Skiman has a score to settle with Bormio, Italy, site of our second ski week this March 2016. Over a decade ago, we took 65 people to Bormio for a ski week. On this trip, I took my wonderful mom, Teresina (Italian all the way! Everyone loved my mom.) Upon arrival, we got everyone checked in and met in the hotel bar for a drink before dinner. Teresina slid over on the bench making room for a friend, not realizing that she was at the end. She fell off and shattered her hip. She ended up in a hospital built by Mussalini (no kidding!) and had to be flown back to America on a stretcher. Needless to say, it was not a great ski week for the Skiman. On top of that disaster, there was in place at the time a very stupid ban on all off-trail, backcountry skiing. Stupid, stupid, stupid… are you kidding?
I do remember that the medieval village was spectacular, what little I saw of it between visits to the hospital. And I do recall thinking how great all the terrain around there was if only it could be legally skied. I hoped that I could come back some day under better circumstances and do a week in Bormio right. The time to settle the score is now. Bormio, here we come!
Bormio, Italy March 11 – 19, 2016
International air, Seven nights 4-star hotel with breakfast and dinner daily, private transfers
All our ski tours offer the savings of group pricing while still affording you as much autonomy and individual freedom as you desire. We do NOT offer micro-managed group tours. It is YOUR ski vacation and there is great flexibility withing the parameters of our tours. Of course, we always offer opportunities to participate in special events and activities, but none are mandatory. It’s your week to do with as you please.
*Single occupancy upgrade is $189. If you would like us to find you a same-sex room mate to avoid this added cost just let us know. We cannot guarantee it, but we almost always are able to match people up.
*UPGRADE to a classic room, a premium-located room: $169 per person for the entire week.
* Price subject to adjustment up or down based on change in the Euro / Dollar exchange rate, t.b.a. at time of final payment.
*IF trip size is below 30 participants, a small-group surcharge of $39 will be added to the final cost per person.
*Price does NOT include: air taxes and fuel surcharges, currently @$599, air cost to/from your U.S. gateway city to/from JFK, lift passes.
For all skiers doing multiple weeks, there will be an additional charge for the connecting charter bus ride between the ski weeks.
Read Skiman’s blog/essay: “Why I love to ski in Europe!”
Have a look at our 2015 tour to Mont Blanc / Courmayeur, Italy pics
Check out the pics from 2015’s tour to Monte Rosa, Italy
SWEET powder shots by Paolo the guide in Monte Rosa 2015!
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Bormio is the only ski resort I have ever been to that is built around an ancient medieval village, cobble-stone square and all! The village is charming and the mountain has a huge vertical of almost 6,000 feet. It is famous for its world-cup races, especially the downhill. For intermediates, it is a paradise, with nicely-groomed trails running the entire 6,000 vertical feet from top to village. For experts, there is now an entire area dedicated to free ride / back country skiing. You need backcountry gear to even enter it… perfect! That was what was sorely missing the last time Skiman was in Bormio. As stated above, they used to stupidly ban backcountry skiing. Now they embrace it and even have entire areas set aside for it.
As with our third ski week destination, Sestriere, Bormio is a complex of ski resorts all on the same ski pass. Ten minutes away by free bus is the Santa Catarina resort with its own village, groomed slopes, and off-trail skiing. One hour away there is the world-class resort of Livigno, Italy. This resort is larger than Bormio and offers skiing for all levels, including backcountry for experts. And to top it off, Livigno is a duty-free shopping zone. So on the day we offer a day trip there, those who would like can ski for a while, quit early, and shop to their hearts content.
This is what a British ski guide says about Livigno: “Livigno is one of the most important and well-equipped ski resorts in the Alps. Located between Stelvio National Park and the Swiss National Park, it’s nicknamed Little Tibet thanks to it’s peaceful mountain location tucked between the Bernina Mountain Range to the south and the Ortles – Cevedale Mountain Range to the east. At Livigno there’s something for everyone: 12 black slopes, 37 red slopes and 29 blue slopes. Expert skiers can satisfy their thirst for speed on long and technical runs like the Giorgio Rocca trail. Little Tibet also has modern ski lifts: 6 gondolas, 13 chair lifts and 11 ski lifts for a total hourly capacity of over 47,000 people. From December to May, the cold, dry climate assures snow on the resort’s 115 km of slopes, which range from 1816 m to 2950 m in altitude.”
