What to do in Bormio in Winter
What to do in Bormio in Winter: snow walks, snowshoes and ski mountaineering
Discover here some of the most suggestive activities you can do in Bormio and its surroundings in winter, beyond downhill skiing
If you are wondering what to do in Bormio in Winter, you are in the right place. As true mountain lovers and expert connoisseurs of our territory, we are here to give you suggestions to live unforgettable experiences in close contact with nature.
Everyone knows that the Winter sport of excellence is alpine skiing. However, do not think that it is the only possible activity. If you have never tried, we also recommend:
a walk in the snow
an easy ski mountaineering excursion.
Especially for snowshoeing and ski mountaineering, we recommend turning to a Mountain Guide.
Don’t you ever feel like you need to unplug? If that’s what you need, outdoor activity in nature can help you.
The white snowy landscapes, the snow-filled trees, the clear sky or slight sleet, are some of the elements that make an itinerary in the mountains of Bormio suggestive. Suppose the ski slopes are too crowded, or someone from your family or group of friends can not ski. In that case, it’s good to know that there are plenty of other activities to do in Bormio in Winter.
Just leave the town centre, choose some neighbouring location and pick from various itineraries, suitable for all tastes. Based on the difficulty and conditions of the route, you can choose what to tackle it with.
Getting away from the hub of winter activities, the ski slopes, allows you to discover an unknown winter mountainside. A side made of silence, stillness and impressions that will remain etched in our memory.
What to do in Bormio in Winter?
For those who want something simple on beaten routes, we recommend a walk in the snow. A pair of warm boots or comfortable after-skis, layered winter clothing, gloves, and a cap to protect yourself from the cold are enough to give yourself moments of joy and experience the snow, even without any special equipment.
The most suggestive itineraries that we would like to recommend and that will make you enchanted, especially in winters where rainfall has been more abundant, are:
Sentiero dei Fiocchi – The Flakes trail in Santa Caterina Valfurva is a pleasant and easy itinerary in the Santa Caterina plain that accompanies you on the riverbank, alongside the cross-country track. The walk is effortless and flat but full of incredible magic given by nature: completely frosted bare trees, expanses of white snow and mirrors of frozen water are just some of the enchanting shows you can admire;
Val Viola with a tasty stop at the Caricc farmhouse – you will enter one of the most suggestive and wild valleys of Bormiese, the Val Viola. Beautiful in all seasons, it acquires a particular charm when covered with a thick blanket of snow. On a beaten road, you can walk from Arnoga, reachable by car, to the Baita Caricc farmhouse and here refresh yourself in a traditional mountain hut with typical Valtellina dishes.
On the other hand, for those who want to experience the thrill of going where the snow is softer, and no one has yet passed, we strongly recommend trying the experience of snowshoeing.
The snowshoes are a piece of equipment that allows you to walk in unseated snow without sinking.
There are some itineraries that we want to recommend for both lovers of this discipline and newbies. However, the first thing we suggest is to contact a Mountain Guide or the Stelvio National Park. There are enjoyable organised excursions with experts in the sector.
Sentiero delle Sorgenti – Path of the springs in Santa Caterina Valfurva is a pleasant walk in the woods that leads from Santa Caterina to Plaghera, passing under the village’s chairlift. An excellent starting point to approach snowshoeing.
- Strada dei Forni (Forni Road) – In the middle of Winter, the road that leads from Santa Caterina to the Forni refuge is completely covered in snow and is the ideal terrain for those who want to try snowshoeing for the first time. We suggest a stop at the Stella Alpina refuge before continuing to the Forni area, which becomes more magical than ever in Winter.
Finally, for ski lovers, it is impossible not to try ski mountaineering at least once in a lifetime. Alta Valtellina is a paradise for ski-mountaineers from all over Europe, thanks above all to the famous Forni Glacier, with the Ortles-Cevedale group’s peaks to the hidden pearl of Val Viola.
If, however, you want to take your first steps, there are also many easy-to-follow itineraries, accompanied by local Alpine Guides.
To beginners and those who are not familiar with off-piste descents, we suggest the route that leads from the Fort of Oga to the Malga San Colombano or Santa Caterina. This route winds from Plaghera to the Sunny Valley, passing through the Alpe Valley.
Photo Credit: Guide Alpine Bormio