Cel­e­brate the New Year with these Colorado week­end get­aways

The Denver Post - - TRAVEL - By Em­i­lie Rusch

With New Year’s Eve fall­ing on a Satur­day this year, it may be the per­fect time to spice up your an­nual year-end tra­di­tions and cel­e­brate with a last­minute week­end get­away. And whether your tastes run to­ward five-course meals and cham­pagne toasts or torch­light pa­rades and fire­works, these Colorado moun­tain towns have got you cov­ered. All still had lodg­ing avail­able nearby Dec. 30-Jan. 2 as of last week.

AS­PEN

As­pen Moun­tain will be il­lu­mi­nated by fire­works not once but twice on New Year’s Eve. There are plenty of big-ticket par­ties where you can catch a glimpse, but one more af­ford­able view­ing op­tion is The St. Regis As­pen Re­sort’s Shadow Moun­tain Lounge, where there will be a live DJ, cock­tail ser­vice and com­pli­men­tary cham­pagne toast at mid­night — all at no cover and open to the com­mu­nity. Fire­works are at 8 p.m. and mid­night. as­pen­cham­ber.org

BEAVER CREEK

Home to one of Travel Chan­nel’s top fam­ily-friendly New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions, Beaver Creek pulls out all the stops for its youngest rev­el­ers — there’s a public glow-stick ski down, a torch­light pa­rade and fire­works, and that’s be­fore the big party gets started at 7 p.m. The 6th An­nual New Year’s Eve Fam­ily Bash at the Park Hy­att Beaver Creek fea­tures games, danc­ing, DJ, give­aways and two bal­loon drops. Tick­ets sell out quickly; as of press time, late-night (af­ter 10:30 p.m.) en­tries were still avail­able for $45. beaver­creek.com

BRECK­EN­RIDGE

Catch Breck­en­ridge’s tra­di­tional torch­light pa­rade and fire­works on New Year’s Eve — they’re vis­i­ble from most spots around town — and then if you’re not too hun­gover the next morn­ing, lace up your trail shoes (or snow­shoes) for the Res­o­lu­tion Snow Run and Yeti Snow­shoe Stomp 5K at 11 a.m. Jan. 1. The snowy course fol­lows the Blue River and starts and ends at Colorado Moun­tain Col­lege. Race en­try is $35 for adults, $15 for kids. vis­it­breck.com

ESTES PARK

The YMCA of the Rock­ies is cel­e­brat­ing the New Year with a fam­ily-friendly party for guests stay­ing overnight in its lodges. The New Year’s Eve Fam­ily Dance will fea­ture DJ mu­sic, games, snacks, re­fresh­ments and a bed­time-ap­pro­pri­ate 10 p.m. ball drop. Guest lodge rates start at $64 for mem­bers and $79 for non-mem­bers. vis­itestes­park.com

GRAND LAKE

There are tons of New Year’s Eve fire­works dis­plays, but Grand Lake’s mid­night show of­fers a scenic back­drop of a dif­fer­ent sort — Colorado’s largest nat­u­ral body of wa­ter. Prime view­ing spots for the an­nual fire­works in­clude Lake Av­enue, Lake Park, the beach and the East In­let Boat Launch. grand­lakecham­ber.com

KEY­STONE

Your New Year’s Eve sound­track doesn’t have to be just club an­thems and chart-top­pers. Get your blue­grass on at the War­ren Sta­tion Cen­ter for the Arts in Key­stone with a New Year’s con­cert by pop­u­lar Den­ver band Trout Steak Re­vival. Open­ing is Fort Collins-based folk act Pan­das & Peo­ple. Tick­ets are $20 in ad­vance, $25 at the door. key­stonere­sort.com

TEL­LURIDE

Snag­ging one of the last re­main­ing rooms in Tel­luride may re­quire a bit of a splurge, but it doesn’t get much more mag­i­cal than an open-air sleigh ride to din­ner and fire­works. The Gor­rono Ranch sleigh ride din­ner be­gins with a 15-minute sleigh ride to the his­toric sheep herd­ing ranch be­fore prime view­ing of the re­sort’s torch­light pa­rade and fire­works, an open bar and buf­fet-style gourmet din­ner. Tick­ets are $200 for adults, $100 for youth ages 13-21 and $55 for chil­dren ages 6-12. Seats are ex­tremely limited — re­serve in ad­vance by call­ing 970-728-7560. tel­lurideskire­sort.com

VAIL

Vail Hol­i­daze‘s torch­light pa­rade and fire­works on Golden Peak kicks off the evening’s fes­tiv­i­ties at 6:15 p.m. Af­ter­wards, there are par­ties aplenty to choose from, in­clud­ing the Four Sea­sons Re­sort and Res­i­dences Vail’s glitzy New Year’s Eve ball­room gala. Tick­ets to that soiree start at $500 per per­son. Or you can al­ways hang out, free of charge, in the re­sort’s re­designed bar and lounge, The Rem­edy, and rock out to the DJ be­fore watch­ing the ball drop on the bigscreen TV. vail.com

Pro­vided by Tel­luride Ski Re­sort

Tel­luride is one of many Colorado towns that cel­e­brate New Year’s Eve with fire­works and a torch­light pa­rade.

Pro­vided by Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek is home to one of Travel Chan­nel’s top fam­ily-friendly New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions.

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