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Traveler: Top 10 Picks For New Year's 2000

Traveler: Top 10 Picks For New Year's 2000

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By Shawn Magee
posted: 07/08/2004

Escape from New York
the where Schlepp your skis to Penn Station and hop Amtrak's ski train to Killington. Leave NYC at 5:40 p.m., start drinking. Arrive Killington Village at 11 p.m., pickled. Kick out '99 with Jungle Boogie at the Wobbly Barn; wake up and take on Outer Limits on day one, double zero.
the how Killington Ski Tours, 609-845-5729. The $345 price includes train fare, ground transfers, two nights' lodging, and a two-day lift ticket.
the y2k Unlike your Manhattan neighbors, Vermonters won't really care when the Dow plummets to 2,000.

La Bella Vita
the where Skiing below the craggy peaks of the Dolomites at Cortina D'Ampezzo is an unforgettable experience. So is partying with the Italians. Either for romanticism or as a nod to the inevitable, the people of Cortina will kill their bulbs on New Year's Eve, leaving only the glow of candlelight.
the how SnoSearch Ski Tours, 800-628-8884. Airfare, ground transfers, seven nights' lodging, breakfast and dinner daily: $999.
the y2k Italy's office for millennium compliance is still under construction. How does pasta cooked over a wood fire sound?

Happy New Year, Eh? SKIING
the where Ski Whistler/Blackcomb and stay in the heart of Whistler Village, surrounded by the music and fireworks of the first-night celebration. The place to party is Tommy Africa's, where you can boogaloo till you puke.
the how Moguls Ski Tours, 800-666-4857. Airfare, ground transfers, eight nights' lodging, five-day lift ticket: $1,729.
the y2k You'll be on the right side when Canada decides to invade.

Blue-Blooded Weekend SKIING
the where Open for its first winter since 1902, New Hamshire's Mount Washington Hotel will condense the last century into three days and nights of opulent grandeur. Spend the '20s in the hotel's prohibition-era speakeasy, swing to a big band through the '50s, and so on. Skiing readers who book will get a free season pass to Bretton Woods Ski Area.
the how Mount Washington Hotel, 800-258-0330. For $7,000 per couple, you get three nights in a suite and all the regal trappings imaginable.
the y2k Everyone should live like an aristocrat at least once a millennium.

The Hideaway SKIING
the where Six days of hut-to-hut touring in Oregon's Wallowa Mountains-just you, some close friends, and thousands of skiable acres. The trip will be rife with minimalism and strain, but if you can hack it, any resolution will seem easy.
the how Wing Ridge Ski Tours, 800-646-9050. All meals, hut fees, and climbing-skin, avalanche-transceiver, and shovel rental: $495.
the y2k A backcountry hut could be the safest place in the world.

First Light
the where Light meets snow on Whakapapa glacier in New Zealand before anywhere else in the world. Only after an exceptionally bountiful snow year, however, will the glacier hold skiable snow through January; otherwise it's a crevasse-ridden ice field. How badly do you want it?
the how Finding a ski guide in the middle of New Zealand's summer is tough. Check out www.snow.co.nz for snow conditions and contact information.
the y2k Scoring the very first run of 2000 is a boast that will truly last a lifetime.

The No Brainer
the where On any given winter weekend, Aspen proves one of the best party towns in the world. New Year's should be no exception. Simply don your Gore-Tex or sable and wander around to ensure a night of revelry.
the how Aspen Ski Tours, 800-778-8589. Airfare, eight nights at the Hotel Aspen, six-day lift ticket, breakfasts, and après-ski buffets: $2,992.
the y2k In the event of an apocalypse, you might get to sleep with Elle MacPherson or Kevin Costner-just for procreation, of course.

Neew Age New Year
the where Reliable early-season snow makes Taos a sensible choice for New Year's. Some of the town's residents make it, well, an interesting one. Peek into the next millennium with a psychic reading at the Taos Inn, or grab your bongo and lay down the first beats of the year at the World Drumming Ceremony.
the how Taos Valley Resort Association, 505-776-2233. Airfare, seven nights' lodging, all meals, and a rental car: $2,166.
the y2k There will be plenty of candles, albeit scented ones.

Skier's Fantasy
the where Purely from a skiing standpoint, there's no better way to start the year than on a heli-skiing trip. And Mike Wiegele Heli Skiing runs one of the tightest, most luxurious outfits in the sky. Excellent food, an open-air disco, unlimited freshies, and a New Year's bash to boot.
the how Mike Wiegele reservations, 800-661-9170. Unlimited vertical, seven-nights' lodging, and all meals: C$6,643.
the y2k If the world does come to a halt, it will be a great place to get stranded; the helicopters have been debugged.

Vegas, Baby
the where Sin City is closing the strip to cars so an expected 750,000 carousers can run amok. Check out Babs Streisand at the MGM Grand or crash Rod Stewart's private party at the Rio. If you're ambulatory the next day, take the shuttle to Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard at Lee Canyon.
the how The Bellagio, 888-987-6667, is offering a three-night package for four people for $6,540. Airfare is tight; try America West Vacations, 800-356-6611.
the y2k Well, if your bank account is going to read zero on January first anyway...

All prices subject to change. Packages including airfare are based on a Chicago departure. Call the tour operator listed for prices from other departure points. For more trips, visit www.skinet.com/travel.

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