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Les Deux Alpes in January 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

Quiet slopes, great atmosphere and some special events

Featured in: | Ian Huyton, Les 2 Alpes Reporter | Published
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For many people, January is the perfect time of the year to come skiing. The snow is usually good and the pistes are quiet. While conditions are definitely still wintry and big snowfalls are common, the temperature is beginning to creep upwards and the days are gradually getting a little longer.

Here's our pick of the best things to do in January. You can also keep an eye on our events calendar, which we keep up to date with all the latest events in Les 2 Alpes.

Why come to Les Deux Alpes in January?

After the Christmas holidays are over, January is the quietest part of the main winter season in Les Deux Alpes. The only weeks with quieter pistes are the very ends of the season in early-December and late-April. This means you can have the slopes to yourselves and rarely have to queue for a lift. 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 weather and snow conditions to expect in Les Deux Alpes in January?

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 and there is more than enough snow to open all of the pistes in the resort. Currently, the avalanche risk is a moderate two out of five after a few days of calm sunny weather but, of course, this can change quickly. Conditions on the pistes are good but sometimes icy, while off-piste the snow is mostly soft but well tracked. Higher up it is quite wind-eroded from the previous weeks’ storms.

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What's on in January 2020 in Les Deux Alpes?

Sunset party – 2nd January 2020
In a nod to the full-moon parties the resort held in years gone by, the Refuge des Glaciers restaurant has launched its Sunset Party, running every Thursday evening during school holidays. The next event will take place on Thursday, January 2nd. Skiers and snowboarders will experience skiing on the glacier as the sun sets, with the lifts kept open late for the occasion. An atmospheric dinner of local specialities at 3200 metres will be accompanied by musical entertainment before a spectacular descent to the resort in the dark. Spaces are limited to just 60 people to ensure a very special evening.

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Tout Schuss Cup – 11th-12th January 2020
This high-level children’s ski competition was introduced in 2017 to celebrate local skier and downhill world champion, Marion Rolland. The event consists of under-12 and under-10 super-G races on the Jandri 1-bis piste each morning, plus a Saturday evening team event on the Lutins piste. Watch out for future world champions among the young skiers.

Night Snow Trail – 18th January 2020
For keen trail runners, the Night Snow Trail is a highlight of the annual calendar in Les Deux Alpes. Back for the eighth year, the event starts from Les Cretes after the lifts have closed and finishes in the Amphibia sports centre. This gives it three quite unusual characteristics for a trail run: it has more downhill than uphill, it is run on snow and it happens in the dark. Participants can choose from a 5km, all downhill race, or 10, 15 and 20km options with vertical ascent increasing from 220 to 700 metres. All the courses have around 500 vertical meters more downhill than uphill, coming from the descent of the Demoiselles green piste.

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Weekly events & activities

The full programme of weekly events will be taking place throughout January. Whether opening the mountain with the ski patrol, learning off-piste safety skills or taking a ride in a piste basher, check with the tourist office for more details. There is also a huge choice of activities beyond skiing. You can ride a snowmobile, husky sled or horse-drawn sleigh. Or you can try parapenting, snowshoeing or electric mountain biking. And of course, there is a wide range of sports and leisure options from swimming pools to spas, sports halls to fitness centres. Whatever your tastes, there will be an activity to suit.

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This is only a small selection of the events taking place in Les 2 Alpes during the first month of the year. Take a look at our events calendar for a full rundown.

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