Saturday march 23. The first cars and busses for the European Snow Pride 2013 arrived early, packed with many gay men and women with excitement in their eyes in anticipation of one full week of snow and party fun. After two years of average snow, this year winter came and stayed long and Tignes Val Claret at 2,100 meter high was a true snow village, covered under many layers of crisp white snow. Heavy snowfall over the past weeks left no doubt about ski and surf possibilities. Many ski and surf fanatics stayed in the luxurious L’Ecrin de Val Claret which was fully booked, but also Les Suites du Nevada and many other residence were ready to house the more then 500 participants.
As tradition dictates, the week officially kicked off that Saturday evening with a welcome party. By definition the ideal moment to check out the other attendants and make first contacts. Not too late of course because Sunday morning the white slopes were waiting to welcome this new group of snow fans. Besides the many, many slopes and routes that can be explored in the Tignes area, the European Snow Pride of course also organized alternative entertainment. During the day participants could find relaxation in the L’Ecrin du Val Claret spa and of course there were festive après ski events every afternoon with participation of live DJ’s such as Cyril G, John Nixon, Rachel Harvey and Nicolas Nucci.
European Snow Pride offered a different party and event every night of the week some dedicated to special themes. There was the famous 80’s/90’s Crazyvores party, all in Hollywood style. There was also the erotic Sexpulsion Party, and even an evening in which a Toboggan ride brought us to a wilderness camp with a barbeque in a cosy and heated Mongolian yurt. And Wednesday everyone could let themselves go at the celebrated ES Pool Party, hosted by DJ Cyril G. Everyday brought excitement and fun, and even though the weather was maybe a bit too wintry, the entertainment and company was more than enough to make you forget the sometimes heavy snowfall.
The European Snow Pride 2013 was a huge success. There was a good organization with a strong client service team, there was entertainment at any time of the day and night and there were dance parties with some of Europe’s best DJ’s. More importantly, there was a great group of people that guaranteed a terrific ambiance. Something that found its climax at the Supermartxé closing party. Alas, the European Snow Pride has come to an end, but with the promise for another great week in 2014. –BM-
Photography of the 2013 European Snow Pride by Mircius Aecrim.
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