Think Valtellina, think mountains! For many years ‘la Valtellina’ has been synonymous with the surrounding mountainous range, winter skiing and summer walks. In the last twenty years, the area has been able to renew itself and expand its touristic value.
The crown jewel of this renewal has undeniably been QC Terme (hot spring water Spa), open all year round and to where guests retreat and rejuvenate each season.
Skiing maintains a strong presence due to the snow-covered slopes all year round and the celebration of prestigious events such as the Alpine Ski World Cup and the Peak to Creek, an eight-kilometre downhill race, starting at the highest point of the Cima Bianca at 3012 metres and ending in Bormio at 1225 metres.
The biggest trend of recent years is definitely the ever-growing passion for cycling. From May to September, ‘la Valle’ sees thousands of bike enthusiasts travelling through: from those wanting to ride a ‘Fat Bike’ on the snow, to those wishing to emulate the Giro d'Italia racing down the Gavia Stelvio and Mortirolo, the great classic alpine passes. The Stelvio Climb, sponsored by Mapei, attracts sports enthusiasts from all over the world. But that’s not all: the Stelvio National Park has created a whole series of detailed GPS routes for both road and mountain bikes (MTB), taking in places such as Tirano, Livigno, Bormio, Santa Caterina Valfurva and even parts of Switzerland. Many such routes retrace the campaigns of the Great War in this region and the decauville rail, used for the construction of the dams, with breathtaking views while walking the flat trails of the high altitude. From May to September thousands of cyclists rides around the valley.
Santa Caterina from November to April is filled with winter sports enthusiasts, the 35 km ski slopes with a vertical drop of 1000 meters are the main attraction for adults and children, the ski schools are very active and also organize special carving courses, snowboarding, telemark and freeride.
Downhill skiing is not the only activity: the cross-country track is one of the most beautiful in Valtellina, it winds through a wide plain and thick woods at an altitude of 1800 m and is characterized by 5 and 10 km loops, ups and downs and gradients.
Ski mountaineering is also very popular due to the spectacular landscapes offered by the Alpe Valley.
If you want to find an alternative to the mountains, in the town center there is an ice-skating rink open until the evening, where you can also rent equipment.
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