Ring in 2014 in style at any one of the many special events staged around Jackson Hole.
In Teton Village, pick your poison from a plethora of options. There’s the Whiskey Mornin’ Big Band – a rocking local group that has bolstered itself into a 9-piece powerhouse – at the Mangy Moose Saloon ($15 cover). The Four Seasons’ Handle Bar will celebrate with a DJ from 8pm to 1am, drink specials and a raffle. The $75 cover includes food and a champagne toast. Party mid-mountain at the Gondi Gala, a blowout featuring Jackson’s own Mandatory Air at the Couloir. Though dinner reservations at Couloir are already sold out, tickets remain to dance party ($75 per person). Gondola rides begin at 9pm, and a champagne and chocolate toast marks midnight.
The town of Jackson is teeming with festivities too. The Town Square Tavern is hosting ZOSO, a critically-acclaimed Led Zeppelin tribute band based in California ($20). The Pink Garter Theatre – the primo downtown venue for live music – will parade into 2014 with the March Fourth Marching Band – a funky electric bass mixed with guitar- and vocal-driven group boasting 20 members include a 5-piece percussion corps and a 7-part brass section. Doors open at 9pm and tickets cost $30 in advance, $40 day of. Across the street, the Wort Hotel’s Silver Dollar Bar is hosting free festivities with Jackson’s own bluegrass phenom One Ton Pig playing from 9pm to midnight.
For a more mellow celebration, Nicole Madison is singing jazz, standards and pop tunes with Keith Phillips accompanying on the grand piano at Spring Creek Resort’s Granary (free). At Teton Pines, the Papa Chan Quartet will play old-time swinging jazz – think Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and Rogers and Hart – amid an ambiance of casual cocktails and fine dining.
Kiddos can join in the fun as well. During the day, the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum is hosting special holiday sessions which include reindeer games and holiday crafts, plus zip line excitement. At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, young skiers under 14 years old are invited to join the Glow Worm Kids’ Ski Parade, a beloved Teton Village New Year’s tradition. Kids inch down the mountain carrying glowsticks. To participate in the free event, meet at the JHMR Kids Ranch (at the Cody House) at 4:50pm, dressed and ready to go (no poles please). Parents can watch the parade at 5:30pm. At 6pm, a torchlight parade – put on by JHMR staffers – and fireworks show from Rendezvous Mountain follows as soon as the kids finish their fun!
Whether dancing till dawn or parade down slopes, there are plenty of ways to play in the Tetons on New Year’s Eve.