Bormio Ski Resort

Bormio ski resort Italy.
Bormio town & ski resort, Lombardy Italy.
Cima Bianca (3012m) is the top of Bormio ski resort.
The verticality of Bormio is obvious with the town seemingly always at one's feet when skiing the huge vertical.
Bormio's old town centre has the requisite number of arches, laneways, nooks & crannies
The main ski slopes above Ciuk & Bormio 2000.
From Cima Bianca it is a non-stop 1787m vertical leg melting descent to Bormio
The lower tree lined runs are great for bad weather ski days at Bormio
The extensive 'Vallone' off-piste zone at Bormio ski resort
Glorious outdoor dining at Cima Bianca, Bormio
Ski lifts extending from mid-mountain at Bormio 2000
On & off-piste skiing plunging down toward Bormio
Tha ancient Cima Bianca cable car is refelective of Bormio's aging lift infrastructure
The ridge up to Monte Vallecetta leads to sensational freeride ski descents at Bormio
Bar Bosk Bass is our pick of the slopeside bars at Bormio
Olimpia Hotel at the ski area base is a great place to stay when skiing Bormio
Bormio's riverside location in the Alta Valtellina make it a perfect base to explore the region
Bormio village streets
The Skianta bar is Bormio's quirkiest & best
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Bormio Ski Resort

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Nearby Ski Resorts

Aprica
Cima Piazzi - San Colombano
Livigno
Santa Caterina

    Bormio Ski Trail Map
  • Bormio Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,225m – 3,012m (1,787m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (15)
    2 Gondola / cable car
    5 Chairs

    Incl. Santa Caterina & Valdidentro
    36 Lifts
  • Ski Hours
    December to mid-April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 50km
    Longest run – 8km
    Advanced - 4%
    Intermediate - 68%
    Beginner - 28%

    Incl. Santa Caterina & Valdidentro
    Runs - 110km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult - €28 to 44
    Child - €27 to 36
    Child u/8yr free with adult pass
    2 days+ incl. Santa Caterina & Valdidentro
    Bormio Area Resorts Map
  • Bormio Area Resorts Map
    Alta Valtellina Ski Resorts Map
  • Alta Valtellina Ski Resorts Map

Bormio Ski Resort Italy

Bormio is a big vertical ski resort in Lombardy Italy, close to the well-known powder ski destination of Livigno. The ski area climbs steeply up from the township to a lofty summit of 3012m. Whilst Bormio isn't the most expansive skiing area, it boasts one the longest, most sustained fall line skiable verticals in Europe – a thigh liquifying 1787 metres descent from the summit of Cime Bianca to the village below. An under-stated, yet surprisingly good off-piste makes Bormio more of a Powderhounds friendly destination than one might otherwise consider.

With a gorgeous & lively old town centre which oozes style & class adding to its attraction, Bormio makes a great base from which to explore the region. It offers a classic Italian ski experience in authentic surrounds.

Pros & Cons for Bormio Ski Resort

Pros

  • Huge skiable vertical;
  • Sustained fall-line piste terrain – perfectly suited to good intermediate & advanced skiers & snowboarders;
  • Freeride off-piste terrain is more extensive than it appears;
  • Quiet in the off-piste – relatively few riders seeking powder;
  • Superb value lift pass linked with Santa Caterina & Valdidentro-Valdisotto;
  • Fun après ski & nightlife;
  • Excellent restaurant food & drink;
  • 'Ski in' accommodation available;
  • Good free bus links to all nearby ski areas including Livigno;
  • Town centre is fantastic.

Cons

  • Ski area is not generally suitable for beginners;
  • Busy on-piste, particularly on weekends;
  • Lift system feels a little dated;
  • Trails get very slick & icy on busy days.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Low elevation base (for Italy) so often lacking in natural snow in the village & lower portion of the ski area;
  • The terrain park is laughable;
  • Ski area is only big enough for a few days unless it snows, but other nearby resorts provide adequate alternatives;
  • Several of the piste trails are under-rated, comparative to other ski areas (i.e. some reds are black etc)!

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

Skiing wise, Bormio & its Cima Bianca is a big hunk of mountain that is a touch more limited in scope than its well-known reputation & 1800m(ish) of skiable vertical might otherwise indicate. First impressions are that the very low base (low for Italy anyway) of 1225m is reasonably bereft of snow for much of the season. A shame, but a modern-day reality. As a result, much of the skiing is effectively in the top 1000m vertical above the mid-mountain Bormio 2000 base area. Regardless, snow-making makes top to bottom skiing a reality all season long, meaning the mountain has one of the longest sustained fall line, skiable verticals in Europe (broadly referred to as the Stelvio slope) – no flat linking trails to break it up. Completing the full vertical in one tilt will test the very best skier or boarder.

See the Bormio ski trail map here.

A fast, long & pitchy piste skier’s dream, Bormio has more race wannabes hurtling down it than is probably healthy. The result is piste trails that are fast & fun early but rapidly degrade to fast & frightening soon after - particularly on weekends. For the freerider, this means just about everyone is on the piste trails – woohoo! For the beginner skier though, this means Bormio is just not for you. Intermediates & above need only apply. The trail map may look tame, but there is more on-piste interest for advanced riders than the statistics otherwise indicate. Several sections on intermediate trails would be rated advanced (black) in other ski resorts. Trail A2 from Chair 4 into Ciuk is case in point. However, skiing on the 50km of piste in Bormio for a week could get rather swiftly tiresome, so it helps to have some quality off-piste freeride zones, plus some great nearby ski areas (Santa Caterina et al) to mix it up a little.

