WinterPRIDE 2012 comes to Whistler Blackcomb for its 20th anniversary in February. The celebration of the gay and lesbian festival is scheduled for Feb. 5-12, and skiers and snowboarders can get lift and lodging discounts for the event.

The WinterPRIDE ski festival has grown into one of the largest gay and lesbian ski and snowboarder weeks in North America. Non-skiers can join in too, as Whistler offers a multitude of other ways to enjoy winter outdoors, such as tubing, snowcat tours, dogsledding, snowshoeing, ziplining, and snowmobiling.

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Good snowfall this winter has Whistler prepped for WinterPRIDE outdoor fun. Photo by Mike Crane. Courtesy of Whistler Tourism.

About 65 events pack WinterPRIDE 2012. The festival includes skiing, snowboarding, après and entertainment, comedy shows, and dance parties. OUTtv, a Canadian cable and satellite television show, is bringing six delegates to WinterPRIDE 2012 to compete for Mr. Gay Canada Feb. 9-11. The festival caps off on the night of Feb. 11 with the Shred Betties Bash for women and the 20th year of the Snowball Dance ‘Til Dawn.

Of course, skiing and snowboarding top the list of daily activities. A host of volunteers will provide mountain tours each day for skiers and snowboarders unfamiliar with Whistler Blackcomb. The mountain tours will break into various groups to accommodate different skill levels.

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WinterPRIDE participants unfamiliar with Whistler Blackcomb can get volunteer-led tours. Photo by Coastphoto.com. Courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb.

Skiers and snowboarders can get a discounted lift and lodging package for WinterPRIDE 2012 if the package is booked by Jan. 31. Package rates start at $130 per person per night based on double occupancy and include the fifth night’s lodging free. A minimum booking of five nights and four days of lift tickets is required to get the reduced rate.

For more information on WinterPRIDE 2012, go here.

Event tickets can be purchased online here.

To book lift and lodging packages for WinterPRIDE, call 866-787-1966 or book online here.