Bundle up: New Year’s Eve fireworks, events set on chilly night for Aspen and Snowmass
Aspen and Snowmass Village have a number of festivities planned to ring in the New Year on Tuesday night.
The New Year’s Eve festivities in Aspen start at 4 p.m. with free public ice skating at Aspen Ice Garden (223 W. Hyman Ave.) until 8 p.m. From there, the public party in Wagner Park starts at 8 p.m. with a bonfire and a DJ with tunes.
The first of two fireworks shows in Aspen is at 8 p.m. over Aspen Mountain, then another at midnight.
And if you’re going out, plan to bundle up accordingly. The high temperature Tuesday in Aspen is 29 degrees, but temps will drop into the teens after sunset, which is 4:54 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and near single digits by midnight.
New for 2019 is a community-wide “let it go” bonfire celebration to release the past and embrace the new year.
Look for drop boxes at the Red Brick Center for the Arts, Aspen Recreation Center, Wheeler Opera House, Local Coffee Shop and City Hall. People can write down their old resolutions, unmet goals or anything negative that needs released from the past. Just before midnight, officials will throw all the notes into the Wagner Park bonfire, city officials said in a news release.
The complete schedule is at aspenspecialevents.com.
At Snowmass, the evening will start with the traditional torchlight parade on Fanny Hill at 6 p.m. Skiers and snowboarders 8 years old and over can join the parade making wide turns down the hill with red flares in hand. Parade participants will begin loading the Village Express chairlift at 5:30 p.m.
At 10 p.m., the town will host a fireworks show.
After the parade, locals and visitors can choose from attending a New Year’s Eve Gala and community party at the Viceroy, the Snowmass Base Village’s Roaring ’20s-themed party (21 and older) and/or a variety of other parties thrown by town businesses and restaurants.
Those who have an early night could be rewarded Wednesday with the first day of a snowstorm that is expected to last into the weekend.
The National Weather Service issued an update saying: “A series of cold and moist Pacific storms will be moving across eastern Utah and western Colorado starting New Year’s Day and persisting through late this week. This favorable weather pattern may bring locally heavy snowfall to the mountains and high valleys for an extended period of time with only short breaks in snowfall between storms. This cold and unsettled pattern could persist into the weekend.”
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