Fireworks, torchlight parades, and parties will mark the night of December 31, 2000 at ski resorts around the country. But the fact is that there probably isn't a tougher time than at New Year's to get a room in the mountains. Many resorts are literally booked solid and some hotels have become accustomed to taking bookings a year in advance. But for the intrepid skier or boarder bent on spending New Year's on the slopes, there are still some last minute deals to look into.
"There is space available," confirms Lance Cygielman of Ski Vacation Planners. "We can always get someone in if they're flexible."
He points to Salt Lake City hotels as place to stay for skiers who can't get into mountainside accommodations. As for airfare, his advice is "get creative. January 1st and 2nd are ridiculous, but we've seen a few seats open up on January 3rd and 4th. If you can extend your New Year's celebration by a day or two, you might get lucky. And some of the lodging rates tend to go down as of January 1st."
We looked around and came up with 13 places that will welcome you to the last rooms they have left. Rates are per room, per night, unless noted, and are based on double occupancy.
Beaver Creek Resort
A handful of rooms are still available at Beaver Creek for New Year's Eve. The Season's at Avon has one-bedroom condos starting at $410 per room, per night. At Townsend Place, a one-bedroom condo is $720 while a one-bedroom at St. James is $995. The Pines Lodge has a one-bedroom hotel room for $565 per night.
The "New Year's Deal" at Crested Butte runs from December 26 through January 2, 2001 but availability is tight. Here's what available at this late date. The Sheraton Crested Butte Resort is offering three nights lodging with a two-day lift ticket for $386 per person or two nights with a lift ticket for $277. The best low-cost deal is at Manor Lodge, which provides three nights lodging with a two-day lift ticket for $204 per person. For a two-night deal with lift tickets, you're looking at $164 per person.
Steamboat Ski Resort
The newly opened Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel has an "Extra Day to Boot Deal" that gives you the sixth night free when you pay for five. Rates start at $289 per night during this period. A variety of room types are available including rooms with two queen beds, allowing parents to bring two kids at no additional charge.
New Year's Eve kicks off with an avalanche bomb that signals the start of a Torchlight Parade and fireworks. While most of Telluride is sold out, The Inn at Lost Creek's (888-601-5678) "Luxury Ski Holiday Package" starts at $1,455 per person and includes five nights of lodging in a suite with fireplace, jetted tub and steam shower, two four-day lift passes, and a $100 gift certificate at their 9545 Restaurant.
Vail still has a small selection of lodging for the New Year's period. Vail Realty & Rental has studios starting at $175 and two-bedrooms from $550 for a two-bedroom, with a five-night minimum stay required. A hotel room at the Evergreen for three nights that includes three-day lift tickets is $861.22 per person, with hotel taxes and booking fee included.
Winter Park Resort
You can still find a few rooms at the Zephyr Mountain Lodge, a ski-in-ski-out property. Their two-night packages include two-day lift tickets in a luxury one bedroom slope-side condo for $334. There are also less expensive motel and lodge packages that include five-night stays and four-day lift tickets for $522 per person.
There's still room at the inn if you want to catch the Suugarloaf Fireworks Display in Maine's north woods this New Year's Eve. From December 26-31, slope-side lodging is still available. Packages start at $109 per person, based on maximum occupancy. You also get a lift ticket, a Perfect Turn adult clinic, and access to the Sugarloaf Sports & Fitness facility.
Big Mountain Ski & Summer Resort
At Big Mountain's Hibernation House, you can find a room for $102 per person, per night that includes a lift ticket and breakfast. (www.bigmtn.com/html/hibhouse.html). At Big Mountain Alpine Homes, you might still find a two- to four-night stay available.
While most rooms are gone in this party-mad resort, you can still get a deal that requires a five-night minimum stay, with arrival on December 26. The price starts at $853 CAN per person for five nights of lodging in a deluxe hotel room, based on double occupancy. That's about $588 US.
Deer Valley reports that there's still a handful of inventory left for New Year's Eve. Contact the resort for availability.
Park City Mountain Resort
Get into the Olympic spirit early at Park City Mountain Resort. The Lodge at the Mountain Village is a ski in/ski out property with a full kitchen, living room with fireplace, cable, and use of an indoor/outdoor pool, hot tubs, and sauna. The rate through New Year's is $577.40 per person, per day, including lift tickets. They also have units at the Gables available for $457.51. The least expensive lodging during that period can be found in studio units outside of Park City, where rates start at $274.77 per person, per day.
Smuggler's Notch is reporting that it still has two- to seven-night stays available, mostly in studios. There's also limited availability in two and three bedroom condos. The resort's "Special 7 Night/7 Day Club Smugglers' Celebration Package" is $199 per day, per adult and $185 per day, per youth (ages 17 and under).
Snowshoe is reporting limited availability for New Year's. Contact them for prices and look out for last minute cancellations.