Bormio Ski Area

19/10/2018 - SnowTrex

The Bormio ski area lies in Lombardy in northern Italy at the foot of the Stelvio Pass. With 50 km of pistes and the famous “Stelvio” World Cup run, this famous ski location has wide-ranging facilities for skiers from beginners to professionals. Up to 80% of the pistes have snow-making equipment, meaning that winter sports can be enjoyed into the spring.

Stunning snowy landscape in the Bormio ski area.

1) General information about the Bormio ski area

  • 50 km of pistes and 15 lift systems
  • Rapid descents “Betulle” and “Stelvio”
  • Ski pass “Alta Valtellina” with admission to 230 km of pistes

The Bormio ski area lies in Italian Lombardy and extends from 1,225 m in the valley up to 3,012 m on the peak of Cima Bianca. The area provides some 50 km of pistes in all difficulty grades and 15 lifts. Bormio is a famous venue for World Cup races and has already twice been host of the Alpine World Ski Championship. A highlight for all skiers is the challenging “Stelvio” run, on which the Men’s World Cup races regularly take place. Altogether, the ski area boasts 14 km of blue pistes for beginners, 34 km of red for more advanced skiers and the 2 km long black “Betulle” run, one of the most technically challenging pistes in the whole region. The 15 lift systems in the ski area ensure trouble-free transport of winter sports fans and is rated by experts from SnowTrex at four stars.

The pistes in Bormio are prefect for carving.

“Reliability for snow” earns a full five stars in Bormio. Thanks to the altitude in the Alps and the access to the Stelvio glacier ski area, the season lasts from the end of November to the end of April. The average snow depth lies at 5 cm in the valley and 81 cm on the mountain. March in particular has a lot of snow and the snow depth on the mountain can be up to 95 cm. Should the snow fail, then snow-making equipment assists. Up to 80% of the pistes can be artificially snowed on to guarantee the ski fun.

With 90 sunny days per season Bormio lies just under the Italian average of 101 sunny days. The chance of sun in January is especially good, at this time of year there are on average 23 sunny days per season.

Bormio is part of the Alta Valtellina ski network with a single ski pass covering a total of 230 km of pistes in the neighbouring ski areas of Livigno, Valdidentro in the Stelvio National Park and Santa Caterina Valfurva.

2) Bormio ski area map

3) Skiing in the Bormio ski area

The spacious Bormio ski area in the Alta Valtellina region is known all over the world thanks to the World Cup races. The many challenging red and black pistes such as the “Betulle”, the red-black “Valbella” and the red “Stelvio” attract numerous experts to Bormio. On the 3.2 km long “Stelvio” skiers are confronted with a 986 m altitude difference descending into the valley. There is, however, the possibility to “escape” en route and transfer to the easier “Bosco-Basso” piste. Skiing with fantastic panoramic views is provided by the “Stella Alpina” and “Bimbi al Sole” runs from the peak of the 3,012 m high Cima Bianca. The extensive choice of challenging pistes for experts is rewarded with four stars from the experts with SnowTrex.

View from the top of the World Cup run in Bormio.

Lower down at the Bormio 2000 mountain station, beginners will find several attractive blue pistes and a children-friendly practice area with a magic carpet. The “Gormiti Park” in the valley directly at the edge of the resort also provides age-related ski courses for young beginners in the winter sports, a playground and toboggan run. The family-friendly facilities in Bormio ski area are rewarded with four stars by the experts, while the facilities for beginners receives three stars. Newcomers to skiing will certainly find many other beginner-friendly pistes in the surrounding ski areas to practice on.

Away from the pistes around Cima Bianca there are splendid deep snow areas for freeriders, such as the Vallone area at 3,000 m on Monte Vallecetta and the “Sciatori” area near the “San Ambrogio” piste. Here, the way goes through deep snow in the forest.

Kicker in Bormio snow park.

Snowboarders and freestylers can choose between three lines in different difficulty grades in the Bormio snow park at the Bormio 2000 – Plan dei Lanci chair-lift. All provide a variety of obstacles and a lot of fun.

Cross-country skiers will find a total of 5 km of trails for a pleasant tour through the snow on the edge of the Bormio location. They can also go to Santa Caterina where World Cups races have taken place and where there are 18 trails – parts of which are very challenging – or to Valdidentro where there are 25 km of trails. A special experience is here the 15 km long “Viola” trail.

