In the USA there has long been a tradition of heading into the mountains for the holidays. It's easy to see the attraction, the traditional fairytale style Christmas setting on snow, log cabins with burning open fires and narrow mountain streets lit up with the bright Christmas lights provide a lovely setting.
If there's the chance to fit in some skiing too then so much the better, which helps explain the enduring NYE popularity of Vail, perched high up in the Colorado mountains.
I'm a huge fan of the traditional snowy winter landscape to the idea of spending the holiday period up in the Colorado mountains really appeals, although I have to confess I'm not much of a skier so it would be more the log cabins and roaring open fires I would be heading there for!
There are several events taking place in Vail this year to help the process of welcoming in the New Year 2017, all under the banner of the Vail Holidaze event, offering free public events throughout the holiday season including the Tree Lighting Ceremony and Vail Lantern Walk.
The main public events on new years eve itself are the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks at Golden Peak, which gets the evening underway at 6.15pm and features Skiers and riders from Vail Ski and Snowboard School will come down Golden Peak illuminated with glow sticks, which has the dramatic effect of producing a trail of light down the mountainside that can be viewed for miles around.
This year also sees the return of the Vail Snow Daze event, with a series of live music concerts from the 11th-13th December - more details here.
Places to watch live online: Vail benefits from several excellent live streaming webcam views, primarily for checking out the snow conditions for skiing but which also come in useful for checking out the festivities at new year:
Vail has a wide range of accommodation, from ski lodges to top end hotels.
Check out availability and make your online reservations for local hotels here.
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