Whistler's WinterPRIDE 2008 Expands


WHISTLER, BC - (News Release - Oct. 22, 2007) - Following the massive success of the first-ever Whistler WinterPRIDE festival, GayWhistler has confirmed the dates for its 2008 event, expanded the program to become even more inclusive, and is offering a number of early-bird ticket specials.

WinterPRIDE 2008 - a winter version of the many summer pride events that are held around the world - will run February 3-10, 2008, and will continue to revolutionize the traditional gay ski week format with its unique blend of four winter festival elements: Sports, Culinary, Health and Wellness, and Entertainment.

"Our inaugural WinterPRIDE festival was a huge success - attendance was up by 30 percent, attracting visitors from every part of the world," said Sean Kearns, President and CEO of GayWhistler. "Many of the WinterPRIDE 2007 events sold out last year so we are hoping to reward early planners with hot ticket deals and guaranteed access to our extended program of great events."

GayWhistler is offering a variety of savings to early-birds who book event package tickets, for both ski and social events, before November 30, through its website: www.gaywhistler.com. In addition, Whistler/Blackcomb Central Reservations is offering up to a 33% discount before November 15 to people booking accommodation and lift packages for WinterPRIDE, which can be purchased by calling 1.866.787.1966.

In addition to the world-class skiing and snowboarding on offer in Whistler, many of WinterPRIDE's 2007 highlights will return for 2008, such as an array of dance parties, culinary events, ziptrekking and dogsledding. WinterPRIDE 2008 will also offer an expanded program of on-and-off mountain events, including special tracks for lesbians and bears that are currently being developed with those communities.

"We are breaking down the barriers of what can and can't be done with a gay ski week event, and we will continue to broaden our offerings to make WinterPRIDE the most inclusive gay ski week in the world," said Kearns. "WinterPRIDE 2008 will reflect the excitement and true diversity of the gay community."

WinterPRIDE 2008 ticket sales will help to raise funds for various charities including AIDS Vancouver, Canadian Paediatrics AIDS Society (Camp Moomba), and the Whistler Health Care Foundation.

GayWhistler (www.gaywhistler.com) is a year-round promoter of Whistler to the gay and lesbian community, and promotes and produces the annual Gay Ski Week. GayWhistler is a subsidiary of Alpenglow Production Corporation, a gay and lesbian travel and event company that creates gay-welcoming destinations and events at numerous locations across North America.