Breckenridge Vacation Guide: Why Visit in January

Seasons: Winter/Spring

If you like powder skiing, parties with bonfires, the world’s longest shot ski and a celebration of all things snow, a trip to Breckenridge is your ticket to nirvana and January in Breckenridge is your month for this winter.

Weather

Fresh powder and a beautiful day skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado
Sunny days and powder days. It’s one or the other (and sometimes both) during January in Breckenridge.

Locals seem to love January in Breckenridge. Maybe it’s because the average snowfall for January is 20+ inches. By this point in the season, most of the in-bounds terrain is open and the skiing starts to get good–really good–both at the resort and out of bounds in the backcountry.

Disclaimer: While we regularly pray for snow in Breckenridge, we can’t guarantee epic snowfall amounts for your January vacation. Instead, do your snow dances, pray to Ullr, and check www.opensnow.com for up-to-date forecasts and conditions. And, if you’re heading out of bounds, Know Before You Go. Check the forecasts and updates from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

With all that snow comes the cold and January can be downright frigid in the Rocky Mountains. January is typically the coldest month – the high temp averages just 29.6 degrees F.

If you don’t like snow or powder skiing or riding, don’t plan a Breckenridge vacation for January. There: We said it.

Events

The Ullr Fest Bonfire takes place during January in Breckenridge.
The Ullr Fest Bonfire is one of the main attractions at Ullr Fest.

In addition to the snow, January in Breckenridge also happens to be one of the most festive months of the year with annual events like:

  • Ullr Fest: A five-day festival honoring the Norse god of snow, Ullr, with a parade, the Ullympics, a town bonfire, the longest shot ski in the world, and more.
  • International Snow Sculpture Championships: A five-day competition with approximately 15 teams of artists from around the world who chip, carve, shovel, and finesse 25-ton blocks of snow into works of art.

Best Dates to Visit

If you like to save a wee bit of money and avoiding the weekend influx, we suggest looking for mid-week stays in January and throughout the year.

Super Bowl Sunday can be a great day to ski. The slopes generally clear out and the bars fill up just in time for the festivities. For places to watch the big game, check here. Sometimes Super Bowl Sunday falls in January. Some years it happens in February.

Tips for January in Breckenridge

Make sure you plan ahead for anything and everything during weekends and over the MLK weekend holiday. Breckenridge is close enough to Denver and Boulder to ensure that Saturdays and Sundays fill up with weekend warriors. Leave enough time for shuttle rides or to drive and park and remember there is limited free parking in town. You can find the most up to date parking information including skier parking tips, pay parking locations, and rates at Breck Park.  Or, better yet, take the free bus, Uber or Lyft, use Zipcar, or carpool.

Dinner reservations are a must and be sure to book your ski/snowboard rentals well in advance. If you’re driving, make sure to check your snow tires and the traction laws.

What T0 Do During Your Breckenridge Vacation

Don’t miss out on the January powdered slopes!

Ski or snowboard. This is the time for serious skiers and riders who like powder and lots of it.

Also, check out dog sledding, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, and sledding in Carter Park with the kids (or a romp at the dog park with your pooch).

By Breck Editorial

The Breckenridge Tourism Office works to enhance and promote the unique character and experience of Breckenridge as a world-renowned destination resort and to represent, serve and perpetuate the common interest and character of its membership and community.

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