Five Reasons to Ski the Alps in January

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With fresh snow to enjoy and big savings on catered chalets, January is a great time to go skiing in the Alps. Groups of friends, couples in search of romance, powder-hungry pros and eager learners looking for peace and quiet are all well-placed to make the most of January’s usually bumper conditions.

With plenty of tempting ski deals already available for next season, and early-birds snapping up holidays to their first-choice resorts, here are a few good reasons to make January 2019 your ski holiday date of choice.  

Quiet pistes

With the busy festive period done and dusted for another year, January is a wonderfully peaceful time to ski in the Alps. Queues for the lifts are at a minimum and the slopes are uncongested, leaving you with the feeling of having the pistes to yourself.

Regular flurries of fresh snow

By the time January ticks round in the Alps, the winter season is well underway. The snow has settled nicely across the peaks and valleys, all the lifts are cranked up and the ski areas are fully open. Although January is a very cold time to visit the mountains, the pistes are typically pristine. Just sharpen your edges, remember your layers and get out there!

With fresh snow and low temperatures, the Dolomites in Italy are at their best in January.

Value for money

On the accommodation front, the January weeks are among the least expensive across the entire winter season. Skiers and snowboarders travelling out to the mountains at this time of year can enjoy huge savings on chalet rentals – leaving more money for lift passes and a few well-earned après ski drinks. Here are just a few of the superb ski deals currently available:

Chalet Marie in Avoriaz features exposed timbers and plenty of Savoyard touches, and it sits in an excellent ski in/out spot near the town centre. With high-quality amenities and savings of nearly £300pp across early and mid-Jan, the value for money is outstanding.

The Annapurna 2 in Tignes is a popular chalet for us at Catered Ski Chalets; it attracts skiers for its wood-and-stone build, fully en-suite facilities and gorgeous valley views. Guests can currently save over £400pp from the base-price on the 6th Jan week, and at an altitude of 2,100 metres it’s as snow-sure as they come.

For a taste of luxury without the price tag, the Summit View Leman Suite in la Plagne boasts a piste-side location in Plagne Centre, open-plan living and a very contemporary feel. Features include open fireplace, ski in/out location and attractive timber panelling throughout, and the property is available for the January weeks with savings of over £200pp.

Off-piste exploration

For experienced skiers and snowboarders keen to head off the marked trails, January offers the perfect window of opportunity to explore the Alpine backcountry. Regular dumps of fresh January snow often mean superb conditions, and with lower temperatures the snow stays dryer and fluffier for longer. Transceiver, probe and shovel at the ready!

Ski school availability

With fewer holiday-makers in resort over January, booking ski tuition can be a breeze. There’s less competition for the top ski schools, so you can shop around for the classes and courses you need. That said, we do recommend booking ski schools in advance where possible – just to be sure.

Black Friday is 24th November this year and there are massive savings to be made on ski holidays in the Alps and beyond. If you’re planning a trip to the Alps this winter, our knowledgeable team is on hand to help. You can call us on 020 3080 0202 or get the ball rolling via our helpful online chat service.