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Beaver Creek's New Year's Eve Bash
If ringing in the New Year slopeside is a must, plan your evening around the Beav's annual NYE party, which kicks off the final evening of 2017 with a glow-stick ski-down and a torchlight parade along with a fireworks show as dusk settles in (5 to 7 p.m.). If you're looking to keep the party going, the resort's ticketed New Year's Eve Bash at Ford Hall has something for the whole family, with a DJ spinning beats from 7 p.m. onwards, and plenty of food, arts, crafts and games for the little ones, and, of course, plenty of Champagne for toasting.
Ski instructors and Vail locals join forces for a torchlight parade down Vail's Golden Peak (6:15 p.m.) followed by an annual fireworks show to close out the year on a pyrotechnic note.
Multi-course menus, dinner and dancing, and more!
The Left Bank
The Left Bank's Grand Seating (9 p.m., $220 per person) boasts seven courses for patrons to kick off 2018 on a decadent (and full) note. theleftbankvail.com, 970-476-3696
Grouse Mountain Grill
Grouse Mountain Grill's early seating ($155 per adult, $75 per child) pairs perfectly with the Beav's slopeside fireworks, and boasts a kid-friendly menu (along with a parent-approved tasting) for the littlest New Year's Eve revelers. If you're looking to party until midnight, reserve a table for the restaurant's second seating ($250 per person) which adds local piano man Tony G and his guest Joey Gulizia for live music (and dancing!) 'til the clock strikes 12. grousemountaingrill.com, 970-949-0600
La Tour celebrates New Year's Eve with three seatings: 4-course first seating from 5 to 5:45 p.m. ($89 per adult, $50 per child); five-course second seating from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. ($189 per person), and a five-course farewell to 2017 dubbed the Grand Seating from 9:15 to 10:30 p.m ($199 per person). latour-vail.com, 970-476-4403
Beaver Creek's seafood specialist ups the ante to the midnight countdown with 10-courses and two seatings (5 & 7:30 p.m., $150 per person), plus party favors for guests. hookedbc.com, 970-949-4321
Flame at the Four Seasons
The Four Seasons' steakhouse rolls out a luxurious special New Year's Eve menu (and an extravagant dessert bar), plus live jazz music until midnight. fourseasons.com, 970-477-8600
From slopeside galas to hotel parties, some of the valley's hottest tickets for ringing in 2018.
Looking for the Champagne toast of the Vail Valley? Larkspur's New Year's Eve bash might just be it. If you've got little ones in tow, plan for the Golden Peak-based culinary staple's early seating (5 p.m.; $225 per adult, $95 per child), which features a kid-friendly dinner buffet (and dessert bar), plus front-row seats for Golden Peak's torchlight parade down the mountain and fireworks (6:30 p.m.). If you're a big kid (or you're lucky enough to have scored a baby sitter for the evening), reserve a table at the post-ski-down late seating (8 p.m., $295 per person, adults only) with dinner and live musical accompaniment by New Soul Brigade. The party continues with a midnight Champagne toast. larkspurvail.com, 970-754-8050
The Sebastian's last soirée of 2017 is lining up to be a luxe one that that. Guests lucky enough to score tickets to The Sebastian's Casino Royale-themed New Year's Eve bash (8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.; $450 per person 21+, $325 for ages 13-20, and $225 for ages 12 and under) get unlimited access to a decadent spread of food, speciality cocktails and a Champagne toast (and a hangover station to help deal with any lingering, post-party maladies), and plenty of kids' activities (and childcare providers on staff) to keep the little ones occupied. DJ Maestro Hughes will be in-house providing the night's entertainment, with a midnight ball-drop promising to be the main event. thesebastianvail.com, 970-331-0057
