Monarch sits high on the side of the mountain, along Highway 50, just about as close to the stars as you can get. The base area elevation is at 10,790 feet in altitude. It's the perfect setting for a New Year's Eve to remember.

The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. New Year's Eve with a torchlight parade and fireworks show. The public is invited to participate in the torchlight parade. It is typically season pass holders, but  any intermediate or above skier with a lift ticket can join the fun. Make sure to dress warmly in old gear. The parade comes down Snowflake, which is a beginner run, and the fireworks are then displayed overhead. This annual celebration is something Monarch has done since the mid-'70s.

The Sidewinder Restaurant and Saloon will be open, serving food and drinks. All of the action is visible from the Sidewinder too, if you choose to stay inside and keep warm.

Head into the town of Salida, after the festivities on the mountain. All of the bars in downtown Salida, such as Benson's, The Boathouse, The Victoria Tavern, and The Tenderfoot, will have live music and celebrations lasting past midnight.

More information:  Call 800-996-7669 or 719-530-5000.