With New Year's Eve just 'round the corner, you've stocked up on sparkly outfits, cheesy '2012' sunglasses, noisemakers and of course all the bottles of Korbel you can carry, but now one major question remains: “Where the party at?”
To help simplify your celebration selection, OnTheSnow's team of wranglers have ridden into the sunset and corralled a list of the best places and ways to ring in the New Year on, or at least near, the snow. Enjoy a safe and Happy New Year. We'll see ya in 2012.
Fire performances are an increasingly popular New Year's spectacle. Photo Courtesy of kait-ma.com.
[R477R, Mont Tremblant] offers one of the most flamboyant New Year's Eve celebrations around, complete with a carnvial in the village, parardes, a special Snow Show by the Snow School Team, outdoor disco and, of course, fireworks. DJs will be spinning at Place Saint-Bernard long into the evening.
No NYE celebration would be complete without torchlight, so [R184R, Hunter Mountain] is doubling up. The children's torchlight parade kicks off at 6:30 p.m., with an adult parade to follow. Boogie to live soul music with the whole fam.
[R443R, Sunday River] is putting the "fire" in fireworks with Maine’s premier fire performer, Kait-Ma. Spa specials and fine dining are available all weekend. Lodging, lift tickets, lessons and breakfast packages start at $119. Click here for more info or call 800-543-2754.
For its half-century birthday, you know [R430R, Stratton]'s going big for NYE. Athletes from their Allegro Freestyle Program throw big tricks for spectators during the 21 Jump Salute leading up to fireworks. Up for a little tipsy swing dancing? Head to Grizzly's to jump and jive into 2012.
Got the kids in tow? [R407R, Snowshoe Mountain]'s parent's night out means mom and dad can enjoy their special New Year's Eve while their kids ages 2- 5, are watched by Snowshoe's Kid's World Team. Or join the fun as a full family at the 1st Night Showshoe at the Big Top, where there will be an all ages dance party, pizza buffet and scheduled activities for kids.
Skating, tubing, bingo and marshmallow roasting, plus much more are on tap for [R304R, Okemo]'s Family New Year's Eve. Plus they've got Vermont's only alpine roller coaster that'll make even a grown man squeal. Plus, fireworks will be flying at Jackson Gore.
On the heels of the Louie Vito Rail Jam Dec. 30, [R223R, Mad River Mountain] will be sliding into the New Year with tubing open until 1 a.m. Watch the fireworks from the comfort of your inner tube.
After a zipline tour or horseback ride, chow on a mountaintop dinner under the moonlight at [R72R, Boyne Mountain]. Reservations required. More info here.
Catch last chair and first chair all in one night at [R102R, Cascade Mountain]. Lifts are open 'til midnight on Dec. 31. Save big over the weekend with a three-day (consecutive) lift ticket for just $88. Learn more here.
New Year's shows always pack a little something extra. Photo Courtesy of Sunday River.
[R365R, SolVista]'s motto is “Do something amazing for your family”. Tip: Night skiing (5 to 8 p.m.), wagon rides, torchlight and fireworks are good places to start, Dad.
[R507R, Winter Park]'s got parents in mind with plenty of distractions the kids will enjoy. Games and crafts fill Kids' Night Out and Snowboard Team Camp sessions are available for your little Shaun White wannabes.
Drink specials are the perfect way to take the edge off the night's chill before you join in the torchlight parade at [R240R, Monarch]. Just don't show up drink in hand.
With all the New Year's imbibing, it's important to eat well. Grab a healthy portion at [R330R, Durango]'s festive and formal buffet complete with party favors and fun. The festivities start at 7:30 p.m. and cost $32 for adult and $15 for kids 12 and under. Reservations required—970-385-2121. Then enjoy a sleigh ride under the pretty lights.
Join Head for the Hills bluegrass band for some fine pickin' at Warren Station Center for the Arts, [R197R, Keystone]. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Buy Online.
If bright lights, tons of people and organ-rattling bass sound like fun, you won't want to miss the Snowglobe Music Festival sponsored by [R201R, Kirkwood]. This all night elctronic rager will give Mom and Dad a quick and dirty lesson in the value of ear plugs. What?
[R362R, Sierra-at-Tahoe] is partying from dusk ‘til dawn with the New Year’s Eve pool party at Onsen Spa. Complete with world-renowned DJs, silk aerialists and a light show that would put Pink Floyd to shame.
Unbuckle at Tamarack is Tahoe’s ultimate après party at 9,150 ft atop the decked-out [R169R, Heavenly] Gondola. Complete with half-price drinks, music and dancers. Rated M for Mature.
You've never had a dazed and confused New Year's experience, until you've rocked out to a Led Zeppelin tribute band at [R299R, Northstar] with fireworks exploding overhead. New Year's themed drinks will give you a whole lotta love, too.
Watch top athletes compete at [R462R, Canyons]' New Year's Rail Jam. Fireworks will light up the Orange Bubble Chair at 7:30 p.m.
Mt. Hood Meadows New Year's Eve fireworks. Photo by Randy Boverman. Courtesy of Mt. Hood Meadows.
Despite popular belief, New Year's can be both fun AND memorable. [R493R, Whistler Blackcomb] boasts an alcohol-free family-minded celebration, which is probably good since there's live ammo in the biathlon at Olympic Park. Cost: $25.
Like Stratton, [R438R, Sun Peaks Resort] is about to be over the hill, so expect a fireworks gala that's over the top.
Ring in the New Year with a gourmet five course meal at [R470R, Timberline Lodge]. $75-110 for adults and $18 for children 4-11 years old. Reservations are required. Call 503-272-3251.
[R274R, Mt. Hood Meadows]: lifts 'til midnight, dinner buffet, live music, kid-friendly and 21+ after parties, fireworks. 'Nuff said.