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Posted by OldMan | November 28, 2006 2:28 PM

Hey, I'm younger at that altitude. Isn't everyone?

Posted by Dan Savage | November 28, 2006 2:30 PM

Dan has every right to be 34! That makes me what - 32? 33?

Why don't you try for 30, Dan?

Posted by catalina vel-duray | November 28, 2006 2:36 PM

I don't know... 30 seems bold, and slightly undignified. By 34, you've made peace with your 30s, you know? So I'll stick with 34—I have for, like, seven or eight years already.

Posted by Dan Savage | November 28, 2006 2:37 PM

How do you know your son is straight? Is he dating already?

Posted by Tiffany | November 28, 2006 2:52 PM

Shameless plug for:

Posted by defman23 | November 28, 2006 2:53 PM

Whenever I read about you and your family I get really happy. Like, teary-eyed happy. I'm really glad that we (people, not just gays) have such good role models as you and your family Dan. Thanks!

Posted by jenniferjane | November 28, 2006 3:01 PM

I usually feel like the loan mo skier but given the 'white party' feel of most gay ski events I'm usually okay with that.

Posted by monkey | November 28, 2006 3:03 PM

Try Red Mountain in Rossland, BC.

Rent one of the ski places.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 28, 2006 3:38 PM

Tons of gay friends living in SF that snowboard. So I'd presume Tahoe is gets a pretty mixed crowd.

Posted by Dougsf | November 28, 2006 3:45 PM

Those green pants are sooooo gay.

Posted by DOUG. | November 28, 2006 4:04 PM

Welcome to one of the best reasons for living in WA.

Snorting Elk Cellar is best drinking spot at Crystal.

Good bands also.

Posted by PeteNice | November 28, 2006 4:07 PM

Seriously, you three are so GODDAMNED CUTE.

Posted by Gloria | November 28, 2006 4:14 PM

dan IS 34...he counts his birth from the first time he heard his first Sondheim was Christmas Day, 1970, the tears ran down little Danny's ruddy cheeks as Dean Jones plaintive tenor sent shivers up young Savage's spine and he vowed on that glistening 'Company' album jacket, that THIS day would be the day of his spiritual 'birth'...

Posted by michael strangeways | November 28, 2006 4:21 PM

oh, wait that would make him 36...uh, then it was Christmas, 1972...little Danny is crying and clutching a copy of 'Follies' in his bemittened hand, vowing that THIS is the day....

Posted by michael strangeways | November 28, 2006 4:25 PM

Dude!! Way cool that you've discovered snowboarding. It's so much fun, and it puts a whole new spin on the winters here.

Your son is lucky to be growing up here, he'll be a wicked shredder in no time. Just make sure that once he starts to hit the backcountry he's had some avalanche awareness training and that he always wears a beacon.

I was at Crystal yesterday. 14 inches of fresh. It was on!!

Posted by Sean | November 28, 2006 4:30 PM

My son is a wicked shredder now -- he was boarding down double black diamonds at age seven. He's almost nine now. Does rails, boxes, 180s. He's a maniac.

Posted by Dan Savage | November 28, 2006 4:43 PM

I envy your son. After 5 years boarding, I just now am getting comfortable on the rails and boxes.

He is one lucky kid to have parents that snowboard with him.

And as a suggestion - try Steven's Pass. They always have nice powder, especially on the backside.

Posted by dkstar | November 28, 2006 6:40 PM

34? Try 44

Posted by SHARON NEADLES | November 28, 2006 6:45 PM

44? Try 42.

Posted by Stalker of Celery | November 28, 2006 6:59 PM

DKSTAR is right, the backside of Steven's Pass has the killer powder. It's opening day today for the backside, so it will be epic. Wish I could go.

If you're looking to step it up, you should try heli-boarding. North Cascades Heli-Ski in WA is awesome (, and they may have the best pilot in the business. Points North ( is probably the best operation in Alaska, and they handle all levels of experience, plus you get to hang out with Olympic medalists, pros, and film crews. You'd all have the time of your life.

Posted by Sean | November 29, 2006 7:22 AM

Ya I snowboard too I am gay and 51 but do not give a damn or make a big deal if there are gay guys or lesbians on the hill. I just go because I like it, just the same as a few other gay friends I have go. Actually we mostly avoid any gay organized ski/snowboarding events. It is just a great equalizer and nice just to hang out with people in general not just seek out or have to have a gay experience while snowboarding. In-fact it is great when I have a day where nothing has anything to do with my sexuality and no one is making about being gay.
Nice picture on the mountain

Posted by brian | November 29, 2006 11:40 AM

I've always gotten a good gay vibe at Crystal. My girlfriend and I were dyke skiers on Thanksgiving Day. We decided on Crystal because the thought of saying "no, one bed is fine" to the hotel at Crystal was much less frightening than "no,one bed is fine" to someone in Sultan or Skykomish near Stevens.

Posted by Dyke Skier | November 29, 2006 11:59 AM

Dan. At what point does the other father of your son become something more than a boyfriend? Partner seems too stodgy. Your task for 2007 is to come up with a new word for "spouse of the same sex." If you don't Stephen Colbert will.

Have fun at Mt. Baker!

Posted by elswinger | November 29, 2006 3:04 PM

I'm assuming that boy is wearing a helmet!! Especially if he's doing tricks.

Posted by skinny | November 29, 2006 5:43 PM

I agree with #24 ... there needs to be a term for that "more-than-boyfriend/girlfriend." I never liked "husband/wife" but I find "partner" too clinical ...

Posted by Gloria | November 30, 2006 4:54 AM

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