10 Unbelievably Great Reasons To Ski In January

Great Reasons To Ski In January 2020

Arguably January is the best month to go skiing. The slopes are empty, lift lines don’t exist, there’s so much more powder to go around, even the accommodation will be cheaper; there are some great deals to bag. January is the perfect time to take to the slopes and here are our reasons why…

If you know you fancy skiing in January but aren’t sure where to go take a look at our best places to ski in January round-up.

1. Low-Cost and Easy Travel

Fewer people are travelling in January so the airports are quieter meaning there is more choice of flights at a reasonable price. I have always managed to get a London to Geneva return for less than £100! Then when you get to the other side, the roads are also quieter which means quicker transfer times to your chalet! The only time the traffic might be slow on the roads if it is dumping it down with fresh powder!

British Airways
Stuart Bailey

2. Powder, Powder and more Powder!

January is one of the most reliable times in the Alps for snow. You may well find fresh powder by the bucket load covering the mountains, ready for you and your friends to get knee-deep in powder. Plus with fewer people skiing in January, the snow sticks around for longer meaning you’ll find fresh tracks for days after a decent snowfall. Click here to read our best powder ski resorts in the Alps.

Skier: Fredrik Andersson
Skier: Fredrik Andersson
Location: Zermatt, Switzerland

3. Beat those January Blues

Christmas is over, you are still feeling a little ropey after New Year, and you are back in the office ready for another year. It is no wonder that January can feel to some like the gloomiest month of the year. Add to that wind, rain and cold weather, Christmas debts and failed New Year’s resolutions. Well, forget that and make sure you have something to look forward to. I always book my holiday within the first or second week of January… it’s when the best accommodation deals are, conditions optimum and let’s face it there’s not a better time to get out the office.

January Blues

4. Shorter Queues

January skiing means uncrowded slopes. Skiing is an absolute delight when the lift queues are small to non-existent. Less time standing around and more time skiing or more time for hot chocolates. This is the time of year you can really maximise your time skiing or boarding in the resort. One of the reasons why many people don’t ski in January is because they have spent most of their money on Christmas drinks, presents and extortionate New Year Eve parties. I know what I would rather do…

Val Thorens

5. Cheaper Apres Ski – Trust me, I did the research!

Nearly every bar in town will be offering a 2 for 1 drink deal or discount food to encourage you to drink and eat at their restaurant during the quiet month of January. This is where a ski holiday can become really expensive if you go during peak weeks and the bars crank up the prices. You will find a lot of young groups will head to the large party ski resorts such as St Anton, Val Thorens, Tignes and Val d’Isere to make the most of these deals.

la folie docue
La Folie Douce

6. Quieter Slopes

You don’t have to be a scientist to work this one out. If fewer people go skiing in January, that means there will be fewer people tracking the piste or getting first lines in the powder. This is the locals’ favourite time of year, where they can enjoy the slopes more often without the fear of an out-of-control skier ploughing into you from behind on a busy slope. Worry free skiing, bliss in my eyes.

Quiet Slopes in Kaprun

7. Skiing in January prevents jealously

Seriously, there is nothing worse than looking on Facebook and seeing all your friends enjoying themselves on the mountain while you have to wait until late February, March or even April before you can have your revenge. Also, there are many great deals at the end of the season so who is stopping you from going in January and again in April. Click here to view the Top 5 Snowsure Easter Ski Resorts.

St Anton

8. Rental equipment is brand new

If you are looking to rent for the week or even test out a new pair of skis, you’ll be the first to clip into those skis and the first to step into those boots. Comfortable, easy and stylish, because that’s what skiing is about right? Best of all no lingering aroma of other peoples feet.

val thorens skiing
Val Thorens

9. See in the New Year in Style.

What better way to welcome in 2020 than in the mountains. In each resort, there is always a variety of things to do on New Year’s Eve. From the hardcore party-goers seeking a late night out, to the families who simply want to enjoy each other’s company and an early morning ski, there is something for everyone. Click here to read our Top Reasons To Ski Over New Year

New Year La Folie Douce
New Year La Folie Douce

10. Discounted Accommodation

Head out early in the season for the best ski deals. We have a great range of Catered Chalet, Apartments and Hotel deals for January weeks. Simply get in touch by calling a Ski Holiday Expert on +44(0)20 8877 8888 or email enquiries@powderwhite.com

What offers you can expect:

Everest Ski chalet lounge area
Chalet Everest – Courchevel, France