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Santa Caterina Ski Resort

Santa Caterina Resort Guide

Santa Caterina, Italy

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Santa Caterina Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates.
Total Piste Length35km22 miles
Highest Lift2,890m9,482ft
Resort Height1,740m5,709ft
 Nearest AirportInnsbruck Airport
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Santa Caterina at a glance

A quiet friendly village in the Valfurva Valley above Bormio. The architecture is very Italian and the scenery unspoilt and tranquil. The skiing is best suited to intermediates, but there are several testing blacks and the option for late season off-piste with a guide or high mountain touring.

 When will it snow in Santa Caterina?

The next notable snow forecast for Santa Caterina is 66cm26in, expected on 15 November, with around 155cm61in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Santa Caterina Facts, Stats and Ratings

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Ratings for Santa Caterina
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

How High is Santa Caterina?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Santa Caterina
Highest Lift2,890m9,482ft
Resort Altitude (Santa Caterina)1,740m5,709ft
Lowest Piste1,720m5,643ft
Max Vertical1,170m3,839ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Santa Caterina Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Santa Caterina
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 2 6km4 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
1227km17 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 2 2km1 miles
Downhill
Total Length
35km22 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
18km11 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
7

Alta Valtellina Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Alta Valtellina
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
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Santa Caterina Summary

The Italian Ski Resort of Santa Caterina 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 Santa Caterina itself (35km22 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 Bormio and Livigno.

The ski resort itself is at 1,740m5,709ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,890m9,482ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Santa Caterina Overview

Santa Caterina is a small, traditional village sitting at the heart of the vast Stelvio National Park, the largest protected natural reserve in Italy. It's a quiet friendly village in the Valfurva Valley above Bormio in a valley with no winter through-traffic. Over the past fifty years it has grown modestly to offer all modern ski resort conveniences, but has retained much of its original charm with many of the hotels and other resort businesses still owned by the same few families.

With 1000m of vertical above, it's not surprising that Santa Caterina has a long association with international ski racing and that it was venue for the Bormio Alpine World Championships in 2005.

Santa Caterina has been home to several famous ski racers, most recently Deborah Compagnoni, as well as famous Italian downhiller Pietro Vitalini. The new Deborah Compagnoni slope was created for to all the women's alpine ski races for the World Championships in 2005.

For over a century it has been the base for summer and winter mountain lovers. In the winter, the high altitude of the village and the surrounding ski area make it a snowsure destination. Even in summer it's a good base for summer skiing on Passo dello Stelvio, with the possibility of summer ski touring to the surrounding areas of southern Switzerland, Austria and Alto Adige.

Santa Caterina was already known in the 19th century as a spa location, thanks to its ferruginous water springs. Even then there were excursions to the Forni glacier above, mainland Europe's largest glacier. The resort's fame as a ski resort grew in the 1950s and '60s when the first ski lifts were built.

The Stelvio National Park is popular year round, containing as it does the magnificent Ortles - Cevedale mountain range with peaks over 3 800 metres above sea level. This is a natural heritage of exceptional significance and beauty, containing over 1 800 types of flowers, 200 types of birds, deer, roebuck, mountain goats, ibexes, marmots, squirrels, stoats and foxes.

Guests who stay at the resort's hotels for at least three days receive a free guest card which offers free services, promotions and discounts.

On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in Santa Caterina is 5km3 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Bucaneve'.

Skiing in Santa Caterina

Santa Caterina's skiing covers over 1000 vertical metres descending from the Mount Sobretta slopes at an altitude of 2800 metres to 1738 metres right in the centre of the town.

The resort has 40 kilometres (25 miles) of slopes suitable all ability levels. There are two blue, six red and three black runs. The latter offers 15km of terrain - a much higher percentage than at most ski areas and reflecting Santa Caterina's heritage in ski racing.

However beginners are well looked after too, with a ski stadium which incorporates a completely enclosed nursery slope for beginners. There is also a short handle tow to ease the ascent back up the slopes for those first runs.

New lifts recently installed include an eight-seater gondola which ascends more than 1000 vertical metres from the resort at 1,730m right up to Sobretta 2,775 m. This serves the new Deborah Compagnoni racing slope created for the World Championships in 2005 as well as other terrain. There's also a new six seat chairlift which ascends from Valle dell'Alpe, the sunniest part of the ski area, up towards the Sobretta Cres.

Every Thursday through the season there's a challenging guest's giant slalom ski race. In Spring it's possible to ski the Valle dei Forni valley, which is an amphitheatre between beautiful peaks such as Sobretta, Tresero, S. Matteo, Confinale, Pasquale and Cevedale.

The resort takes part in a regional lift pass covering half a dozen ski areas including Bormio. There are also weekly excursions for a day over the border in St Moritz, don't forget your passport.

Santa Caterina is also a major centre for cross country skiing, particularly at a competitive level. The Valtellina track has five and ten kilometre circuits where important international competitions and numerous World Cup races have been held. The track winds at an altitude of 1800 metres, across a wide plane and through thick woods, it has demanding ups and downs with vertical drops between 109 and 390 metres.

Near to this competition track there is an eight kilometre tourist track where for a distance they coincide, the tourist track has two circuits, one three kilometres and one five kilometres in length. It is much less strenuous and offers beautiful landscapes and views through the old pine woods.

The Centro La Fonte building was constructed to help support cross-country skiers. It is fitted out with changing-rooms, showers, clothes and equipment deposit and waxing room. Technical assistance is available from the ski-instructors who can give expert advise on the type of equipment and wax to use.

Santa Caterina offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate skiers.

Snowboarding in Santa Caterina

There are no terrain parks or other facilities especially for snowboarders here but the ski schools will teach boarders and there are excellent freeride opportunities with a guide in the powder fields.

The fast modern gondola uplift to access more than 1000 vertical metres of terrain has to be a draw too.

When is Santa Caterina open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Santa Caterina.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Santa Caterina.

Snow Making

Santa Caterina is able to make snow, on 28km17 miles of ski runs, with 12 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The seven ski lifts of Santa Caterina are able to uplift 7,065 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Santa Caterina?

Santa Caterina is in the Italian Alps in Valfurva, Province of Sondrio, Italy.

How can I get to Santa Caterina?

 By Air

The nearest airport to Santa Caterina is Innsbruck Airport which is 174 minutes drive away.

Off the Mountain

Santa Caterina Aprés Ski

Night life is mostly low-key and centred on the few hotel bars. The Hotel Genzianella's is one of the more popular with a rustic wooden affair whilst the Hotel Sport has a typical stube and a collection of wines stored in the cellar which proprietor Norberto Pedranzini will be happy to choose you a bottle from, perhaps one of the local Valtellina wines.

Evening activities are organised by the tourist board through the week. They include as moonlit snowshoe walk suitable for everyone through the woods of the Stelvio National Park.

There's also a weekly torchlit downhill ski run with the resort's ski-instructors, followed by mulled wine for everybody

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