Ski Holidays in Bormio
Bormio is a charming medieval town, known for its thermal baths, that lies at the foot of the Stelvio Pass between Italy and Switzerland. The resort has been long established for its skiing being one of the venues for the Alpine Skiing World Cup circuit. Bormio also forms part of the Alta Valtellina ski area with Santa Caterina, Livigno and San Colombano, offering 230km of pistes.
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Skiing in Bormio
Bormio’s main ski area is accessed via a gondola lift, based across the river from Bormio town.
The beginner’s area in resort is situated at the gondola’s top terminal at Bormio 2000 as well as a snow park. Bormio 2000 is also where you’ll find slope-side hotels and bars and restaurants with sun loungers outside for a perfect lunch spot. For first time skiers, Bormio’s slopes are seen to be too steep to make the first experience of skiing pleasurable so it is recommended to beginners and early intermediates.
Intermediates are well catered for as the majority of Bormio’s runs are classified as reds such as the World Cup piste Stelvio. Another notable one is the lengthy run from summit to base which is Italy’s biggest vertical drop. The annual Peak to Creek event for this descent is a popular one for visitors with the record of just under four and a half minutes still standing at the top spot.
The pistes in Bormio itself a largely uncrowded and are ideal to practice carving turns. But its local pistes can be skied within a few days so visitors looking for more options would need to take a shuttle bus to Val di Dentro-San Colombano or go to Santa Caterina or Livigno for a day.
San Colombano to the west of Bormio offers additional tree-lined blues and reds, sharing the same mountain as the smaller areas of Oga and Cima Piazza. The full area lift pass, the Alta Valtellina SkiPass is required to access the whole area.
There isn’t a huge amount of off piste terrain with much of it restricted but there are two designated freeride zones. These are only accessible for those that are adequately equipped with off piste gear (shovel, probe and transceiver) and for those who are at an advanced level.
Snow conditions in Bormio
Bormio has great snow conditions due to its north facing slopes that stretch to altitude over 3000m as well as its extensive snowmaking capabilities.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Bormio
Bormio retains its rich history and authenticity with its historical buildings, churches and chapels which makes for a scenic stroll, especially down its cobbled streets of Via Roma with clusters of bars, restaurants and shops.
Apres ski is lively at its slope side bars that go up to Bormio 2000. Apart from the local bar scene, there isn’t much nightlife in the resort with only a few small nightclubs around.
Known for its thermal spas, Bormio has three different spa complexes in and around the resort. Each of them are sourced by natural mineral-rich springs and offer both indoor and outdoor bathing pools, saunas, steam rooms as well as beauty and wellness treatments.
Leisure activities in resort include ice skating at its Olympic standard ice rink and a fitness centre as well as snowshoeing, ice climbing, parapenting and husky sleigh rides.
Transfer times to Bormio
Bolzano (BZO) - 2 hrs
Innsbruck (INN) - 2 hrs 40 mins
Bergamo (BGY) - 2 hrs 45 mins
Brescia (VBS) - 2 hrs 50 mins
It was great there. I enjoyed myself and had such a fun time.
The town itself is bursting with character, the town centre is closed off to traffic making it an extremely pleasant place to do shopping and soak up the atmosphere over a coffee. The main slopes start at Bormio 2000. These are largely tree lined pistes which benefit from the spectacular backdrop of the Italian alps. Gondolas provide fast access from the village to Bormio 2000 where an excellent restaurant is located along with ski hire and ski school bases. Tuition is excellent; by the end of an intense week of skiing most beginners will find themselves parallel turning on red slopes. The resort provides good nursery slopes and blue slopes, although most slopes are suited to intermediates (red slopes). The efficient lift system provides speedy access around the resort. Bormio is well worth a visit whether you're a novice or expert, or even a non-skier.
Apres Ski: 4/5