What better way to beat those new year blues than by jetting off for a ski break? January’s one of the best months to go skiing as resorts are much quieter, so you won’t have to share the slopes with many other skiers. The line for the ski lift will also be pretty much none-existent and prices for hotels and lodges are a little lower. Plus, when it comes to ski conditions, you’ve hit the jackpot with those too!
Decided January’s the month you want to go skiing but not entirely sure where to choose? Here’s a quick rundown of the best resorts to visit during this wintry month…
Val d’Isère, France
Want to experience one of Europe’s top ski spots? Val d’Isère, by the French-Italian border, is just that. It boasts world-class runs, endless mountain views, excellent facilities and a thriving nightlife scene to boot. No matter what your level of skiing is, you’ll find a slope that’s the perfect fit. Some were set up especially for the Olympics and World Cup! If you’re feeling confident, why not tackle the Bellevarde Face which was created for the 1992 games?
Every Thursday throughout January you can enjoy the spectacular light festival in Val d’Isère. The main street is transformed into a snow-covered pedestrian zone where twinkling lights create a fantasy feel. You’ll see jugglers, musicians, DJs and ice sculptors among the parade!
There are also loads of activities and events tailored for little ones available here too, so if you’ve got kids in tow, they certainly won’t get bored.
After just one hour’s drive from Salzburg Airport, you can be whizzing down the slopes in Obertauern. And with ski-in ski-out hotels on the pistes, you’re never too far from the action. It’s Austria’s snowiest village, so in January, you can pretty much guarantee great skiing conditions.
There are 100 runs across the resort, varying in difficulty from beginner to advanced. Got little ones looking to learn? There are also dedicated ski schools for kids, so even the smallest of skiers don’t have to miss out.
Away from the slopes, there’s a fitness centre, bowling alley, tennis and squash alongside a great array of bars and restaurants for when you need to refuel. And if you fancy switching to a different outdoor activity, take your pick from snow biking, Segway tours, tobogganing and horse-drawn sleigh rides!
Nestled within the Swiss Alps, Verbier is a snow-topped wonderland. It’s got a bit of an exclusive feel to it and once you arrive in this enchanting winter setting, you’ll soon see why. To make things easier, you can choose to fly into this resort from Geneva Airport or Turin Airport – they’re both less than 200km away.
Including the surrounding Four Valleys region, there’s a total of 2,500m of piste to tackle. Some slopes are tailored specifically for intermediate skiers and snowboarders too.
If you fancy learning a new language while you’re here, why not pop down to a French conversation class and brush up on your speaking skills? They run every Tuesday in January and you even get a glass of wine included in the price.
In Verbier on 26 January? You’ll get to immerse yourself in the resort’s very own Australia Day! Think fancy dress costumes, themed activities and plenty of national flags.
Opposite Mont Blanc in the Aosta Valley, this upscale resort is popular with skiers of all abilities. Thanks to its prime spot right next to the Alps’ highest mountain and lively old spa town feel, Cormayeur is, unsurprisingly, a hit with A-list celebrities. Skiing at a resort with this reputation would usually come with a hefty price tag but thankfully in January, costs are much lower.
The village centre is where you’ll find most of the après-ski crowd, hopping from one cool bar to another. Hearty Italian food is also served up in dinky cafés and traditional trattorias, so when you need to warm up after a busy day on the slopes, what’s better than a giant bowl of creamy spaghetti?
There are 21 ski lifts across the resort, so queues should be non-existent and with 34 runs in total, you’ve got plenty to get cracking with.
Has the talk of powdered snow and après-ski got you excited for a ski getaway?
Posted: 21st Nov 2019.