There’s a specialty for every season in Bormio: a hike or bike ride in summer, skiing and snowshoeing in winter. There’s an unlimited range of activities for even the most devoted athletes or those who simply want some exercise by themselves.
With alpine skiing, snowboard, telemark, freeride, ski-touring, cross-country skiing and biathlon runs, it’s really hard to know which to choose both in winter and summer on the Stelvio Pass, which also happens to host the Pirovano, an institute known as the University of Skiing and the Mountains. Upper Valtellina is a paradise for those in love with snow. Or ice. There are curling matches in the winter or short track skating competitions at the Palaghiaccio Rink, open also in summer. Mountaineers will be happy to learn that the Ortles-Cevedale Group surrounds Bormio and nearby Valfurva 13 peaks.
Cycling is the ideal choice in summer and bikers come from all over the world to scale the legendary climbs of Giro d’Italia fame up the Stelvio, Gavia, and Mortirolo Passes. There are excellent routes for racing bikes and mountain bikes, as well as paths for downhill, cross country, and freeride. There are thousands of kilometres of mountain trails and mule tracks at every altitude and difficulty. After sweating your way to the top, the downhill ride is a breeze.
The opportunities don’t end here. You can tale extended treks or go Nordic walking and mountain running along the over 600 km of trail in Stelvio National Park, many of which can also be travelled in winter on snowshoes, on sleds pulled by dogs, or even ridden by horseback. The more daring can engage in mountain and boulder climbing, and in the winter climb up frozen waterfall using ice picks.
There’s also bowling, tennis, trout fishing, archery, volleyball, 5-side soccer, and basketball. The Rhaetian Alps even offer a 9-hole golf course.