Skiers and boarders who want to start 2018 in style can celebrate at a variety of ski resorts. The holiday season is always busy for ski areas, so plenty of revelers will be there to ring in the New Year.
A free fireworks show on The Beach will kick off the New Year’s Eve festivities at 9 p.m. At the same time, the party at the Widowmaker Lounge in the Sugarloaf Base Lodge will commence. At $40 per couple or $25 per person, the Widowmaker party includes hors d’oeuvres, a midnight champagne toast and live music from the Crown Vics.
The New Year’s Eve Celebration will lead right into Sugarloaf’s College Snowfest, held Jan. 1-4. The musical lineup includes DJ 4eign, Mumz the DJ, Judd Parson, The Alchemystics, Wax Future and SoDown.
Guests at the Omni Mount Washington Resort by Bretton Woods ski area can celebrate in quintessential big ballroom New Year’s Eve party fashion. The Presidential Ballroom will be the setting for a family-style Italian dinner and dance party capped with a confetti drop at midnight. The party is included in the hotel’s New Year’s Eve lodging package. The cost for resort guests not on the package is $175 for adults and $87.50 for children.
A little more than two hours from Times Square, Hunter Mountain will have a free New Year’s Eve party in its main lodge from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by the Hot Rods. Right outside the lodge, the ski area will have a torchlight parade and fireworks show at about 6:30 p.m.
Boyne Mountain Resort will host a free family dance party in its Matterhorn room from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The resort also offers a party just for kids 3 months to 12 years old in the adjacent Helga Haus Children’s Learning Center. The childcare includes all activities and pizza dinner at $60 per child, 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. An hourly rate of $10/hour per child is also available.
Other events will include a torchlight parade and fireworks extravaganza at 9:15 p.m. and a unique way to start the New Year at Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark. Located at the base of the ski area, Avalanche Bay will be open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. The New Year’s Eve Waterpark special costs $50.
Located about 15 miles from the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, Crystal Mountain will have a torchlight parade, followed by fireworks right at midnight. The resort will host a New Year’s Eve Bash for all ages, plus a variety of parties specifically for different age groups such as a Teen DJ Dance Party just for ages 13-20.
The town of Aspen is world-renowned for its nightlife. Not surprisingly, the town traditionally rocks on New Year’s Eve. Jane’s Addiction will play a sold-out concert at the intimate music club Belly Up. The Little Nell hotel will host a swanky party with tickets starting at $575 per person. For a serious VIP experience, reserved seating for up to eight guests with private butler service is available for $12,000 per group.
More economical options include the Red Onion with a $15 cover charge and Wagner Park, which will host a free bonfire and DJ outside. The town will have two fireworks shows over Aspen Mountain at 8 p.m. and midnight.
The New Year’s Family Celebration in the Olympic House at Squaw Valley will start at 4 p.m. and culminate with the East Coast ball drop at 9 p.m. local time. For ages 21 and up, the 14th Annual Squaw Valley Prom in the Olympic Village Lodge, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., benefits the High Fives Foundation. This year’s edition has a Great Gatsby theme with music from DJ Spinbad and DJ Dojah.
Mammoth will host a New Year’s Eve family event in The Village with fireworks, 7:30-9:30 p.m. The 21-and-over New Year’s Countdown Party starts at 9 p.m. at Eagle Lodge. Party tickets are $69 in advance or $79 on the day of the event.
SoCal revelers can head to Big Bear Lake for the annual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade, held at Snow Summit at 7 p.m. Snow Summit’s New Year’s Eve Countdown party starts at 8 p.m. after the parade.
Sun Peaks Resort’s festivities will kick off with the First Flight Big Air Invitational in the Rockstar Energy Terrain Park from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A Children’s Glow Stick Parade will follow at 7:45 p.m. on the village platter learning area. The torchlight parade at 8 p.m. will be on the Sundance run. Fireworks will cap off the activities on the mountain.