Telluride (Colorado) 

The torch light parade is one of the hallmarks of New Year’s in the quaint, yet tony, southwestern ski town. Dozens of skiers set off in the dark, cruising down the steep night skiing combo of Coonskin and Telluride Trail—with lights in hand, creating a beautiful snake-like line of light heading down the mountain. Later in the evening, the clock tower atop the courthouse draws crowds in the hundreds, and in between, the town’s classic bars such as the Last Dollar Saloon (just ask for the “Buck”) and the New Sheridan are packed with libated locals. The Sheridan Opera House, a historic and outstanding music venue, will host The Wailers this year for a reggae-inspired party, too.