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Ringin’ it in

May Selby

Virginia and Brian McNellis.

Aspen, CO Colorado

Dec. 31 was an action-packed evening on the streets and in establishments around the valley. While some opted to avoid the late-night revelry in favor of skinning up to a hut and taking it easy under the crescent moon, others howled till the wee hours.

In Aspen, private parties took place at The Sky, Bruno’s, Cantina, Elevation, Pacifica and beyond. Eric’s, The Little Nell and Bar Aspen opened their doors for a cover charge including complimentary Champagne toasts at the midnight hour. Aspen Peak hosted their annual New Year’s Eve bash at the Sundeck for Heidi Klum, Seal and a few hundred of the magazine’s closest friends and associates. Guests likened the lift line that snaked through the gondola plaza that night to one found first thing on a powder day.

The St. Regis staged the inaugural Snow Ball in the grand ballroom as a benefit for Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club. The crowd was entertained by 70’s band Boogielicious. A breakfast buffet was served after midnight, which included Mimosa and Bloody Mary bars. Aspen Branch, Rocky Mountain Connections and Pearl Vodka sponsored the elaborate affair.

A popular option for the downvalley crowd was to mark the New Year at Phat Thai in Carbondale at their Black Thai affair.

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