Saturday, December 27, 2014

Spend New Year’s Eve at one of these parties around Summit County

#Summit County, Colorado.

Tripp Fay / Copper Mountain Resort

The New Year is quickly approaching, and Summit County towns, resorts and restaurants are pulling out all the stops with fireworks, parties, elegant dinners and more. Many restaurant seatings fill up quickly, and most require reservations, so make your plans now to spend your New Year’s Eve in style.
• Ring in 2015 with your friends and family at Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin on Wednesday, Dec. 31. Chef Christopher Rybak will prepare a special meal in the vein of the Moonlight Dinner Series, and this dinner falls on the week of the full moon. Take the lift to mid-mountain, eat an incredible four-course meal, and celebrate the New Year with New York at 10 p.m. (so you have time to get home before midnight). Call Guest Services to inquire about availability at (888) 272-7246. For more information,
• Ring in the New Year in Breckenridge on Wednesday, Dec. 31. Kids ages 5 to 13 can register for the glowworm parade that will take place on Peak 9. Registration starts at 5 p.m. at the Beaver Run Ski and Ride School, and the parade will begin at 5:45 p.m. Kids will ski down Peak 9 in a long formation with glow sticks, giving the appearance of a glowworm. Participants must be able to turn and stop on green terrain.
At 6 p.m. skiers and boarders from the Breckenridge Ski Resort continue the evening with a dazzling luminary procession, parading from the top of Peak 9. The best views of this parade are from anywhere you can see Peak 9. At 9 p.m., catch the fireworks display over Peak 9. With clear skies, these fireworks can be seen from most locations in downtown Breckenridge. for more information.
• The newly renovated Lodge at Breckenridge and Traverse Restaurant & Bar (112 Overlook Drive, (970) 453-9300) welcome 2015 with a luxurious five-course plated dinner sure to send off 2014 in style. Two seatings are available, one at 6 p.m. and one at 9 p.m. The 6 p.m. seating is $99, plus tax and gratuity, for a five-course meal, glass of champagne and party favors. The 9 p.m. seating is $119 and includes the same features. Reservations are required; call (970) 453-9300 to claim your spot today. Learn more at
• The Warming Hut (207 N. Main St., (970) 389-3104) will be offering a choice of dining specials for New Year’s Eve. Choose either the beef tenderloin with shrimp and crab, garlic mashed potatoes and a seasonal vegetable or grilled salmon with lemon crème sauce atop Parmesan risotto with a seasonal vegetable.
• The MotherLoaded Tavern (103 S. Main St., (970) 453-2572) is bringing Stoney Live to the stage to ring in the New Year on Wednesday, Dec. 31. From Stillwater, Oklahoma, Justin Stone rocks red-dirt music like no other. Covering everything from country music to solid rock hits of the ’80s and ’90s, Stoney Live brings people to their feet and causes spontaneous dancing on the tables. The music starts at 10 p.m., and there’s a $10 cover. For more information, visit
• Apres Handcrafted Libations (130 S. Main St.) is counting down to its one-year anniversary, starting with Bubbles and Beer on New Year’s Eve. The evening will include special champagne cocktails and free swag, with specials each of the following nights leading up to the anniversary on Sunday, Jan. 4. Visit for more information.
• Dado Sa Quartet will play free live Brazilian jazz at Blue River Bistro (305 N. Main St., (970) 453-6974) in Breckenridge on Wednesday, Dec. 31. The music runs from 5 to 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit for more information.
• Copper Mountain’s 12 Days of Copper wraps up with a New Years Eve Celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 31. Check out the USASA Rocky Mountain Series Rail Jam at 4:30 p.m., Kid’s Glow-Stick Pageant and Torchlight Parade at 6 or fireworks in Burning Stones Plaza at 10 p.m., as well as specials and deals at retailers around Copper and happy hour specials at each resort restaurant and bar. Visit for more details on 12 Days of Copper deals or the following restaurant specials for New Year’s Eve.
• CB Grille (910 Copper Road, (970) 968-3113) is offering a four-course dinner for $100 for New Year’s Eve. Start with appetizers ranging from crispy calamari to a Colorado cheese board and soup or salad, followed by one of 10 entrée choices — from the steak fan, Midwest Black Angus Grilled Beef Tenderloin, to the vegetarian, Organic Quinoa and Grilled Acorn Squash — and wrapped up with dessert. Seatings are available from 5 to 9 p.m.
