Italian winter holidays in Alta Valtellin
The Italian ski area Alta Valtellina is part of the Lombardia region and the large Alpine region of Valtellina. A significant part of the territory is occupied by the picturesque Stelvio National Park. This area brings together five small but popular ski resorts, namely Santa Katarina, Bormio, Valdidentro, Livigno, and Stelvio. These resorts are united by a single ski pass (ski passes), as well as a free ski bus.
Santa Katerina is located in the national park with a small resort. Its main advantage is that the main ski area is a gentle slope of the mountain range, offering excellent opportunities for freeriding. Bormio is popular for a solid elevation of 1,800 meters. Middle-level riders come here, for whom there are many “red” tracks. Not far from Bormio is a quiet and peaceful Valdidentro, famous for its long trails through a picturesque forest. In addition, this resort is known for its thermal springs. The busiest of the resorts in the region is Livigno with 70 kilometers of slopes and 30 lifts. Poti all tracks lie above 2,000 meters. Moreover, the sun almost always shines in Livigno. Stelvio is located on a glacier, which allows skiers to enjoy skiing at any time of the year. For snowboarders, a good snow park with a halfpipe is equipped here.
The skiing season at all resorts begins in November and lasts almost until May.
Trails and lifts
Alta Valtellina is an alpine region where the peaks reach 4,000 meters and the ski area lies between 3,022 and 1,125 meters above sea level. Thus, the elevation difference in the resorts is 1,819 meters. The total length of the tracks in five resorts is about 220 kilometers. Most of the pistes in the region are marked as “red”, that is, oriented to mid-level skiers. There are 57 such tracks. Especially for beginners and those who take their first steps on the ski slopes, 38 easy and gentle “blue” slopes are delighted. For extreme sportsmen and self-confident riders, 13 dangerous, narrow and hilly “black” tracks have been laid, which require good physical training from skiers. In addition, 80 kilometers of cross-country skiing trails have been laid in the region. All ski slopes are serviced by 39 modern high-speed ski tows, 24 chairlifts and 10 cabins.
In addition to skiing, there is the possibility of dog sledding and horse riding in the region. You can also go snowshoeing or. More than 15 hiking trails developed in Santa Caterina, where mountaineering lessons are also offered.
Prices for ski passes, rental and ski schools
There are several types of ski passes in the Alta Valtellina region. Alta Valtellina unites all resorts in the region, allowing skiers to use any of the existing ski lifts. The approximate cost of a six-day ski pass of this type is 144 – 223 euros for adults (depending on the skiing season) and 100 – 154 euros for children and senior citizens over 65 years of age. A two-week ski pass will cost 228 – 354 euros for adults and 160 – 247 euros for children. The most expensive high season falls on New Year’s holidays and the period from the beginning of February to the beginning of April, while the cheapest ski passes can be bought at the beginning of the season (until the 20th of December) and at the end (from mid-April). The second type of ski pass is 4 VALLI, which allows you to use the ski lifts of all resorts except Livigno. Such ski passes are available for 6 days for 139 – 215 euros for adults, while children’s ski passes are issued free of charge when buying an adult for a period of more than three days. A two-week ski pass costs 205 – 318 euros. When buying ski passes of any type, a refundable deposit of 5 euros is charged from skiers. The amount is returned at the end of the paid skiing period in exchange for an unspoiled plastic badge.