Bormio - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Bormio - Ski Resort in Alta Valtellina, Italian Alps - 39km of Piste (1230m to 3020m)
One of Italy's top resorts, coming to world attention in 1985 when it hosted the Alpine Ski World Championships, which it did again in 2005. Originally a thermal spa town, Bormio now has a modern thermal baths as well as a wide variety of bars, restaurants, night clubs and a cinema. Excellent ski area with a huge vertical.
Key Facts for Bormio
|2||Black Pistes (5km)|
|8||Red Pistes (25km)|
|8||Blue Pistes (20km)|
|12km||Cross Country Pistes|
The Italian ski resort of Bormio is part of the Alta Valtellina ski area with access to 112 individual pistes. In addition to the skiing in Bormio itself (39km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Alta Valtellina ski resorts of Livigno and Santa Caterina.
With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Bormio is able to augment natural snow, on 17km of ski runs,.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 24 Ski Lifts of Bormio are able to uplift 13,724 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Bormio are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in Bormio
Bormio's 1792m (5879 feet) vertical is one of the three greatest in Italy, beaten only by Alagna and Cortina. This is not a vast inter-linked skiing domain however, more a place for those who love to get to the top of the mountain and then have huge long hassle-free descents of up to 14km (9miles) back down to the resort. The lower two thirds of the slopes are forested and protected by snow making. There is a choice of two routes up, each from the edge of town (there is a ski bus but many will find their accommodation a short walk away).
The new gondola ascends first to Bormio 2000 - the main nursery area with guaranteed snow. It then carries on to the summit of Cima Bianca from where there's a choice of descents, including the long blue all the way to the bottom, which beginners might attempt by the end of their first week. The second route up is to take the shorter gondola to Ciuk, then a chair to the Bormio 2000 area.
Intermediates will enjoy Bormio the most with its long sweeping runs and fast easy routes. Experts have a more limited choice but the Pista Stelvio was the course for the Men's Downhill in the 1995 World Championship. Bormio is part of the Alta Valtellina Lift Pass system which gives skiing access to the slopes of Livigno, Santa Caterina and San Colombano and with a seven day pass you also get one free day over the border, which includes famous St Moritz. The resort where you're most likely to make use of the pass is Bormio's near neighbour Santa Caterina, a traditional but high and snow sure village with another 40km (25 miles) of trails. It is the home of former Olympic champion Deborah Campagnoni.
On the other side of Bormio the San Colombano lifts serve another mixture of mostly easy and intermediate trails, with one black at Oga.
Snowboarding in Bormio
Bormio has a fun park with its own website at www.snowpark.bormio.it. On the up side it is possible to get right to the top of the huge vertical by cable car to access the long cruising trails back down.
Bormio Aprés Ski
Central Bormio has a good selection of lively bars, most of them also restaurants. The resort's long history means there are some sophisticated choices too, such as the Mozart tearoom with classical music or jazz to add ambience. The Aurora piano bar on via Coltura is equally high calibre. The King's Club on via Peccedi is the resort's discothèque.
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Bormio in brief
Bormio Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Good for Intermediate Skiers.
Good for Beginners.
Ok for Snowboarding.
Bormio Season Dates
We do not have a confirmed opening date for Bormio.
Closes : April 13, 2014.
Usual opening - Mid Nov.
Usual closing - Mid April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Bormio.