Beaver Creek to ring in New Year with fireworks, ski downs, family carnival

By Real Vail
December 28, 2011

Beaver Creek celebrates New Year's Eve on Saturday, Dec. 31, with a series of events hosted throughout the afternoon and evening, including a concert, Glow Worm and Torchlight Ski-downs, fireworks display and Family Carnival.

Guests will have the opportunity to hit the slopes after-hours carrying glow sticks to light the way, extending après fun just a little longer. Registration for the Glow Worm ski-down will start at 5:15 p.m. at the Beaver Creek Children's Ski School.

Starting at 6:15 p.m., watch skiers and boarders wind their way down the Haymeadow trail to the base area. One of Beaver Creek's favorite events, the Glow Worm Ski-down on the Haymeadow trail, is set to music and concludes with a grand fireworks finale.

The Glow Worm Ski-down is open to intermediate and advanced level skiers and riders. Then, shift your eyes to 1876 trail at 6:30 p.m. for the annual Torchlight Parade, where professional skiers and riders will make their way down carrying a fire-lit torch in hand.

For more information and registration call the Children's Ski and Snowboard School at (970) 754-4636.

Following the ski day and back by popular demand, the Whiffenpoofs of Yale University, the oldest a cappella group in the United States, will perform two concerts on Dec. 31. The first performance will take place at 4 p.m. on Beaver Creek Plaza, and the second at 5:30 p.m. at McCoy's.

Beaver Creek's traditional New Year's Eve fireworks on the Plaza will commence the day's outdoor celebrations with the display kicking off at 6:45 p.m.

After fireworks, guests can head inside for the Beaver Creek New Year's Eve Family Carnival taking place in McCoy's from 7:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. With fun for all ages, the whole family can attend this event and spend the holiday together.

Entertainment will include carnival and arcade games, pool and foosball, adult beverages and children's “mocktails;” with music provided by DJ Shannon Tanner and the Vail Performing Arts Academy's teen band “Awaken Annie.”

Tickets for the New Year's Eve Family Carnival are available exclusively through the Park Hyatt Resort & Spa and can be ordered by phone (970) 827-6561, at the Hyatt Concierge Desk or at the door of the event.

The Park Hyatt Hotel's Camp Hyatt will also be providing babysitting services that evening for parents with children three years of age and older. Camp Hyatt can be reached at (970) 827-6564. For children two and younger, contact (970) 748-0857 or

4 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. The Whiffenpoofs in Concert on Beaver Creek Plaza, (5:30pm at McCoy's)

5:15 p.m. New Year's Eve Glow Worm ski-down registration starts at Beaver Creek Ski School

5:30 p.m. The Whiffenpoofs in Concert at McCoy's

6:00 p.m. Load Buckaroo Gondola for Glow Worm Ski-down

6:15 p.m. Glow Worm ski-down on Haymeadow Trail

6:30 p.m. New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade on 1876 Trail

6:45 p.m. Fireworks display on the plaza

7:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. New Year's Eve Family Carnival at McCoy's

For more information about the Glow Worm Ski-down, New Year's Eve Family Carnival and other winter events at Beaver Creek, visit or call (877) 204-7883.

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