Santa Caterina Valfurva (1738m), host town (together with Bormio) to the 2005 Alpine Ski World Championships, has been a winter sport resort since 1961. It is an intimate village at the end of Alta Valtellina, in the heart of Stelvio National Park. It is located in a wide and green valley, encircled by the high peaks of the Ortles-Cevedale group, a huge amphitheatre of mountains, many over 3500 meters above sea level, among those the biggest glacier of the Italian Alps, Ghiacciaio dei Forni.
Santa Caterina Valfurva is a paradise for those who love the mountains: in winter you can ski, in summer hiking and mountain biking, always surrounded by the wonderful landscape of one of the biggest protected areas in Europe.
Santa Caterina offers more than 40 km of ski tracks for alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ski touring and telemark. Winter walking on the many trails with the "ciaspole", the typical snowshoes, is also popular.
The favourable climate and an advanced artificial snow system covering 90% of the terrain guarantee perfect slopes from late November to late April. The best known among them is certainly the Deborah Compagnoni, named after the local born and bread former world champion and Olympic gold medallist. It features a modern lighting system for night skiing.
The resort features 10 lifts, including the new 8-seater gondola to the Valle dell' Alpe and the Sunny Valley hut, and a new 4-seater chairlift to the crest of Mount Sobretta 2800m above sea level.
From Santa Caterina you can easily reach Bormio and its 50km of world renowned ski trails. You can ski both in Bormio and in Santa Caterina with the same 4 Valli (4 Valleys) ski pass.
Santa Caterina Valfurva also offers excellent cross-country tracks in a fairytale landscape.
Winding through deep forests and open areas at an altitude of over 1800 meters, trails of 2, 3, 5 and 10 km are available through a mixture of both flat and hilly terrain . The trails offer variety for all levels of cross country skiers, including some challenging downhill sections for experienced skiers.
The La Fonte centre, provides everything a cross country skier needs: changing rooms, showers, a room for waxing skis and storing equipment (fee applicable).
From early March to early May you can take advantage of Europe's largest ski touring area - the Ortles Cevedale group – and accompanied by experienced alpine guides and ski instructors explore the glaciers and the many peaks.