Being one of Italy’s premier resorts, situated just 3 hours north of Milan, Bormio offers a wide range of skiing to suit all abilities including the challenging World Cup Men’s downhill which is one of the longest and most difficult runs on the World Cup circuit. The resort has also housed the Alpine Ski World Championships on a number of occasions and is destined to be part of the Winter Olympic Circuit in a few year’s time.
The quaint town of Bormio itself with its cobbled streets and grand stone facades is a safe area to walk around due to its town centre being pedestrianised. Here there are a number of local shops as well as restaurants, bars and supermarkets for you to enjoy.
This high level, snow sure resort, is a good choice for Easter ski tours as the majority of runs are situated above the small hamlet of Bormio 2000, named after its altitude. The season in Bormio runs from late November/early December until late April. The nearby area of Stelvio is also Italy’s premier summer ski resort and acts as a back up if snow is poor.
Access to the mountain is via a high speed gondola running from the edge of the village to Bormio 2000 taking approximately 8 minutes. From here there is access to the top of the Cima Bianca mountain at 3000m via a series of chairlifts or the large cable car which runs directly to the top. The nursery slopes served by two “moving carpets” are at Bormio 2000 adjacent to our ski school and Restaurant/Hotel Cedrone. Beginners soon progress from here to longer runs served by twin drag lifts. All other lifts are chairlifts of varying size serving numerous runs of varying length and difficulty. Bormio boasts some of the longest runs in the Alps including runs from the top of the mountain at 3012m down to the village itself, a distance of some 7 miles. In total there are over 80km of runs served by an efficient system of 23 lifts, mainly chairlifts. The resort is an intermediates paradise with a wide selection of long runs on both sides of the mountain either side of the cablecar. The lift pass also covers the nearby resort of Santa Caterina which is a 20 minute bus ride away and a the quiet area of Isolaccia also a short distance away. There are also plans to connect the resorts of Bormio and Santa Caterina in the next couple of years. For the more adventurous the resort’s recently added snow park is an attraction for more competent skiers.
With the exception of the Hotel Nevada, all our groups staying in Bormio take their midday meal on the mountain at the Restaurant Cedrone, adjacent to the nursery slopes, where they are served hot food each day and including superb local pizza’s cooked in the restaurant’s separate pizza hut. The Cedrone has an excellent terrace which is a “sun trap” where the food is served by waiters. Groups staying in the Hotel Nevada go back to the hotel at lunch time for a hot midday meal.
For many years we have used the excellent services of Celsino Sports (Celso’s) where skiers are fitted out with a high standard of equipment. The main shop is situated at the foot of the slopes and groups leave this equipment at the shop each evening to collect next day. They can therefore walk to and from their hotel in normal winter footwear. There is therefore very little carrying of gear. Again clients of the Hotel Nevada store their equipment under the hotel as it is adjacent to the gondola. Celso Sports also have a shop at Bormio 2000 and an arrangement for some groups to store equipment there.
Again Ski and Sport have an excellent relationship with one of the main official ski schools in Bormio (Scuola Sci Contea) where they have an office as well as one at Bormio 2000. They offer a high standard of instruction with many of their instructors having worked there for over 15 years. The standard of English is also very good and all instructors are first aid trained as well as being in radio contact.
Without the need to travel away from the resort, Bormio is fortunate to be able to offer a wide choice of apres ski activities all within a short walk of our hotels. The superb, recently expanded Thermal Baths, Wellness Centre and Beauty Farm with its indoor and outdoor pools, restaurant and bar together with other facilities is a popular choice for all visitors.
There is an indoor Ice Rink, again in the town which is open throughout the winter with skate hire. In addition we can offer tobogganing on the safe floodlit area at the foot of the slopes, floodlit skiing, pizza evenings, disco, lots of shops and disco. For groups with their own transport it is possible to arrange bowling across in Livigno or down in the area capital of Sondrio.
Village height 1225m
Top ski height 3012m
Gondola, Cable Car, Chairlifts, Drag lifts, Moving escalators
KM of piste 110km (including Santa Caterina)
- Easy 28%
- Intermediate 68%
- Difficult 4%
Swimming, Ice-skating, Karaoke/Disco, Pizza night.
Bormio town has many cafe’s, shops, bars and supermarkets with a great atmosphere all around.
Bowling can be done however would be out of town which wouldpotentially need a bus hire,
We use 3 Italian airports. Travel times to resort are:-
- Milan Bergamo 2.5 Hours
- Milan Linate 3 hours
- Milan Malpensa 3 hours
Coach travel using the short sea crossing Dover-Calais/Dunkirk departing Fridays with Saturday arrival.