Overview of Bormio
Bormio is a lovely ski resort that is adorned with character, Alpine charm and impressive history in snowsports. Located in the Stelvio Pass which connects Italy and Switzerland, Bormio offers visitors an intriguing blend of traditional Italian charisma with an authentic Alpine ambience, complete with the stunning scenery and well-groomed pistes. A historic spa town, Bormio ranks among one of Italy’s most highly-rated spa and ski resorts thanks to its 5-star accommodation and world-class wellness centres and facilities. It also has a very rich history in snowsports as it is a regular fixture on the Alpine Ski World Cup race circuit. Along with its neighbouring ski resorts of Santa Caterina, Livigno and San Colombano, Bormio forms part of the Alta Valtellina ski area with a combined total of 230 kilometres of pistes. Although the local Bormio ski area covers a modest 50 kilometres of snow-sure pistes, this ski area still packs a punch. As earlier mentioned, not only does it feature as part of the Alpine Skiing World Cup circuit, but it also has the longest uninterrupted vertical drop in Italy. With a resort height of 1,225 metres altitude, Bormio’s slopes climb up to 3012 metres. The ski area is split into two: The Cima Bianca, its local peak and closest to the resort climbs up the southern edge of the village while the Vallecatta, its main ski area, sits further south and is accessible via gondola. Bormio is fantastic for intermediate level skiers and advanced skiers also get a kick out of its steep slopes however beginners may find some of its slopes too steep and may need to spend more time improving on the nursery areas before attempting some of the more challenging runs. Less than a 2-hour transfer from Bolzano and Milan Bergamo airport, it is an ideal destination for a family getaway as well as a short, romantci, spa and ski weekend break.
Skiing in Bormio
With most of its 50 kilometres of pistes located higher up the mountain and above the tree lines, Bormio offers skiers a fantastic high-altitude skiing experience. It also has excellent ski conditions and a good snowfall record; add that to a fantastic network of mostly challenging red and blue pistes and your ski experience is complete. Beginners at Bormio have a few options and will find the most joy in the blues located at Bormio 2000 on the Vallecetta, which also has a nursery area. The majority of Bormios ski area is on a very high gradient meaning very steep slopes; which most beginners are not comfortable with. Intermediates, however, get the lion's share of the fun here with the resort's slopes dominated by long reds and challenging blues descending back down to the village; most notably Italy’s highest vertical drop from the summit back down to the village base in a single run, totalling close to 1,800 metres. Intermediates also have the exciting and well known Stelvio piste which also features as part of the World Cup races. Bormio has only 1 short, steep black and the off-piste opportunities here are largely limited. While advanced red runs that feature on the Alpine World Cup can serve as conquests for advanced skiers, there is not too much challenge to be found in Bormio. Advanced skiers can take advantage of the Alta Valtellina SkiPass and explore the other resorts covered in the ski area to access more blacks and challenging runs.
Snowboarding in Bormio
Good news for free riders and carvers. Both Vallecetta and Cima Bianca are blessed with high altitudes and lots of powder for free-riding and borders, with a lot of the runs starting off steep allowing for momentum to pick up quite quickly. Carvers will find a bit of joy here carving down the long usually quiet and uncrowded pistes. However, freestylers have the most fun here, thanks to the Snowpark Bormio. A fantastic, modern snow park that suits all ski levels. It comes very well equipped with a 6-metre butter rainbow box, a 3-metre jib bench and a 9-metre rail. It also has two medium kickers of 4 and 8 metres high respectively. In general, Bormio does offer a really good snowboarding experience.
Snow Conditions in Bormio
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With altitudes of 3,000 metres and north-facing slopes, the snow conditions here are excellent. The resort also has most of its pistes covered by snow making facilities should there be any shortages.
