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

The best events in resort for the start of 2020

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You’ve survived Christmas and New Year, and now you’re coming to Courchevel for your ski holiday. January is one of the best months to visit as there is snow galore and lots going on around the resort.

Conditions are great on the slopes but, if you want some time off from the pistes, check out this what’s on guide for January.

What's the snow like in January in Courchevel?

After a white Christmas and New Year in Courchevel, the snow conditions are staying good for January. The snow base is now 163cm at the top, meaning that the pistes have a very good base and are currently in great skiable condition. In particular, the Biollay piste is spectacular at this time of year, a perfect blue run for warming up those ski legs.

Courchevel Snow Report & Forecast

What weather to expect in Courchevel throughout January?

The strange warm weather that Courchevel experienced during December is long gone and the temperature is decreasing. After a mixed weather week over the Christmas holidays, followed by a fantastic New Year's week, the sunshine looks like it's staying for the majority of January with some fantastic bluebird days to look forward to. The freezing level is staying around 2000m and temperatures will average 6°C throughout the day.

Weather in Courchevel

The best Courchevel bars to enjoy a drink on the mountain

As temperatures will probably be quite mild for this time of year and the sun will shine, it'll be the perfect weather to enjoy a drink on the slopes. Waikiki is a great Hawaiian-themed bar to stop off on the piste and it is easy to access from the Pralong piste, where it joins Jardin Alpin – there's an outdoor firepit and delicious happy hour cocktails. If you're looking for cheap drinks with an awesome balcony seating area, then look no further than Hotel La Pomme de Pin just off the Stade de Slalom – you can get a pint of lager here for €5! Another top spot with a 360° panoramic view of Courchevel is Les Chenus at the top of Chenus gondola, a good place to meet non-skiers if there is any in your group.

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Christmas celebrations continue in Courchevel in January

On Monday, January 6th, Courchevel celebrates the Russian Orthodox Christmas where everyone is invited to join the party. It all kicks off between 18:00 and 20:00 and there will be a fantastic show on the snow front in 1850 followed by a torchlit descent at 18:45 by ESF. At 19:00, you can enjoy a pyrotechnic firework show that is definitely not to be missed – the most exciting part is when Orthodox Father Christmas arrives to give out gifts to the children. It’s a completely free event and great for families. Over in La Folie Douce Meribel/Courchevel, their Fruitière Restaurant is offering a Russian-inspired menu to celebrate the day along with their signature performances.

Events Calendar for Courchevel

Where to unwind and relax in January in Courchevel?

Courchevel is well known for its luxurious spas where you can get anything from a chocolate massage to a floating saltwater experience. One of the most high-end wellness centres is located in Le Strato luxury hotel where it's spread over two floors featuring a heated pool with fantastic views of the mountains as well as three treatment rooms where you can book an exclusive treatment service.

This season, if you book at Courchevel Valley pass over two days, then you get free entry into Aquamotion. This €63 million centre opened in December 2015 and is situated between Courchevel Village and Moriond. There’s a whole host of activities available with a leisure pool area including rapids, slides, indoor and outdoor heated pools, a 25m training pool and a wellness centre with spa and treatments.

Of course, you can also book a masseuse to come to your accommodation by using mobile massage company, Massage Me. Their tailor-made service allows you to enjoy treatments in the comfort of your own space and choose whatever it is you desire you relax or reinvigorate your muscles. They will arrive with everything they need to make your treatment comfortable and relaxing.

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