The skiing is going to be varied and spread out over 3 resorts. For the experts, we will of course offer guided backcountry skiing every day of the week. Skiman cannot wait to get back to Bormio and settle a long-festering score!
Our hotel is the perfectly located Larice Bianco. You walk right to the lifts from this property and the village center is a short stroll away! It is the same property we stayed at on our first visit and we
loved everything about it. The location is perfect, the kitchen offers incredible meals daily (included in our package) and the staff is friendly and helpful to a fault. The hotel is rated a 3 star superior, but in Skiman’s book, it is 4-star all the way, so I am going to call it that. The spa is excellent, the rooms are excellent, the food is excellent… get the pic? We are confident that you will love your stay at this wonderful Italian home-away-from-home.
Doing 2 or 3 ski weeks: We have many of our skier friends that want to save money and stay for more than one ski week. If you have the resources and the time, this is a great idea. You have to pay to fly over to Europe and back, so the longer you stay, the more value you are getting out of your ticket. You save money on each additional ski week. Take $100 off the added ski week(s) cost, since there is no air component needed. You also save a bundle by not having to pay the air taxes for additional ski weeks. NOTE: For all skiers doing multiple weeks, there will be an additional charge for the connecting charter bus ride between the ski weeks. This cost will be determined at time of final payment and is dependent on the number of participants using this service. Contact us for all the details about doing multiple weeks
The Bernina Express is a world-famous train that runs over a breathtaking track from Italy to the fab town of St.Moritz, Switzerland. You can ride the train over in the morning and spend the day in St. Moritz skiing or shopping and sightseeing. At the end of the day, you return to Bormio by bus.
There is an incredible thermal bath complex 15 minutes from Bormio. As described by a skier who worked a season in Bormio:
“The star attraction of Bormio is the thermal baths. On a ski holiday it might seem strange to take a day or afternoon off from skiing, but the Bagni Nuovi and Bagni Vecchio up on the Stelvio pass are just incredible and a must-do attraction for anyone visiting Bormio. If the snow is not too deep try walking from one to the other through the woods. To sit in an open air pool surrounded by snow looking back across the valley at the mountain you’ve just skied with stars above is simply astounding.”
The air for this tour
Last year for the first time, we used Emerites Air because we had heard great things about their service and they offered us an amazing group price. They lived up to their reputation and all of our skiers from last year’s Europe tours raved about Emerites. So, if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. Emerites has once again offered us a great group rate for this year’s tours to Europe.
How it works: This tour starts with air originating from JFK airport. Like a cruise, it is each passenger’s responsibility to get to the departure point. So it is requisite for you to get to/from JFK on your own. This air segment to/from your U.S.
home airport is NOT included in the package price. Of course, if you need assistance in booking required flights, we are happy to help you and book any required air. Just ask.
Air taxes and fuel charges: All international flights charge fuel surcharges and landing taxes. These are not included in the package price, as they can fluctuate up until the time of final payment in January. Currently, these taxes and fees are @$599 per person.
Note to Western U.S. flyers: The Emerites flights do not return back into JFK until late afternoon at the end of the tour. It makes finding connecting flights to airports in the West difficult or impossible. Therefore, it may be necessary for you to have to spend a night at a JFK-area hotel and book your return flight home on the day following your return landing at JFK.
Upper Beginner and Intermediate women’s ski clinics by Deb: Skiman’s wife has learned a lot of tips from her hubby and would like to share these with the ladies on the tour. She will offer two morning sessions during the week to work on & fine-tune your ski skills. Each session will be followed by a lunch at one of the wonderful restaurants in the resort. The lesson is free, the lunch is on you. No stress, no pressure….have some fun and get better at skiing.. Why not?
Get your Italian Mojo going!
Signing up for this tour.
→Decide how many segments you are doing. This ski week only? Multiple ski weeks? Extensions tour to Croatia? We need to know up front what you are doing so we can hold the appropriate air for you.
→Decide about any upgrades you want (i.e. single occupancy, room upgrade) and let us know at time of signing up.
→Make an initial deposit of $325 per person/ per trip. This deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. (Note: We highly recommend you purchase trip insurance from us or anyone else at the time of depositing to ensure the return of any monies deposited on the tour(s) if cancellation is necessary.
→Make SURE that you have a valid passport and that it does NOT expire within 3 months of your trip return date.
→Read all the financial details pertaining to the tour(s) on the Trip Logistics page. Use the link below.
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TO THIS WE SAY: GAME ON!