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To spend New Year's Eve in a ski town is to experience a mountain destination at its finest. From low key to black-tie affairs featuring top musical acts, here are a few of the world's best ways to warm up an otherwise chilly evening.

ASPEN / SNOWMASS

PRE-NEW YEAR'S EVE—DECEMBER 28

The Now at the Aspen Art Museum

Where: Aspen Art Museum

Hosted by: Dennis Basso, Lorraine Schwartz, Aspen Magazine, and Sotheby's

Time: 6 p.m. / Performance starts at 9 p.m.

Attire: Winter festive

Book: $1500 per person including dinner ($1,400 tax deductible) / $500 for performance only ($450 tax deductible)

Notes: Silent auction, live auction, and did we mention an exclusive performance by The Flaming Lips?

NEW YEAR'S EVE

Casino Royale: A Benefit for Aspen Film

Where: St. Regis Aspen

Hosted by: Aspen Film

Time: 9 p.m.

Attire: Casino chic

Book: $350 per person / $1250 per person (including VIP access and private gambling tables). Tickets include gambling chips, buffet dinner, and dessert spread. (Note: A portion of tickets are tax-deductible)

Notes: Celebrating 25 years of Aspen Academy Screenings (where Hollywood-types in town for the holidays catch up on their Oscar contenders).

The Dom Perignon Party

Where: The Little Nell

Hosted by: Dom Perignon, Moet Hennessy, and The Little Nell

Time: 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. (midnight fireworks over Aspen Mountain)

Attire: Aspen holiday chic

Book: $495 per person

Notes: Bottomless Dom Perignon, Belvedere cocktails and an open bar, food stations from Executive Chef Matt Zubrod. Performances by Chicago-based electric violinist Kat V and DJ Lexey in The Belvedere Lounge, DJ Cyn spinning in the Dom Perignon Lounge with Brazilian-style dancers, and Josefina Mendez Jazz Trio performing in the Hennessy Lounge.

 

Cliquot Cats

Where: One of 3 luxury snowcats on Aspen Mountain

Hosted by: Veuve Cliquot, Aspen Ski Company, and The Little Nell

Time: 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. or 11:15 p.m. to 12:45 a.m.

Attire: Winter attire

Book: $10,000 for up to 12 people

Notes: Depart from the base of Ajax (Aspen Mountain) with three magnums of Veuve Cliquot La Grande Dame Champagne, Royal Kaluga Caviar, and dedicated server for a ride up Little Nell run to your private vantage point on the slopes.

Chromeo

Where: Belly Up

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Book: Sold out, but tickets start at $450 on StubHub

Bootsy Bellows NYE Pop-Up

Where: Schlomo's (right next to the gondola)

Hosted by: Absolut Elyx, Champagne Perrier Jouet, and Avion Tequila

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Book: $500

Notes: Open bar, bottomless champagne, and sushi until midnight. Music by Mark Jackson.

New Year's at Jimmy's

Where: Jimmy's

Time: First Seating at 5:45 / Second seating at 8:30

Book: $125 per person for the first seating three-course dinner / $325 per person for the second seating four-course meal / $525 for VIP seating five-courses + personal wine concierge service from Wine Director Greg Van Wagner (VIP parties of four or more will receive a complimentary bottle of Cristal)

Notes: Music by DJ Milk Money

Eight K Restaurant Gala

Where: Viceroy Snowmass / Eight K Restaurant

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Book: $350 per person

Notes: Having sold out the last five winters, the hottest New Year's party in Snowmass returns with a four-course dinner, champagne all evening long, and a live band.

BEAVER CREEK

Beaver Creek's 6th Annual New Year's Eve Bash

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Where: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

Time: 6:45 p.m. (fireworks) to 1 a.m.

Book: $75 per adult over the age of 13, $65 for ages 5 to 12, children under 5 are free

Notes: Few resorts cater to families more than Beaver Creek. The NYE bash is 100-percent family focused including arcade-style games, arts and crafts, caricatures, face painting, giveaways, two balloon drops, a DJ, dancing, and more.

