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Are you a gay parent who wants to get away for a LGBT friendly winter vacation? Whether you’re interested in skiing, snowboarding, or joining a mountain pizza party, the winter season has plenty of options for you and your family. Here are some of the top upcoming attractions for 2014.

ASPEN, COLORADO

Are the Rocky Mountains calling your name? If so, then “Aspen Gay Ski Week” is for you. From Jan. 12-19, Aspen is the site of this winter destination, a prime location for skiers and people who just want to enjoy the beautiful Colorado snow.

Visitors will have their pick of activities, including sleigh rides, friendship dinners, comedy, film, and art work. Social butterflies can enjoy nighttime, pool, and skiing parties, as they rejuvenate themselves and revel in all that life has to offer.

Do you want your money to go towards LGBT community action, education, and tolerance? Funds collected from registrants will support various charities devoted to these causes, such as the Lesbian Community Fund and Roaring Fork Gay.

STOWE, VERMONT

Perhaps, a Northeastern vacation is your cup of tea. Vermont will be hosting its “Winter Rendezvous” from Jan. 22-26. With cross-country ski tours held in the Trapp Family Lodge, yes, it is the same family characterized in Julie Andrew’s and Carrie Underwood’s “Sound of Music,” this event also caters to non-skiers. For gay parents who want to lay down their skis and chill out, wine tastings, dinners, and an indoor pool party are viable options.

Do you have finicky children who prefer to eat the All-American diet? You may want to take advantage of the event’s delicious Mountain Pizza Party. Animal lovers can also get their fill of the action through dog sledding and horse drawn carriage rides.

WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Do you have some time off in January and February? If so, Canada’s “Winter Pride in Whistler” may be right up your alley. Held in Whistler, British Columbia from Jan. 26- Feb.2, this winter pride celebration is chock full of exciting things, including skiing, snowboarding, pool, and dance parties.

One of the largest ski resorts in North America, photographers will not be disappointed by the breathtaking Blackcomb Mountains. The resort’s “Snowball Grand Finale Dance Party” is hailed as the highlight of the event, attracting interesting LGBT people from all walks of life.

TELLURIDE, COLORADO

Have you always wanted to see the picturesque San Juan Mountains in winter? Then sign up for “Telluride Gay Ski Week,” hosted in Telluride, Colorado from Feb. 21-Mar. 2. Sure to be a blast of arctic fun, proceeds will go toward a worthy cause, helping to support the fight against AIDS through an AIDS benefit fashion show. Kicking up snow is the heart of this celebration, as skiers and snowboarders light up this LGBT gathering. Dancers can also delight in the festivities, cutting loose at indoor parties to escape the daily grind of life.

For LGBT individuals passionate about politics and activism, gay couple Jeff Zarillo and Paul Katami, the plaintiffs who helped California end Prop. 8 will also be honored at the winter event.

Are you a gay parent who knows a fun winter vacation spot? Please share it here by posting a comment down below.

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