Skip the Debauchery and Get Outside for Your New Year’s Celebration

If you’re not a fan of ringing in the New Year with a ton of inebriated revelers, you might want to consider celebrating with an outdoor adventure instead.

Here are a few you can choose from:

Go Stargazing

boulder-star
Image via Boulder Chamber of Commerce

Make the 45-minute hike up to the Boulder Star, which shines from Flagstaff Mountain every year from mid-November until early January. The star, formed by a string of nearly 400 light bulbs, has been a holiday tradition since 1947. Bring some Star Wine and enjoy an outdoor picnic while you make a wish for the New Year. Here’s everything you need to know to plan your hike.

 

Hunker Down in a Hut

10th Mountain Backcountry Ski Hut with Mountains Colorado. ProPhoto RGB.

Cozy up with friends and hot toddies around a fire in your own hut. Snowshoe or ski to one of the many huts managed by Colorado’s 10th Mountain Division. Though New Year’s Eve reservations book up fast, you might get lucky and snag a last-minute cancellation spot.

 

Soak in the New Year

Glenwood Springs, United States - December 28, 2013: Glenwood Hot Springs in Winter - The historic Glenwood Hot Springs pool is 104 degrees year round, so on a cold winter morning, with snow covered moutains, steam rises off the pool's surface

Start out the year with a relaxing soak in one of Colorado’s hot springs. Head to Buena Vista and slip into the Mount Princeton or Cottonwood hot springs or try Strawberry Park Hot Springs just outside of Steamboat Springs.

 

Dine Backcountry Style

Couple snowshoeing in the Colorado mountains

Ski or snowshoe to a backcountry feast at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse outside of Leadville or the Magic Meadows Yurt Dinner Experience at Crested Butte Nordic. Work up a nice appetite and then enjoy an elegant evening of gourmet dining in an idyllic backcountry setting.

 

Beat the Crowds on the Slopes

A pair of fast skiers rocket down a groomed trail on Ajax Mountain at Aspen Colorado.

Pick your favorite mountain and ski on New Year’s Day — lift lines will likely be shorter because so many people chose to stay up late!

 

How will you be ringing in the New Year? Let us know in the comments below.

 

By | 2017-01-05T13:31:24+00:00 December 27th, 2016|

About the Author:

Margaret Jackson is an award-winning journalist who spent nearly 25 years in the newspaper industry, including seven years as a business reporter for the Denver Post. While at the Post, Jackson covered both residential and commercial real estate and cultivated strong relationships throughout metro Denver’s business community. She’s worked at publications including the Fort Collins Coloradoan, St. Louis Business Journal and Belleville (Illinois) News-Democrat. Her awards include best reporting from the Colorado Press Association and business and investigative/enterprise reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists.

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