Gay Ski Week Queenstown


Welcome to Gay Ski Week Queenstown 2012

This is our first year running this fantastic event and we know you’ll have a great time and meet lots of old and new friends. We want everyone to embrace Queenstown and Gay Ski Week and enjoy everything that the stunning Southern Lakes region has to offer. 

You may be a first-time visitor here or perhaps you’ve been before, regardless, we can guarantee that there is always something new to see or do. There are activities on and off the mountains and some great places to shop. 

We know that Queenstown will welcome our visitors during our week-long event as brilliantly as they do throughout the rest of the year. We plan on breaking down barriers and showing everyone that we can all have a great time together. Gay Ski Week welcomes everyone along to our events, so come and join us. A full event schedule is available at or pop in and see the crew at Queenstown i-SITE for any information. 

Have a great time here at Gay Ski Week QT, we love having you here!

Sally and Mandy Whitewoods
Gay Ski Week Queenstown organisers 

For a full programme and to buy tickets visit

Cream of gay world comes to Queenstown

Gay Ski Week Queenstown hosts a special visitor during its celebrations – the Kiwi who’s been crowned Mr Gay World. 

Andreas Derleth, the reigning Mr Gay NZ who won the 2012 Mr Gay World competition in South Africa, is one of hundreds of gay men and women expected to arrive in Queenstown for the week-long event kicking off on Saturday. 

Derleth plans to take the plunge with NZONE for a skydive during Gay Ski Week’s Adrenalin Day this coming Tuesday, one of two specially-organised trips being held. 

Skippers Canyon Jet are also putting on special Gay Ski Week trips for Adrenalin Day. 

Derleth is no stranger to Queenstown, having visited several times, and describes the resort as fantastic for winter sports and holidays. 

“It’s going to be a great week and the event line up is outstanding,” Derleth says. 

“I’m really looking forward to coming back to Queenstown especially with the fresh approach from the new organisers of Gay Ski Week.” 

Gay Ski Week Queenstown organisers Mandy and Sally Whitewoods saved the event from oblivion last year, staging an 11th hour rescue. 

The previous owner put the company behind it into voluntary liquidation just before the event – and the Whitewoods stepped in and made sure it went ahead. 

Sally is encouraging Wakatipu locals to get into the Gay Ski Week spirit, saying everyone is welcome at the events.
“Straight, gay, lesbian – regardless, this is a week for the whole community to enjoy,” she says. 

For Adrenalin Day, Whitewoods says she recommends getting in early and booking because there are limited spaces. 

“We’re thrilled Andreas is coming and can’t wait to hear what he thinks of our heart-pumping adrenalin thrills.”


It’s ‘Gay on the Bay’ 

Wakatipu businesses are encouraged to ‘gay it up’ for a Gay Ski Week Queenstown advertising competition. 

Businesses can submit photos of their premises or staff themed in support of the week-long event to Gay Ski Week’s website, along with a blurb about their ‘gayest day’. 

Entries must be submitted by Monday, August 27 and they’ll be uploaded to Gay Ski Week’s Facebook page. 

The entry which gets the most ‘likes’ will win $1000 worth of More FM radio advertising. 

Go to to fill out the online entry.


‘We’ll have a gay old pie’

Gay Ski Week Queenstown co-organiser Sally Whitewoods (right) gets her share of a pink dollar pie. 

The pork belly pie’s been baked by Queenstown’s Eat Humble Pie – appropriately located in Camp Street – as a tasteful way to celebrate the winter pride event, owner Mike Burke says. 

Whitewoods says: “I think the pie will be great, especially to take up to the mountain.” 

About 1000 gay visitors are expected in town during the week-long celebration, starting this Saturday. It features a Gay on the Bay competition challenging local businesses to theme it up as much as possible.