The Epiphany, as everyone knows, concludes the holiday season. After the hustle and bustle of Christmas, the markets, New Year's Eve, the crowded shops and the big dinners, we need a break to recover from all the emotions. January is just the best month to enjoy a few days in the Dolomites, before the start of snow weeks.
Snow or no snow, there is always plenty to do and see both for winter sports enthusiasts, as for those who prefer to relax, eat or maybe attend some top events. During a winter holiday in January in the Dolomites, everyone can fit in and feel good!
There are several reasons to come to the Dolomites in January, for a long or short weekend or for a week:
- January is cheaper: after January 6th, costs are lower and hotels offer numerous low cost specials
- The ski resorts and cultural centers of Alto Adige, Trentino and Belluno are less crowded: this allows you to ski in peace or walk in the city without haste and frenzy
- A holiday in January is a great way to overcome the Christmas season!
- It's sales period so why not take advantage and buy some nice handmade article or something typical?
- January is also a month of major events such as international downhill ski races, cross country skiing, gastronomy on the slopes, but also special romantic events for women, children, car enthusiasts ...
January in the snow: skiing and more
Natural or artificial, there is no lack of snow on the perfectly prepared downhill ski slopes. On the ski areas of Alto Adige, Trentino, and Bellunese there are many slopes on which to leave your mark in the snow. For the more experienced, the ski season cannot end without you having tried one of the most beautiful slopes of the Dolomites or the renowned Sellaronda ski tour.
The Dolomite area offers numerous cross-country skiing trails that wind through silent forests and picturesque landscapes, as well as sledding runs and countless snowshoe hikes. There are also numerous winter Nordic walking routes among the fascinating Dolomite panoramas.
The activities proposed for families are also very varied: the area of San Martino di Castrozza – Passo Rolle awaits all children for fun in the snow with activities that go beyond just skiing. For those who prefer to try an entirely new experience, different locations in the Trentino offer sled dog courses, while there are many fun snow tubing tracks too. Adrenaline lovers can try their hand at adventurous white sled, exciting snowmobile tours in Selva di Cadore. If instead you want to get closer to an increasingly popular sport, try snow kiting on Lake Resia in Curon Venosta.
What to do in the Dolomites if there isn't any snow
And if there isn't any snow? No problem, even in winter you can visit the museums, such as the Dolomythos which is located in San Candido, where children can become treasure hunters, or stroll in the city between palaces and historic streets: Bolzano, Trento, Merano, Bressanone, Ortisei, Glorenza, Belluno... or relax in the sun on the terraces of the shelters tasting typical local products.
After Christmas, take some time for yourselves: why not take advantage of the many wellness offers available at hotels and spas? Immersed in clouds of steam between scents of pine wood and essences, it's so easy to relax!
January events in the Dolomites
A long list of events and dates await you during this period: there's something for everyone! Among the major events, the Cortina Ski World Cup on the Tofane in Cortina d'Ampezzo, the Combined World Cup in Val di Fiemme, the Audi Fis Ski World Cup in San Vigilio di Marebbe, the Sled dog International Race in Sesto, the Ice Climbing World Cup in Corvara, the historic Marcialonga in Fiemme and Fassa, and the Biathlon World Championships in Anterselva.
For those seeking romance, in Rocca Pietore every Thursday evening we recommend the torchlight descents of Serrai di Sottoguda: an unmissable spectacle! Staying on the theme of romance, in Castelrotto the traditional Peasant Marriage with horse-drawn sleighs is quite special.
For those who aren't afraid of the cold and want to try a new experience in Lavarone, an ice-diving training camp is on the menu, while in Chiusa and its surroundings, you can stay overnight at a special campground, Biwak Camp, and in Val Gardena try your hand at the Saslong ascent.
The ice, always present in these temperatures, together with barbed wire and wood pallets are the perfect material for the creation of fascinating sculptures: San Candido and San Vigilio di Marebbe host the International Symposium of snow sculptures.
There are also events dedicated to gastronomy, such as those in Renon or San Martino di Castrozza; events for motor enthusiasts, with the Winter Marathon in Madonna di Campiglio, events reserved for women and children too.