New Year's Eve on skis? It’s the alpine alternative to the perennial party with sparkling wine, sparkly outfits and confetti. Skiing into the New Year beats your neighbor’s boring get-together that drags on till the clock strikes 12. Put on your ski suit, enjoy night skiing under the lights, torchlight parades and fireworks, and of course - a party in the base lodge with a live band. And there’s fun for the kids beyond just skiing and riding past their bedtime, there will be tubing, magicians, face painting – you name it.
Ski resorts like Gunstock and Wachusett are offering a one-price party admission which includes your night skiing and riding plus entertainment and fireworks, plus fun extras like snowtubing and horsedrawn carriage rides at Gunstock. Sunday River offers romantic Dining at the Peak via the chondola for mom and dad, and a rail jam for your young jibbers followed by fireworks and firedancers. Check with your favorite ski resort for their special events and pricing this Saturday night.
Many ski resorts like Saddleback, Sugarloaf, Okemo, Stratton and Stowe launch their fireworks before 9pm, so you can celebrate early then get the kids to bed for tomorrow’s first tracks.
Change it up this NYE and ski, have your cheers on the slopes, and get a jump on that resolution of skiing and exercising more before the start of the year.
Sunday River Photo by Greg Burke
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.