What are you doing New Year's Eve? Maybe you'll spend it on a slopeside balcony, watching a fireworks display or a torchlight parade. Maybe you intend to go to a dusk-to-dawn party in Aspen, Squaw Valley, or Killington. Or, you're one of those diehards who'll don a pair of snowshoes and greet midnight from your favorite mountaintop.
But if you still haven't made plans to join thousands of other dedicated skiers and snowboarders to ring in the New Year at a ski resort, don't despair. Contrary to expectations, it's not too late to spend the millennium slopeside. With a few exceptions, most ski hotels and condos in the U.S. and Canada have rooms available. Better yet, those sky-high lodging rates and five and seven-night minimum stay requirements that were floating around six months ago have been trimmed way back. Overnight, the millennium period has become a prime time for opportunistic skiers to score something approaching a deal.
Short of driving, getting to the mountains is another issue, since the toughest part of any millennium ski vacation will be airfare. Even so, there are still seats available, and even some reasonably priced fares around, thanks to bulk fares bought by wholesalers months ago. The best way to find these fares, and a room to go with them, is to call the central reservations office of any resort or to contact a reliable ski tour operator. If you absolutely want to be in the mountains when the clock strikes midnight, here's a sampling of what's still available as of the first week of December. Rates are for lodging only and based upon double occupancy unless noted. Minimum night stays may still be required.