New Year's Eve In Crested Butte
Words written by Mountain Athlete Ashley Bembenek
New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday. It is a chance to celebrate the passing year’s accomplishments and to create intentions and goals for the coming year.
I like to be up early and start the day with an excellent cup of coffee. My favorite coffee spot in town is Rumors, you can’t beat the combination of books and coffee. If breakfast is also on the agenda the Guild and Izzy’s are great choices. The Guild Café features local, homemade, and organic breakfast options alongside fresh-roasted coffee. Izzy’s is a fun and cozy joint with excellent bagel sandwiches and the best staff in town.
After breakfast and a bit of reflection, it’s time to get social with my friends on the mountain. We typically meet at the base of the Silver Queen lift. From there we’ll be on a mission to find the freshest corduroy. My guess for this year’s best groomers are International, Paradise Bowl, and Treasury. If you’re looking for quiet and wide-open runs, give the Prospect lift a try.
When my appetite catches up with me, I like to stop at Paradise Lodge for chili which can be combined with your favorite form of potato- fried or baked! The bar is a great place to catch up on football games (if you’re into those!) and order your favorite adult beverage.
After the lifts close, we often head to the Avalanche Bar and Grill for appetizers and drinks. But on New Year’s Eve, the best seat in the house is on the Butte 66 deck. The deck provides a spectacular view of the fireworks and torchlight parade. I’m a fan of any of the hot cocktails and the pork chili stew to take the edge off the chilly air.
The night continues with dinner, drinks, and dancing in town! Ryce is a family favorite, but get there early since it’s very popular. Third Bowl Ice Cream serves up the best dessert options in town. My favorite ice creams include Granny’s banana puddin’, basil pistachio, and the non-dairy cinnamon fudge (they do amazing things with coconut cream). The Mexican hot chocolate is the best I’ve ever tasted, try it with a shot of espresso if you need extra fuel to make it to midnight!
I love the cocktails at Montanya Distillers, which feature rum made on site. The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin also offers adventurous and unique cocktails. When the party continues into the wee hours of the night, Kochevar’s, the Eldo, and Talk of the Town deliver on drinks and dancing. You know it’s been an epic night when it ends at the Talk.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the free busses between Mt Crested Butte and several condos, Crested Butte, and CB South. The Town and Mt. Crested Butte Busses will be running late to accommodate New Year’s Eve celebrations!