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Via Roma 131/B
23032 Bormio (So) Italy (Regional Capital: Milan)
Telephone: (39) (0342) 903300 Fax: (39) (0342) 904696

LOMBARDY (Central Alps)

Bormio has been an internationally renowned resort since hosting the 1985 Alpine Ski World Championship. It was the site again in 2005. Widely recognized for its spa/thermal treatments. Much of Bormio’s Romanesque architecture and history have been preserved in local museums, churches, and palaces.

Elevation: Base/Village: 1,225 m (4,019 ft); Top: 3,012 m (9,882 ft)

Vertical: 1,787 m (5,862 ft)

Longest Run: 10 km (6 mi)

Terrain: 50 km (31 mi) of marked runs—variety of terrain; 30% beginner, 40% intermed., 30% advanced. In the overall Alta Valtellina area there are 400 km (248 mi) of prepared slopes. Lifts: 18

Skiing Circus: The Alta Valtellina Ski Pass is valid for the lifts in Bormio, Santa Caterina Valfurva, Livigno, S. Colombano (Valdidentro & Valdisotto) areas

Lifts: 18

Types: 1 cable car, 1 gondola, 7 chairlifts, 9 surface lifts

Lift Capacity: Locally, 23,000 p/h; regionally 160,000

Ski Season: December through April. High season from Dec 23 to Jan 6 and Feb 3 to March 16. Low season in January and after March 17. Promotions during December, before the holidays

Summer Skiing: Passo Stelvio (20 km from Bormio) End May-Beg. Nov. Not accessible in winter

Cross Country: 12.5 km (8 mi).

Ski School: 7 alpine, 1 X-C—80/100 instructors

Mountain Restaurants: Yes

Other Winter Activities: Ice skating/artificial; mono-skiing; snowboarding; fitness center; indoor swimming; sauna; squash; horse riding; climbing; indoor tennis, outdoor swimming

Après-Ski: Discos, cafes, restaurants; sauna

Shopping/Services: Many shops, drug stores, cinema, first-aid, thermal-treatments, folklore evenings

Credit Cards: Most major credit cards accepted

Lodging: 5,300 beds; 54 hotels from one to four stars plus apartments and private homes

Transportation: Gateway Airport: Milan 200 km

Closest Provincial City: Sondrio 64 km (40 mi)

By Auto from airport: 200 km (125 mi), Milan-Lecco-Colico (motorway) Sondrio-Bormio (Provincial rd.)

By Ski Bus from airport: Yes; bus information: Tele: Bormio (0342) 905090 Milan: (0286) 464854

Other Information: Snowmaking. The alpine range protects Bormio from the cold northern wind - clear, dry weather. Spas, shopping, Roman ruins are all part of an exciting après-ski scene. For a complete picture of the region, see the pages of Livigno and Santa Caterina.

Rates: See Rates section



                                      Spotlight On Bormio

                                         Bormio Is Never Boring

                                                                       (Originally for
                                                                                          by Ted Heck

Some guidebooks tell skiers that they may be bored with the skiing in the charming town of Bormio in the Rhaetian Alps of Italy, just across the border from St. Moritz in Switzerland. They say that there is not enough challenge to keep good skiers interested for a whole week.

This despite the big ice cream cone that is the Valllecetta mountain, with 31 miles of groomed slopes, plenty of off-piste opportunities, a longest run of six miles and a vertical drop of 5,800 feet.

And that's before you throw in three other areas---the facing mountain above the Valdidentro Valley, the charming area of Santa Caterina (20 minutes away) and the large ski circus of Livigno, the duty free village 60 minutes up the road. All are covered by a common ski pass. Stelvio, an extraordinary area atop a rugged mountain pass, offers glacier skiing, but only in summer. Deep snow clogs the road in winter.

But what turns me on about Bormio is that you can walk the Roman walls with a new friend. It is worth the four-hour ride from Milan's Malpensa airport to sleep where Napoleon did, play at being a centurion in a Roman thermal bath, roam the hills of a region featured in Hemingway's World War I novels.

In the medieval part of the village are hotels, restaurants, and shops that make strolling a fashionable delight. You do not have to wait for the disco to open to be caught up in the friendly aprés ski scene. Shoppers discover bargains in leather and clothing-and ski boots. Many of the world's best-known boots are made in Italy.

The narrow streets in the Old Town don't appeal to skiers who dislike being shuttled to the slopes and who prefer accommodations across the river and closer to the lifts. But I remember fondly two visits to the four-star but reasonably-priced Hotel Posta, tucked away in the middle of the action. Guests were treated like family. At dinner, always a celebration, the owner uncorked a chilled local wine that played well with the steaming pasta. He sat with us in the disco after dinner.

The hotel was on the route of the annual race in February, when hundreds of citizens raced through town on cross country skis, on snow thrown off the roofs. We cheered our host as he sped by and later joined him in the main square, where everybody hoisted a glass of mulled wine.

Lingering at the bar over a late night cappuccino was a romantic way to end that walk in the moonlight. I think about it when I wear the Gucci tie she bought for me.


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