Where the party’s at
Beaver Creek.|Illustration by Dawn Beacon|Vail and Beaver Creek will be on fire. Again. In what has become a much-anticipated tradition in Eagle County, New Year’s Eve will officially kick off first at Golden Peak at 6 p.m. and second at Beaver Creek at 6:30 p.m. with the Torch Light Ski Down, followed by a fireworks extravaganza.Ski and snowboard instructors don beater ski duds, grab a couple of flaming torches and head downhill in a snake of glowing red. Anyone silly enough to fall on the iced-up slopes can then use their torches as an ice axe to self arrest. It’s quite a sight from the bottom of the hill, or even on the highway if you time it right.Those wanting to do a festive ski down of their own with considerably less risk can do so at Beaver Creek with glow sticks on Haymeadow. Sign up begins at 6 p.m.After that, the parties begin up and down the valley.Vail8150Vail’s biggest nightclub once again hosts the latest New Year’s Eve bash. The festivities begin at 8 p.m. and stretch out until 4 a.m. The $100 cover includes an open bar, food from Moe’s and all the trimmings. DJ Keith Christiansen from Club Ra in Las Vegas headlines the show, after acid jazzsters Flux warm up the crowd. DJ Foxx will spin for late-late night.Half Moon SaloonFor the fifth consecutive year, Carlton Pride will usher in a reggae-inspired new year at the Half Moon Saloon in West Vail. Now the Carlton Pride Dub Rockers, they used to be called Zion. Cover is $20 before 6 p.m. and $25 after that, and includes music, drink specials and party favors.The GeorgeBoasting one of the cheapest covers around town at $10, The George offers a cozy spot to lounge with some loud music in a pub-like atmosphere.Arrive early to get a seat at the bar.Red LionThe party doors at the Red Lion open at 7:15 p.m. The cover is $35, which includes party favors, a champagne toast and live entertainment from Phil Long Band – starts at 9 p.m.Tickets go on sale today at 9 a.m.The Club and fuBarThis dynamic duo presents four rooms of dancing freaks.Mission 19 performs at The Club, and the $50 cover comes with party favors. Doors open at 8 p.m., and there will be prize giveaways throughout the evening.Tap Room and SanctuaryWith three floors of free food and drinks, two DJs and live music, the Tap Room and Sanctuary have collaborated on one of the most extravagant evenings at the Bridge Street New Year’s Eve party scene.The cover charge is $130 – $125 if tickets are purchased at the Tap Room – and includes an hors d’oeuvre buffet until ten and an open bar (with a few exceptions) until midnight.The Lion’s DenSucker, Solution and DJ Dotcom spice the party up next to the gondola.The $25 cover includes free snacks and a champagne toast.Garfinkel’sA-minor Addiction plays its mix of funk and rockabilly at Garfinkel’s.The party starts at 9 p.m., and the $50 cover comes with free drafts, wine and wells until midnight.Bogart’s Bar & BistroDJ Fox has battled through the weather from Denver to host the party at Bogart’s Bar & Bistro. He spins funky house music. The $25 cover includes a champagne toast and drink specials. Appetizers are available all night, though not included in the cover.MinturnThe SaloonOne of Minturn’s hottest spots, The Saloon has a $45 cover and Little Hercules bringing the funk into the house. As part of the Minturn Posse, Little Herc musicians hold a special place in their hearts for The Saloon, and always carry the show into the wee hours.Beaver CreekMcCoy’sShannon Tanner and Dave Kemmerly, those familiar apres ski voices, become the Tanner Kemmerly Band with help from a rhythm section consisting of percussion, piano, bass and drums. The party runs from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. and costs $35. Those opting to eat at Bivans pay $15 instead. Snacks will be available during the course of the evening, and there should be plenty of room to dance.Whiskey ElkWhiskey Elk opens the doors for an upscale piano bar party with local favorite Taylor Kundolf dishing out everything he’s asked for and even more that he’s not. The $55 cover includes music from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. and a champagne toast.EdwardsCranberry Isle SeafoodSlipstream returns to Cranberry Isle to dish out bluegrass tunes. Usually found there on Tuesday evenings, they’ll be playing in the new year from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. There’s no cover for the revelry.Main Street GrillRenegade Housewife is back in action with rockin’ blues music. The $5 cover at Main Street includes music and party favors. The restaurant is open for dinner all night long, and music begins at 10 p.m.EagleBrush Creek SaloonBilly and the Rattlers bring old-school rock to Brush Creek Saloon, starting at 8 p.m. The $12 cover includes champagne toast, finger food, party favors and the chance to win a snowboard. Brush Creek bartenders will be all gussied up, and they request that folks dress their best.SIDEBARHead: New Year’s curfew in effect again in VailNew Year’s Eve in Vail will again include a curfew and age restrictions in Vail Village, plus an adjustment in bus service to reduce last-minute crowding.A town-wide curfew will be in place from 10:30 p.m., Wednesday to 5 a.m., Thursday for kids and teens 17-years-old and under, unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian over 21, or returning from work or an event.From 10:30 p.m., Wednesday, to 5 a.m., Thursday, a special event district will be established in the heart of Vail’s pedestrian village. The district is for ages 21 and older, unless accompanied by an adult or guardian.In the interest of public safety, and as a continuation of other measures the town has taken, Vail transit will temporarily suspend in-town and outlying bus service from 11 p.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve.ECO Regional Transportation also will suspend service to and from Vail during the same time. The changes are intended to encourage party-goers to arrive at their celebration destinations ahead of time to avoid what has traditionally been a last-minute rush. Return routes for ECO and Vail’s outbound service will resume at midnight with extra buses available to transport riders home.Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com or phone at 949-0555 ext. 618.