CRESTED BUTTE

ULEY'S CABIN SLEIGH RIDE DINNER

 

Where: Uley's Cabin

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Attire: Dress warmly

Book: Five-course, prix-fixe "French Flair" Colorado Dinner

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

Family Fun New Year's Eve

Where: Steamboat Grand

Time: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Book: Adults $51 / Kids (6-12) $25 / Children under 5 are free

Notes: Celebrated in the Steamboat Grand ballroom, this event is family-style with a prime-rib buffet, grilled-cheese station, DJ, clowns, face painting, and a "junior" countdown to the New Year.

Korbel New Year's Eve Party

Where: Steamboat Ski and Resort

Hosted by: Korbel

Time: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Book: $50 per person

Notes: Take the gondola to the top of the Yampa Valley and dance the night away in the "champagne powder room." Live music, festive libations, chocolate fountain, and dim sum abound. (Notes: This event is 21+ and guests dining on NYE at Hazie's, Four Points, Ragnar's, Haymaker and Western BBQ will have free admittance to the Korbel party.)

TELLURIDE

Gorrono Ranch Sleigh Ride Dinner

Where: Gorrono Ranch (mid-mountain)

Time: There are two sleigh departures 5 and 5:30 p.m.

Book: $200/person for adults (and includes alcohol), $100 for young adults (ages 13 – 21), $55 for children (ages 6 – 12) children under 6 are free.

Notes: The best place to see the annual Torchlight Parade (above) and fireworks. The buffet-style dinner will include prime rib, carved lamb racks, grilled salmon, roasted garlic mashed Yukon gold potatoes, sweet potato casserole and much more.

New Sheridan Opera House New Year's Eve Party

New Sheridan Opera House

Time: Doors open at 9 p.m.; music starts at 10:30 p.m.

Attire: Black tie (Telluride-style)

Book: Standing room tickets are $100 per person / Balcony seating $250 per person

Notes: Austin-based southern soul and blues sensation Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears will be rocking until the wee hours.

VAIL

Holidaze Torchlight Parade

 

Where: Golden Peak

Time: 6:15 p.m.

Notes: Gather at Golden Peak to watch the annual Torchlight Parade and fireworks over Golden Peak. Watch as ski instructors and Vail locals form a glowing train as they ski down.

STOWE, VERMONT

Farm, Field, and Coast Dinner

Hosted by: Spruce Peak and Stowe Mountain Lodge

Where: Spruce Camp Base Lodge

Hosted by: Stowe Mountain Resort

Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Book: $80 per adults / $25 per child

Notes: Torchlight parade and fireworks show to follow.

SQUAW VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

13th Annual Squaw Valley Prom

Where: Squaw Valley Olympic Lodge

Hosted by: High Fives Non-Profit Foundation

Time: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Attire: 1980s Finery

Book: $100 per couple / $200 stag

Notes: This year's event plans to top 1,500 people ringing in the new year to the sounds of DJ Z-Trip and Dojah.

SWITZERLAND

GSTAAD

Enlight the Night

Where: Hotel Alpina

Hosted by:

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Attire: Black tie

Book: 1150 CHF per person (half-price for children)

Notes: Swiss and internationally inspired buffet, live music, and a private after party after midnight.

ST. MORITZ

New Year's Eve Gala: "To the Moon and Back"

Where: Badrutt's Palace

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Attire: Black tie

Book: 1300 CHF for the gala dinner and festivities; 600 CHF festivities only; 400CHF for an after midnight ticket / Email Culinary@badruttspalace.com to reserve

VERBIER

EAT-HOLA Tapas Dinner

Where: W Verbier

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Book: 750CHF per adult / 350 CHF per child

Notes: Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arola prepares a magnificent tapas dinner followed by reverie at Carve Night Club (bottle service available)

 

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This article originally appeared on Town & Country