• Spend New Year’s Eve at Endo’s Adrenaline Bar & Grill (209 Ten Mile Circle, (970) 968-3000), with food and drink specials and swag giveaways. The restaurant will be serving food until 11 p.m., with the bar open until 1 a.m. and a free champagne toast at midnight.
• The theme for New Year’s Eve at Jack’s Bar (184 Copper Road, (970) 968-2318) is “Bring Your Bling,” with a free champagne toast and drink specials all night. The bar is open from 9 a.m. to midnight, with swag giveaways, free live music from Lefty Lucy from 9 p.m. to midnight and fireworks off the deck at 10 p.m.
• JJ’s Rocky Mountain Tavern (102 Wheeler Circle, (970) 968-3062) is seating at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve, with dinner specials including Surf & Turf with Colorado all natural Angus beef tenderloin filet and pan seared sea scallops for $34, Prime Rib for $26 or Green Curried Sea Scallops for $28, each with a choice of soup or salad. The restaurant also will have live music from Moe Dixon from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
• Storm King Lounge (0178 Copper Circle, (970) 968-2318, ext. 44152) is open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. New Year’s Eve, with drink specials and a free champagne toast at midnight. The restaurant will also have sushi roll specials, including the Smokin’ Pear with smoked hamachi sashimi, yucca chips, white soy, craisins and Asian pear for $22 and the Surf & Turf Roll, with seared yellow fin tuna, gobo, cucumber, avocado, japapene ponzu and nitume for $22. Stick around for open mic night from 10 p.m. to midnight.
• The Lake Dillon Theatre Company (176 Lake Dillon Drive, (970) 513-9386) will host its second-annual New York New Year’s Eve celebration at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, counting down to New York’s New Year’s at 10 p.m. Mountain Time. Limited to only 60 guests, New York New Year’s Eve includes an intimate, classy cabaret performance featuring New York artist Melanie Beck, a catered gourmet dinner by Gilchrist Catering, open bar, elegant dancing, celebratory countdown and many other special surprises. Tickets are $200 for premiere seating, and a portion of ticket prices is a tax-deductible donation to the LDTC. Visit for more information or tickets.
• The Dillon Dam Brewery welcomes Wonderlic for its final show of the year on Wednesday, Dec. 31. Celebrate the New Year with a high-energy show, champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Wonderlic performs original compositions and covers that span funk, bluegrass and jazz, with an eight-string electric mandolin, guitar, drums and bass. The festivities start at 9:30 p.m., and there’s a $12 cover, which includes champagne and a party favor, or come early for New Year’s Eve a la carte dinner specials from 5 to 10 p.m., including Avocado Shrimp Salad appetizer, Bison Prime Rib or Seared Scallops entrees and Winter Warmer Bread Pudding, and avoid the cover charge. for more information.
• In addition to its traditional dinner menu, Bagalis (320 E. Main St., (970) 668-0601) will be serving special four- and six-course dinner options on New Year’s Eve. The four-course option ($65 per person without wines or $85 with wine pairings) will include a salad, house-made soup, entrée and desert, while the six-course ($90 per person without wines or $120 with wine pairings) will add an appetizer, including a delicious foie gras as an option, and a light course to revive the palate before desert.
• Eminence Ensemble will rock the house for New Year’s Eve at The Barkley Ballroom (610 Main St., (970) 708-7042). Eminence Ensemble is a five-piece progressive electronic rock group based out of Boulder. Since forming in 2008, the Summit High School graduates have been mesmerizing the Colorado music scene through their eloquent, inventive composition style and captivating, explosive performances, elegantly fusing elements of jazz, rock, funk, classical, hip-hop, reggae and electronica. Doors open for the 21-and-older show at 8:30 p.m., with a $5 cover that includes a champagne toast at midnight. Visit for more information.
• Warren Station at Keystone (164 Ida Belle Drive, (970) 423-8997) is in hot pursuit of an epic New Year with the future of acoustic music. Head for the Hills, a “quintessential Colorado band,” fuels the ballroom with its cutting-edge strings and unique indie-bluegrass sound. Add a little hip-hop, funk and a rocking crowd, and the mountains have never sounded so good on New Year’s Eve. Free party favors while supplies last. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the music starts at 9. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show. Visit for more information.
