SBG Productions Acquires Telluride Gay Ski Week; Aims To Expand On Historic Legacy!

SBG Productions Acquires Telluride Gay Ski Week; Aims To Expand On Historic Legacy!

Telluride Gay Ski Week (TGSW) is set to return for its 21st year on February 25 – March 4, 2023 with new owner and producer, SBG Productions. The organization behind Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival, and Durango Blues Train. SBG Productions recently finalized the purchase agreement with the former Event Director, Rosie Cusack. With almost 30 years of event experience, SBG Productions is excited to usher in a new era of Telluride Gay Ski Week with updated events and fresh energy, while honoring the historic legacy.

A full schedule of events, details about lift tickets and special lodging details will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay up to date by signing up for the newsletter at

Go here for more about the history of Telluride Gay Ski Week.

“TGSW has been put on the map and has rightfully garnered significant global attention in the past six years,” said Rosie Cusack, former Event Director. “SBG Productions taking over the production of this event is the best thing that could have ever happened. SBG is a wonderful, professional, caring and conscientious group of people. TGSW is in great hands! TGSW is a very important event here in Telluride and all over the country. It isn’t just about skiing. It  has always been special to see the community support for the TGSW events that gave attendees a level of confidence they couldn’t find anywhere else. That is about as special to me as it gets.”

Event attendees can expect a week full of events, happy hours, meet-ups, live music, a pool-party and more with plenty of time to explore the world-class Telluride Ski Resort. For those new to the terrain or looking to make some friends while making some turns, guided ski-groups will be available.

“We are excited for the opportunity to build on a 20 year-old celebration of equality, inclusivity and awareness for the LGBTQ+ community” said Steve Gumble, President of SBG Productions. “We plan to strengthen the overall experience as well as spotlight the beauty of wintertime in the San Juan Mountains. Expect a more diverse programming schedule with broader appeal, refined week-long amenities and improved design plans to offer a better-rounded experience.”

Gumble also expanded on plans to expand Gay Ski Week’s community involvement:

“Telluride has a lot of pride, along with many incredibly talented LGBTQ+ residents and allies, businesses and organizations. We welcome and encourage everyone to be involved and can’t wait to showcase the local flavors that make our ski town so unique.”

Those looking to be involved are encouraged to reach out through the TSGW website at this link:

Continuing the cherished partnership between the Telluride AIDS Benefit (TAB) and TGSW, the 2023 event will kick off with the TAB Fashion Show on Saturday, February 25, 2023. A highlight of the winter for many, the fundraising Fashion Show is considered one of Telluride’s best productions and has been described as a “Broadway Pop-Up” and “Cirque du Soleil meets NY Fashion Week.”

About Telluride Gay Ski Week

Since 2002, Telluride Gay Ski Week has become the Southwest’s most welcoming, scenic, and intimate winter retreat. The week-long celebration of equality, inclusivity and awareness features tons of activities to showcase the beauty of the LGBTQ+ community. The Telluride community is proud to fight for human rights to live openly and authentically and the town embraces and welcomes visitors from all walks of life with our signature flare and mountain charm. Not just for skiers, Telluride Gay Ski Week invites all to celebrate the magic of wintertime in the San Juan Mountains.

With gorgeous accommodations located just steps away from outdoor activities like ice-skating, snowshoeing, fat tire biking, horseback and sleigh rides, fishing, snowmobiling and more, Telluride has something for everyone. Attendees can enjoy daily ski guiding for all skill levels, après ski hangouts, pool parties, late-night happenings including the signature White Party and so much more.

Historically, Telluride Gay Ski Week has coincided with Telluride AIDS Benefit Fashion Show Gala – an event dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS by raising awareness and generating financial support for prevention programs and client care.

About SBG Productions

A full-service event and festival production company since 1994, SBG Productions specializes in the unique, multi-faceted live music experiences of the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival, and Durango Blues Train.

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