Apres-Ski in Bormio
Bormio’s nightlife is usually a fun-filled experience as the village comes alive when the clock strikes apres-ski-o’clock. It has a few bars and restaurants both in the village and on the slopes; some of which are located at up to 2,000 metres altitude. The general apres-ski scene in the village is very friendly and stays very much local, only revolving around its modest amount of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. From stylish and rustic restaurants to vibrant bars and clubs, Bormio certainly has a few awesome apres-ski experiences to offer. Look out for these places on your apres-ski crawl.
Be White Bar and Restaurant
Open every day from 10 am, Be White is one of Bormio’s best places to stop over for an evening of apres-ski fun. Located at the foot of the gondola in the village, it is easy to find perfectly placed for skiers coming off the cable car. During the week, the bar is closed at 3 pm but re-opens at 5 and stays open until 11 pm. The atmosphere in the bar is always buzzing and the live DJ set keeps the tempo of the bar going steady. Stopover for amazing meals (featuring smoked brisket, tender ribs, smoked sausages, burgers, sushi, traditionally made pizza and more), great cocktails and an evening of fun and laughter.
Bar Bormio is a popular bar in the village and is one of its oldest residents having been established in 1892 and has remained in the heart of the village since then. Serving drinks and meals, it welcomes visitors into its doors every day from morning up until evening. Serves everything from homemade cakes and pastries, and English breakfasts to large tasty meals from pizzas, risottos and pasta. When evening comes, the place transforms into a vibrant apres-ski bar with great music from a live DJ. Happy hour kicks off from 6 pm to 9 pm, the perfect opportunity to get your fill of some of the village's best-made cocktails.
Clem Pub Birreria
A fantastic Alpine pub and another meeting hub in the village. Established in 1981, it is also one of Bormio’s older pubs but still has a young appeal. They have an awesome range of beers from micro-breweries across Europe, serve fantastic pub meals and host themed parties and events such as St Patrick's day, Oktoberfests and much more. They are also well known for their fantastic food menus and sometimes quirky ( but tasty ) meal presentations which include the eye-catching charcoal bread tuna burgers! Clem Pub is also a beer enthusiast's heaven; they have a beer menu that is constantly updated and also occasionally advise on what beers they will stock in the coming weeks. The basement level has pool tables, ping pong and a few other classic pub games. A great night for a typical Alpine pub experience.
Bar Al Contea
Bar Al Contea in Bormio is a great place to experience an authentic Italian Alpine bar. Elaborately decorated with traditional ornaments, it's a great place for an evening stopover to sample some local wines and beers. Located in the village centre, stepping into Bar Al Contea almost feels like a walk through time and experiencing a charming Italian Alpine experience complete with delicious local meals and delicacies. It is certainly worth a visit on your apres-ski itinerary.
Facilities in Bormio
Bormio is well equipped with excellent facilities that cater to all of its visitors throughout the duration of the ski season. The resort has very good accommodation options, a string of cafes and restaurants, a modern lift system and very good piste grooming facilities.
Ski Hire in Bormio
You can hire your ski equipment from several ski equipment stores at the resort however, we will always urge and encourage you to arrange your ski equipment directly with us at Erna Low, to form part of your overall ski hire package. We have formed very good partnerships with a number of leading ski equipment rentals and retailers across the Alps, including the resort of Bormio. Our partnerships allow us to aid your ski equipment hire, making it super easy for you to arrange your equipment easily and weeks in advance. This saves you a great deal of time and effort as the process can be completed with a few clicks of the mouse as opposed to arriving at Bormio, searching for a ski rental store, joining the queues and so on. With us, your equipment is packed, ready and waiting before you even leave on your ski holiday. For more information, check out our ski hire page.
Ski Passes in Bormio
Obtain your Bormio ski pass quickly and easily as part of your ski holiday package with Erna Low. Save yourself the trouble of queuing up at the ticket machines and the tourist offices when in the resort when you can easily obtain your pass, way ahead of time. This is particularly convenient especially if you are travelling with family and friends. Instead of queuing up, simply select the option online during your booking process, choose the lift pass you need, add it to the order and proceed. Once purchased, you will receive your pass ahead of time so that when you get to Bormio, you only need to drop your bags, strap your ski boots in, and head straight for the slopes. Take a look at our Bormio ski pass page for additional information. Do not hesitate to contact us directly for any more enquiries.
