It’s a feeling we know all too well – post-Christmas blues, facing the dreariest part of the year from behind your desk. So instead of willing spring to come, wishing you were anywhere but the rainy UK, why not make the most of low season in the Alps? It’s cheaper, beautifully un-crowded, and generally, an ideal time to pop away for your snow fix. Yes, we know you’re busy – which is why ski weekends are a hugely popular option. Spend two or three glorious days on the slopes, and return to the office feeling totally revived from the mountain air and the thrill of devouring empty pistes. Of course, as you’re only there for a short stay, you need to choose your destination wisely to ensure maximum enjoyment and pleasure on your dreamy break from reality…
For larger groups in particular, it’s a great time of year to go, as you’re more likely to guarantee availability for the whole party. In fact, why not start the year off right with a corporate getaway?. Take advantage of the space and a wide range of accommodation to give your execs some quality time away. Check out this piece I wrote about organising a company or group ski trip. It has some great tips!
Otherwise, read on for our round-up of our six favoured resorts for January weekend ski trips that are suitable for any party size from couples through to larger groups.
A gorgeous Italian resort armed with famously cosy mountain restaurants. A good choice if you want to enjoy the fantastic January snow, and why not escape for a couple of hours for a sensational meal in a rustic refuge, warmed by a log-fire. Here, long lunches are thoroughly encouraged and the food is superb. It is also very conveniently located just 90 minutes from both Geneva and Turin airports. Courmayeur is also playing host to the 21st birthday edition of the City Ski Championships in 2020. From Thursday 30th January until Sunday 2nd February 2020, the resort will host the coming- of- age party for one of the best ski weekends in the Alps. Enter with a group of friends, or as an individual and enjoy a packed and varied programme of skiing, racing, networking and après. It’s an incredible way to spend a weekend and get the opportunity to experience the thrill of ski racing, with prices starting from only £350. Get more info on the City Ski Championships website.
Located in the glorious Dolomites, which has been confirmed as the location of the 2026 Winter Olympics. The scenery is unbeatable, and unsurprisingly, foodies will feel at home here also. For an extra special twist to your January break, fly into Venice (just 2 hours transfer from Cortina) and stop off for an extra night on your way in/out from the airport. You can even just head into Venice for lunch if you have a morning outbound or evening inbound with water taxis going right from the airport.
Refreshingly uncrowded, La Thuile has a fantastic and extensive ski area that is linked to the French resort of La Rosière . Enjoy these family-orientated resorts outside of the school holidays. Think quiet slopes with next to nothing in terms of lift queues, gorgeous mountain restaurants be it French or Italian, and a traditional Italian ambience down in the village. There is also some excellent off-piste and freeriding in the area. Turin airport is only 90 minutes transfer.
This is a sure option for the courageous skier, as it boasts some of the most challenging terrain in the Alps. Ski the Vallée Blanche before it gets too busy, and as conditions start to come into their own. If it’s chilly, enjoy the sunshine of south-facing Brévent and Flégère when they have good January snow. La Folie Douce, known for its wild party scene, has its first hotel here, complete with a spa, swimming pool, and live music.
It’s difficult to get short breaks in St Anton, so January is generally the only time this is possible. Aside from its world-renowned après-ski scene, the off-piste here is terrific and the skiing steep and never boring. What’s even better, we have some rooms at Hotel Banyan for very sought after weekend dates in both January and March that will not be available for long (16-19 January and 23-26 January, and 19-22 March). The hotel is comfortable and relaxed and located at a convenient spot just off the pedestrianised high street.
A snow-sure resort with stunning off-piste, Engelberg is unusually famous for featuring in Bollywood movies. It’s very convenient to get to from Zurich airport with 90 road transfers or an excellent door to door train service making it inexpensive for small parties and has young, vibrant energy with its amazing freeriding and lively nightlife. Flights into Zurich airport mean that you can still get good last-minute fares for weekends, unlike Geneva.
There are so many funky bars and restaurants that I can personally recommend in Engelberg and some great deals to be found on accommodation. Take advantage of our free ski pass deal at the Hotel Terrace; a particularly good deal for larger groups.
Break your Routine and Get a Mid-Winter Boost
So how about it? Treat yourself and swap long January days in the city to lungs full of clean Alpine air, hot chocolate by a log fire, and miles of fresh powdery goodness stretched out before you. Come away feeling as refreshed as if you’ve taken a full holiday, without injuring your annual leave! Get in touch here and we’ll get started on planning your January getaway.