High Country New Year
"If you're looking to ring in the New Year in a winter wonderland, this is your place," says Keystone Resort spokeswoman Justine Spence. The ski resort's New Year's Eve festivities coincide with the first of the season's monthly Kidtopia events, December 27-January 3, so start with a gondola ride up to Adventure Point at the top of Dercum Mountain for disco tubing (ridiculously good fun, no matter how much you're pushing the definition of "kid,"; and open from dusk to 7 p.m.) and to check out the massive Kidtopia snow fort.
The Edgewater Cafe, inside the Keystone Lodge & Spa, is hosting a family dinner buffet ($27.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 5-12, 5 and under free) from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., when the fireworks display over Keystone Lake gets under way. Then head for the Icestravaganza! event at the Keystone Adventure Center's five-acre ice rink (skate rentals are included in the dinner buffet price) in Lakeside Village to skate under the stars, make s'mores by the fire pits, and make resolutions by the champagne ice bars.
"Don't miss pastry chef Ned Archibald's Chocolate Village in the lobby of the Keystone Lodge & Spa, where we'll also have live jazz until after midnight in the Tenderfoot Lounge," Spence says. Or ring in the New Year with Head for the Hills (Westword's Best of Denver 2011 pick for Best Bluegrass Band), which takes the stage at 10:45 p.m. at Keystone's Warren Station Center for the Arts at River Run ($15 advance, $10 at the door). For more information and a full holiday schedule, visit www.keystoneresort.com.
Sat., Dec. 31, 5 p.m., 2011
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