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From a celebrity toast to fireworks, here’s how Colorado ski areas are celebrating New Year’s Eve

Telluride is one of many Colorado resorts that celebrate New Year’s Eve with fireworks and a torchlight parade.
Telluride is one of many Colorado resorts that celebrate New Year’s Eve with fireworks and a torchlight parade.

Torchlight parades with fireworks? Sign us up. Check out those and more New Year’s Eve festivities below:

Glenwood Springs: Soak in the new year at the Glenwood Hot Springs Resort (the massive pool will be open until 1 a.m.), and watch fireworks being launched on the other side of the Colorado River, starting at 10 p.m.

Aspen Snowmass: In town, there is a long list of special New Year’s Eve dinners, parties and events, including fireworks over Aspen Mountain at 8 p.m. and again at midnight. For more details, consult the Aspen Chamber Resort Association ( Over at Snowmass, there will be caroling, a torchlight parade with fireworks and a Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve party in the base village.

Purgatory: There will be a buffet-style dinner at Hoody’s Basecamp Lodge (5-10 p.m.); Kids’ Night Out (5:30-10 p.m.) at slopeside child care with pizza, arts and crafts, games and movies; fireworks and torchlight parade (6-6:30 p.m.); and a New Year’s Eve party at Purgy’s with dancing and live music (9 p.m. to 1 a.m.).

Copper Mountain: A USASA rail jam contest for snowboarders and freeskiers will be held during the day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A torchlight parade starts at 6 p.m., and fireworks at 10. Dining options include a Moonlight Dine & Ski feast at the mid-mountain lodge, Solitude Station, (6 to 9 p.m.) with music and champagne toast, followed by a ski down the mountain to the Center Village via moonlight. Keep in mind that only about a quarter of the moon will be visible, so bring a headlamp.

Beaver Creek: Premium dining at the Park Hyatt will include a celebratory toast at 10 p.m., marking the arrival of the new year on East Coast time (so you don’t have to stay up past your bedtime). Dining options include a buffet for general admission and VIP tables with personal waiters.

Keystone: There will be a 9 p.m. fireworks display at Lakeside Village, a special New Year’s Eve prime rib buffet dinner at the Edgewater Cafe (for reservations, call 970-496-4386), and live music with dancing and full bar at the Adventure Center.

Vail: A torchlight parade and fireworks show is planned at Golden Peak, starting at 6:15 p.m.

Breckenridge: For kids, there will be a Glow Worm ski parade at the bottom of Peak 9, open to kids 4-14 who are confident riding a platter pull and skiing the bottom of a beginner trail in the dark. (Practice runs begin at 4:45 p.m., the sun sets at 4:50 p.m., and the parade begins at 5:15 p.m.) Kids will get glow sticks, hot chocolate and snacks. A torchlight parade of ski and snowboard instructors will follow at 6 p.m.

Steamboat: A torchlight parade and fireworks starting at 5:30 p.m. are planned, with a family-friendly New Year’s Eve party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Thunderhead Lodge at the top of the gondola. Go to for details and tickets.

Monarch: From 3 to 6 p.m., enjoy live music, a torchlight parade and fireworks, as well as drink specials.

Crested Butte: Gather at Butte 66 at 5:30 p.m. to watch Crested Butte instructors descend the mountain in a torchlight parade, followed by fireworks.

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