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Bormio

Bormio Ski Resort Guide

Bormio, Italy

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length39km24 miles
Highest Lift3,020m9,908ft
Resort Height1,200m3,937ft
 Nearest AirportsBolzano and Innsbruck Airport
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Bormio

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.

Summary

The Italian ski resort of Bormio is in the Italian Alps at an altitude of 1,200m3,937ft, with 39km24 miles of marked runs.

Bormio is part of the Alta Valtellina ski area with access to 184km114 miles of downhill skiing, with 112 marked pistes, served by a total of 62 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Bormio itself (39km24 miles 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 ski lifts as high as 3,020m9,908ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Bormio?

The next notable snow forecast is 25cm10in, expected on 4 December, with around 170cm67in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Bormio Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 2 5km3 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 8 25km16 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 8 20km12 miles
Downhill
Total Length
39km24 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
12km7 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
24

Alta Valtellina Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
16
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
57
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
39
Downhill
Total Length
184km114 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
62

Altitudes

Bormio Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,020m9,908ft
Lowest Piste1,230m4,035ft
Resort Altitude (Bormio)1,200m3,937ft
Max Vertical1,820m5,971ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Bormio
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Bormio Overview

One of Italy's top resorts, coming to world attention in 1985 when it hosted the Alpine Ski World Championships, which it host again in 2005, Bormio describes itself as a high alpine town at the centre of the high Valtellina region.

The town's origins are inextricably linked to its thermal waters which have been re-nowned for their curative powers since ancient times and led to it becoming a spa town. The nine springs are mentioned in Roman documents dating back to the first century AD. Today the tradition continues in modern thermal baths.

The resort's long history has left it with a rich collection of architectural treasures, which make it a more pleasant and interesting place to stay than many resorts. Centred around the busy main Via Roma the old buildings are decorated with frescoes and graphics and include the thirteenth century Kuerc, with its amphitheatre style roofing, where justice was administered in times past. The S. Vitale Church predates it by a century whilst the Alberti Tower is fifteenth century. The Hour Tower was begun in the fifteenth century and completed in the seventeenth, whilst the De Simoni Palace is eighteenth century. In between these great buildings are many atmospheric shops, bars and restaurants as well as two museums.

Although skiing is a very important part of Bormio therefore, it is no the be all and end all that it is in most other winter sports resorts - Bormio has a life beyond and is busy through the summer.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Bormio is 14km9 miles long.

Skiing

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.

Bormio offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

Snowboarding

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.

Location and Map

Where is Bormio?

This ski resort is in the Italian Alps in Alta Valtellina, Lombardy.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Bormio is Bolzano, 120 minutes drive away.

Innsbruck Airport, Bergamo, Brescia and St. Gallen-Altenrhein airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 24 ski lifts are able to uplift 13,724 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 17km11 miles of ski runs,.

Season Dates

When is Bormio open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is mid November, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Bormio, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Bormio Tourist Office for the latest.

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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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