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Ski Bums is a travel and social club for LGBT skiers and snowboarders, with hundreds of members from across North America. It hosts social events and group trips to ski resorts throughout North America, South America and Europe.
Ski Bums was founded in New York City in December 2003 by Chris French, who created the club in the hopes of finding a small group of gay friends for skiing and snowboarding trips. The club began hosting trips in 2005. Today, the club has more than 800 paid members from 25 U.S. States, Canada, Brazil, Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Ski Bums began with local daytrips from New York City, but within two years, began traveling to ski resorts throughout the American West. In 2008 and 2009, Ski Bums offered year-round vacations to ski resorts in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, visiting mountains throughout North America, South America and Europe.
Ski bums has hosted Avalanche, a party for its members and friends, at therapy, a gay bar in New York City. In the fall of 2009, Ski Bums expanded its social events to include Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, Atlanta and Minneapolis. In the fall of 2012, it began hosting events in London, United Kingdom. In addition, Ski Bums hosts a series of charity fund-raising events each year. An up-to-date listing of social events can be found here.
To date, Ski Bums has hosted trips to Vail, Telluride, Steamboat Springs and Aspen, Colorado, Zermatt, Switzerland, Whistler-Blackcomb, British Columbia, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Chamonix and Courchevel France, St. Anton am Arlberg Austria, Bariloche, Argentina, Park City, Utah, and Salt Lake City, Utah, (Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Snowbasin), Lake Tahoe, California (Heavenly, Kirkwood and Squaw Valley), Big Sky, Montana and several resorts in Vermont, including Killington, Stratton, Stowe, and Mount Snow. It also hosts a regular season of local bus daytrips (to Hunter Mountain, Windham, Mountain Creek and Belleayre). The full trip schedule can be found here.
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