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Fireworks to light up the Summit County sky tonight

New Year's Eve just wouldn't be the same without fireworks. What better way to ring in another year than to fill the sky with bright, colorful, sparkling explosions? Summit County offers several different options to watch fireworks displays against a beautiful mountain backdrop.

Properly titled En Fuego, Copper Mountain Resort's celebration starts off with a glowlight parade for children and a torchlight parade by Copper Ski & Ride School instructors. The real pyrotechnics start at 7 p.m. over West Lake. This is a specially designed close-proximity show, due to the tight location of the mountain. It will consist of 14 separate types of fireworks. Some will be loud, booming reports while others are aerial mines, which look like shotgun blasts.Following this pre-show is the main display taking place at the base of the American Eagle Lift at 10 p.m. Nearly one thousand pounds of pyrotechnics will be used, which will start out with 20 heavy bomb Titanium Salutes to catch everyone's attention.Following the salute will come 150 designer three-inch shells ranging from crossed rings to draping willows to gold palms, which will travel more than 300 feet in the air. Shells of color- changing peonies and gold spiders will shoot 400 feet high, while shells of bees, colored waves and silver kimuros will reach at least 500 feet. Newly featured this year is the addition of 25 multi-shot boxes that fire more than 2,500 low-level rounds which are designed to fire directly underneath the larger aerial shells. Adding to the light display will be fish and whistle tourbillions, which make a distinctive whir and whistle sound.The grand finale will be fired after a short pause in the main show. More than 300 shells will be fired off in a period of 30 seconds for a true bang.

Keystone Resort will also feature a torchlight parade by its Ski & Ride School as well as two fireworks displays at Lakeside Village at 6 and 10 p.m. Each show will consist of 35 cases of all types and styles of pyrotechnics, lasting from 15-20 minutes."With two displays this year we hope to offer all of our guests a chance to enjoy a spectacular show, whether they're ending their evening or just getting started," Laura Parquette, senior communications manager at Keystone Resort, stated in an email.Later in the night, guests can enjoy live music and a midnight balloon drop at the Tenderfoot Lodge. Additionally, Keystone plans to continue its fireworks display each Saturday at 7 p.m., viewable from River Run and Lakeside areas, all the way up to March 23.

Breckenridge Ski Resort will host a glow worm parade for children and its annual torchlight parade descending from Peak 9. Breckenridge will put on its own fireworks show at 9 p.m. between peaks 8 and 9, which on a clear night can be visible from many spots in town.


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The Summit Daily Updated Dec 31, 2012 01:01PM Published Dec 30, 2012 09:15PM Copyright 2012 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.