Oktoberfest 2000: West - Ski Mag

Oktoberfest 2000: West

A native of Ontario, Canada, Jorgenson moved to Whistler in 1993 at the age of 17. He began taking pictures of the local skiers and mountain bikers he associated with and was soon published in magazines all over the world. In 2008, he opened the Blake Jorgenson Gallery at the base of the Westin Hotel in Whistler Village, a modern-contemporary space displaying his own work and hosting international touring exhibitions, receptions, and special events.You can purchase his book at www.blakejorgenson.com.


Breckenridge, CO
Sept. 22-24
Info: 970-453-2913
Lodging: 888-796-2818
Web Address: http://www.breckenridgesummer.com/events.sep.asp

Breckenridge Ski Resort celebrates Oktoberfest in traditional fashion with Bavarian food, German Beer, the jagermarsch, oompah music, and lederhosen. Festivities take place around Main Street.

Lodging rates start at $68 per night based on double occupancy.

Vail, CO
Sept. 15-17
Info: 970-476-1000
Lodging: 800-270-4870
Web address: http://www.vailalways.com/hptips_set.cfm?id=18&pos=1

Vail village will be a flurry of German festivities in honor of Oktoberfest the weekend of September 15. Sample traditional German cuisine and bier amidst festive street fairs and sidewalk sales in the alpine setting of Vail Valley.

Lodging rates start at $84 per night based on double occupancy.

Winter Park, CO
Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Info: 800-729-5813
Lodging: 800-729-5813
Web address: http://www.skiwinterpark.com/media/eventsdetail.html?event=232

For two days Winter Park Resort will resemble the Alps as polka, Austrian/Bavarian, and Alpenhorn music fill the air, Bavarian cuisine fills the belly, and German polka dancers entertain the mind. Children will also enjoy the "Kids' Karnival" featuring a ring toss, baseball throw, skeeball, clowns, face painting, and more. Adults can also come to the Beer Garden as four Colorado brewers celebrate Oktoberfest 2000 Brews. Additionally, more than 50 miles of lift-accessed mountain biking and hiking trails will be open. Guests can also ride up the Zephyr Express chair lift to view fall foliage along the Continental Divide.

Lodging rates start at $35 per night based on double occupancy.


Taos, NM
Sept. 16
Info: 800-992-7669
Lodging: 800-776-1111
Web address: http://taoswebb.com/vtsv/calendar.html

Taos Ski Valley will host its first Oktoberfest this year in recognition of its German and European heritage. Events include live entertainment from Innsbruck, Austria, Albuquerque's Schuhplatter Dancers, costume contests, a yodeling contest, and much more. Revelers can also take a chair lift up the mountain to get a closer look at the bountiful fall colors. All the while booths will be serving plenty of food, beer, and wine.

Lodging rates start at $59 per night based on double occupancy.


Snowbird, UT
Sept. 2-4, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 7-8
Info: 800-232-9542
Lodging: 800-453-3000
Web Address: http://www.snowbird.com/program/Photos/press.asp?PressID=95

Snowbird's 28th annual Oktoberfest begins on September 2 and events run every weekend until October 8. Each weekend holds traditional events geared towards either kids, families, or college students. Admission is free for most events with a minimal charge for others and each attendee receives a discount coupon book for food, shops, games, and retail stores.

Lodging rates start at $98 per night based on double occupancy.

If you know of any other great Oktoberfest celebrations, please email them to us at: editor@skinet.com