These worms don’t have that weird luminescent material in glow sticks.
They’re made up of trains and trains of skiers, carrying torches of one kind or another, and they’ll be found parading down Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort on New Year’s Eve.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s glow worm parade — the one for kids up to 14 years old — will kick off with loading at 4:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve at the base of Sweetwater Gondola in Teton Village. The main torchlight parade will follow around 6, with fireworks and the so-called Gondi-Gala at the top of Bridger Gondola afterward ($75).
Snow King Mountain Resort’s festivities will happen soon after, running from 7 to 9 p.m. on the town hill.
And, if you’re in Alta, Targhee’s parade and fireworks display will run from 4 to 8 p.m. at the resort. Afterwards, there will be a four-course prix fixe dinner at the Branding Iron and an after-party at the Trap Bar and Grill.
New Year’s sounds
The Tetons are set to ring in the New Year with a resounding chorus.
On the east and west sides of the Tetons, performers will take to the stage as locals and tourists flock to bars to celebrate the end of the 2010s.
There will be bluegrass and country, of course. One Ton Pig will play a “very special, rocking, one-time-only, made-for NYE performance” New Year’s Eve set to run from 8:30 p.m. to midnight at the Silver Dollar Showroom (no cover charge), and Kurt Van Meter will play the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar starting at 9:30 p.m. ($20). But other genres will make it onto the scene as well.
The New Orleans Suspects will bring Crescent City funk to the Pink Garter Theatre starting at 9 p.m. ($40), and Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal will bring a bit of Midwestern soul to the Knotty Pine Supper Club in Victor, Idaho, from 9 p.m. on ($15). Both shows are some of the later-night options, ending at 2 a.m. — a great idea for people without ski plans on New Year’s Day.
If those options don’t float your boat, you can also relive the ’80s with the local cover band 86 at 9 p.m. at Hole Bowl ($20) or drop by the Mangy Moose Saloon after 10 p.m., when Salt Lake City cover band Changing Lanes will play singalong after singalong ($45).
If live instrumentation isn’t really your thing for a late-night celebration, drop by Teton Gravity Research’s new Continuum Hotel in Teton Village after 10 p.m. Selectors PRSN, Umami, Jefe and Oh Nassi will be spinning beats all night ($20).
Facebook.com is the best option for the Hole Bowl and Continuum parties; visit the website and search “New Year’s Eve 80s Party” for the former, or “Decade NYE Event” for the latter for information.
A classy end to the year
If bar-oriented debauchery doesn’t suit your fancy for an end to the decade, The Granary at Spring Creek Ranch will offer a tamer option that starts earlier in the evening.
Serving from 5 to 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve, the restaurant on top of East Gros Ventre Butte will offer a prix fixe menu for $99 for adults, $60 for kids from 6 to 15 years old, and free for children younger than 6.
Visit TinyURL.com/granarynye to make reservations.
A New Year’s snowpack
Headwall Sports will hold a “State of the Snowpack” session with Sarah Carpenter from the American Avalanche Institute to unpack the pack.
The free event will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Headwall Sports. Free tacos from Hatch Taqueria and Tequilas will be provided, as well as free beer.
For information, visit Facebook.com and search “State of the Snowpack.”
— Billy Arnold