Dozens of Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in the Mountains

Aspen will get lit on New Year's Eve.
Aspen will get lit on New Year's Eve. Thomas O'Brien
Thinking about heading for the hills to ring in the new year? Not only are mountain resorts planning big celebrations, but so are many mountain towns. Here are dozens of ways you can welcome 2020 from new heights:

AdAmAn Fireworks Show: The nearly century-old mountaineering club scales Pikes Peak in order to set off a fireworks show from its summit at midnight. Free, view from various locations,
An All Star New Year's Eve: Roll into 2020 with the music of the Rolling Stones performed by a seven-piece tribute band. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., $125 and up, Shakedown Bar, 304 Bridge Street, Vail, 970-479-0556,
Arapahoe Basin Moonlight Dinner Series: Don your fanciest snow gear for a trip up the mountain to celebrate East Coast NYE. 7-10:30 p.m., $125, Arapahoe Basin, 28194 Highway 6, Dillon, 970-468-0718,
Aspen New Year's Eve: With two fireworks shows over Aspen Mountain, both early birds and night owls will be happy. 8 p.m. and midnight, Wagner Park, 419 South Mill Street, Aspen,
Beaver Creek New Year's Eve: Dancing, DJs, arcade games and a lavish buffet wrap up early so you can rest up for the first ski day of 2020. 6-10:30 p.m., $300, Park Hyatt, 136 East Thomas Place, Beaver Creek,
Breckenridge New Year's Eve: A torchlight parade down Peak 9 starts the festivities at 6 p.m. Various Breckenridge locations,
Breckenridge's Premier New Year's Eve Party: This bash at the base of Peak 9 includes a red carpet photographer, open bar for four hours, beats from DJ Rockstar Aaron and bubbles. 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m., $125-$150, The Maggie, 575 South Park Avenue, Breckenridge,
Carboy Winery New Year's Eve: Start the night with a four-course wine-pairing dinner ($125, 5 or 8 p.m.), followed by the winery's late-night party ($95-$125, 10:30 p.m.) that includes two glasses of wine, midnight toast and more food. Carboy Winery, 103 North Main Street, Breckenridge, 970-771-3944,
Cooper New Year's Eve: Live music and a torchlight parade make NYE special at Cooper. Cooper, 232 Country Road 29, Leadville, 800-707-6114,
click to enlarge Purgatory celebrates the new year. - SCOTT D.W. SMITH
Purgatory celebrates the new year.
Scott D.W. Smith
Copper Mountain New Year's Eve: The party includes a rail jam, fireworks, torchlight parade, and a special Moonlight Dine & Ski for those who want to ring in the new year with food and champagne. Copper Mountain, 970-968-2318,
Crested Butte New Year's Eve: The town's celebration starts with a torchlight parade and finishes with fireworks. 5:30 p.m., free, Crested Butte, 877-547-5143,
Durango New Year's Eve: J-Calvin, Mesquite and Alex Blocker Band take the stage; VIP tix include private box and champagne toast. 8:30 p.m., $25-$50, Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Avenue, Durango, 970-375-7160,
Granby Ranch New Year's Eve: The resort has planned a full day of events, including a private fireworks viewing party, family dance party, glow stick parade and late-night 21+ celebration. 1000 Village Road, Granby, 888-850-4615,
Monarch Mountain New Year's Eve: Celebrate with live music in addition to the ubiquitous torchlight parade and pyrotechnics. 3-6 p.m., free, Monarch Mountain, Salida, 719-530-5000,
New Year's Eve Gala at Toro: This swanky blowout includes a four-course feast, dancing and Champagne toast. 7 p.m.-1 a.m., $375, Viceroy Snowmass, 130 Wood Road, Snowmass Village, 970-923-8035,

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