Plenty of parties for year-end revelers |

Plenty of parties for year-end revelers

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunThe Village at Northstar is only one of the many spots that locals and visitors can choose from to ring in the year 2008.

Confetti will fly, whistles blow and pom-poms shake vigorously tonight as thousands gather at festive events in Lake Tahoe and Truckee to watch the clock strike midnight.

Then they’ll party like it’s 2008.

Throughout the Tahoe Basin, out-of-towners have arrived not only to shred some snow, but to enjoy the lake’s renowned New Year’s celebrations.

The region’s visitor-serving industry has come up with countless ways to bid farewell to the 2007 in North Lake Tahoe, where it seems a bash has been planned for every type of party-goer.

An ideal alternative for early birds and families is the annual Fire and Ice New Year’s party at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, which features live music and entertainment, fireworks, skating, food and drinks.

“There will be a great variety of activities,” said Northstar spokesperson Jessica VanPernis on Friday. “We’re definitely catering not only to families with young children, but also people who want to go out and party, too.”

The newest addition to Northstar’s village ” Mikuni Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar ” will host a New Year’s party for revelers over the age of 21, adding a new element to the resort’s annual bash, VanPernis said.

Another way to ring in the New Year before the traditional ball drops on West Coast time is the Mountaintop New Year’s Eve Dinner Celebration at Squaw Valley’s High Camp.

The all-ages soiree includes a Cable Car ride, ice skating, a prime rib buffet, entertainment, and a 9 p.m. champagne toast.

Another late-night alternative is dinner at Jake’s on the Lake in Tahoe City. The restaurant will host two seatings beginning at 5:30 p.m.

For Truckee residents and visitors who want to party late, but don’t want to travel far, the Bar of America on Commercial Row will host the band Frame of Mind ” a musical fusion of funk, rock, reggae, Latin, psychedelic and blues.

The Sawtooth Ridge Cafe in Tahoe City will also offer a classic rock group ” Public Eye ” for people not looking to hoof it out of town.

“It’s a more affordable option,” said Sawtooth owner Nancy Davis. “It’s a way to party with friends, but not break the bank.”

Last but hardly least, for the true party-hounds, the New Year’s Eve bash at Squaw Valley’s Olympic House is known to be one of the biggest parties on the North Shore.

The celebration boasts three events in one, with live music and DJ’s in all three Olympic House bars ” Zenbu, Bar One, and Plaza Bar.

“The Village at Squaw is the place to be on New Year’s Eve,” bragged Squaw Valley employee Ruth Selby. “There’s a high concentration of young, fun-minded people congregated in one place, which makes for a good time.”

And why is the North Lake Tahoe-area such a popular place to party on this bustling, energetic holiday?

“You can ski your hangover off the next day,” Selby said.

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