Bormio is a wonderful spa town and popular ski resort on the Western edge of the Italian Dolomites, and forms part of the wider Alta Valtellina ski area. For school groups looking for the perfect skiing trip, the resort has good snow and plenty of variety. Your school will spend most of their time close to the village where you will find the nursery and practice areas, served by magic carpets and snow sure thanks partly to the altitude and partly to the snow cannon that can keep the lower half of this resort running smoothly all winter.
Lift passes at Bormio generally cover you for the whole Alta Valtellina ski area and some also grant you a day's access to the wonderful St Moriz resort just over the border in Switzerland.
Getting to Bormio
Bergamo and Milan airports are the main ways to fly into Bormio. With transfers taking around 3 hours from either. Schools opting for coach travel are looking at around 16 hours of travelling time from Calais.
Bormio 2000 is a short gondola ride from the main village, and it is here that you will find the nursery area. Asking seasoned skiers about Bormio, you may be told it's a bit small and the skiing not that great, but for beginners and improving intermediate skiers, the resort is actually a great introduction to the sport. The snow is reliable, the lifts are easy to navigate, it has a great ski school, and there are more than enough runs to keep your school group happy. By the end of your trip, students should be aiming to be able to do parallel turns on the easy blue that descends all the way from the summit to the base of the mountain.
In addition to the skiing, Bormio does a great job of providing fun snow sport activities, such as tobogganing, luge, snowshoe hiking, ice-skating and if your students are feeling really adventurous, paragliding!
If you are lucky you will be staying in the centre of town with its cobbled streets and medieval charm, or even at the hotel located right next to the restaurants and ski hire centre at Bormio 2000. But even if you are staying slightly further out in the more modern sprawl, you can still spend your evenings wandering Bormio's beautiful streets, enjoying the Italian passeggiata. If you are on half board, there are plenty of restaurants both in the town and on the mountain. The Alta Valtellina cuisine is more polenta and stews than spaghetti alle vongole!
The best bits about Bormio
Suitability for School Groups:
Beginners 4/5 Intermediates 5/5 Bormio is a quiet resort, perfect for school ski holidays.
Bormio Resort Location:
1200m to 3000m Snowfall 5/5
Approximate Travel Times:
Bergamo or Milan - 3 hr transfer. Coach travel 16 hrs.
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