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Four reasons why January is Aspen's secret season

Posted: 20 Dec 2016

Updated Dec. 19, 2019

Some may argue it's best to visit Aspen during the holiday season - streets are covered in snow, buildings are decorated in wreaths and twinkling lights, and visitors stroll hand in hand in their coziest winter clothes.

As locals, however, we have a different perspective: January is the best time to visit during the winter season.

January is when you can score exceptional skiing and snowboarding conditions plus great savings on your Aspen vacation rental. Plus, Aspen's holiday crowds dip after the first of the year, and there are special events that fill most of the month.


1. The snow is great. By January, winter storms have built a base on the Aspen Snowmass ski areas, and nearly all the terrain is open across all four ski areas. Skiers and snowboarders have their pick of perfectly groomed runs or powder-filled glades. This season, we've been blessed with several big snowstorms, so January conditions are primed to be great!

2. The crowds are thin. Families with children head home when school breaks are over, but if your travel dates allow you to visit after the holiday rush, you'll find solitude on the ski runs and open tables at the best restaurants in town.

3. Non-stop events. While many people leave after New Year's Day, Aspen still hosts events all month long. You can experience Aspen Film's Academy Screenings, the annual Winterskol celebration of winter, the beginning of the Winter Words series, Gay Ski Week, and much, much more.

4. Lodging deals. Your favorite Aspen condo or vacation rental is a little more affordable just after the holidays, as rates dip between New Year's Eve and X Games weekend. From luxury residences at the Ritz-Carlton Club Aspen Highlands to cozy, family-friendly condos in downtown Aspen, Frias Properties has the perfect vacation rental for your January ski trip!

If you're ready to experience Aspen this January, search for your perfect vacation rental online, or contact our Aspen-based reservations team for recommendations.