SANTA CATERINA, ITALY
Ski Holidays in Santa Caterina
Santa Caterina is a quiet and welcoming traditional Italian resort, linked with neighbouring resorts of Bormio, Livigno and Valdidentro as part of the Alta Valtellina ski area, offering 184km of pistes.
The resort has a history with international ski racing, as the venue of the Bormio Alpine World Championships in 2005. It is also known for its spa location from the nineteenth century due to its water springs.
|Directions of Slopes||N/NW|
Skiing in Santa Caterina
Santa Caterina offers substantial slopes of Monte Sobretta which are situated mostly above tree line. It is best suited for intermediates and advanced skiers but also has some forested cross country trails lower in resort.
Its ski terrain stretches over 1000m from Mount Sobretta pistes at 2800m to the resort centre at 1738m.
Beginners will like the ski school and the good nursery runs. They may also be slightly daunted by the abundance of reds and blacks. There is a chairlift down from mid station but the lack of easy long runs to progress to may trouble some beginners. Children in ski lessons will learn at the Tapis-roulant area which is a fun way for them to learn the basics.
Intermediates will love the challenging long red runs and experts will be able to enjoy the blacks to their hearts content- as well as some stunning through the trees skiing. 15km of Santa Caterina’s slopes are black runs which demonstrates its ski racing heritage.
Plus there is more to explore, with the possibility of skiing over the border into St Moritz, part of the regional lift pass.
For cross country skiing, the Valtellina track has 5 and 10km cross country ski trails where international and World Cup competitions are hosted. For visitors, there are 8km of trails which are much easier and offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Snow conditions in Santa Caterina
Santa Caterina’s north facing slopes hold snow very well throughout the season, even better than nearby Bormio, making it a snow sure resort. The resort also has 12 snow cannons across 28km of its slopes.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Santa Caterina
The resort itself is quiet with subdued apres ski, however, which makes it great for families and others wishing to get away from the heaving bars found in some other resorts.
The tourist board organises evening activities in resort, such as moonlit snowshoeing tours for all through the forests of the Stelvio National Park.
Transfer times to Santa Caterina
Innsbruck (INN) - 2 hrs 55 mins
Verona (VRN) - 3 hrs 15 mins
Ski Hire in Santa Caterina
There are normally a number of shops where you can pick up your pre-booked ski or snowboard equipment from. Which shop you go to will depend on where you are staying in Santa Caterina. Here is a guide to ski or snowboard hire in Santa Caterina:
|Ski Hire Type||Adult 6 days||Child 6 days|
|Bronze - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£62||£45|
|Silver - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£70||£59|
|Gold - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£89|
|Platinum - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£112|
You can book your ski hire for your trip to Santa Caterina here
Santa Caterina Reviews
We have been to Santa Caterina on our annual ski trip for 3 years out of 4 and regret not making it 4 out of 4. The hotel Nordik is of a very good standard and is incredibly friendly. The local hostelries and restaurants are absolutely fabulous. Everyone is as friendly as you could possibly want. The skiing is good even though it is not extensive. All round it is a perfect venue but be prepared for a long transfer, although the towns you go through are lovely and a couple of stops is a great idea.
Apres Ski: 5/5