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Verbier in January 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

Plenty of snow, quiet slopes & some spectacular events

Featured in: | Ana Hernández, Verbier Editor | Published
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Christmas and New Year week in Verbier are two of the busiest weeks of the year in Verbier but as soon as the dust settles into January, the town and slopes go quiet.

This year we have fortunately seen incredible snowfall since November, so Verbier 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 Verbier 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 Verbier?

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 Verbier in January 2020?

Verbier Freeride Week – 11th-19th January 2020
From January 11th to 19th, the Verbier Freeride Week will take over the town, showcasing some of the best professional and amateur freeriding talent from around the world. Held in Bruson, this is an open entry competition in which four different adult events will take place: a one-star event on January 1th-12th and then two two-star events from January 14th to 17th (weather dependent). Those who ski well will gain valuable points needed to potentially secure them a coveted place on the Freeride World Tour. Along with the adult and junior ski competitions, there’ll also be a large selection of freeride skis available for people to test, as well as lots of parties in the local town bars. No doubt, the atmosphere will be fantastic.

FIS World Snow Day – 19th January 2020
Meeting at 10:00 in Medran (Verbier) on January 19th, this is a wonderful event aimed at children aged from four to 14 years who are beginner skiers. It will involve a memorable program where participants will be welcomed by the Swiss Ski School in Verbier and will then proceed to have a three-hour lesson by a professional instructor, with a ski pass, equipment and a picnic provided. This is a really fun event, with brilliant instruction and a chance for kids to meet other children with similar abilities and ages.

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Audi Quattro Ski Cup – 24th-26th January 2020
This amateur ski racing competition is running all day from January 24th to 26th. There will be a specially prepared giant slalom course on which competitors (over 18s only) will battle for the fastest time. The event is aimed to give people the opportunity to try their hand at downhill slalom racing and participation is actively encouraged whatever your ability. There will be a grand final on the last day and the winners will qualify for the world finals. Most importantly, it’s a day of fun and friendly competition.

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ISTA Safety Days – 20th & 27th January 2020
On January 20th and 27th, there will be a series of in-depth avalanche safety courses held by the International Snow Training Academy. The courses will offer you an invaluable opportunity to learn the dangers of avalanches, how to read the snow, transceiver use and emergency procedures. Whether you’re just beginning to push yourself into dangerous terrain, or are an experienced freeride skier, you can never have too much avalanche safety training.

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Bruson Ski en Fete – 25th & 26th January 2020
On January 26th and 27th, Bruson ski area is welcoming people to come and enjoy their mountain, with the purchase of a daily ski pass also rewarding you with a coffee, mulled wine, and meal at one of the Bruson mountain restaurants. There’ll also live music on the slopes to enjoy, and the event is always a nice way to round off the month.

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Australia Day – 26th January 2020
If you’re from down under, then you’ll feel right at home in Verbier 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 Verbier will be hosting parties and no doubt the atmosphere around resort will be fun.

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Aerial Yoga Workshops at Wholey Cow – Fridays & Sundays in January 2020
Learn aerial yoga at Verbier's most prestigious studio, Wholey Cow. Aided by a specially designed hammock, you'll be able to get into positions that you'd never dream of in a traditional yoga class while experiencing a feeling of weightlessness. It's great to improve circulation, release tension and decompress the spine.

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More inspiration...

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

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