• Modern country-rock band Swerve will take the stage at the Snake River Saloon (23074 U.S. Highway 6, (970) 468-2788) on Wednesday, Dec. 31. Swerve is a professional, working cover band based in Denver. The band performs rock, classic rock and modern country, as well as a variety of other material and has performed on large and small stages, at bars, festivals and private events. Swerve’s stage show and set list are diverse enough to entertain people of all ages and backgrounds. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30.
• The Goat Soup & Whiskey Tavern (22954 U.S. Highway 6, (970) 513-9344) will ring in the New Year with Dead Phish Orchestra. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Grateful Dead and 30th anniversary of Phish together in one band experience. There will be giveaways, door prizes and a champagne toast at midnight. The Dead Phish Orchestra is a quartet of musicians who, above all, are close friends who have played together for many years. The music starts at 9 p.m., and there’s a $10 cover. Visit for more information.
• The Swing Crew continues its winter stand at Keystone’s Last Lift Bar in the Mountain House Base Area, with a New Year’s Eve après show. Fun is the bottom line with this interactive, acoustic band. The shows feature a wide variety of music, audience participation, jokes, stunts, cornball humor and toasts. The free music runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Visit for more information.
• Bring in the New Year at Keystone Resort, with kids activities starting at 3 p.m., including free cookie decorating downstairs at the Adventure Center from 5 to 7 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., watch the Torch Light Parade on Dercum Mountain, visible from River Run Village, followed by firework shows in Lakeside Village at 9 p.m. Visit for more details, including full menus for the New Year’s Eve parties at Keystone’s restaurants and bars, listed below.
• The Keystone Lodge & Spa Terrace (22010 U.S. Highway 6, (970) 496-2316) will offer a bird’s eye view of Keystone’s fireworks show, hand-passed hors devours, New Year’s Eve party favors and a champagne toast at 9 p.m. The party runs from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., with a $50 cover charge.
• Following the fireworks, the Adventure Center in Lakeside Village will host live music with the Moses Jones Band downstairs starting at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $20 at the door, which includes a champagne toast, and the party is for those 21 and older only with valid ID.
• Ski Tip Lodge (764 Montezuma Road, (800) 354-4386) is offering a fixed, five-course menu for $125 per person on New Year’s Eve. Come experience the food and thoughtful service that continues to get rave reviews, starting with a choice of soup, followed by an appetizer or salad, champagne-orchid intermezzo and entrees ranging from Bacon Wrapped Petite Filet and Caramelized Sea Scallop to Panée of Gulf Coast Grouper. The chef’s choice dessert selection is revealed upon completion of your chosen entrée.
• The Alpenglow Stube (100 Dercum Square, (800) 354-4386) invites you to ring in the New Year at 11,444 feet with live jazz entertainment and a special six-course pre-fixe menu. The meal starts with an amuse of Bay Scallop Ceviche, followed by a choice of appetizer, then soup or salad and a sorbet intermezzo and is rounded out with a choice of entrée and Valhrona Chocolate Molten or Champagne Crème Brulee for dessert. The cost is $125 for adults or $65 for children.
• The New Year’s Eve celebration at Der Fondue Chessel (100 Dercum Square, (800) 354-4386) includes champagne and music by The Polka Chops. The meal starts with Gruyere and Emmental cheese fondue, followed by Caesar salad and a Raclette course and topped off with chocolate fondue for dessert. The dinner is $79 per adult, $39.50 for children ages 6 to 12, and children 5 and younger are free.
• The Edgewater Café (22101 U.S. Highway 6, (800) 354-4386), a casual family café offering a cozy view of ice skaters in the winter, is serving a special menu on New Year’s Eve, with seatings from 5 to 8 p.m. The meal includes antipasti, salad bar and breadbasket, pasta station, choice of entrée and pastry chef Ned Archibald’s desserts and is $27.95 for adults or $12.95 for children.
• Keystone Ranch Restaurant (1239 Keystone Ranch Road, (800) 354-4386) is offering a special six-course menu for New Year’s Eve. The meal includes champagne and is $125 per person. Call for menu details.
Courtesy of the Summit Daily News.