As the clock winds down to the end of 2023, it’s time to start thinking about your plans. Nothing compares to New Year’s Eve in Steamboat, and we’ve rounded up the best events in town. Whether you choose to dance, drink and dine your way into 2024, or stay in and relax to wake up early the following day, Steamboat has something for you.
Family Friendly Fun
If you are looking for the quintessential fireworks experience for your New Year’s celebration, ring in the New Year at the base of Steamboat Ski Resort. The Steamboat SnowSports School puts on a dazzling on-snow parade lit by torches and accompanied by fireworks that illuminate the sky over the mountain. This event is perfect for families with young children who might not be able to stay awake until midnight (or adults!). The event starts at 5:30pm and is sure to impress everyone in the family. Check out more details here.
Black Light New Year’s Eve Bash
Another option for adults is the Black Light New Year's Eve Bash at Snow Bowl. Glow your way into the New Year with DJ Whoski! Wear your brightest whites, body paint, and glow bracelets; this party’s only lighting is the BLACK LIGHT! There will be music, appetizers, a champagne toast, and more. The event starts at 8 pm with free shuttle rides provided by Snow Bowl. To purchase tickets visit the website.
New Years Eve Dining
If you want to indulge in Steamboat’s unique dining scene, we have some intimate experiences at the top of our list. Aurum sits on the banks of the Yampa River and uses fresh, local ingredients to produce elegant dishes. Make a reservation to dine with them on New Year’s Eve. Other options for you include: The Laundry, a historic building turned restaurant that features expertly infused liquors served alongside small and large plate, and Bésame, a Latin fusion restaurant serving tapas from Cuba, Argentina, Portugal, and Spain.
On Mountain Eats
What sounds more romantic than riding up the gondola and overlooking the lights of Steamboat Springs? Steamboat Ski Resort has multiple options for dining on New Year’s Eve such as Hazie’s, Four Points, Ragnar’s, Haymaker and Western BBQ.
Kick Off the New Year Right
How do locals start of the new year in Steamboat Springs? Outside! One of the best days to ski and ride at Steamboat Resort is New Years Day. The energy is infectious, and everyone is excited about the year to come. If you want a quieter experience, you can also explore Steamboat’s groomed Nordic trails on Howelsen Hill or Haymaker Golf Course. If you don’t have the equipment, worry not! You can rent skis and snowshoes from many of the local gear shops in town including Christy Sports and Ski Haus.
If you prefer a cozy, warmer start to the new year (or are still recovering from the night before), we recommend relaxing in one of our coffee shops. Off the Beaten Path is a bookstore, coffeehouse, and bakery café all in one! It is the perfect place to read a book or the first newspaper of 2020 while enjoying delicious espresso and pastries. Mountain Brew is a coffee shop in a cozy house-like building off of Oak Street. In addition to coffee, they serve delicious soups, sandwiches and more.
Holiday Hot Springs
Start the new year full of tranquility by visiting the hot springs in the most magical time of the year. Adults and kids alike will enjoy the relaxation and fun at Old Town Hot Springs located in the heart of downtown. There are multiple pools and even water slides. For a more rugged experience full of rejuvenation, visit Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Located 15 minutes from downtown, you will need 4WD if you drive yourself, but your best option is a shuttle.
With all Steamboat has to offer, come celebrate 2024 with us and make this New Year’s one to remember!