Spa and Swimming Pools in Bormio
There are very few places in the Alps with better spa facilities than Bormio. A mediaeval spa village, Bormio, has been historically known for its spa and thermal facilities longer than its skiing and is still widely regarded as one of Italy’s top spa skiing resorts. If you are very fond of a relaxing spa session after a long day on the slopes, you will find yourself very much at home in Bormio. The village has 2 large and very well equipped wellness and thermal centres; the Bormio Terme which is centrally located and the QC Terme Bagni di Bormio, which is split into 2 thermal centres: Bagni Nuovi and Bagni Vecchi. Both Bagni di Bormio and Bagni Vecchi have located a short 5-minute drive outside the village. Both facilities ( Bormio Terme and QC Terme Bagni di Bormio ), have excellent, 5-star spa and swimming pool facilities. For example, Bormio Termes facilities include ( and are not limited to ) a Thermarium, a thermal lodge that has a consistent depth of 110cm and a temperature of 35°C and a SempreVerde which is a ‘thermal pass’ or circuit that takes you through a Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, ice-cold bath and relaxation area. Bormio also has an indoor swimming pool and outdoor swimming which are both heated. Additional services include a wide range of beauty and massage treatments from very well experienced masseurs. The village also has several fantastic hotels which all have wellness facilities including Bagni di Bormio and Bagni Vecchi which both have hotels attached to them.
Shopping in Bormio
Bormio has a good number and variety of shops in the village. Its main shopping centre, Piazza del cue is centrally located and has a few shops, cafes and restaurants. The village has a few boutiques from well known stylish brands if you want to top up on your growing wardrobe or perhaps do some window shopping. Art shops, local food stores with fresh produce are also available in the village.
Facilities for children in Bormio
Bormio is a family-friendly village and ski resort that is well equipped with facilities capable of catering to children's wellbeing and entertainment both on and off the slopes. The services available in the resort and across the village ensure that children are well looked after and do not miss out on all the fun.
Ski Lessons for children in Bormio
Bormio has a good number of options for ski schools where you can enrol your children for the duration of your ski holiday at the resort. If you are visiting the village this season and are interested in enrolling your children in any lessons, you can very easily arrange this with us directly online while you complete your holiday booking. The process is very simple, easy and straightforward. We have partnered with a lot of highly rated ski schools and instructors over the years in an effort to ensure that your children receive the very best ski lessons when you arrange their lessons through us. It saves you so much time and effort and free’s up your itinerary when you arrive at the resort. Simply select the number of children you wish to enrol on our ski extras page, add the lessons to the order and proceed with your order.
Children Entertainment in Bormio
There are a load of entertainment options for children both on and off the slopes at Bormio. Bormio has 3 areas; Funslops Bormio, Funslope Valbella and the FamilyPark Bormio. All three ski areas offer great fun for both the children and the entire family, ensuring the children have just as much fun on the slopes as they can. Children are also very welcome to the Gruppo Animando mini club. Located at the foot of the cable car in the village, the group is a local association and collection of entertainers who prepare fun activities for children on the snow. Kids can look forward to puppets, inflatable toys and characters, games and more. Away from the snow and cold winds outdoors, visit the Bormio Terme for a splash about with the kids. There is a children's swimming area with slides and water games. There is also a paddling pool for toddlers.
Childcare in Bormio
Bormio has a number of childcare options including the Bormio nursery. There are also independent nannies and au pairs in the resort. Check with the local tourist office for recommendations.
The ski area here is spread across two mountains; the Vallecetta and Cima Bianca both of which have north-facing slopes and pistes well above 2,000 metres.