The valley's newest luxury hotel welcomes guests for its inaugural New Year's Eve bash (9 p.m. to 2 a.m., $250 per couple), with gourmet bites and live music from DJ Erik Vienneau all part of the night's fun. If you have kids in tow, they have their own New Year's Eve party, with Hotel Talisa's bash for little ones (9 p.m. to 12 a.m., $40 per child) providing supervised arts and crafts, games, and movies for little party-goers. And if those little ones happen to be teenagers, Hotel Talisa's Cinema Social will be hosting its own party for the under 21 crowd (9 p.m. to 12 a.m., $55 per teen), with popcorn, soda, nachos, candy, party favors, and movies until midnight at the hotel's in-house cinema. hoteltalisa.com, 970-479-1538
The Four Seasons
The Four Seasons' gilded New Year's Eve Gala (8 p.m. to 1 a.m., $500 per person) kicks off with a decadent buffet (and an open bar!), and closes out with live music, dancing, and a Champagne toast to welcome revelers to 2018. If you're looking for the Four Season's touch at a slightly lesser price point, reserve a spot at the The Remedy bar's end of year party (9 p.m. to 1 a.m., $200 per person), where party-goers can indulge in a specialty menu and cocktails, and dancing to a live DJ. fourseasons.com, 970-477-8600
The Westin Riverfront Resort
The Westin's signature restaurant, Maya, will be dishing out a six-course meal for New Year's Eve guests (5 to 10 p.m., $110 per adult, $25 for kids 5-12, free for kids 5 & under), with an afterparty at the resort's newly expanded lobby bar, The Lookout. The band Style will be providing the night's entertainment (9 p.m.), with a ball drop planned to mark the midnight countdown. westinriverfront.com, 970-790-6000
Bars & Clubs
Late night dancing, Champagne toasts, and everything in between.
The Riverwalk, Edwards
The Edwards offspring of Vail Village's Alpenrose welcomes the new year with a Studio 54 themed party (8:30 p.m.), along with live music by Ramona Wouters, a best dressed contest, Champagne toast, and an ice luge (so you can wake up with your head still ringing from the night before). Tickets purchased in advance start at $54 per person, with day-of tickets at $100. theroseedwards.com, 970-855-0141
Solaris, Vail Village
Vail Village's upscale bowling alley is at it again, with a masquerade-themed bash to get 2018 rolling (21+; 10 p.m.), featuring two live DJs (local mixmaster DJ Stennor and Texas-based DJ Buck Rodgers. Tickets start at $75 per person, although VIP packages are available, with the top-tier experience maxing out at $7,000 for a private, 12-person lounge area complete with Hornitos bottle service. bolvail.com, 970-476-5300
If you're looking for a classic start to 2018, reserve a table at Bridge Street's most timeless venue for an evening of live music by crooners Andy Cyphert & Brian Spotts, and Bonfire Dub (6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., $60 per person). pepis.com, 970-476-4761
Lionshead's locals hangout welcomes 2018 with a slopeside party ($100, 9 p.m.) that includes Champagne, food, drinks, and music by DJ P Rock. garfsvail.com, 970-476-3789
The Red Lion
No need to bring your party hat, as Bridge Street's Red Lion will be passing them out (and party tiaras!) at the door ($100, 7 p.m.), with an extensive appetizer spread, and live music by Dave Tucker and friends playing all night long. theredlion.com, 970-476-7676
Vail Ale House
The Drunken Hearts and The Grant Farm jam out NYE-style on West Vail's main stage ($30, 7 p.m.), with a Champagne toast included in the evening's ticket price. vailalehouse.com, 970-476-4314
If thrift is one of your New Year's resolutions ...
In Vail Village, the Sonnenalp Hotel's upscale King's Club hosts Kevin Danzig & the Buzz Drivers from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., with no cover (sonnenalp.com ).
In Avon, DJ Mikey Thunder entertains at Agave nightclub from 9:30 p.m. onwards, where admission is free of charge before 11 p.m. (agaveavon.com); Loaded Joe's hosts a free masquerade party complete with a ball drop and a midnight Champagne toast (9 p.m.; loadedjoes.com); and next door, Prosit bier stube pairs German-style IPAs and Bavarian pretzels with live music by local rock/reggae/funk band the Evolution from 9 p.m. onwards (prositfinebeers.com).
Down valley, Bonfire Brewing's cover-free "Tacky Prom Party" welcomes all comers wearing "bright colors, gaudy patterns, and sweater vests. Think of Napoleon Dynamite--only better!" The first 50 revelers receive a commemorative pint glass that can be filled at happy hour prices all night long. (bonfirebrewing.com).