Spurred by this unfairness, Jon along with others from the Aspen gay community pushed for an ordinance that secured gay-rights protections in Aspen. They were successful. This was a first for Colorado but Boulder and Denver soon followed. But in 1992, a new amendment to the Colorado State constitution — Amendment 2 — repealed all existing gay-rights legislation, including here in Aspen. Tourism in Colorado was boycotted and numbers at Gay Ski Week decreased for a time. Eventually the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Amendment 2 was unconstitutional and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld this decision in 1996.
So not only is Aspen Gay Ski Week a great time for parties and skiing, it has also played a role in state and federal legislation. And while the success of Aspen Gay Ski Week has spurred other ski weeks across the country, one of the things that keeps the Aspen event special is its dedication to giving back.