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How to Celebrate New Year's Eve in the Mountains

Where to dine and cheers to the new year in Colorado mountain towns.

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If you're dipping out of Denver to ring in the new year, plenty of Colorado ski resorts want to celebrate with you. Whether spending the holiday cozy by a fireplace or swooshing down the snow-covered slopes, the start to 2016 should be nothing short of memorable. That's why resorts throughout the state bring fireworks, torchlight parades, dancing, and of course decadent dinners to feast the night away. Check out our top ten choices for the New Year celebration in the mountains.

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Aspen Kitchen

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New on the Aspen scene are the nightlife experience, the Rec Room just above, opening New Years Eve night, is Aspen Kitchen. For the early partygoers, guests can dine from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. for $195 per person. The all-inclusive event ring out at $550 a person, but includes unlimited champagne, a premium open bar, passed appetizers and small plates, including caviar, oysters, foie gras "push pops," and razor clam ceviche. The Rec Room's party is James Bond-themed.

Cosmopolitan Restaurant

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If a true destination getaway is what best suits you and your friends or loved ones for the holiday, indulge in a festive feast at Cosmopolitan, where, for $150 per person, diners can enjoy four elegant courses.

element 47

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Fine dining is hard to compete with at element 47 in Aspen's 5-star, 5-diamond resort, The Little Nell. On the last day of the year, guests can come from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $355 per person for an extravagant spread from executive chef Matt Zubrod. With four courses and wine pairings, look forward to 2016 over dishes from lobster bisque to seared Hudson Valley foie gras, and top off the night with a charming chocolate sphere. Alternatively, the “it party” of the season takes over the main level of the hotel with live music and DJs, bottomless Dom Perignon, an open bar, and food stations from Element 47 throughout the night.

Hazie's

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Enjoy a six-course mountaintop dining experience and then don't miss the Korbel New Years Eve Party, complimentary with $129 adult tickets. Take the gondola to enjoy the fireworks and sparkling lights of the town from above. Nibble all night with a complimentary dim sum appetizer station, dessert bar and chocolate fountain to keep you boogying until it's 2016.

La Tour Restaurant & Bar

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Don't forget the reservations for this New Years Eve extravaganza. With two seatings for the night, for $199 La Tour starts the decadent meal off with oysters, caviar and tapioca and caps it off with white chocolate raspberry mousse cake. Don't miss the full experience if you're enjoying the town of Vail for the holiday.
http://latour-vail.com/#gallery

Magic Meadows Yurt

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Ring in the new year in a jaw-dropping setting that's truly off-the-grid. A guided Nordic ski on a torchlight trail leads to an inviting mountain yurt. The multi-course dinner and libations are sure prepare visitors for a party. Beverages include wines, Elevation Brewing Co. beer and Montanya Rum cocktails. Starting at 6 p.m. small plates will be served, and a selection of bistro steak, encrusted filet of salmon, duck or winter risotto follow. Don't forget to save room for dessert.
Always exceptional in its environment and meal time execution, relish the beautiful scenery, good company and celebration of another year come and gone at Relish in Breckenridge. Just off Main Street, customers can dine like it's their last meal of the year, with four courses for $99.

Stanley Hotel

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The stunning scenery is sure to outweigh the haunted history of The Stanley in Estes Park. Start the night at 7 p.m. for check in and live music. Then enjoy a spectacular three-course sit-down affair with a delectable dessert bar to close out 2015 on a sweet note.
https://www.google.com/search?safe=off&espv=2&biw=1007&bih=590&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=stanley+hotel+winter&oq=stanley+hotel+winter&gs_l=img.3..0.6394.6949.0.7023.7.4.0.3.3.0.102.349.3j1.4.0....0...1c.1.64.img..0.7.353.yW8QOC0ZScY#imgrc=KuOgoomRIVsjiM%3A

Vin 48

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In the spacious, yet intimate dining room, get cozy and enjoy the Colorado crafted experience. As you look out of the floor-to-ceiling windows, enjoy five courses for $100 per person. Special dishes include sesame crusted ahi, maine lobster bisque, roasted duck breast, risotto, and more.
https://www.google.com/search?q=vin+48&safe=off&espv=2&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwip6dvWzvDJAhVBG2MKHbPHBLwQ_AUIDSgA&biw=1007&bih=590#imgrc=KY_D1PX-DZoTPM%3A

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

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Sit in the lap of luxury at the Ritz-Carlton's Bachelor's Lounge cigar and spirits bar for an unlimited raw bar selection, two glasses of champagne and live music to dance the night, and year for that matter, away. $300 per person. Also at The Ritz, get ritzy in The Great Room for enjoy the Harry Baxter Band and a midnight balloon drop.

