Steamboat Ski Area will help usher in the new year with a fireworks celebration starting at about 7 p.m. Thursday.

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Steamboat Ski Area will help usher in the new year with a fireworks celebration starting at about 7 p.m. Thursday.

Live music, fireworks, parties planned for New Year's Eve

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— A parade of fiery skiers and snowboarders at Steamboat Ski Area is scheduled to set off New Year’s Eve activities in Steamboat Springs on Thursday.

The annual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and fireworks display, sponsored this year by Sprint, start at about 7 p.m. and feature instructors from the Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School weaving down the base area of the mountain with torches in hand, said Loryn Kasten, public relations manager for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

For the best view of the spectacle — which includes fireworks as instructors make their way down the hill — Kasten recommends watching for free from Gondola Square. It’s also possible to see the parade from the top of the gondola with a paid lift ticket, or from anywhere in town with a clear view of the mountain, she said.

At the mountain area and in downtown Steamboat, bars and restaurants are offering live music, themed parties, drink specials and other festivities on New Year’s Eve.

Downtown Steamboat

The Boathouse Pub

Front Range-based Ameri­cana rock band The Broken Everlys returns to The Boat­house for this free party, which includes Champagne specials through the night. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/

thebrokeneverlys. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

Ghost Ranch Saloon

Missed the Boat and Blue Sun provide folk and rock music for this party. Listen to local bluegrass and folk rock group Missed the Boat at www.myspace.com. Pay $5 to get in the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill

Peace Officer is a Fort Collins hip-hop crew that incorporates dub and reggae rhythms, throwing five vocalists into the mix to create a dynamic show. Listen to Peace Officer at www.myspace.com/peaceofficer. Pay $10 at the door. Music starts at 10 p.m. Call 879-3773. 435 Lincoln Ave.

Old Town Pub

James & The Devil, an Americana rock- and bluegrass-influenced band, will cover the songs of Sublime for the second night in a row at the Old Town Pub. Listen to the band’s original songs at www.myspace.com/jamesandthedevil. The music starts at 10 p.m., and a $10 cover includes a Champagne toast, party favors and a chance at giveaways. The restaurant will admit only people ages 21 and older after 8 p.m. Call 879-2101. 600 Lincoln Ave.

Rio Grande Mexican Rest­aurant

Giveaways and a Champagne toast are featured at Rio’s free New Year’s party. Rio gets its late-night happy hour going from 10:30 p.m. to midnight. Call 871-6277. 628 Lincoln Ave.

Snow Bowl

Unlimited games of bowling, shoe rental, a Champagne toast and party favors, two drinks for adults and bottomless soda refills for children are included in Snow Bowl’s party. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 15 and younger. The party is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and features a shot at $100 and $50 jackpot prizes. Call 879-9840. 2090 Snow Bowl Plaza, off U.S. Highway 40 in west Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Smokehouse

Local bluegrass band Rag­weed will play from 7 to 10 p.m. while the restaurant offers special prices on food. Call 879-7427. 912 Lincoln Ave.

Sunpie’s Bistro

Starting with the Irish New Year at 5 p.m., Sunpie’s serves up a different drink special each hour as the New Year creeps across the time zones toward Colorado. No cover charge. Call 870-3360. 735 Yampa St.

The Tap House Sports Grill

Dance to the music of DJs Ricky Prime, Pretty Ninja and Also Starring. A $5 cover includes a free Champagne toast at midnight. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

Mountain area

Bear River Bar & Grill

Comedy Works joker Jolly Demis is the star of this party. An appetizer buffet with pizza, chicken wings, dim sum and snack foods is included in the $50 cost. Call 871-5150 to make a reservation. Bear River Bar & Grill is at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

The Steamboat Grand

New Year’s Eve at The Steam­boat Grand features a buffet dinner and dancing. Admis­­sion is $58 for dinner, Champagne toast and dancing, or $25 for Champagne toast and dancing. A cocktail hour starts at 7 p.m., with dinner at 8 p.m. and dancing at 10 p.m. Call 871-5500 for reservations and more information.

Steamboat Ski Area

A torchlight parade featuring representatives from the Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School starts at about 7 p.m. The Kids Adventure Club offers child care for children ages 5 to 12 from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., with activities, dinner and snacks included in the $75 cost. Fireworks are after the torchlight parade. Call 879-6111 for more information. Kid’s Adventure Club reservations are required by 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Tugboat Grill & Pub

Boulder’s Hot Soup plays a tasty blend of rock, funk and jazz. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/hotsoupband. Tugboat’s New Year’s party has a $25 cover charge at the door, with party favors and a midnight Champagne toast included. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square Drive.

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