Best ski resorts for New Year’s events, fireworks

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So long 2021. Onward. From torchlight parades to fireworks and family events we’ve listed some of the best ski resorts to party on.

1.) Jackson Hole

After you’ve successfully dropped Corbet’s at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, check out the Torchlight Parade. Then the parties really fire up: Both the Silver Dollar Showroom and the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar are throwing New Year’s parties.

The Silver Dollar  will have music with Paul Cleckler from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. The Cowboy Bar will have music with The Walker Williams Band from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. No advance tickets, first come, first serve, but be over 21 years old.

2.) Smugglers’ Notch

Famousy family-friendly Smugglers’ Notch in Northern Vermont has a full slate of fun starting with The Friendly Pirates New Year’s Eve party from 7-8:30 p.m. where everyone can sing and dance with Mogul Mouse and Billy Bob Bear in the lower level of Meeting House.

Goodtime Charlie hosts the big bonfire, torchlight parade and fireworks at the Gazebo at 9 p.m. Then, move backinto the Meeting House for Goodtime Charlie’s Musical Time Machine. Try you hand at Karaoke, too. If it’s Smugg’s you can count on serious family fun.

3.) Breckenridge

Celebrate the new year Breckenridge-style in Colorado. Start with the Glow Worm Parade for kids 5-13. The kids 5-13 will ski down green terrain at 5:45 p.m. in a long formation using glow sticks.

Registration is at 5 p.m. in the Beaver Run Ski and Snowbird School on Peak 9. Participants must be able to stop and turn on green terrain. Then, the big boys and girls who teach us to ski and ride roll down from the top of Peak 9 in what’s billed asa a “dazzling luminary procession” at 6 p.m.

Participants must be able to stop and turn on green terrain. Keep the evening rocking’ at the Annual New Year’s Eve Beer Dinner at the Breckenridge Brewery. It’s a beer pairing, four-course feast.


Fireworks over Breckenridge ring in the New Year. Credit: Breckenridge
Fireworks over Breckenridge, Colorado, ring in the New Year. ©Breckenridge Resort

4.) Whistler Blackcomb

Ring in the New Year early and take in the  High-Flying Snow Show at the base of the British Columbia kingpin at 7:30 p.m. with an early countdown and fireworks show at 8 p.m.

Then, put the kiddies to bed happy and head to Skier’s Plaza at the base of Whistler for another special fireworks show. Wanna go fancy-dancy? Sparkle and shine at the Chateau Whistler’s oh, so sophisticated New Year’s Eve Dinner.

This lavish gala will serve up a buffet of pure indulgence while Side One delivers note-perfect versions of today and yesterday’s best party songs. Reservations are required at (604) 938-2006.

5.) Heavenly

South Lake Tahoe (smack on the California-Nevada border)  is the place to be when the ball drops. Heavenly will be adding to the downtown excitement with a New Year’s Eve celebration, including a live concert, fireworks, and gondola ball drop.

Then, head over to the Hard Rock where the music is free, but if you don’t want to stand in Guitar Plaza, you can buy seats to keep that rear-end warm.

Fireworks Alta ski resort.
©Alta Ski Resort / Rocko Menzyk


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