Colorado ski resorts are notorious for their festive and over-the-top New Year’s Eve celebrations. Designed for you to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, to enhance the pleasures of a vacation, and to make you feel as though you’ve stepped away from reality, ski resorts are ideal for ringing in the New Year.
Almost every ski resort in Colorado hosts a big New Year’s Eve celebration. Festivities may include fireworks, music, and gourmet dinners—some of which take place on the hill and under the stars. Unique to ski resorts are their mesmerizing torchlight parades, where participants ski in formation down a mountain’s front side, holding lit torches under the moonlight. It sounds simple, but as these light-bearing skiers descend, snaking back and forth across the trail, the effect is hypnotic. Crowds hush and children point as the energy among them stirs.
At some resorts, torchlight parades are open to anyone who wants to join. At others, there are participants who perfect a synchronized, choreographed descent, making it appear as though the hill is dancing and enjoying its own magical bash.
In Colorado, New Year’s Eve celebrations—and torchlight parades—occur at big resorts like Steamboat, Snowmass, and Breckenridge and at smaller mountains like Monarch, Purgatory, and Sunlight. If you want to take part in a torchlight parade at your favorite ski mountain, give them a call to find out what you need to do to join. Most mountains are thrilled to add skiers to these gorgeous and very special events because the more light that fills the slope, the more breathtaking the parade will be.