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Frosty Fruits take over Hotham for a gay old time this winter...
As the weather turns wonderfully wintry, thoughts again turn to
where to g et the best gay ski deal this side of the equator. The annual
Frosty Fruits Ski Trip presented by Points of Difference Events, now
in its 3rd year, returns to Hotham Alpine R esort, ag ain offering its g uests the
best on-snow experience in Australia.
Not only does the event offer complete all-inclusive packag es to make
vacationing easy and enjoyable, it is the only Fly-in and Ski-out lesbian &
gay ski and snowboard experience on offer this season.
Running Aug ust 18th to 21st, this lesbian & gay long weekend in the
snow is ideal for the busy executive or dead-keen skier. Flights are just a quick
80 minutes from Sydne y direct to Hotham Airport and an even quicker 45
minutes from Melbourne.
The format of the event is str uctured around getting as much snow time
in for the g uests as possible. In fact, there are around 27 hours of snow time
available to g uests over the four-day period. One of the advantag es of being
right on top of the mountain is that there is no unnecessar y travelling each
day. You can be out of your bed, out the door and onto the snow in minutes.
In fact, during the 2010 event, the gorgeous Hotham Sales & Marketing
Manager, Gina Woodward, had guests out for ‘first tracks’ – literally the
first runs of the day. In a special guided tour, she gently coaxed guests
around the more challenging runs. She had more than one courageous
guest whooshing through the black diamond runs (with eyes shut and
mouth open !) and wanting more! Woodward is promising more of the
same in 2011.
“ We love having the Frosty Fruits Ski Trip here at the Hotham Alpine
Resort,” says Woodward. “All the staff really enjoyed working with the
Frosty Fruits team last year, and the guests were so much fun. Being able to
show them the best the mountain has to offer is a complete pleasure – and
the private ‘first tracks tours’ I took last year really is the best way to enjoy
the fresh powder. And they love doing the black runs”, she grins!
There are also reports that the local lesbian & gay contingent is very
excited about the return of the group to the mountain . “I ’ve been talking
with ‘the head lesbian’ and we are looking to have more on-mountain
involvement this year,” said Woodward.
Further to these developments, the event is also partnering with the
team from Lick to promote the event to a broader lesbian market (Lick
Lodge anyone ?). There are also special Bear Huts on offer for the more
hirsute members of the Sydney and Melbourne Bear Community’s.
Whist the event is g eared toward serious skiers and boarders, there are
still plenty of social activities and e ven a prog ram of non-skier events as well.
Through the Watch-her package, g uests can experience snowshoe tours, dog
sledding (with the cutest bitches around!), scenic helicopter rides and even
a sunset champagne tour.
Evenings kick off at sunset with Après as the lifts close. Each night has
a spe cial hosted event, including the Welcome Cocktail Par ty, hosted by
Hotham Alpine R esort in the stunning White R oom R estaurant – complete
with a spe cial Lick cocktail. Organisers are currently in secret neg otiations
for this year’s final night event, traditionally a ver y social party with abundant
food, drinks and built-in enter tainment!
Already the trip has a bunch of returning g uests booked in, some in for
their 3rd consecutive year.
There are a rang e of packag es available, starting from around $440
per day if you have your own g ear, but includes stylish on-mountain
accommodation, all meals, e vents, transfers, après, special events and a FFST
group orientation of the mountain.
For bookings during May, a special early bird discount and optional
payment plans are also available. pointsofdifference.com and
follow the Frosty Fruits Ski Trip links; or call 02 8011 3298 for your
Follow the rainbow to the snow
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