BOONE, N.C. — Get those skis out and waxed. It’s time for “Summit 2013: 5th Annual Gay Ski Weekend” from Jan. 24-27 at Crestwood Resort and Spa, 3236 Shulls Mill Rd.

Packages are available for one to three days or for the whole event.

Join attendees at the welcome party on Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m., at the Westglow Resort and Spa, 224 Westglow Cir in Blowing Rock.

Then head over to the Crestwood for the Avalanche Opening Party, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Pocket Rocket Guides of Charlotte and Atlanta will serve as hosts. Tickets are $15 per person.

Hit the slops on Jan. 25 when the gang heads up to Sugar Mountain from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Then head back for the Apres Ski Party at The Gamekeeper Restaurant, 3005 Shulls Mill Rd., from 4-6 p.m.

A Wet the Pool Party takes place on Jan. 25, 9-11:30 p.m., at the Crestwood featuring DJ Little Betty with Buff Faye serving as host. Tickets are $20 each.

The fun does not stop there. Justin Utley will headling the Pajama Jam Boxers and Briefs party at the Crestwood immediately following the pool party from 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Proceeds will go to benefit Campus Pride. Tickets are $25 per person.

Attendees can again hit the powder on Jan. 26 as they head over to Beech Mountain.

Can’t get enough of the wintery weather? Then jump into the Winterfest Polar Plunge at Chetola Resort and Spa, 500 Main St. in Blowing Rock, from 10-11 a.m. Or trek over to the Winterfest Chili Challenge at Blowing Rock School Gymnasium, 165 Morris St., from 10-11 a.m.

It’s round two for the Apres Ski Party on Jan. 26, 4-6 p.m., at Dawg Star Bar at the Crestwood.

Later on that evening, join Just Twirl as they host Snowball 2013 featuring DJ Luis Perez at the Crestwood from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Tickets are $40 per person.

For those who are planning on attending the entire event, a Black Diamond Pass is available which includes restaurant discounts, 20 percent off at the spa and access to the VIP lounge with complimentary snacks, beer and wine. Cost is $100 per person or $50 per person for students who are 21 and have a valid .edu email address.

Accommodations are available at two properties. Crestwood (, 877-836-5046) is the host hotel and serves as the base for the festivities. The adjacent Yonhalossee Resort, 226 Oakley Green (, 800-962-1986), may be more suitable for those who wish to book a condo or house for the weekend. Lodging packages include Black Diamond passes. Do not contact the properties directly. All rooms are booked through Go N.C. High Country. To obtain one, call Barb Keffaber at 828-719-9906 or email She is also the contact person for ski and snowboard rentals and lift ticket arrangements.

info: Greg Jung, Go N.C. High Country, 828-719-1703.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.