Aspen Gay Ski Week, the nation’s largest and oldest gay ski event, returns to Aspen’s newest hotel, The Limelight Hotel, for the fifth consecutive year from January 13 to 20, 2013.

“Nestled steps from Aspen Mountain and just beside Wagner Park, The Limelight offers its guests the best of mountain adventure in a contemporary and relaxed atmosphere,” said Richard Stettner, general manager of the hotel.

Each afternoon during Aspen Gay Ski Week, The Limelight hosts popular après-ski events from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., attracting up to 1,000 nightly. Sponsored by Bud Light and Svedka, the après-ski parties feature DJ entertainment, free gifts from sponsors, a hospitality suite, heated pool and two hot-tubs.

The hotel extends a variety of amenities to its guests, including an expanded continental breakfast; complimentary in-town, airport and ski area transportation; complimentary use of the hotel’s fleet of snowshoes; and exclusive ski programs. The property’s “First Tracks” program gives guests early access to Aspen Mountain before it opens to the general public, while “Inside Tracks” is an all-day opportunity to get the insider’s scoop on Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass while skiing or riding with Aspen’s top professionals.

The Limelight is a member of Preferred Hotel Group’s Preferred Pride collection, a distinctive group of independently owned and operated hotels that support the GLBT traveler. The hotel always extends a complimentary bottle of wine at check-in for those booking under this program.  Learn more about the hotel at www.limelighthotel.com.

“A benefit for the Roaring Fork Gay & Lesbian Community Fund (RFGLCF), Aspen Gay Ski Week also hosts exciting nightly events and the popular downhill costume competition on Friday,” remarked Todd Heimel, board president of RFGLCF. “Back by popular demand is the ‘mountaintop party,’ accessible only by a moonlit gondola ride up Aspen Mountain, to an elevation of 11,000 feet. Once there, guests dance the night away at high altitude.”

To learn more about Aspen Gay Ski Week and to purchase event passes, www.gayskiweek.com.

About Aspen Gay Ski Week

Aspen Gay Ski Week (AGSW) is the oldest annual, week-long gay ski event in the nation. A model for other gay ski weeks, AGSW offers a unique vacation experience in the scenic and historic mountain town of Aspen, Colorado. AGSW visitors enjoy four mountains of varied skiing and snowboarding terrain, as well as cross-country skiing, snowshoe and winter hiking trails in the Elk Mountains of Colorado. For more information, visit www.gayskiweek.com.

About the Roaring Fork Gay and Lesbian Community Fund

With a mission of promoting tolerance, understanding and diversity through education, community action and service, the Roaring Fork Gay and Lesbian Community Fund (RFGLCF) has been serving the GLBT community of the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond since 1996 as a non-profit organization.  The RFGLCF produces many events throughout the year, including Aspen Gay Ski Week each January, which brings thousands of GLBT skiers to the mountains of central Colorado.  RFGLCF has partnered with the TEACH program in the Roaring Fork School District to help fund training for children and adults who are learning the principles of diffusing situations of racism, sexism, ageism, bullying and homophobia.  Visit www.rfglcf.com to learn more.

About The Limelight Hotel

The Limelight Hotel is Aspen’s newest hotel, offering guests the best of mountain adventure in a contemporary and relaxed atmosphere. The property offers more amenities for skiers than any other Aspen hotel, including free lift tickets, ski area transportation, boot dryers/lockers, ski valet and more. Visit www.limelighthotel.com for details.