Here's what went down at Europe's biggest gay pride festival on the snow

The gay ski scene's biggest event of the year, European Snow Pride, takes over Tignes each spring to throw the LGBT community one epic week of skiing and partying. The winter sports resort has been flying the rainbow flag since 2008 with its gay-friendly pistes and après ski, so it makes sense to play host to Europe's biggest gay pride festival on the snow. Want insider tips on the best bars in Tignes, or the wild LGBT parties at the event? Dare 2b has the lowdown.

 

Taking to the slopes for European Snow Pride 2019, the specialist sports label hit the daring runs and energetic raves during the week-long queer celebration from 16th - 23rd March. Bringing influencers Benny Hancock and Daniel Marin along for the ride, the brand tested Tignes’ hardcore black runs and even more hardcore party scene. Across the seven days there were snowsports to get involved in, but the free-spirited event was more about the après-ski, which kicked off every day around 3pm and carried on right through until 5am.

 

The #ApresSki + Pride Descent was a sociable kickstarter, with DJs, saxophone players, singers, percussionists and live acts bringing the LGBT community together right from the off. It was followed by the official opening bash, Pride Party, an iconic night which hosted more DJs, visual shows, dancers and drag queens that performed way into the early hours. Throughout the week extravagant events followed, from rodeo-themed pop raves and not-to-be-missed fetish nights to pool parties in the middle of the mountains. Après ski was on fire at Chalet du Bollin during daylight hours and for late-night fun it was all about Melting, Inside Bar and Dropzone.

If you’re planning on heading there next year and want to attack the fresh powder, the best ski runs in Tignes and Val d’Isère are right on the doorstep of European Snow Pride. The world class French resort has a huge choice of pistes with high-altitude skiing, long runs and varied terrain making up more than 300km of connected runs. It’s one of the highest winter sports resorts you can ski on and the ultimate location to push yourself.

 

High-performance clothing can affect your ski game so stay agile on the slopes in Dare 2b’s premium ski wear range. With hard-working, weatherproof ski jackets, ski pants and ski accessories, it meets all your mountain needs. For loose, freestyle fits try the Men's Roamer Pro Ski Jacket Eclectic Lime Marl in Nautical Blue, worn by Daniel, with breathable Men's Keep Up III Ski Pants in Methyl Blue. For technical wear that moves with you on and off piste, try the Men's Rendor Ski Jacket Asteroid Grey in Ebony Grey with the Men's Free Reign II Ski Pants Cyberspace in Grey Marl, worn by Benny. The high warmth, low-bulk jacket even has a headphone port to stay on beat.

 

Shop more cutting-edge ski wear here, and don’t forget to book your ticket to the queer event of the year.

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