Cima Piazzi - San Colombano Ski Resort

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Cima Piazzi - San Colombano ski resort, Italy.
Cima Piazzi - San Colombano ski resort, Italy.
Luscious tree-lined pistes on the San Colombano side of the ski resort.
Luscious tree-lined pistes on the San Colombano side of the ski resort.
Valdidentro (Cima Piazzi - San Colombano) ski resort, Alta Valtellina, Lombardy, Italy.
Valdidentro (Cima Piazzi - San Colombano) ski resort, Alta Valtellina, Lombardy, Italy.
Cima Piazzi ski area base near the village of Isolaccia, Lombardy, Italy
Cima Piazzi ski area base near the village of Isolaccia, Lombardy, Italy
Freeride powder skiing below Dossa le Pone in Valdidentro
Freeride powder skiing below Dossa le Pone in Valdidentro
The mountains of the Alta Valtellina at Valdidentro ski resort.
The mountains of the Alta Valtellina at Valdidentro ski resort.
A fine place to sip a bombardino atop Cima Piazzi - San Colombano ski resort
A fine place to sip a bombardino atop Cima Piazzi - San Colombano ski resort
Hotel Cima Piazzi overlooks the road to Livigno on the edge of Isolaccia in the pleasant Valdidentro.
Hotel Cima Piazzi overlooks the road to Livigno on the edge of Isolaccia in the pleasant Valdidentro.
Cima Piazzi skiing includes over 1025m of skiable vertical on piste
Cima Piazzi skiing includes over 1025m of skiable vertical on piste
Conca Bianca is the best childrens/novice learn-to-ski zone in Valdidentro
Conca Bianca is the best childrens/novice learn-to-ski zone in Valdidentro
Novice conveyors & ski terrain at Conca Bianca on Cima Piazzi
Novice conveyors & ski terrain at Conca Bianca on Cima Piazzi
Easy trails zig zag their way down the San Colombano side of the ski resort
Easy trails zig zag their way down the San Colombano side of the ski resort
Long intermediate trails flow down both sides of Cima Piazzi - San Colombano
Long intermediate trails flow down both sides of Cima Piazzi - San Colombano
A vast off-piste zone extends below the Doss le Pone at Cima Piazzi San Colombano ski resort
A vast off-piste zone extends below the Doss le Pone at Cima Piazzi San Colombano ski resort
The Cima Piazzi gondola base is only 8.5km from Bormio on the main road to Livigno.
The Cima Piazzi gondola base is only 8.5km from Bormio on the main road to Livigno.
The upper alpine zone of Cima Piazzi - San Colombano ski resort
The upper alpine zone of Cima Piazzi - San Colombano ski resort
Slopeside dining at Cima Piazzi San Colombano is in a variety of mountain huts
Slopeside dining at Cima Piazzi San Colombano is in a variety of mountain huts
Bormio ski slopes are visible in the distance from the San Colombano side of the resort
Bormio ski slopes are visible in the distance from the San Colombano side of the resort
Ski Cima Piazzi San Colombano in the Va;ldidentro-Valdisotto, Lomabardy Italy
Ski Cima Piazzi San Colombano in the Va;ldidentro-Valdisotto, Lomabardy Italy
Ski Valdidentro Italy
Ski Valdidentro Italy

Cima Piazzi - San Colombano Ski Resort

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Cima Piazzi - San Colombano

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Nearby Ski Resorts

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     Valdidentro - Valdisotto Ski Trail Map
  • Valdidentro Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,345m – 2,550m (1,205m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (12)
    1 Gondola
    3 Chairs

    Incl. Santa Caterina & Bormio
    36 Lifts
  • Ski Hours
    Early December to end March
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 25km
    Longest run – 6km
    Advanced - 4%
    Intermediate - 76%
    Beginner - 20%

    Incl. Santa Caterina & Bormio
    110km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult - €26 to 38
    Child - €23 to 31
    Child u/8yr - €16 to 22

    2 days+ = Bormio Ski Pass
    (incl. Santa Caterina & Bormio)
    Bormio Area Trail Map
  • Bormio Area Trail Map
     Alta Valtellina Ski Trail Map
  • Alta Valtellina Ski Trail Map

Cima Piazzi – San Colombano Ski Resort Italy

A little beauty near the well-known town of Bormio in Italy, Cima Piazzi - San Colombano ski resort combines two small skiing areas in the Valdidentro. It provides all the tradition of a quiet 'local ski hill' with the skiable vertical & piste trails of something a whole lot larger. The skiable vertical & piste trails are in many ways the equal in quality (if not quantity) of nearby Bormio, but without the crowds. Several mountain huts & some fun high alpine off-piste touring add to the resort's appeal.

Pros & Cons for Valdidentro Ski Area

Pros

  • Long skiable vertical;
  • Uncrowded;
  • Great ski-touring & backcountry terrain in the alpine zone;
  • Quiet, treelined ski trails are perfect on poor visibility days;
  • Good range, length & diversity of intermediate piste trails;
  • Cheap lift pass;
  • Interesting range of food & drink on the mountain;
  • 'Ski in' accommodation available;
  • Excellent free bus links to all nearby ski areas including Bormio & Livigno;
  • Free parking for day trippers on the main road between Bormio & Livigno.

