This past weekend, a bunch of the Homorazzi crew headed up to Whistler, B.C. for our annual adventure at WinterPRIDE. This was the 21st Annual WinterPRIDE and was as always was a ton of fun.
Skiing & snowboarding during the day, attending to the daily apres events that follow, and finishing off each night with one or more of the many insanely fun parties that were put on was how we spent our time. Whether making a splash at the pool party, meeting the new Mr. Gay Canada (from Saskatchewan), chatting with porn star Brent Everett, or dancing up a (snow)storm on the dancefloor, good times were had by all. It was so awesome to spend time with friends and also meet so many of our readers from all over the world!
Check out the video montage of our experience this year, as well as our album of photos from the events. We’ve also included our videos from the last two years as well… just in case you aren’t convinced that you should be there next year. Enjoy!
Well, it’s definitely that time of year if Adam is talking about hitting the slopes for some nice relaxing trips down the blue runs and a couple of black diamonds before ending it all with a nice long relaxing wind down Grandfather’s Trail… I’m kidding of course: it’s time to head up to Whistler to PARTY! While I loves me some skiing, I focus on what Gay Ski Week up in Vancouver’s iconic and pristine Whistler Resort does best in February and that’s BOYS, BOOZE and MORE BOYS AND BOOZE. I know, I sound like a crazed bar star but there’s just something about the gathering of hundreds to thousands of gay sexy men gathering from all over the globe for a week/weekend of fun no matter how you define it. And, the Celebrities Snowstorm party is often seen as the height of sexuality and sin for the whole shabang. It’s an annual tradition that can’t be missed.
Though over the years the location and performers involved have evolved slightly, the core of the party has remained strong and that’s to offer a less “drop n’ dance till 8AM” meet up, and more of an ultimate club night for you and your friends to relax, drink and boogie with other hot, hot men. I’ve honestly never had anything but the best of times at these parties and that’s mainly due to the atmosphere of chill fun and the friends I’ve attended it with. While the week/weekend up in Whistler may have you split from others due to skiing/snowboarding schedules or hangovers or the need to sit in a hot tub and soak in the surroundings, Snowstorm is THE place to be come Friday night so it’s a great place to rest assured you’ll see you buds and that hottie from the slopes you almost ran over. This year’s performers are a mix of names I know very well and ones I’m looking forward to testing out but rest assured that no one will be able to say this party didn’t bring it- if past years are any indication at all!
WinterPRIDE 2013 is only six weeks away, with this being the 21st Annual Gay Ski Week in Whistler, B.C. A bunch of us here at Homorazzi actually started attending back in 2009 and that’s actually where we came up with the name for what would be known as “Homorazzi” one year later. We always have such a blast, and the last couple years we’ve even captured our experiences in video recaps. Patrick and Adam actually once spent the entire week at WinterPRIDE and had an unforgettable time meeting people from all over the world and attending some incredibly fun parties and apres skis. Homorazzi will be there again this year and we definitely want to see YOU there too!
Every year, there are different performers and events to look forward to and this year there is no exception. The winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, the amazing Chad Michaels will be there to perform and the headlining DJ for the week is DJ Paul Goodyear. In addition, one of the sexiest and most popular porn stars around, Brent Everett will also be on the mountain and appearing at various events.
Without further delay, check out the Top 10 Reasons why you and your friends should get your ski bums in gear and start planning to be at WinterPRIDE 2013 taking place this coming February 3 – February 10 in Whistler, B.C..
Earlier this month, Homorazzi got the fantastic opportunity to attend the extravagance that is Cornucopia. Hosted every year in Whistler, Cornucopia congregates local chefs, distilleries, wineries and restaurants to showcase their best in show to anyone needing a bite and a sip.
This is my fourth year attending the festival, and I’m never disappointed. Being in the wine industry, the whole spectacle of it all is completely up my alley, and although friends and I in the industry have dubbed it “Li’l Vegas“, what you do remember the next morning is having a rip-roarin’ good time every single night.
The festival itself carries on over five days in November every year, and offers everything from chef table dinners, to competitions, to a plethora of seminars, all leading up to the gigantic Crush Gala’s on the last two nights of the festival. This year you could do everything from attending a local chocolate and wine seminar, a red carpet high-end casino event at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, or chat the night away at an endless oyster bar in one of Whistler’s most prestigious restaurants. The events are endless, and choosing what to do and when is really the only hard part.
On my way up to Whistler for Cornucopia last weekend, a handful of others in my industry and I were talking and we quickly arrived at the point in the conversation where everyone was asking where everyone was staying so we could plan for the weekend. With so many great hotels in beautiful Whistler Village, I was very surprised that every single one of them came to the same conclusion amongst each other when I mentioned where I was staying: Westin Whistler was by far their favorite hotel in Whistler. I can now understand why.
I’ve always had fantastic experiences with Westin, and no exception was made for this property. I’ve often driven by, and the first thing that’s always struck me is how well it fits into the surroundings, designed like a beautiful, oversized Chalet-style cabin. Lobby, spa, pool area, the rooms themselves, all of it together lends itself to the feeling that you’re staying in some wealthy mansion, and really not a hotel at all.
Well, another ski week has come and gone and so far nothing burns when I pee so let’s declare this one a total success! I didn’t end up meeting my international prince charming so not a TOTAL conquest, but low drama, high fun and minimal hangovers definitely score big time in my books so I’ve got nothing but great things to say re: this year’s WinterPRIDE.
Interestingly, about 4 years ago to the day was the first ever post I published on Homorazzi and how things have changed! But, what hasn’t are my closest friends and co-owners of the site: Donovan and Patrick who came up en masse with a throng of razzi writers (Tyrell, Nic, Tommy, Rich, Stephen and Jonny) to enjoy the festivities to their fullest. True, a maxed out gay ski week experience starts the Sunday earlier but busy lives and jobs prevail so we restricted our adventures to this past weekend and boy did we make up for lost time!
As we’ve previously mentioned, Homorazzi is heading up to WinterPRIDE 2012 in Whistler, B.C. this weekend as it is our annual tradition. My bags are already packed and Tyrell and I are heading up this afternoon!
Every year, Vancouver’s Celebrities Nightclub brings the killer “Snowstorm” party on the Friday night at Garfinkel’s and this year is no exception. The night goes from 9:00pm until 3:00am and it’s always a blast. The early bird tickets are already sold out they’re now $40 so be sure to get on it ASAP. The event always sells out and it’s the place to be on Friday. Get your tickets here.
The talented and sexy DJ Nick Bertossi will be spinning (hopefully shirtless as usual) and there will performances by House of Celebs go-go boys throughout the night. There will be a special performance by Syren (who’s alter ego is Tommy from Homorazzi) at midnight. Last year her performance was sick! More about that below.
This year, GayWhistler.com is celebrating the 20 year anniversary of WinterPRIDE in Whistler, B.C. and you should be there to celebrate! Boasting one of the biggest gay ski weeks in the world, WinterPRIDE is jam packed with fun activities and events, some of the world’s best terrain, and of course hotties from all over the world looking to meet new people. What more could you ask for?
WinterPRIDE is extra special to Homorazzi because that is where we came up with the name, before the site was even launched. Cast member Topher had passed out early, before we had even gone out and all of us started taking pictures of him… like the
paparazzi homo-razzi. (Special thanks to Topher for inspiration!) Since then, we’ve made it an annual tradition to take part in the festivities and this year will be no different.
With that, we’d like to share some of our recommendations and tips to surviving WinterPRIDE 2012.