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Val d'Isere in January 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

Plenty of snow, quiet slopes & some spectacular events

Featured in: | Ana Hernández, Val d'Isere Editor | Published
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January is truly the heart of the winter in Val d'Isere. The Christmas and New Year’s crowds dissipate, the snow settles in and there is a whole month to enjoy everything the mountain has to offer.

This year we have fortunately seen incredible snowfall since November, so Val d'Isere has already been liberally coated in the white stuff, with fantastic Christmas and New Year’s weeks as a result. However, January generally brings a huge quantity of snow, leading to powder days galore. Furthermore, there are a few exceptional events happening throughout the month that keep skiers and snowboarders occupied when not shredding the snow.

Why come to Val d'Isere in January?

January is normally the quietest time on the mountain. One beneficial side-effect of this reduced demand is the availability of cut-price deals throughout the month, on everything from accommodation to flights, and transfers to ski hire. Despite the quiet slopes, almost every lift will be open and the pistes should be kept in great condition. Quiet conditions on the mountain don’t translate into quiet nights in the town – outside the school holidays, there are fewer families and more adult visitors. This means that while it is usually easy enough to get a table at a restaurant, the bars are lively with plenty of live music and party nights to keep you entertained.

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What are the snow & weather conditions like in January in Val d'Isere?

In January, the days start to get longer and the sun gets higher in the sky. As a result, the slopes see more hours of sunshine than in December. However, the temperature still tends to be cold and we can get a lot of snow. At the moment, the forecast is for a week or so of sunny days as we go into January, which will continue the week after. There is more than enough snow to open all of the pistes in the resort and conditions on the pistes are good while off-piste the snow is mostly soft but well tracked.

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What's on in Val d'Isere in January 2020?

Festi Light – 9th, 16th & 30th January 2020
Sparkles and snow go together very well and this season Val d'Isere has decided to bring the two together. Every Thursday between January 9th and March 5th, the village of Val d'Isere will be transformed into a pedestrianised zone and lit up with thousands of different colours. Hot chocolate, vin chaud, ice sculptures and sparkly lights – a winning combination! The event takes place between 18:00 and 19:30, and the main road will be closed between the two roundabouts.

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Avaline TraX Challenge – 12th & 21st January 2020
A number of ski races take place in Val d'Isere in January. First off is the Millet Avaline TraX Challenge. Get involved in a night ski touring race that is open to all, comprising a 500m ascent up the Solaise face, departing from Place des Dolomites at 18:30. Participants will set off in 20-second intervals for a timed ascent. Winners get a pair of Dynastar mountaineering skis. Free mulled wine afterwards. Headlamp obligatory, plus medical certificate for those not registered with FFME/FFCAM. Dynastar ski mountaineering equipment available for test. However, you can also find everything you need in most ski hire shops in Val d'Isere. Free entries at the Sports Club.

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Nighttime cross-country ski race – Wednesdays throughout January 2020
On Wednesdays throughout the month, there will be a short informal relay-style cross country ski race in teams of two around the Place des Dolomites in the centre of Val d'Isere. Free entries from 17:30, race starts at 18:30 and lasts around 20 minutes. Cross-country equipment loaned by the Intersport shop and Boraso shop on Dolomites square.


Australia Day – 26th January 2020
If you’re from down under, then you’ll feel right at home in Val d'Isere on Sunday, January 26th. There’s going to be lots of typical ‘Straya Day’ fancy dress, national flags and all things Aussie. The bars and clubs around resort will be hosting parties, and no doubt the atmosphere around town will be hilarious.

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Après-ski & family fun at La Folie Douce – Throughout January 2020
Val d'Isere is well-know for its crazy apres ski and this season will be no different. The famous La Folie Douce, one of the best spots for apres-ski on the slopes of the Espace Killy, hosts its WTF parties on Wednesdays. A vibrant bash where everything is possible (you can even meet the British Queen‘s lama) and where you can marvel in a spectacle of music, colour and happiness, all to a huge selection of electronic music. Fancy dress is a must. Meanwhile on Tuesday evenings they'll be serving a special show dinner immersive experience featuring their popular team of performers at the Soirées Bonsoir, starting on January 14th – children welcome!

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Classicaval – 20th-23rd January 2020
Val d'Isere's stunning Baroque church will be the setting of a series of classical music concerts at this festival that celebrates its 27th edition in 2020. Created in 1993, this prestigious event takes over the Saint Bernard the Menthon church with concerts celebrating some of the best composers in history, including this year Schubert, Haydn, Mozart, Satie, Debussy, Chopin, Bizet, Ravel or Dvorak. There is also an Off programme with concerts at the Hotel Aigle des Neiges or the top of the Solaise, where there will be a piano available for any amateur musicians.

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More inspiration...

This is only a small selection of the events taking place in Val d'Isere during the first month of the year. Take a look at our events calendar for a full rundown.

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