Gay Ski Festival ‘Rainbow Mountain’ Took Over Thredbo, And It Was Amazing

Gay Ski Festival 'Rainbow Mountain' Took Over Thredbo, And It Was Amazing

The queens well and truly conquered Thredbo in the late during the sparkling and glittery inaugural Rainbow Mountain festival.

From August 29 to September 2, the LGBTIQ community took over the mountain with a huge line up of events, parties, live concerts, cocktails, champagne lunches, and plenty of skiing and snowboarding.

Rainbow Mountain: A Heaps Gay Snow Week made its debut last week and it’s safe to say that all those in attendance will be finding glitter in their snow gear over the next few days.

The Heaps Gay team and Absolut proved the ultimate team in crafting a week full of fun, love, après, cheeky entertainment and more, showing that Rainbow Mountain is the ultimate way to celebrate equal love in the snow.

“It’s great to add even more colour, good times and love to Thredbo, for what has been an incredible season so far of skiing, snowboarding and après,” Thredbo Brand Director Angus Thomson said.

“It’s been awesome partnering and collaborating with Heaps Gay for the Rainbow Mountain event.

“Working alongside the LGBTQIA community to put on this fabulous week of non-stop skiing, snowboarding, parties, activities, après, celebrations and more has been great and it’s certainly been nothing but good times so far… There’s so much fun to be had.”

The festivities started with a bang as Aspen’s iconic Cloud9 took over Kareela Hutte.

The restaurant came to life on Thursday, beginning with free flowing Mumm champagne and a delicious 3-course meal, before plenty of table-dancing and champagne-popping to follow.

The party continued Poolside under all the colours of the rainbow. The team behind the bar were mixing signature Absolut cocktails ‘Pash on Rainbow Martini’ and ‘Heaps Yay Spritz’ whilst the Heaps Gay DJs and performers were sassing up the stage.

Celebrations continued at the top of the mountain on Friday and the weather didn’t dim anyone’s sparkle… Eagle’s Nest was the place to be for a delicious Italian Feast and dancing right up to when the lifts closed.

It was a daily party at the bottom of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift with the colourful Absolut drinks caravan set up, pumping tunes for all those loading the lifts keen for a boogie.

Mother Nature herself also made an appearance, delivering 12cm of fresh snow for a great day of skiing and snowboarding on Saturday. This meant great conditions for the fabulous Rainbow Mountain ski race at NASTAR Racecourse.

And the fun didn’t stop on the mountain…

The Schuss Bar was the #1 stop for colourful fun in the village, well after the sun had set. Lots of sing stars were unearthed during Lip Sync Karaoke with Sharon Manhattan on Thursday night, and there were plenty of “legs eleven” at Drag Bingo.

Although nobody can lip sync quite like the Magda Szubanskis, who were the absolute stars of Saturday night.

Beginning their performance at the Schuss bar with Shania Twain and heading downstairs to the Keller Bar for round 2… they were a crowd favourite, managing to pack out both venues.

Rainbow Mountain: A Heaps Gay Snow Week was an amazing week celebrating all things equal love and good times with the LGBTQIA community. Thanks to Heaps Gay, Absolut, Aspen Snowmass, Delta & Virgin Airlines, G.H Mumm and Cloud Nine.

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