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Val Thorens in January 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

Plenty of events, activities and things to do kick off 2020

Featured in: | Rachel Wilson, Val Thorens Reporter | Published
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You’ve survived the craziness of Christmas and New Year and now you’re coming to Val Thorens 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.

Here's a quick rundown of the highlights of things to see and do in the Belleville Valley this month, both on and off the pistes. 

What's the weather like in Val Thorens in January?

Bluebird, bright sunny days are forecast for the first couple weeks interspersed with a couple of snow shower days. The wind levels will stay relatively low but the clear days mean colder nights and the temperature can drop to at least -13°C throughout the month. Be sure to wrap up warm during the day as, although it is sunny, it may feel quite chilly on the slopes.

Weather in Val Thorens

How is the snow in January in Val Thorens?

The snow is often the best at this time of year, especially because of the recent snowfall over Christmas when there was over a metre of snow over two days. Currently, there is 252cm at the top of the resort and 202cm at 2,300m. The risk of avalanche is at 3 out of 5, so do be careful if you are going to be skiing off-piste. Hiring a ski guide is a great way to experience the resort and ski in new areas you may not have even noticed before. All 28 out of 28 lifts are open so you have the full resort for your skiing pleasure.

Val Thorens Snow Report & Forecast

What activities are there for children and teens in Val Thorens in January?

There's a fun children's craft club for little ones aged three to six at 10:00 on January 8th and 15th at the Maison de Val Thorens – you need to enroll one day before the event at the Tourist Office before 17:00. For the older kids, there’s a remote-controlled mini snow groomers competition; prizes can be won so don’t hesitate to sign up at the Club House in place Caron. It also takes place on January 8th and 15th between 15:30 and 17:30.

On January 9th and 16th, at 20:00, there’s a FIFA tournament on PlayStation 4 suitable for teens over the age of 14. This is taking place at the Polycultural Hall and there are prizes to be won for the team that comes top of the table. If your children are interested in filming and creating videos, then you can also borrow a GoPro camera for free – you just need to register at the Val Thorens Club in place Caron.

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Where to find the best apr├Ęs ski party this January in Val Thorens?

The resort has more than 40 bars so there is plenty happening for a post-ski boogie. Top of the list is probably La Folie Douce where the music will be banging and the party really gets started – it’s deemed the ‘dancefloor on top of the world’ and you can see why by the breathtaking views. When you have skied back into resort, the best place to carry on the party is along the Rue de Gebroulaz where The Frog and Roastbeef, Cafe Snesko and Saloon Bar are all located to keep you entertained with live music and happy hour drink prices.

Two alternative types of après happening at the church in Val Thorens is a classical piano concert by the great Armenian pianist Karine Vartanian and a jazz concert from the Blue Velvet trio – on Tuesday, January 7th and January respectively at 18:30, they are completely free of charge. 

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Local cultural activities in Val Thorens in January

Being on holiday in a French ski resort might not always feel like you are in France but, in Val Thorens, you can experience some cultural Savoyard events like the local market which takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 20:00 at the church square. You can pick up cheeses, meats and locally made products like honey and jams. Every Monday you can also attend local mass at the church of Val Thorens which is open to all. Another way to soak up some French culture is by visiting the Cinema Le Lac Blanc and watching a French film. Pick up a leaflet at the Tourist Office to see what is showing in January.

Events in Val Thorens

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