Looking for a place to ring in the New Year? Check out the fun scheduled at five Tahoe resorts for New Year's Eve. Adults can find parties, and special kids events attract families.
Northstar-at-Tahoe throws their annual Fire and Ice New Year's Eve Celebration. The party, open to all ages, takes place throughout the day in the Village at Northstar with live music and entertainment that includes fire dancers. The ice rink is open for skating with rentals available rinkside. A fireworks display lights up the sky to celebrate with the East Coast at 9 p.m., just for those who want to get up early for tracks on New Year's Day. Several restaurants in the village have special New Year's Eve dinners.
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe fills its ballroom with entertainment, a lavish dessert buffet, an open bar, a champagne toast, and dancing until 1 a.m. for adults.Tickets cost $65 for hotel guests and $95 for non-hotel guests.
Squaw Valley USA has parties for families and adults. The family party takes place New Year's Eve starting at 6 p.m. at High Camp. The event features a surf and turf buffet, music, and dancing until 9 p.m. The party concludes with a toast to the New Year with champagne for adults and sparkling apple cider for kids just in time to download to the village for the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Tickets, which include the Cable Car ride, cost $84 for adults and $49 for children 12 years and younger.
Adults at Squaw Valley can join the party at the Olympic House with live music, DJs, and five bars, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Admission costs $10 cash-only at the door.
The party at Alpine Meadows is scheduled early enough that you can tack on a second party at night. The Pre-New Year's Eve Cocktail Party takes place in the Last Chair Bar and Restaurant with drink specials, appetizers, and live music, 3-6 p.m.
Two parties take place for adults in the Off The Wall Bar and Bubs at Kirkwood Mountain Resort. But the whole family can enjoy the fireworks and torchlight parade. A special New Year's Eve snowcat tour grabs prime viewing of the fireworks from the top of Red Cliffs with champagne, hot chocolate, and appetizers.
Families in South Lake Tahoe can celebrate in Heavenly Village at Heavenly Mountain Resort with an inaugural event. A rail jam starts at 2 p.m., but the actual party runs 6-9 p.m. Activities include ice skating, a snowboard simulator, and an ice sled motion simulation. Magicians, silt walkers, and face painting add to the festive atmosphere with a fire and glow show, live music, the gondola drop, and fireworks. The party is free, but parking in the Heavenly Garage costs $5.