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Primed to party

Over the past several years, Canyons resort has carved out a New Year’s Eve tradition that includes an array of free and ticketed events as well as a fireworks display.

The goal was and still is to offer the community a chance have a celebration that is safe, fun and entertaining, said Canyons director of public relations Steve Pastorino.

"In some regards, we feel we offer opportunities that make us one of the pillars of the entertainment community here in Park City," Pastorino said during an interview with The Park Record. "People have grown accustomed to some of the great special events we host, so year after year they keep coming back."

The events include a New Year’s Eve Teen VIP Lounge Umbrella Bar Deck that will serve snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, for guests aged 20 and younger at the resort village, a Rail Jam on the Ski Beach and a live DJ.

In addition, the resort is hosting a New Year’s Eve Black & White Ball that will feature hor d’oeuvres, dancing, refreshments and noisemakers from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m.

"Many of the things we are hosting are free to those who are spending time at our resort for the holidays," Pastorino said. "We have a lot of activities in the Resort Village and quite a bit of free, open-air events that add color to the holidays.

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"Some of our events, such as meals and parties like the Black & White Ball, are ticketed events," he said. "We’ve been getting bigger and better every year and this year will be no exception."

There are even some activities that will be held before and after New Year’s Eve. (See story "New Year’s activities at Canyons" for the schedule).

On Friday, Dec. 30, Canyons Resort Village will host a kids dance party and snow graffiti contest and will also feature a juggler and magician throughout the afternoon.

New Year’s Day activities include a snowman building contest and a movie night."

"These are fun events that give all of our guests something to do and participate in when they are done with a day of skiing," Pastorino said.

This is the first year Canyons is able to utilize all of its performance spaces.

"We have reinvented the resort the past couple of years and this is the first season, from a ski-season perspective, that we opened with a lot of our enhancements in place," Pastorino explained. "There was a lot of construction last year in the middle of season, but now we have our restaurants and entertainment areas in place, namely the new stage and the Resort Village, which serve as backdrops for music and films and special events.

They were all completed before we opened for the winter season in November.

"The vision that we’ve had here, which has taken several years to implement, is coming to fruition," he said. "All of us who work here and all who visit here find it a welcoming time of year. It’s very exciting."

Pastorino said celebrating New Year’s Eve in Park City reminds him of his family.

"I spent part of my childhood in California and my family would go to Lake Tahoe for the holidays," he said. "We’d ski and spend time as a family and I think we’re able to recreate and offer a similar type of experience to people. We have a lot of out-of-town guests and we’ve created an entire holiday experience for people. Each element adds up and people can make perennial memories."

For more information about pre-New Years, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day events at Canyons, visit