ski Week 2021. Currently, we are still moving forward with plans for AGSW 2021 to take place during Sunday, January 17 through Sunday, January 24, 2021. We are also in the process of relaunching our website with some fabulous new features.

One of those features includes our brand new text messaging service. We will utilize our text messaging service to get information out to guests during AGSW 2021 in real time. This will help notify people of venue changes, ticket information and more. Sign-up for our new text service here. Please also take a moment to follow and like our Facebook page and Instagram as we will continue to share photos, stories and more information relating to AGSW 2021.

As we are a world-class travel destination, Aspen has been effected significantly hard during this time. Most businesses, mountains, and hotels within Aspen and surrounding areas are closed. Due to those current circumstances, we are holding off our Blind Date sales for a few more weeks; however, we are planning all of our events and have secured all of our venues for 2021. We encourage you to follow our social media pages and sign-up to our text message club to get the most up-to-date information on when passes, tickets, hotels, lift tickets, downhill tables, and more will go on sale. In addition, we will keep our website updated and keep you informed through our email newsletters.

Thank you for your ongoing support. Please stay healthy and safe. Everyone at Aspen Gay Ski Week looks forward to being back together again for an amazing 44th Annual Aspen Gay Ski Week 2021!