APT-VALTELLINA-OFFICE of BORMIO
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 Bormios 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 runsvariety of terrain; 30% beginner, 40% intermed., 30% advanced. In the overall Alta Valtellina area there are 400 km (248 mi) of prepared slopes.
Skiing Circus: The Alta Valtellina Ski Pass is valid for the lifts in Bormio, Santa Caterina Valfurva, Livigno, S. Colombano (Valdidentro & Valdisotto) areas
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-C80/100 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:
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 OnTheSnow.com)
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
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
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.