Updated Dec. 27, 2018
Some argue that Aspen is the most beautiful during the holidays, but we have a secret to share: January is the best time to visit.
Yes, the holidays are wonderful. Aspen's streets are covered in snow, buildings are decorated in wreaths and twinkling lights, and visitors stroll hand in hand in their coziest winter clothes.
While Christmas and New Year's Eve are truly peak times to visit (in more ways than one), January is when you can score exceptional skiing and snowboarding conditions plus great savings on your Aspen vacation. Moreover, Aspen's holiday crowds dip after the first of the year, but the holiday atmosphere remains.
Four reasons why you should visit Aspen in January:
- The skiing is great! In January, a few true winter storms have built a base on the Aspen Snowmass ski areas, and usually most terrain is open by this time of the season. Skiers and snowboarders have their pick of perfectly groomed runs or powder-filled glades! This season, we have been blessed with plentiful snowfall, and nearly all terrain is open across all four mountains.
- The crowds are sparse. Families with children must 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.
- The cheer is high. While the people may leave after New Year's Day, Aspen's holiday cheer remains. Decorations stay up, and our annual toast to winter--Winterskol--brings free events to downtown Aspen and all four mountains between Jan. 10 - 13, 2019.
- The prices are right. 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!