This past weekend we have asked our friend Darion [Hollywood Gym People] to be our Ohlala Roving Reporter at the “Elevation” gay ski week @ Mammoth Mountain, located in Mid-Eastern California.
Elevation brings together over 2000 gay men and women from all over the world for five days of partying, dancing, hot gogo’s, and yes – skiing and snowboarding! The parties are so much fun that some people actually attend just for them and don’t even hit the slopes! Top DJ’s like Michael Paul, Manny Lehman and Josh Peace perform at the parties, spinning tunes from the afternoon till late into the night.
On Thursday, a great group of friends and I piled into a stylin’ minivan and took the 5 hour drive from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes, California. As soon as we arrived, the parties were already in full swing! There are two types of parties – the “Apres Ski” events, where they take over a local bar and have a great DJ spinning club hits, gogos on tables, etc., and then larger club events where they take over a section of the resort and turn it into a full scale dance club.
The Apres Ski events are really fun and feel different then a normal bar because people head straight there after hitting the slopes, still in their snowgear, cheeks rosy from the day’s snow adventures.
The weather for Elevation was nothing short of fantastic. The sun stayed out the entire weekend, and we had two great days of snowboarding, with it being so warm that many people went down in just t-shirts! And some adventurous people even went on a “panty run” on Saturday, careening down the mountain shirtless!
There were so many fun memories and adventures that happened there – from the crazy outfits, to the Bunny Raid that Loy, Brian, Daniel and I did on Saturday! We donned our Snow Bunny ears and tore through the woods, laying eggs and raiding the Apres Ski bar, hopping through the crowds and causing quite a stir!
We also visited the fabulous new Hyde club in Mammoth Village, which was celebrating an Abbey themed weekend! David Cooley was there, christening the packed club where people danced on tables till closing time – stumbling home through the snow. Have you ever had a drink at 10,000 feet? Let me tell you, it only takes half the drinks to get pretty drunk – which probably explains all those bunny ears we were courageous enough to wear. J
This was the 8th year of Elevation and it shows no signs of slowing down. For more information check out www.mammothgayski.com. Special thanks to Tom Whitman and his fabulous crew (John, Jordan, Justin, Mike, and Korianne) for putting on the event, Alek and Steph for sending me on a FUNtastic mission, and my friends Loy, Brian, Max, Jeremy, and Daniel for being such great snow bunnies to spend a weekend with!