Visitor reviews for Bormio Ski Resort
April 03, 2015
Pat from United Kingdom
Bormio is a paradise in Italy. Food, people and skiing is just wonderful. Have been going for forty years now with family and friends and have loved every minute there. The Bormioese are the loveliest friendly people you could ever meet and hospitality is second to none.
A little piece of Heaven on Earth.
Overall: 3.9. Based on 11 votes and 12 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Bormio.
Public Transport: 3.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Bormio, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Bormio, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.8
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.3
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Bormio.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.8
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Bormio, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Bormio is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Bormio relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.4
(1) There are no snow groomers at Bormio, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Bormio are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Bormio is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Bormio, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.0
(1) Bormio usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.4
(1) The staff at Bormio are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Bormio are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.3
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.3
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Bormio has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Bormio, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.3
(1) Not even a kicker at Bormio, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Bormio, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Bormio has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.0
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.1
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.5
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.1
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.8
(1) Overall, Bormio is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.0
(1) Overall, Bormio is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
December 23, 2014
Edward Waters from United Kingdom
Stayed at Olimpia Hotel, always do. Great hospitality from a family run hotel who also preside over the restaurant at Bormio 3000. Took three grandchildren, one for the first time; they loved the location. All being well we will be back in a year or so.
March 25, 2012
Plaudis family from Latvia
The place is wonderful, not only for really good skiing area, well maintained slopes, but also for the thermal baths and the city itself, where the history is seen and felt in each street. We stayed at hotel Nevada, what is perfect for it's location, really ski-in ski-out, and as a family operated hotel everybody is treated as a special quest by its owners. The place is perfect if you ski with children apr 10 and older, as this is the place where the parents can let them to go by themselves, ski without the adults all the time behind, as there is only one slope to the bottom and impossible to get lost.
October 24, 2008
tony hayward from United Kingdom
Further to my earlier review I meant going not coming!!!
I first went to Bormio in 2000 and then again twice in 2001
staying at the Girasole at 2000m.
I then skied several other resorts over the next few years and returned to ski Bormio in Dec 2006 where we stayed at the excellent Alpigolf hotel [run by Alfredo and Elizabeth Cantoni which I highly recommend and realised just how much I had missed the place.
The resort has spent a lot of time, money and effort between 2001 to date and have improved both the ski areas and all facilities on the mountain and this year there will be a larger beginners area open.
The top at 3000m has a wonderful panoramic restaurant which serves very good food etc.
We are back there in early Dec and it can't come soon enough.
October 21, 2008
tony hayward from United Kingdom
I have been coming to Bormio now since 2000. The village is full of charm and very relaxed. The skiing is great for all levels and the instructors are great fun and very professional. A visit to the thermal baths is a must and sometimes a neccessity to soothe any bumps and bruises from the skiing. Its a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the Italian cuisine especially with the views at 3000m. Give it a try but don't tell everyone.
April 11, 2008
peter grundy from United Kingdom
We were there Feb 08. Fantastic skiing on empty slopes especially top to bottom 3000 metres to 1200 metres. Slopes busy at weekends but not too bad as most people stop for a 2 hour lunch. Bormio is a fantastic old town with great bars and restaurants. The local red wine is fantastic and should not be missed. We can't wait to go back.
January 22, 2008
sebastian from France
A lot better than Livigno. This is the real Alpine resort..has 3 great thermal water pools.
January 03, 2008
mike from Cleveland OH from United States
We were there last February (07) and despite not having huge snowfalls, the conditions were great, particularly the upper half (skiing between 2000-3000 Bormio). There were NO crowds or lines (except at 2000 during lunchtime), people were really friendly and I had an excellent time. The town is great - this was my second time in Bormio, and I would definitely ski here instead of Livigno - much better vertical drop. And the people at the ski shop and at the Rezia Hotel were/are great.
February 06, 2007
Sarah from United Kingdom
I have skied in Bormio for the last 23 years! The town itself is charming with many hidden treasures like the beautifully painted chapels tucked down little footpaths. The bars and restaurants are varied and people are extremely friendly. It has a very classy atmosphere with many Milanese driving up at the weekends to enjoy the slopes or simply sit out on the veranda of one of the mountain restaurants/bars and take the sun!
The Skiing is great for all skiers with a wide variety or runs. The Ski schools operate very professional and friendly services for both classes and private sessions.
Bormio is not found in the UK tour operator brochures very often which means that the resopt is not over run by British tourists and still holds that very Italian feel.
November 25, 2005
mike from Poland
yeah the lady has point,snow wise was also a big dissapointment for me,but we went at very end of the season soooooo.. all i can say the town is amazing,just how you would picture a little alpine town,except this one has more way mooore tourists and is not so little,what else,better than livingo in my opinion but alot of people disagree.