Gay & Away: Colorado - February 2012

By: Jim Guttau

Colorado is a winter playground, offering something for everyone in the majestic Rocky Mountains. For February, I present an array of activities—from dogsledding to a gay ski week to a luxurious mountain spa.

Telluride Gay Ski Week
February 25-March 3

Nestled in a box canyon amidst the San Juan Mountains, the charming town of Telluride will host hundreds of GLBT skiers from February 25 through March 3 for its annual Telluride Gay Ski Week. Not only offering epic skiing, Telluride Gay Ski Week offers nightly parties, including the White Night Party on Thursday and culminating with the popular Telluride AIDS Benefit Fashion Show on Saturday. For more info, visit

Devils Thumb Ranch
Not a fan of downhill skiing? Try your hand at cross country skiing while visiting Devil’s Thumb Ranch at the foot of the Continental Divide in Grand County. With more than 100 km of groomed trails, Devil’s Thumb is the premiere Nordic center for Colorado cross country skiing. Beginners can take advantage of a private or group lesson, and experienced skiers can participate in advanced technique clinics. Bring your four-legged friend along and partake in skijoring, a winter sport in which a skier is pulled by a dog.

Mountain Mushers
Dog Sledding

Feel like you are in the Iditarod, the Alaskan sled dog race, by booking a dogsledding trip with Mountain Musher. A family owned and operated company, Mountain Musher utilizes a private trail at Lazy J Ranch near Wolcott, 10 miles from Beaver Creek. Two guests ride on the sled, with a driver (or musher) standing behind to control the team and the sled. The team of huskies pulls the sled for a six mile, two hour ride up and down a mountain on the ranch.

Colorado Freeride Championships
February 24-26
Taking place in Snowmass Village, the Colorado Freeride Championships features both men and women skiers and snowboarders. Some of the biggest names in skiing perform on the expert-only terrain, creating a spectacle for attendees, who can view the qualifying day from the base of Hanging Valley Headwall and the finals from the deck of Gwyn’s High Alpine.

The Spa at the Little Nell
With all that skiing and cold mountain air, it may be time to rejuvenate at one of Colorado’s many luxurious mountain spas. In 2011, Conde Nast Traveller listed eight Colorado spas on its list of the top 250 spas in the Americas and the Caribbean, including Aspen’s Little Nell Spa. See why the Little Nell is a 5-Star property while enjoying an in-room massage and ending with the “Taste of Paradise” Thai Herbal Treatment, in which steamed muslin balls, filled with Thai herbs, are used to help detoxify and increase blood flow.

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