4) Expert rating

The popular Bormio ski area in Lombardy is generally very well rated by the experts from SnowTrex. Especially worthy of mention is “Reliability for snow” with the best rating of five stars. The facilities for “Experts & freeriders” and for “Families & children” receive four stars each, as do the facilities in “Lifts & cable cars”. Altogether Bormio earns an average rating of 3.5 stars.

Current status and further information with SnowTrex.

5) Activities besides skiing

The food in the Bormio ski area is characterised by a mix of traditional dishes from the region and typical Italian cuisine with pasta and pizza. Dining in the “Ristorante Heaven 3000” is a real treat: at over 3,000 m on the peak of Cima Bianca guests can enjoy an incomparable panoramic view. Lower at the Bormio 2000 mountain station there are several attractive restaurants for a break. In the “Chalet die Rododendri” there are delicious specialities from the Alta Valtellina. A little away from the crowd is the restaurant “La Rocca” with its large sun terrace.

The après ski scene is a bit more modest in Bormio. Most of the winter sports fans meet towards the end of the day at the bar “Be White” by the valley station. Later the party moves to various bars in the centre such as “The Clem Pub”, the “Braulio Wine Bar” and the “Sunrise”. Here there is often live music. If one prefers to finish the day with a pleasant meal, then one is in good hands in the quaint “La Rasiga”, the “Kuerc” and “Al Filo”. The après ski and food in the ski area is rated three stars by the experts at SnowTrex.

In Bormio, winter sports fans enjoy the Italian dolce vita.

Bormio provides a great environment for a ski-free day. Families with children can enjoy the playground and the toboggan run in the children-friendly “Gormiti Park” or circle on the ice-rink of the ice hall. A special experience is a ride in a dog sledge through the deep snow around the area.

Winter hikers and snow-shoe walkers really get their money’s worth in the Stelvio National Park. The park has numerous well-marked winter hiking paths and experienced local guides provide outings to the surrounding peaks such as Cima Bianca and Monte Sobretta. Those interested in history can walk along the Peace Path where the front on Stelvio ran during the First World War.

The Municipal Museum of Bormio in the historic Palazzo de Simoni is also worth visiting, as is the Mineralogy and Naturalist Museum that explains the geology of the Alps. Further highlights for those interested in culture are the collegiate church of San Lorenzo in Chiavenna, in which the “Pace di Chiavenna” is exhibited, and the historical Museo Valtellinese di Storia e Arte in Sondrio.

A great destination for a day trip is the famous Swiss winter sports resort of St. Moritz. The Rhaetian railway connects St. Moritz on a spectacularly beautiful stretch over the Bernina Pass with Tirano (40 km from Bormio). The journey alone is worth the trip.

6) Locations in the Bormio ski area

Bormio is one of the most pleasant and popular winter sports locations in Italy. It is located in Alta Valtellina in Lombardy at an altitude of 1,225 m and is characterised by its mild climate. The thermal springs of the resort have been used since the ancient Romans. Today, they are a tourist magnet throughout the whole year. Winter sports fans also like to relax in the 37 to 41 °C hot water in the thermal “Bagni Vecchi” in Bormio.

Aerial view of Bormio‘s hilltop church.

The pleasant lanes of the old town around the Piazza Cavour and the Castello Alberti invite visitors to stroll around. The Frodolfo river, which was bridged over by the Ponte di Combo in 1300, flows through the resort. Small businesses offer local delicacies such as the spicy cheese varieties Bitto and Valtellina Casera as well as Amaro Braulio, a bitter liqueur.

7) Arrival in the Bormio ski area

From Germany the journey by road is via Kempten or Garmisch-Partenkirchen on the Austrian E532 to the Inn valley motorway (A12). From the Landeck exit take the L76 (or by toll road via the Landeck tunnel from Rifenal) to the B180 and then carry on towards Italy. After the border, the road becomes the SS40. At Spondinig, take the SS38 and follow this to Bolmio.

In winter the mountain road through the Stelvio Pass may be closed. In this case, it is advisable to travel from Innsbruck over the Brenner to Bolzano, and then from there via the SS42 to the destination.

The nearest railway station is in Tirano. Travelling by rail can be expensive and involves several changes. If this is the preferred method of travel, the best routes are via Zurich, Chiasso, and Monza or from Munich via Verona and Milan. From Tirano, ski shuttles travel the 40 km to Bormio.

The nearest airports are Milan-Malpensa (236 km), Milan-Linate (200 km) and Zurich (207 km). In the main season, special ski-line buses travel between the airports and Bormio.

8) Weather, snow depths and webcams of Bormio

Want to see if the sun is shining in the ski area? SnowTrex provides information about the weather and snow depths, and also gives you the chance to view webcam images.

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