Pick one of the six best mountainous New Year’s Eve parties this year, and you’re in for one heck of a night in a ski town. Just remember, blue skies and a foot of powder on Jan. 1 are inevitable, so despite the endless booze, dancing and good times offered at these distinct venues, you’re expected for first chair.

Suck it up. It’ll be worth it. There are no hangovers on a powder day, especially the first of 2013.