European Gay Ski Week 2020 €50 discount for ODL members
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From 21st - 28th March 2020, European Gay Ski Week (EGSW), the largest LGBT+ skiing and boarding event in Europe, will be taking over the resorts of Arc 2000 and Arc 1950. A truly international event, with 6 of the 7 world's continents represented by 49 nationalities last year.
Outdoor Lads Members get €50 discount on all types of booking - this means the entry level price is only €369.00! and this includes your accommodation, lift pass and event pass.
Arc 2000 and Arc 1950 are at the top of the Paradiski Domain and have ‘ski in - ski out’ accommodation throughout. A Snow Sure Domain, Paradiski is the second largest linked ski area in the world, there are 425km of pistes within 14,390 hectares.
I have participated in many different ski events and have found European Gay Ski Week to be friendliest of them all. The organisers go out of their way to ensure that there are many opportunities to meet and socialise with other guests.
In the daytime there is an exclusive European Gay Ski Week ski school and also guided groups that you can join, at lunchtimes every day, terraces of restaurants are privatised exclusively for the European Gay Ski Week guests. There are also Fondue nights, Raclette nights, the welcome dinner and our very own Outdoor lads dinner, all perfect for meeting other guests.
Unlike at any other event, each day right in the centre of the resort, loud, proud and fabulous there is the Apres Ski - it is a sight to behold: amazing production, giant video screens, musicians, performers, dancers and some great DJs.
After dinner each evening there is a huge choice of entertainment, a nightly Cabaret, Theme Parties – best costumes get prizes, Club nights, live music, pool parties and the nightly ‘After Hours’
PLEASE NOTE there are several European gay skiing events, including one that has a programme and name that is similar to that of the longer-running European Gay Ski Week. There have been several occasions where people have booked for the wrong event, so please make sure you are signing up to the right one, especially if your friends are booked to come along!
ODL Members will get a €50 per person discount off the price of any booking which includes accommodation, 6 day or more Paradiski lift pass and an event pass. Plus EGSW will make a £10 donation to OutdoorLads for each member who has registered on the ODL website as attending this ODL event at EGSW 2020 and has made a qualifying booking.
To claim your discount, you must:
Be a Full Member at the time of booking and during EGSW 2020 (21-28 March 2020).
The discount applies to ALL EGSW accommodation options, including the shared accommodation packages.
Enter the following Outdoor Lads club code: 2020ODL-LESARCS at the end of the booking process and the discounts will be automatically applied.
All names are checked against the ODL membership and the discount will be removed from any person within a booking who is not a Full Member of ODL.
One thing that makes attending EGSW more fun is to share accommodation with other ODL members - it's a great way to meet other ODL members (and possibly also save some money!).
There is an ODL Accommodation at EGSW WhatsApp group to assist people in communicating to book / share accommodation. Contact me (Skip) by email if you have any questions at all about accommodation or the booking process and to be added to the Accommodation WhatsApp group. A separate "ODL at EGSW 2020" WhatsApp group will be set up closer to the time to communicate and arrange to meet up whilst at ski week.
If you book separately but want to stay together with one or several friends who have also booked the same type of shared accommodation package just enter the booking reference of the first person in your group who booked in the friends booking reference field at the start of your booking.
If you are booking a shared accommodation package on your own and wish to be allocated accommodation with other ODL members - a great way to meet people and make friends. When making your booking all you need to do is enter ODL within the friends booking reference field at the start of the booking process.
ODL Intro Dinner
Separately, we'd like to arrange, in advance, an ODL dinner on the Sunday evening and perhaps one other night too. This will be arranged in advance via the WhatsApp group - last year we tried to 'wing-it' a bit with meeting up, but this year I'd like to get this dinner confirmed and in the diary in advance, so that everyone can meet-up, discuss their plans for the week etc.
What to bring
You can hire your ski / board equipment at discounted rates as part of your package through the EGSW website. Your EGSW welcome pack will then include a voucher that you exchange for equipment in almost any of the hire shops in Les Arcs 1950 / 2000. We have access to Ski Guide discounts and even we can't hire equipment for less than what EGSW quote.
If you don't already have your own ski / board clothing, you can hire this through the EGSW website for the week. The clothes for hire are okay, but if possible, we recommend instead that you borrow clothing from mates / family / ODL members, so that you know what fits before you arrive in les Arcs 1950 / 2000.
Les Arcs 1950 / 2000 is a ski-in / ski-out resort. Hopefully, the streets will be covered in snow, so we'll be wearing walking boots when out of ski gear, not trainers. EGSW guests wear white to the White Party / Snowball, Speedos (it's France, so no board shorts!) to the Pool Party and not much to the Erotica Party. Apart from those three events, you can wear whatever you want.
A great thing about EGSW is that you can arrange everything - accommodation, ski / boarding equipment, lift pass, party / apres-ski event pass, mountain lunch - through the EGSW website as a package - it's cheaper and easier that way, and the total can be paid in monthly instalments between now and January, for those who may not want to pay the total upfront.
Food & drink
At EGSW 2020, you can book into half-board accommodation that includes breakfast and dinner.
Most EGSW attendees stay in self-catered apartments, then take turns with their room-mates to cook or eat out. There are mini-supermarkets scattered around Les Arcs 1950 / 2000 that have a reasonable variety of stock, but if you must have a specific herb for your Ottolenghi recipe, or insist on Marmite with every meal, then bring it from home. And dishwasher tablets. And bags-for-life.
Alternatively, you can book a breakfast or breakfast & dinner package through the EGSW website.
There are lots of mountain-side restaurants for lunch. These will range in price from ~ €15 for self-service to much more for a sit-down meal that includes wine. You can get a 10% discount off your food bill by using EGSW tokens (see below) in partner restaurants around the Paradiski domain. There won't be many places where you can sit down to eat a packed lunch, especially if the weather is poor.
If you're self-catering and want a night off from cooking, then you could go to an EGSW raclette or fondue night. This is good value and a great way to meet others over a pot of burnt cheese. Book through the EGSW website early, as it often sells out.
As with lunch, you can get a 10% discount off your dinner food bill at partner restaurants by using EGSW tokens (see below). It's best to book in advance because everyone tries to get a table at the same time.
EGSW has its own currency in the form of coloured plastic tokens. Using these helps to speed up the service for drinks at bars and entitles guests to a discount off their food bill in partner restaurants. The tokens are fiddly to use, but are worth the hassle for the savings you can make during the week. You buy your tokens at the EGSW check-in or at any other EGSW event. If you pay for them by credit card, your transaction will be processed by your credit card issuer as a normal purchase, not a cash withdrawal. You then use your tokens to pay for drinks at EGSW venues, or food at partner restaurants displaying an EGSW sign. The drinks at EGSW venues cost 1, 2 or 3 small green tokens (= €3, €6 or €9 in real money), whilst your food bill will be discounted by 10% in partner restaurants.