Bormio (Lombard: Bormi, Romansh: Buorm (help·info), German: Worms im Veltlintal) is a town and comune with a population of about 4,100 located in the Province of Sondrio, Lombardy region of the Alps in northern Italy.
|Comune di Bormio|
|• Mayor||Giuseppe Occhi |
|• Total||41 km2 (16 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,225 m (4,019 ft)|
|• Density||100/km2 (260/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Patron saint||Gervasius and Protasius|
|Saint day||19 June|
The centre of the upper Valtellina valley, it is a popular winter sports resort. It was the site of the Alpine World Ski Championships in 1985 and 2005, and annually hosts the Alpine Ski World Cup. In addition to modern skiing facilities, the town is noted for the presence of several hot springs that have been tapped to provide water to three thermal baths.
Bormio lies in the northeast of the Lombardy region at the top of the Valtellina, a broad glacial valley formed by the Adda River that flows down into Lake Como. It is linked to other valleys via four passes:
Due to its thermal baths at Bagni Vecchi, Bagni Nuovi and Terme di Bormio, Bormio has long been a tourist attraction. Members of the Roman aristocracy already travelled to Bormio in order to enjoy warm baths in the mountainous scenery. Most of these thermal baths are still in use today.
The town is centred on the historic Piazza Cavour and Via Roma, a historic main trading point on the route from Venice to Switzerland. Bormio retains its unique medieval town centre, attracting many tourists, mainly Italian, from Milan and other cities.
The village hosted the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships twice, in 1985 and 2005, both cohosted with Santa Caterina di Valfurva. There are fifty kilometres (30 miles) of marked ski runs, the longest run of which is 6 km (4 mi), served by fourteen lifts and several ski schools.
Bormio is a regular stop on the World Cup circuit, usually with a men's downhill in late December. The Pista Stelvio, named after Stelvio Pass, is one of the most challenging downhill courses in the world; it is second-longest on the World Cup circuit, behind only the Lauberhorn in Wengen, Switzerland.
For the World Cup race in December 2017, the Stelvio started at an elevation of 2,255 m (7,398 ft), with a vertical drop of 1,010 m (3,314 ft) and course length of 3.27 km (2.03 mi). The winning time of Italian Dominik Paris was just under two minutes, yielding an average speed of 100.66 km/h (62.5 mph) and a vertical descent rate of over 8.6 metres (28 ft) per second.
- The Olympic skiing brothers Erminio, Giacinto and Stefano Sertorelli were born in Bormio.
- The best coach of the Italian national ski team from 1970-1976, Oreste Peccedi, was born and still lives in the famous 'flower house' in Bormio.
- The Italian ski mountaineers Francesca Martinelli and Roberta Pedranzini were born in Bormio.
- The 6 times world champion runner Marco De Gasperi was born in Bormio.
- The Italo-Australian ski holiday planner, Tania Peccedi (daughter of Oreste Peccedi) was born and raised in Bormio.
Bormio and Valfurva from 10 km (6 mi) above
|Vertical||1786 m - (5862 ft)|
|Top elevation||3012 m - (9882 ft)|
|Base elevation||1224 m - (4019 ft)|
|Skiable area||75 km² - (29.0 sq.mi.)|
|Longest run||3.7 mi (6.0 km)|
|Lift system||14 (3 gondolas, 5 chairlifts, 4 drag lifts, 2 other)|
|Lift capacity||16,000 skiers/hr|
|Snowfall||300 cm - (118 in.)|
|Snowmaking||12 km² - (4.6 sq.mi.), 35%|
- Bormio online
- Therme in Bormio
- Collection of videos of skiing in Bormio
- Sci Club Bormio
- Official Site of the Ski Areas
- Official Site of the Bormio Tourist Office
- Alta Valtellina Tourism
- Alta Rezia News Paper online
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