Aspen Kitchen

New on the Aspen scene are the nightlife experience, the Rec Room just above, opening New Years Eve night, is Aspen Kitchen. For the early partygoers, guests can dine from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. for $195 per person. The all-inclusive event ring out at $550 a person, but includes unlimited champagne, a premium open bar, passed appetizers and small plates, including caviar, oysters, foie gras "push pops," and razor clam ceviche. The Rec Room's party is James Bond-themed.

Cosmopolitan Restaurant

If a true destination getaway is what best suits you and your friends or loved ones for the holiday, indulge in a festive feast at Cosmopolitan, where, for $150 per person, diners can enjoy four elegant courses.

element 47

Fine dining is hard to compete with at element 47 in Aspen's 5-star, 5-diamond resort, The Little Nell. On the last day of the year, guests can come from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $355 per person for an extravagant spread from executive chef Matt Zubrod. With four courses and wine pairings, look forward to 2016 over dishes from lobster bisque to seared Hudson Valley foie gras, and top off the night with a charming chocolate sphere. Alternatively, the “it party” of the season takes over the main level of the hotel with live music and DJs, bottomless Dom Perignon, an open bar, and food stations from Element 47 throughout the night.

Hazie's

Enjoy a six-course mountaintop dining experience and then don't miss the Korbel New Years Eve Party, complimentary with $129 adult tickets. Take the gondola to enjoy the fireworks and sparkling lights of the town from above. Nibble all night with a complimentary dim sum appetizer station, dessert bar and chocolate fountain to keep you boogying until it's 2016.

La Tour Restaurant & Bar

http://latour-vail.com/#gallery
Don't forget the reservations for this New Years Eve extravaganza. With two seatings for the night, for $199 La Tour starts the decadent meal off with oysters, caviar and tapioca and caps it off with white chocolate raspberry mousse cake. Don't miss the full experience if you're enjoying the town of Vail for the holiday.
http://latour-vail.com/#gallery

Magic Meadows Yurt

Ring in the new year in a jaw-dropping setting that's truly off-the-grid. A guided Nordic ski on a torchlight trail leads to an inviting mountain yurt. The multi-course dinner and libations are sure prepare visitors for a party. Beverages include wines, Elevation Brewing Co. beer and Montanya Rum cocktails. Starting at 6 p.m. small plates will be served, and a selection of bistro steak, encrusted filet of salmon, duck or winter risotto follow. Don't forget to save room for dessert.

Relish

Always exceptional in its environment and meal time execution, relish the beautiful scenery, good company and celebration of another year come and gone at Relish in Breckenridge. Just off Main Street, customers can dine like it's their last meal of the year, with four courses for $99.

Stanley Hotel

https://www.google.com/search?safe=off&espv=2&biw=1007&bih=590&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=stanley+hotel+winter&oq=stanley+hotel+winter&gs_l=img.3..0.6394.6949.0.7023.7.4.0.3.3.0.102.349.3j1.4.0....0...1c.1.64.img..0.7.353.yW8QOC0ZScY#imgrc=KuOgoomRIVsjiM%3A
The stunning scenery is sure to outweigh the haunted history of The Stanley in Estes Park. Start the night at 7 p.m. for check in and live music. Then enjoy a spectacular three-course sit-down affair with a delectable dessert bar to close out 2015 on a sweet note.
https://www.google.com/search?safe=off&espv=2&biw=1007&bih=590&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=stanley+hotel+winter&oq=stanley+hotel+winter&gs_l=img.3..0.6394.6949.0.7023.7.4.0.3.3.0.102.349.3j1.4.0....0...1c.1.64.img..0.7.353.yW8QOC0ZScY#imgrc=KuOgoomRIVsjiM%3A

Vin 48

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In the spacious, yet intimate dining room, get cozy and enjoy the Colorado crafted experience. As you look out of the floor-to-ceiling windows, enjoy five courses for $100 per person. Special dishes include sesame crusted ahi, maine lobster bisque, roasted duck breast, risotto, and more.
https://www.google.com/search?q=vin+48&safe=off&espv=2&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwip6dvWzvDJAhVBG2MKHbPHBLwQ_AUIDSgA&biw=1007&bih=590#imgrc=KY_D1PX-DZoTPM%3A

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

Sit in the lap of luxury at the Ritz-Carlton's Bachelor's Lounge cigar and spirits bar for an unlimited raw bar selection, two glasses of champagne and live music to dance the night, and year for that matter, away. $300 per person. Also at The Ritz, get ritzy in The Great Room for enjoy the Harry Baxter Band and a midnight balloon drop.

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