Host of the FIS Ski World Cup on December 28 & 29, 2018 (Men's Downhill / Alpine combined). More information...
- Elevated between 1,225 m and 3,012 m, the Ski Resort is among the 15 highest elevated Ski Resorts in Italy. The vertical drop from summit to base is 1,787 m. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Italy is 919 m. Most runs are therefore relatively long.
- Bormio is among the 5 best rated Ski Resorts in Lombardy.
- Season starts on 2 Dec and ends on 22 Apr (141 days). Average season duration in Italy is 126 days.
- Average snow depth during the season (2 Dec to 22 Apr) is 67 cm at summit elevation and 21 cm at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during March, offering an average snow depth of 84 cm at summit elevation and 30 cm at the base. Therefore Bormio is among the 10 ski Resorts with best snow conditions in Italy.
- Bormio features 71 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Italy is 71 sunny days. January is the sunniest month with an average of 17 sunny days.
- Offering 50 km of slopes and terrain, Bormio is among the 5 largest Ski Resorts in Lombardy.
The Ski Resort
The Bormio ski area in the Italian state of Lombardy boasts an array of demanding runs which will particularly appeal to advanced skiers and experts. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that Bormio has hosted over 45 World Cup races to date. Some 80% of the roughly 50 km of runs are covered by snowmaking facilities, making skiing possible even if the region isn’t currently blessed with serviceable natural snow.
The town of Bormio in the valley at 1,225 metres above sea level is connected to the ski area via a gondola linking to the Bormio 2000 mountain station. If you’re new to skiing, this is a great place to hone your skills on the nursery slopes served by magic carpet and surface lifts. The Gormiti Park, the ski resort’s children’s area, nestles directly by the base station in Bormio. There are plenty of local ski instructors on hand here to help kids find their feet on the snow, while youngsters are also free to pull on some skates and take to an ice rink.
Advanced skiers should, however, continue further up the mountain on the chairlift to Cima Bianca. This marks the top-out point in the ski area at 3,012 metres. The mountain station feeds the two red runs Stella Alpina and Bimbi al sole, which then branch off into further intermediate trails further down. Experts like to head for the black-marked Bertulle trail which runs down from below the Cimino mountain station and heads back towards Bormio 2000. Powder hounds should look no further than the two off-piste areas Vallone and Skiers’ Spot (Posto degli Sciatori). The easiest way to reach Vallone is from Cima Bianca, while the Skiers’ Spot area is located in the forested slopes flanking the S. Ambrogio trail.
Snowboarders and freestyle fans can look forward to the Snowpark Bormio, which offers an array of different features across its 500-meter length. The park is subdivided into three lines of varying difficulty as well as a challenging rail line. The terrain park is located next to the Stella Alpina run and is best accessed via the Bormio 2000 – Pian die Larici chairlift.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
Skiing can certainly be a hungry business. Luckily, Bormio offers numerous ways of exploring the regional culinary delights over a nice glass of wine from the region. The mountain station Bormio 2000 is itself home to several restaurants.
If you’re looking for incredible views to accompany delicious food, look no further than Cima Bianca, the ski area’s highest point. This is where you’ll find the Ristorante Heaven 3000.
The intermediate Stelvio trail is widely known as one of the most technically demanding and spectacular runs worldwide – a view underlined by its repeated use as a World Cup course for the men’s downhill event.
If you feel up to it, you can take the Stelvio all the way back down into the valley to Bormio. But if that sounds a little bit much like hard work, the blue Bosco Basso is an enjoyable, somewhat mellower option.
Most Difficult Runs
In addition to skiing, Bormio is also known for its thermal waters. This makes it the perfect destination for anyone seeking rest and relaxation. Wellness lovers can take their pick between the Bagni Vecchi, with its thermal water course and Roman baths, and Bagni Nuovi, which features a generously sized outdoor area.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
The “Be White – Après Ski & More” bar at the base station in Bormio is the place to be for drinks, good music and a top-notch party atmosphere. Taking a break at “Be White” is an essential part of a day’s skiing in Bormio! And if you get a little peckish, the bar also serves snacks.
Infrastructure & Rental
Ski Rental Shops
By public transport: The closest airports are Milan Malpensa and Bergamo Orio al Serio. Shuttle buses run from both of these airports directly to the ski area. Train services depart from Milan to Tirano, where you have to change onto a bus service bound for Bormio.
By car: If you’re travelling by car, Bormio is accessible from Trentino via the Tonale and Gavia passes, from Lake Como via the Veltin and from Livigno direction via the Foscagno Pass. It is worth noting that it’s not possible to make the journey via the nearby Stilfser Joch in winter – due to the threat of avalanches, Italy’s highest pass is closed during the winter months.