New Year’s Eve in Summit County
Ryan Summerlin December 27, 2012
It’s time once again to count down the days, the hours, the minutes and seconds to 2013 – a new year and a new start. Around Summit County, there are plenty of ways to ring in the New Year.
This year, Breckenridge Ski Resort brings back its annual torchlight parade, where Ski & Ride School instructors descend Peak 9 in a long, snaking line of lights on New Year’s Eve. Weather permitting, the procession heads down American to the Village base area at 6 p.m. Anywhere Peak 9 is visible works for viewing the parade, though many enjoy gathering at the Village to welcome the instructors as they arrive at the bottom. Breck’s torchlight parade is usually a spectator event, but this year, the resort adds a glow worm parade, where kids ages 5-13 ski down green terrain on Peak 9 with glow sticks, giving them a chance to do their own on-hill, worm-shaped light parade prior to the big one. Registration for the glow worm parade takes place at 5 p.m. at the Beaver Run Ski & Ride School and the kids’ parade gets started at 5:45 p.m. Participants must be able to turn and stop on green terrain. At 9 p.m., Breckenridge puts on a fireworks show (also weather permitting) between Peaks 8 and 9. On a clear night, the show is visible in most parts of town. The late-night festivities in Breck are many; among them Signal Path’s instrumental electronica show at three20south. The group is joined by Ableminds and D J F. Tickets are $18/advance or $20/day of and include a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Other popular Breckenridge venues include Cecilia’s, Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub upstairs from Salt Creek Steakhouse, The Gold Pan Saloon, The Motherloaded Tavern and Liquid Lounge.
Copper Mountain Resort gets ready to usher in the New Year on Monday with a USASA and X Games-qualifying rail jam from 4-7 p.m. while DJ Landry busts out tunes in the Woodward at Copper tent. One guy and one girl will win passage into the X Games rail jam, and the event is free to spectators.In the evening, Copper brings back New Year’s Eve En Fuego, similar in many ways to its Christmas Eve event, but double the fun. At 6 p.m., a mini glow light parade with Copper’s Ski & Ride School gives little ones a chance to be part of the festivities. Children can ski, snowboard or participate on foot. All glow lighters need to meet at Pizza Carlo at 5:45 p.m. Afterward, at 6:15 p.m., nearly 70 Copper Ski & Ride School instructors head down the big hill in a snaking line of lights for the second Copper torchlight parade in a week, anticipated to be bigger than the first. Once they reach the bottom, there will be a fireworks show over West Lake around 7 p.m., followed by a second fireworks show at 10 p.m. at the base of the American Eagle lift.
At Keystone, kids can start the last day of the year off with a trip to the LEGO Oasis, anytime from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Building challenges, races and tips from experts make for a free, fun experience. The LEGO Oasis is located at Expedition Station, near the skating rink in River Run Village. In the evening, Keystone’s New Year’s Eve activities are spread across both villages. At Lakeside Village, there’s cookie decorating for kids at the Adventure Center at 5 p.m., followed by 6 p.m. fireworks over the lake. After the kids are in bed, adults can catch a second fireworks show at 10 p.m., then head over to the Tenderfoot Lounge for live music and a “balloon drop” at midnight. At River Run Village, Keystone’s Ski & Ride School also delivers a torchlight parade in anticipation of New Year’s. Keystone’s torchlight parade descends the River Run face at 7 p.m. Festivities in River Run continue with a concert at Warren Station Center for the Arts. Chris Thompson and the Coral Creek String Band open at 9 p.m. for the Fort Collins-based Head for the Hills, which returns to Keystone for a second New Year’s Eve, playing from 10:15 p.m. into the new year. The Colorado quintet’s sound is described as “modern acoustic” and features original music, traditional harmonies and improv. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door if the concert doesn’t sell out, which it did last year. It’s open to all ages, but children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The venue opens at 6 p.m.Another New Year’s Eve option in Keystone is Dead Phish Orchestra. The dual tribute band plays The Goat Soup & Whiskey Tavern starting at 10 p.m. (doors at 9) for the 21-and-over crowd. Tickets are $7-$10 and can be purchased at the door or at www.thegoattavern.com. Next door, the Snake River Saloon brings in the rock and country cover band, Swerve, for New Year’s Eve.
A good bet for revelers ringing in the New Year in Dillon is the Dillon Dam Brewery, which hosts a live concert by the Denver-based roots rockers, Something Underground, along with a champagne toast at midnight. Back by popular demand, the group blends rock, folk, reggae and pop. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and the cover is $12 and includes party favors along with the toast.
In Frisco, Harmonious Junk returns to Jonny G’s, 409 Main St., for its sixth New Year’s Eve, bringing “high-energy groovy funk,” as venue owner Jon Greco described it. The band’s lead singer, Damon Wood, played lead guitar for James Brown in Las Vegas for a number of years, so he “always brings some of that James Brown funk” and usually a James Brown medley, Greco said. That’s not all, however; concertgoers can also expect some Grateful Dead, Phish and Ween covers too. “They play so much variety and they’re so fun, the whole show is real upbeat and real easy to dance to,” Greco said. “There’s a guy on stage that played with the Godfather of Soul – that’s pretty good.” The cover is $10; doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10. Down the street at The Barkley Ballroom, 610 S. Main St., the now Fort Collins-based Euforquestra (think euphoria plus orchestra) brings its self-described “Afro-Caribbean-barnyard-funk” Monday to celebrate the coming year.For more New Year’s Eve happenings and deals throughout the county, check out the calendars and ads in the Summit Daily News; plenty of restaurants and bars are ringing in 2013 with specials.