Out with the Old

7 Ways to Ring in 2017

From a $10,000 snowcat ride to free fireworks, our top New Year’s Eve entertainment picks have something for every budget.

By Cindy Hirschfeld December 28, 2016

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The annual fireworks show over Snowmass mountain. 

Whether you’re happy to wrap up 2016 as one for the books or uncertain about what 2017 may bring; whether you want to bling out in fur and diamonds or dress down in Sorels and a puffy; whether you prefer live music or DJ beats, Aspen and Snowmass offer an appealing slate of options to celebrate the passage of time with gusto.

Clicquot Cats Through the Little Nell
You and up to 11 family members or friends can bundle up in your own private snowcat and get a ride up Little Nell run for a front-row seat at Aspen Mountain’s fireworks display. The VIP experience includes three magnums of Veuve Clicquot’s La Grande Dame Champagne, caviar and other bites, and hot chocolate (with or without schnapps), with a server to keep your glasses topped off. Meow!
$10,000; the three cats for the first evening time slot are booked, but two cats remain for the later slot, 11:15 p.m.–12:45 a.m., thelittlenell.com

Fernet About 2016 at Hooch
This cozy subterranean lounge below the popular Meat & Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop (and under the same ownership) offers a low-key spot to sip and socialize, accessed with a blessedly reasonable cover charge. In addition to a DJ spinning tunes and drink specials, the party includes a midnight glass of Champagne or shot of Fernet with which to welcome the blank slate of a new year.
$40; doors open at 9 p.m., hoochaspen.com

Fireworks over Aspen Mountain and Snowmass ski area
Welcome 2017 with a blast. Festivities at Snowmass Village start off with a torchlight parade at 5:45 p.m. (anyone 8 years and up is welcome to participate), then culminate with fireworks over the ski area at 10 p.m. Aspen sets off two rounds of fireworks over Aspen Mountain, one for the early birds at 8 p.m., the second at midnight. A DJ and bonfire in Wagner Park provide a spot to meet up and warm up in between. So, yes, it’s possible to catch three fireworks shows in one night (our advice: take the bus between towns). 
Free, aspenchamber.org & gosnowmass.com 

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The Doo Wop Project

The Doo Wop Project at the Wheeler Opera House
Celebrate the coming of the new year with a look back, as this quintet takes you on a musical journey from the beginnings of Doo Wop to today’s hits. The show includes complimentary beer and wine, appetizers, and a midnight Champagne toast.
$125; 8 p.m., wheeleroperahouse.com

See the Light from the Shadow Mountain Lounge
The St. Regis Aspen Resort hosts a no-cover party in its lobby lounge, with a DJ and complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. Get a primo view of the fireworks over Aspen Mountain through the bar’s floor-to-ceiling windows, or from the hotel’s central courtyard just outside, then settle in by the two-sided fireplace to give a warm welcome to the new year.
No cover, stregisaspen.com

Champagne Dreams at the Limelight
One of Aspen’s favorite aprés-ski spots—the expansive lobby bar and restaurant at the Limelight Hotel—goes late night for New Year’s Eve with two DJs, an open bar from 9:30 p.m.–1:30 a.m., passed hors d’oeuvres, party favors, and a midnight Champagne toast courtesy of Moet and Chandon.
$209; $3,000 VIP table for up to six; from 8 p.m., limelighthotel.com

Enchantment Under the Sea at Grey Lady Aspen
Count down more than just the remaining hours of 2016 with music from different decades every hour (we bet you’ll hear some David Bowie, Prince, and George Michael tunes as part of the mix). There’s also an open bar from 11 p.m.–1 a.m. and a Champagne toast at midnight.
$150; $175 VIP includes hors d’oeuvres; $5,000 VIP includes table service for up to eight; from 10 p.m., greyladyaspen.com

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