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It’s New Year’s Eve For Kids At Nation’s Ski Resorts

Beaver Creek, Colo.

It’s almost 2013. Time to bring out the party favors and noisemakers to welcome in the new and usher out the old. Ski resorts nationwide are celebrating and inviting you and your family to join in. 

New Hampshire’s Gunstock is hosting pre-New Year’s events beginning at 4 p.m. The resort will feature sleigh rides, tubing, snowshoeing, live music, a DJ and entertainment, plus childcare (advance reservations required). Plus, Gunstock is offering a special price on night lift tickets - $49 adults and teens, $39 children and seniors. 

Cranmore, in No. Conway, N.H., is hosting a “Crantastic New Year.” It includes skiing and riding plus rental equipment from 2-9 p.m.; snow tubing; face painting with mascot C-more the Penguin; a DJ dance party in the Fun Zone; dinner with live music; bonfire; and fireworks at 7:30 p.m. and again at midnight. Cost is $69 for ages 13 and up; $59 for children. 

“Midnight” at Okemo, Vt. New Year’s Eve party will move into a different time zone – just for the night. The resort will share a world time zone with Montevideo, Uruguay, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil so families with younger kids can celebrate at an earlier time (9 p.m. local). Activities include ice skating, wagon rides, magic show, bounce-house, and a trivia tournament from 5-9 p.m. Activity wristbands are $32. There’s also a DJ/Dance Party in the Jackson Gore Roundhouse from 6:30-9 p.m. that includes a pizza dinner, balloons and noisemakers. Tickets range from $37-47 for both activities and the dance/pizza party.

Ski Brule in Iron River, Mich., offers a lot of activities Dec. 31, including snow tubing; night skiing from 4:30-8:30 p.m.; sleigh rides; live music in the Brule Saloon at 8 p.m.; and a torchlight parade and fireworks beginning at 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve dining options include dinner at Brule Lodge from 6-9 p.m. or a BBQ at the Homestead Lodge at 5 p.m. Reserve a spot at the marshmallow roast New Year’s Day.

Boyne Mountain, also in Michigan, is hosting a Children’s Celebration and Pizza Party for kids 3 months to 12 years old. Kids will enjoy themed arts and crafts; games; pizza dinner; late night movie; visiting with the Fritz, the resort’s mascot; great views of the torchlight parade and fireworks, plus a sparkling juice toast and party favors at midnight. Kids are divided into age appropriate groups for the activities. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m. Cost is $50 per child for the entire evening; hourly rates at $10 per child also are available. 

Teens (13-20) will have their own party featuring DJ Sunshine from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Arcade for a $10 admission fee that includes $5 in tokens and a prize drawing.

Kids at Crested Butte in Colo., have their very own Kids Rock party from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 31. It starts off with a concert, kid-friendly food, and hands-on art and science activities. Cost is $10 per child. Event will be held at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square Ballroom.

Beaver Creek, Colo., is hosting a New Year’s Eve Family Carnival Dec. 31 at McCoy’s. The $30 cover charge (age 6 and up; 5 and under free) includes a raffle ticket; party favors; pool tables; carnival midway games; photo booth; foosball; interactive inflatable games; DJ and dancing. Doors open at 8 p.m., preceded by fireworks begin at 6:45 p.m. There are two balloon drops: 10 p.m. and midnight. A potion of your ticket price benefits the Vail Valley Salvation Army.

Northstar, Calif., plans a kid friendly New Year’s Eve party beginning at 6 p.m. Kids can choose from making candles, painting pottery, making a mosaic or stuffing a bear. They also can choose from a variety of materials to make their own New Year’s mask. Cost is $30 per person; food and drinks will be provided. Reservations are recommended. Earlier in the day kids can watch the Ripperoo Parade at 4:45 p.m. as it moves through the village. There’ll be noisemakers, beads, cookies, music, singing, dancing, and the chance to meet Ripperoo, Northstar’s ski and snowboard mascot.

Oregon’s Mt. Hood Skibowl’s Snow Tube & Adventure Park welcomes families all day long with Frosty’s Playland; the 2,400-square-foot indoor Super Play Zone; Kiddie Carousel; Kids’ Snowmobiles, and more. Park characters Frosty, Reindeer and Bunny will be available for photos. Check out the cosmic tubing with black lights, lasers, music beginning at 6 p.m. and, of course, tubing. Kids must be 3 years or older and accompanied by an adult if under 6. 

B.C.’s Kimberley Alpine Resort http://www.snocountry.com/resort-page/bc/kimberley is celebrating a family New Year’s Eve party. There’s a skating party from 7-10 p.m., night skiing from 5:30-8:30 p.m., an organized glow stick run at 8:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9. There’s a fire by the rink so you can warm  up; hot chocolate and snacks also will be available.

Photo: Beaver Creek, Colo.

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