Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Pride 2021 spotlight: Ski Buddies

Creating safe spaces in the snow-covered peaks.

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Throughout the month of June, we’re highlighting organizations and initiatives that advocate for greater outdoor access among the LGBTQ+ community. Today’s feature is Ski Buddies, a LGBTQ+ youth ski club based in the Pacific Northwest. 

Founded in 2001, Ski Buddies is a club for LGBTQ+ folx in the Northwest who enjoy snowsports. The group hosts regular community events and organizes get-togethers for all disciplines, including alpine, nordic, and backcountry skiing; snowboarding; and snowshoeing. Trips range from local one-day outings at Stevens Pass to international expeditions to the Alps; there are also social meet-ups and an online forum to share beta, talk about gear, and find partners for your next adventure.

Unlike some of the other LGBTQ+ clubs, Ski Buddies is free to join, reducing barriers to finding your community in the mountains.