It is well-known that the New Year ski week is a popular one, and rightly so. These ski resorts put on spectacular fireworks shows, snow magically covers your surroundings and quite frankly, skiing blows away the cobwebs the next morning. Whether you’re travelling with family or friends, our ski experts have chosen the best ski resorts for New Year’s Eve.
Set between the Colorado’s Rocky Mountains in North America, Aspen Snowmass exudes luxury. The chic town is made up of luxury spa hotels, fine-dining restaurants and swanky bars. Brush shoulders with the stars at exclusive hotels like The Little Nell, which has been well-known in resort for its ‘Dom Perignon Party’ with bottomless champagne.
Families will enjoy the torch light descent at Snowmass – skiers and boarders aged eight and up are invited to ski in the parade or spectate from below and fireworks follow at 10pm. If you’d prefer to stay in town there are two firework displays at 8pm and at midnight, followed by dancing until the early hours at one of the many bars. Celebrations don’t stop there, with many hotels and restaurants offering a New Year’s Day brunch.
The stylish town of Val d’Isère earns its place as one of the best resorts for New Year’s Eve, with plenty of après ski bars and nightclubs dotted throughout. Start with a vin chaud at the iconic mountain-side party, at the Folie Douce, before heading back into town for the evening. Walk through the town centre that is beautifully illuminated for the annual Festi Light. The pedestrianised street comes alive with music, ice sculptures and light displays. This is then followed by an amazing firework display on the pistes, accompanied by a DJ.
Arrive at this car-free village by train as you weave between snowy mountains. This family-friendly resort has plenty to amuse the younger travellers. Whether they’d like to try curling, learn how to ice skate or go tobogganing, it’s one of the best places to ski at new year for a family winter getaway. Dine together before venturing out to the party on the pistes where bell ringers and a firework display welcome in the New Year.
St. Anton’s incredible skiing rivals its lively après ski. A day exploring the ski area is celebrated with a stein or two at the famed neighbouring après bars, the Krazy Kanguruh and the MooserWirt. Tickets for the bars and clubs can be purchased in advance to avoid disappointment. However late your evening, fresh air and a morning skiing will be sure to clear up any tiredness or malaise. It’s safe to say St Anton is one of the best places to ski at new year it you’re looking for a good old fashioned après party.
Picture postcard-perfect Zermatt is one of Europe’s most magical ski towns, perfectly located in the shadow of the world-renowned Matterhorn. Not only is it Europe’s highest ski resort, but its charming historic centre is also an excellent option for seeing in the new year. Head to the Church Square for the midnight fireworks illuminating the night skies above the Matterhorn.
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