• Caitlin Kennedy

European Snow Pride

For someone several degrees short of straightness, sometimes Val d’Isere can feel a little desert-like in terms other queer folk. Not to steal Jack (our lookalike from last week)’s title, but at times “the only gay in the village’ comes to mind. With the obvious exception of La Folie Douce, which is so fabulously out and proud that their unicorn piñatas shit glitter, queer culture is sorely lacking in these parts. So it was with sheer delight that I discovered Tignes Pride last year, the first ever pride event to be held in a ski resort.

Coming up in just over a week, it’ll be the 5th Pride Day to be held in Tignes and is run in conjunction with European Snow Pride, the biggest gay ski week in Europe, who have been coming to Tignes since 2005. Tignes has for a while now been a town committed to equality and openness to the LGBT+ community. As well as hosting the gay ski week, in 2008, well before the legalisation of marriage for all, the City Council took the decision to celebrate Civil Unions for couples who wanted it. In 2013, they signed the charter against homophobia in sport and invited France’s first gay couple to marry, after Gay Marriage was legalised, to visit the town. It was when Vincent Austin a