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Where to Spend New Year's Eve in Ski Country

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In case you haven't noticed, this is the perfect New Year's to spend in ski country. And luckily for those who need more than powder turns to survive, there are plenty of ski town parties to usher in 2016. To help narrow down your New Year's Eve lineup, Curbed Ski has a list of the best places in ski country to be when the clock hits midnight.

Destinations are listed from east to west, not ranked in any way.

Whistler: There's no shortage of New Year's Eve events in Whistler, and plenty of the activities are family friendly, too. With tickets ($15 to $20 adults and $10 for children), you get access from 6 to 11 p.m. to the Youth Dance, Young Arts Center, and the Olympic Plaza Outdoor Lounge and Skating Rink. After 11:30 p.m., skiers plaza is free to anyone, including the Fire & Ice Show and fireworks. For more of a party atmosphere, there's NYC @ the GLC, with tickets for $75.

Happy New Year, and cheers to a happy, healthy, snowy 2015. Heavenly Holidays photo: David Clock.

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Lake Tahoe: Parties are happening all along the lake, with events along the north and south shores. At Heavenly, the party will start at 6 p.m. and go through the ball dropping on the East Coast. There will be fire dancers, music, ice sculptors and fireworks. On the North Shore, Crystal Bay Casino will host its usual party while Northstar-at-Tahoe and Squaw Valley Will have their own celebrations. Squaw Valley's New Year's Eve bash is at the newly-renovated Olympic House, with a $10 cover for live music, DJs and five bars.

Mammoth: New Year's Eve at Mammoth Mountain includes live performances by Slow Magic and Ghastly. Tickets start at $75 with the $95 Lounge ticket including access to the side stage lounge area with a private bar, party favors and a champagne toast. The Village at Mammoth will have a DJ, free concert and fireworks.

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Big Sky: Steel yourself for a raucous New Year's Eve with a buffet at the Huntley Dining Room for $45 for adults and $15 for children. From there, kids ages 4 to 11 have their own party and teens another. The grownups face a $30 cover for fireworks, food and live music

Jackson: Warm up for Jackson's torchlight parade with the Glow Worm Parade with glow sticks for kids. After the traditional parade and fireworks wrap up, drop the children at Kid's Night Out and choose between Sneaky Pete & The Secret Weapons at the Town Square Tavern or head up to the Gondi Gala at the Couloir.

Breckenridge: A traditional torchlight parade down Peak 6 orchestrated by the Ski & Snowboard School follows the glow worm parade of children ages 5 to 13. At 9 p.m. the fireworks above the town center will start, and then (for those of age) it's off to the watering holes, such as Liquid Lounge, Napper Tandy's or Cecilia's

Aspen: New Year's Eve is such a big deal in Aspen that what babysitters charge that night is news. The Little Nell's Dom Perignon Party, which runs $495 and up a ticket, is already waitlisted. The Sky Hotel has a Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas themed bash that starts at $250 per ticket. The St. Regis' Midnight Masquerade is loaded with celebrity guests, such as Susan Sarandon and a polo player that the guests of this exclusive soirée will no doubt recognize. Aspen Kitchen will open just in time for New Year's with a James Bond-themed party at $550 per person or $500 per person at the Rec Room. And outside of the big ticket bashes, there is no shortage of events going on that night.

Killington: Before the fireworks go off at midnight at The Foundry, take in a four-course dinner at the Grand Resort Hotel or party at the Wobbly Barn with DJ Prime, which has advance tickets for $40 or $55 at the door. Families can join in on arts and crafts time earlier in the day.

Sunday River: Have a one-of-a-kinda New Year's Eve dinner at Sunday River's mid-mountain Peak Lodge. The $89 per person also gets you into the Foggy Goggle NYE's Party with the Aldous Collins Band. Those who opt for the Blues and Brews Dinner at Sliders in the Jordan Hotel will still be able to catch a shuttle to the Foggy Goggle party. Don't forget to drop the kids off at the PG-13 New Year's Eve Party.