Cons

  • Lift infrastructure is generally dated & key lifts in the upper alpine are no longer functioning;
  • Limited novice/beginner & advanced piste trails;
  • Limited inbounds off-piste terrain;
  • Some flat linking trails in the San Colombano zone may be awkward for snowboarders.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Villages are very quiet after-hours, but Bormio is nearby for shopping & other distractions!
  • Nightlife is relatively limited (as per above);
  • Ski area is only big enough for a day or two (unless ski touring the high alpine backcountry) & should be visited as part of an exploration of the entire region.

Skiing & Snowboarding Lifts & Terrain

Super quiet, even on a weekend, the piste trails (though a touch icy down low) stay in premium condition simply due to low skier & snowboarder numbers. The Cima Piazzi gondola departs from the shaded Valdidentro near the town of Isolaccia at 1335m elevation, rising 600m vertical. From there two surface tows get one up to a small alpine peak at 2360m. The 1025m skiable vertical from top to bottom is a real treat & as good as any piste trails the world over.

The San Colombano side of the ski resort is a veritable maze of trails predominantly below the treeline. Fantastic fast rolling pistes twist & turn down the full vertical to the simple base area at Le Motte. Some of the linking trails have flat sections that may impede snowboarders, but they are relatively minor in the greater scheme of things. Several of the intermediate rated runs would be skiable for progressing beginners. At the Le Motte base, a novice conveyor lift is located on an unattractive slope under high voltage power lines. Novices are better off up at the top of the Cima Piazzi gondola. The 900m (ish) skiable vertical on this side of the resort is probably more fun than the Cima Piazzi side, simply due to its greater diversity.

In season 19/20, two of the upper surface tows were not functioning, allegedly due to certification issues (reflective of a general aging infrastructure). The upper alpine zone served by them was pure joy for ski-tourers looking for easy, uncrowded powder turns! There are options to extend into the backcountry further by ascending the luscious slopes of the nearby 3022m Corno di San Colombano.

See the Cima Piazzi – San Colombano ski trail map here.

Bormio Skipass Valid in Cima Piazzi - San Colombano

All Cima Piazzi – San Colombano ski lift tickets of 2 days duration or greater are valid in the nearby ski resorts of Bormio & Santa Caterina 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.

The Alta Valtellina Ski Pass is another lift ticket option. It is valid for 3 or more days and as well as being valid in Bormio, Santa Caterina & Cima Piazzi- - San Colombano, includes Livigno. It is of dubious financial value unless basing oneself in the higher priced resort of Livigno. Worth doing your sums before purchase!

See the Alta Valtellina ski resorts map here.

Where is Valdidentro Italy?

The Cima Piazzi - San Colombano ski resort is in the Valdidentro of the Alta Valtellina, Lombardy, northern Italy. The resort’s main base village of Isolaccia is located only 44km north of the transport hub & intriguing town of Tirano & only 8.5km by road west of delightful Bormio. The Valdidentro is accessible by a combination of train & bus/taxi from Milan & St Moritz

Milan Malpensa (MXP) is the closest major international airport, 220km away (3hr drive). Though slightly closer the Milan Bergamo (BGY) airport (also known as Orio al Serio International Airport) only serves flights from the UK, Europe & Middle East, & 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 Valdidentro. The combination train & bus/taxi is the recommended mode of transport to the region.

If lacking time but have the euro, a private transfer from Milan or Tirano can be sought. Search & book direct private transfers to Bormio & the Valdidentro here. Driving to the Valdidentro 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!

Cima Piazzi San Colombano Accommodation

The Valdidentro comprises numerous small villages, but chief among them is the town of Isolaccia near the base of the Cima Piazzi gondola & on the road to Livigno. The prime position for anyone staying here is the Hotel Cima Piazzi, in as near a ski-in location as one can get, just across the road from the gondola base. A better quality local hotel is the Alpen Hotel Chalet a short distance away toward Bormio on the edge of Pradelle village. Its modern rooms, suites & apartments are far superior than its paltry 3-stars might suggest. On the San Colombano side of the resort, the base area of Le Motte is closest to the town of Oga. Oga has numerous apartments, guesthouses & BnBs in a quiet hillside setting.

Search & book Valdidentro accommodation here.

A free ski bus links the resort directly to nearby Bormio, which provides the most obvious alternative (& arguably better) lodging options. Bormio's central location, gorgeous old town centre, vibrant bars & plethora of accommodation options makes alot of sense as a base to ski the entire Alta Valtellina region.

Search & book Bormio ski accommodation here.

Review

The Powderhounds reviewed Cima Piazzi - San Colombano in the Valdidentro during January 2020 & had a fine time riding the long winding piste trails, exploring the alpine off-piste & enjoying the hospitality of the upper mountain rifugios. More information is coming soon. Stay tuned for our photos & insights.

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