Santa Caterina - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Santa Caterina - Ski Resort in Alta Valtellina, Italian Alps - 35km of Piste (1,720m to 2,890m)
The Italian Ski Resort of Santa Caterina is part of the Alta Valtellina ski area with access to 184km of downhill skiing, with 112 individual pistes, served by 62 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Santa Caterina itself (35km 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 above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Who is Santa Caterina good for?
Santa Caterina Ski Area
|2||Black Pistes (6km)|
|12||Red Pistes (27km)|
|2||Blue Pistes (2km)|
|18km||Cross Country Pistes|
Alta Valtellina Ski Area
Santa Caterina Ski Area Height
|1740m||Resort Altitude (Santa Caterina)|
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.
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.
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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Santa Caterina in brief
Santa Caterina Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Good for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Ok for Snowboarding.
Santa Caterina Season Dates
Closes : April 12, 2015.
Usual opening - Early Dec.
Usual closing - Mid April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Santa Caterina.
Map of Santa CaterinaFull Page Map of Santa Caterina
Santa Caterina Snow Making
Snowmaking :- Santa Caterina is able to augment natural snow, on 28km of ski runs, with 12 Snow Cannons.
Santa Caterina Ski Lift Capacity
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 7 Ski Lifts of Santa Caterina are able to uplift 7,065 skiers / snowboarders per hour.