(Last Updated On: December 16, 2017)

If you like powder skiing, parties with bonfires, the World’s longest shot ski and a celebration of all things snow, Breckenridge is your ticket to nirvana. And January is your month.


Locals seem to love January. Maybe that’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 cold 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 come to Breckenridge in January. There. We said it.


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

  • 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 or not to visit

If you like paying higher prices and taking vacations when everyone else does, book your trip over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. We can guarantee one thing. You’ll be in good company on the slopes, in town, at the restaurants, trying to find parking and walking down Main Street.

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.


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’s not as much free parking anymore in town. Parking is still free after 3 p.m. in certain lots in town. Check the parking information here. Or, better yet, take the free bus, Uber or use Zipcar or carpool.

Photo: Bob Winsett

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

What to Do

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 kiddos (or a romp at the dog park with your pooch).

Check out the Month-by-Month Guide of when to visit Breck.