Chamonix in France is a ski resort made famous by the first free ride icons. It attracts a huge audience of French, English and Scandinavian visitors for the ski weeks linked to the school holidays. However, here’s what those in the know will tell you…
One – January in Chamonix is a magical month for a visit. The locals know all too well that it’s the time to be here. Not unsurprisingly, they like to keep that fact to themselves. The reason for that is, it’s quiet on the slopes. After the busy Christmas and New Year family-focused ski weeks are out of the way, there’s a natural lull in visitor numbers. The town becomes a grown-up playground and it’s the perfect time to catch-up with ski friends.
Two – January is generally a gift that keeps on giving, with plenty of opportunities to ski fresh powder from Les Houches to Vallorcine. If you want to spread your wings further than the Chamonix valley, then check out our blog about just how many resorts you can ski when you buy a Chamonix Unlimited Ski Pass. You could be at the front of the lift queue too in places like Verbier in Switzerland, Courmayeur in Italy as well as Megeve, St Gervais and les Contamines.
Three – It is normally the coldest month of the year. In a ski resort, the cold is your friend and in recent years there’s been no shortage of snow falling throughout the month. At BlackRock Ski Lodge it’s when we expect to be able to ski back to the Lodge at the end of the day and be able to stroll 200 metres to access the nearest piste for a morning ski in Les Houches.
Four – Because January is the quiet month in the Chamonix ski season, you can keep the cost of your ski holiday down. Take advantage of cheaper flights with carriers like EasyJet and SWISS (who will also carry your skis free of charge) and enjoy great value accommodation options too. Our January self-catered weeks are only 6,495€ for the exclusive use of the Lodge which comfortably sleeps up to 14 adults – that’s only 464€ per person. Alternatively, you can go fully catered for 857€ per person and enjoy breakfast, afternoon tea and a three-course evening meal with wine.
Five – Whilst it’s true that the days are short, there’s something magical about making that part of your ski holidays experience too. With an early start fuelled by a home-cooked breakfast, you can enjoy a full day of skiing and a warming lunch in a mountain restaurant. And, when you get back to the Lodge, you can relax and make the most of our spa facilities.
Imagine soaking tired muscle in the Jacuzzi on the deck and enjoying a glass of champagne whilst watching it snow and with the lights twinkling up and down the Chamonix valley. Alternatively, snuggle up by the log fire after a long hot shower and tuck into the homemade cake and hot chocolate.
If you like the idea of a January 2020 ski holiday, check out our availability. Whether you are booking self-catered or fully catered, we are always delighted to help you plan your trip and make the most of your stay at our luxury chalet in les Houches.
Lizzy and Paul Mercer