It’s Winter… Get Out There!

Ski Bums, the world's largest LGBT skiing and snowboarding club, has day trips out of New York City weekends through March 12. | SKI-BUMS.ORG

Ski Bums, the world's largest LGBT skiing and snowboarding club, has day trips out of New York City weekends through March 12. | SKI-BUMS.ORG

SAT.JAN.9 & EVERY SAT. AFTER THAT: RUNNING: Neither Rain nor Snow…

Indomitable in mind, body and spirit, members of the Front Runners of New York, one of the city’s oldest LGBT sports clubs, gather every Saturday, regardless of weather, for two hours of a Central Park fun run. Those wishing to drop off a bag, stretch, or change clothes prior to the run meet in the basement of Rutgers Church, 236 W. 73rd St. by 9:45 a.m. Otherwise, meet up at the 72nd St. Transverse and the park’s West Dr., just across the road from the Daniel Webster Statue, at 10 a.m. The club returns to the church for breakfast after the run. Every Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. For complete details on the fun runs and other Front Runners events, visit,

SAT.JAN.9 : COMMUNITY: Catskill’s Pride Winter Gathering

Up in the Catskills to enjoy the winter hiking and skiing? Join Catskills Pride for its annual Winter Gathering. Free admission and food & drinks for purchase, while you meet up with friends and make new ones. Dancing Cat Distillery & Saloon, 2037 Rte. 17B in Bethel (yep, home to the legendary 1969 Woodstock Festival at Max Yasgur’s farm). For more information, contact For information about the Dancing Cat, visit

SUN.JAN.17-SAT.MAR.12: DOWNHILL: Ski Bum Saturdays & Sundays

Ski Bums, the world’s largest LGBT skiers and snowboarders club, holds weekend day trips to prime upstate skiing venues in the Catskills. The excursions, which welcome skiers of all abilities, include a private charter bus trip leaving from 34th St. & Eighth Ave. This winter’s schedule includes: Jan. 17 to Windham Mountain; Feb. 6 to Hunter Mountain; Feb. 13 to Belleayre Mountain; and Mar. 12 back to Windham. The total cost is $125; reserve your spot at

SAT.JAN.23: HOME DESIGN: 16th Annual Mohawk Valley Antiquefest

Utica and the Mohawk Valley were long home to makers of fine home furnishings, including classic lamps and other lighting fixtures. The historic Stanley Theatre in Utica plays host to the 16th annual Mohawk Valley Antiquefest featuring a riot of vintage furnishings. 261 Genesee St. at Hopper St. Jan. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Jan. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. More information at

FRI.FEB.5-SUN.FEB.7: DOWNHILL: Skiing in the Finger Lakes

In a weekend still in the planning stages, the Center of the Finger Lakes and the Rochester, Toronto, and Ottawa Gay Ski clubs are collaborating on “Super Ball,” an LGBTQ Ski & Snowboarding Weekend at Bristol Mountain, near Canandaigua in the Finger Lakes region. Feb. 5-7. All ski abilities are welcome, snowboarding and cross-country skiing are available, and the Finger Lakes has a deservedly strong reputation for fine cuisine. Check in at to see when you can book a reservation.