Every Presidents Day Weekend, the Queer Utah Aquatic Club celebrates their annual Ski and Swim event. For 2019, the event will take place this weekend, February 15th through the 17th and will be a weekend of fun parties, swimming, water polo and skiing/ snowboarding.
Kicking off on Friday, the 15th with an opening party at the Utah Pride Center. The opening party will be a great time to catch up with friends, meet new friends and enjoy some great food and drinks. Saturday will be all about getting wet when the swim meet kicks off at the Fairmount Aquatic Center in the morning starting at 8am and Water Polo at the University of Utah from 4-6pm.
Remember, if you can’t be an athlete. Be an athletic supporter! Join the parties, skiing and fun even if you’re not planning to swim!
After Water Polo, everybody will be getting together for a big group dinner in Downtown SLC followed by an after party hosted by Club Try-Angles. Sunday will be the opposite from Saturday as everybody heads up to the Snowbird Resort for a day of skiing and snowboarding with lunch catered at the Cliff Lodge. Of course, if you’d rather not take to the slopes. You can get a full day package to the Cliff Spa and relax with the roof top hot tub, dry sauna and steam room. There’s even the option to do both!
Ski and Swim was started by the founders of the Queer Utah Aquatic Club a few years after the club’s founding. One of the founders, David Ferguson, was inspired after visiting a series of circuit parties throughout the USA and decided he wanted to bring a “party” home to SLC focused on swimming and skiing. The first event drew out 100 participants and has since grown to be one of the most popular annual gay aquatics events outside of the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Championships.
Queer Utah Aquatics Club believes in the power of swimming, diving and water polo to build community and drive inclusion through participation. QUAC is part of US Master’s Swimming and their Adult Learn to Swim program to help adults learn to swim and improve in their own swimming goals whether they be fitness, health or competition. They also support their community through various community partnerships and fundraisers on the local and national level.
By Dirk Smith