Stilfser Joch is a mountain pass, that goes from Bormio to Prad. It features a vertical rise of 2757 meters (9045 feet) and is therefore the highest pass in Italy. Due to the masses of snow it´s usually open between May and November. It was founded in 1932 by Leo Gasperl, who opened a summer ski school up here. Especially in the 60s and 70s it was really common to come here for summer skiing. Nowadays the snow conditions in most ski resorts don´t allow summer skiing anymore but here you´ll have perfect powder and trail fun away from the typical skiing season. It´s the only Alpine ski resort that is open in summer only and guarantees snow fun.
The tramway gives you access to the station Trincerone that boasts an altitude of 3050 meters (10000 feet) above sea level. Here you have to change trams in order to get to top station Livrio. Now take the conveyor belt to find the treasure chest of the ski resort: the so-called Geister platter lifts. Those are situated right underneath the Geisterspitze that has a drop of 3450 meters (11318 feet).
For ski novices this is a great area by featuring mostly descend runs that are ideal for practicing first curves. Primarily the lower part is pretty shallow. So smart beginner skiers should definitely get out the lift earlier and ride the ski tow. Further up are the trails really inviting for carving and often a training location for many national teams.
The most challenging run in the resort is the red marked Payer Agonistica. Get up to the Geisterspitze and off you go to the Payer lift. In order to avoid the steepest part, pick the Payer Turistica that almost goes parallel to this one.
Additionally you should check out the ski circuit, the Valle dei Vitelli, that starts at Cristallo lift. If there´s new snow you can also go off-piste, but be aware that there is a great risk of crevasses.
Freestylers won´t miss out either. At the trail Payer Tursitica there is a great terrain park with features that will give an adrenaline rush to every Freestylers of all ability levels.