Scoping the mountain out from afar, the massive alpine bowl (bowl = a simplistic description of this extensive high alpine zone) called the Vallone, lookers right of the Cima Bianca (Bormio’s 3012m highest lifted point), shows massive off-piste powder promise. The only question was how tracked it would be. Several days after the last snowfall & with a weekend crowd, the terrain had very few tracks & fewer fellow powder seekers. Surprising. Pleasing. Unexpected. But such is Bormio. Full of pleasing, unexpected surprises! The walk along the ridge up to summit of Monte Vallecetta (3148m elevation) provides the most interesting descents via La Croce (the Cross).

Bormio Skipass Interlinked in Alta Valtellina

Bormio has a combined lift pass with the nearby ski resorts of Santa Caterina & Cima Piazzi - San Colombano providing a combined 110km of varied piste trail served by 36 lifts. It is called the Bormio Skipass. All 3 resorts are linked by a free ski bus. It is possible to ski more than one resort in a day!

See the Bormio SkiPass resorts map here.

Where is Bormio, Italy?

The Bormio ski resort is in the Alta Valtellina of Lombardy, northern Italy. Located only 38km north of the transport hub & fascinating town of Tirano, Bormio is accessible by train & bus from Milan & St Moritz!

Milan Malpensa (MXP) is the closest major airport, 251km away (3hr drive). A slightly closer airport is Milan Bergamo (BGY) (also known as Orio al Serio International Airport), but it only serves flights from the UK, Europe & Middle East, so may not be convenient for many international travellers.

Trains from Milano Centrale station to Tirano are available & make an interesting, climate friendly journey to the mountains - POW (Protect Our Winters). Buses & taxis are ready & waiting at the Tirano stazione to transfer you to Bormio - only 35min away. Unless renting a car, the train & bus/taxi combination is the recommended mode of travel to Bormio.

If lacking time but have the euro, arrange a private transfer from Milan or Tirano to Bormio here. Driving to Bormio gives one ultimate freedom but beware of car rentals from Milan. Ensure your rental car is winterised (winter tyres, AWD, snow chains, windscreen washer fluid etc). Note also that the drive from Lecco to Tirano can get very busy, so patience is a virtue!

Bormio Accommodation

The large historic town of Bormio sits pretty in the valley below the ski resort & makes a superb base from which to explore the Alta Valtellina ski resorts. A wide range of accommodation options, including some lovely farm-stay apartments, are on offer in the town & surrounding valleys. Lodging types are available to suit all budgets.

In Bormio, the main choice of accommodation is split by the river. On the ski resort side of the river some excellent & well-priced hotels, albergos, BnBs & apartments are within walking & skiing distance of the main gondola, plus are as close to ski-in form the slopes as one needs. Our favourite budget stay is the family-run Hotel (Albergo) Giardino. Closer to the gondola, the marvellous Olimpia Hotel has a broader range of rooms & suites plus a fun bar & restaurant. Right at the gondola base, Hotel Nevada & Residence Pedranzini provide the ultimate ski-in, step out to lift convenience, whilst the contemporary Eden Hotel provides the perfect balance between modernity & locality near the river. Everything near the ski resort base is only a short stroll into the old town of Bormio via a pedestrian bridge. Local buses also connect the area to the town centre.

In the town centre, the Hotel san Vitale is perfectly located to get the most out of a Bormio stay. Across the pedestrian only street is the good value, traditional Hotel Gufo. The old town has loads of apartments throughout as well. On the way into town, numerous well-presented hotels line the main road including the Miramonti Park Hotel. A more traditional, well priced option is the Meublè Cima Bianca Garni, tucked away in a quiet corner near the old town. Anyone seeking 5-star luxury will have to content themselves with the extraordinary QC Terme Grand Hotel Bagni Nuovi. This art-nouveau grand hotel overlooks the town & mountains, 3km away on the road to Livigno.

Up on the mountain, the hamlet of Ciuk is right on the slopes at 1640m elevation. The Hotel Vallechiara provides the best lodgings. Numerous private chalets & apartments are available for rent between the mid mountain base area at Bormio 2000, Ciuk & the valley.

Search & book all Bormio accommodation here.

If one has transport & plans on skiing numerous resorts in the lower part of the region (i.e. Aprica, Diavolezza Lagalb, Bormio et al), Tirano can make an excellent base of operations.

Search & book Tirano accommodation here.

Ski Rentals, Lessons & Guiding

A wide range of ski rentals are arrayed along the ski area base. Rent your skis, snowboard & other equipment prior to arrival from our partners here.

Bormio has a wide range of ski schools, ski/snowbaord instructors & mountain guides. Use our partners via the links below to search & book regular lessons, off-piste/freeride instruction or guided days in all the resorts of Alta Valtellina.

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Review

The Powderhounds reviewed Bormio in 2020 & were more than pleasantly surprised by it. See the review via the links in the left-hand column (or top of page if on a mobile).

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Tour in or near Bormio

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Livigno Italy Freeride Snowboard Tour
HOSTED & GUIDED SNOWBOARDING
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Days Snowboarding
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Based in the resort of Livigno Italy, a high altitude ski & snowboard paradise with a long & snowsure winter, you will freeride untracked Italian powder. Join the "fixed date" tour with your own group or come alone and meet new friends.
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Livigno Italy Womens Freeride Snowboard Tour
HOSTED & GUIDED SNOWBOARDING
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Days Snowboarding
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Based in the resort of Livigno Italy, a high altitude ski & snowboard paradise with a long & snowsure winter, you will freeride untracked Italian powder in a women's only group. Join the "fixed date" tour with your own group or come alone and meet new friends.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
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