As if powder-perfect conditions and champagne toasts on the ski beach weren’t enough reason to celebrate a New Year on the slopes, some alpine destinations have added celebrity entertainers, over-the-top dinners and even luxurious family-friendly attractions. For a New Year’s Eve celebration in the mountains, add these lively ski towns to your bucket list:
Chamonix – France
Welcome the new year on the dance floor at l’Amneisa, Chamonix’s largest nightclub, or indulge in a four-course meal at Chambre Neuf with fillet of beef in cognac butter, brie de Meaux and milk chocolate cheesecake. No matter how you choose to spend the evening (or the early hours of the morning), there’s only one place to be at midnight — in the midst of champagne corks, fireworks and shouts of jubilee on Town Centre. More about Chamonix.
Park City – USA
Although known for its family-friendly atmosphere, Park City offers New Year’s celebrations for every type of reveler. Those seeking bottle service and celebrities can find both at popular nightclub Downstairs, where actor and DJ Danny Masterson will resume his traditional place behind the decks, and spacious venue Park City Live promises Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas. All ages can enjoy Bernadette Peters at The Eccles Center. For a quieter though no less inspiring evening, watch Deer Valley Resort’s torchlight parade, a decades-long tradition. More about Park City.
Wistler – Canada
A premier nightlife hot spot Whistler will host an all-night affair at The GLC (Garibaldi Lift Co.) with two DJs, complimentary “welcome” drinks and a midnight champagne toast. Families will have their own lineup of activities, including ice skating, a photo booth, party hats and an “Uber Fire & Ice” show. Complimentary transportation will be available from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. More about Whistler.
Aspen – USA
Aspen lives up its reputation as the place to be for the uncompromisingly fabulous, featuring no fewer than six lavish parties filled with open bars, world-class DJs and complimentary swag bags. Top venues include St. Regis Aspen, where Nikki Hill and Curtis Salgado will perform, and element 47, which treats guests to Louis Roederer CRISTAL champagne, passed hors d’oeuvres and a jazz band. Families can celebrate together at Belly Up Aspen. Aspen promises not one, but two sets of fireworks over Aspen Mountain — one for the little ones at 8 p.m. and another at midnight. See more events in Aspen.