Skiers can get into the holiday spirit at Colorado Ski Resorts. // © 2012 Aspen Snowmass
Clients can observe Crested Butte’s tradition of torchlight parades followed by firework shows on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve from their nearest location.
Winter Park will host a Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade at the base of Winter Park Resort. Clients can meet next to the Zephyr Lift at 4 p.m. for Christmas carols or arrive at 5:30 to see a procession of torch-bearing skiers parade down Lower Hughes Trail. Santa Claus and his helpers will follow the skiers and a fireworks display will take place. Snowcats decked in Christmas colors will illuminate the slopes in a Christmas tree shape and an hour of religious services will follow at 6 p.m.
Telluride Ski Resort visitors can gather at the base of Lift 4 at Misty Maiden to watch the resort’s annual Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade. Telluride will host another torchlight parade followed by a firework show on New Year’s Eve at Telluride Trail; festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Snowmass will host an early parade on Dec. 27. Other New Year’s Eve torchlight parades and fireworks shows will be hosted by Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Monarch and Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School. Powderhorn’s parade and fireworks show will kick off with a rail jam. Monarch’s event will begin around sunset. In addition to Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School’s New Year’s parade, the school will also host a special event for children skiers to ski down the mountain on Dec. 26 to conclude their Kids’ Ski Week program.