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Lombardy

Santa Caterina Valfurva, on the Compagnoni piste

Santa Caterina Valfurva, in Valtellina, is a beautiful mountain resort that has been open to European tourism since the 19th century, when it began welcoming English and German mountaineers.

It was once also renowned for a spring of iron-rich water of various qualities, which has since been lost.

It rises in a basin, between Bormio, the Stelvio Pass and the Passa Gavia, at the foot of the mountains of the Ortles Cevedale group and there is no season when mountain lovers cannot appreciate it.

Of course, skiing is the reigning discipline here. Santa Caterina Valfurva hosted the Women's Alpine Skiing World Championships and several Alpine and Nordic Skiing World Cup races in 1985.

Its real attraction is <strong>the slope dedicated to Deborah Compagnoni</strong>, a three-time Alpine skiing gold medallist, inaugurated for the World Championships in 2005 and illuminated at night to allow moonlight skiing. It is over three kilometres long, reaches a gradient of 75 per cent (only in some places) and is one of the most varied and exciting slopes in the entire Alpine region.

In the heart of the <strong>Stelvio National Park</strong>, the ski area is a true jewel of nature and snow-capped peaks. An oasis where you can find tranquillity amidst the mountain scenery.

1. Snowboarding, cross-country and telemark skiing

The ski area, which lies between the peaks of the Ortles Cevedale group and the Forni glacier, is perfect for skiing: all you have to do here is choose among 35 kilometres of pistes where you can enjoy downhill skiing, 15 kilometres for Nordic skiing and then ski mountaineering. The place also lends itself to other snow disciplines such as telemark, snowboarding or cross-country skiing. For cross-country skiing, there are two loops that go into the woods for kilometres, at various levels of difficulty. Then there is an ice skating rink, suitable for all ages.

Santa Caterina Valfurva is the also the right destination for children thanks to the presence of a modern school field, equipped with a conveyor belt. Finally, fans of fat e-bike, the road bike with wheels wider than standard, will have at their disposal numerous routes to get around in nature or on dirt roads. 

2. One ski pass for three ski areas

A single ski pass in these parts allows one to travel to three ski resorts next to each other: Santa Caterina, Oga San Colombano and Bormio. They are connected by a free ski bus at night too. Snow is guaranteed from the end of November to May, natural or planned.