Itinerary: Stelvio Pass
The Stelvio is the largest summer ski area in the Alps, which will allow you to enjoy skiing at high altitude
The Stelvio Pass is a high mountain pass that extends in the north of Italy, between Lombardy and South Tyrol (just 75 kilometers away from Bolzano), and it is located on the border with Switzerland. It is the second highest mountain pass in the Alps, and it links Bormio, a popular ski resort, with Vinschgau Valley (Val Venosta in Italian). The Pass is also called the Three Languages Peak, as German, Italian and Romansch meet here.
The Stelvio Pass, together with its impressive glacier, is one of the most important ski resorts dedicated to summer skiing and snowboarding in Europe. Actually, this ski resort is usually open in summer only, as the road that leads to it is generally closed during winter because of the snow. The slopes of the Stelvio Pass, unique in terms of altitude and landscapes, are the only ones to be opened in summer until late afternoon because skiing in summer does not necessarily mean to stop early, as it happens in many other glaciers of the Alps!
This ski resort offers snow lovers more than 20 kilometers of slopes, located at 2,758 meters above sea level (but nearby Monte Cristallo the slopes lie at 3,450 meters above sea level). As there is a glacier, the slopes are mostly served by ski lifts, even if there are two cable cars, including the innovative Trincerone-Livrio.
Also, the slopes are generally easy or intermediate level, so that they are perfect for those who want to approach snow-related sports for the first time. Speaking of that, beginners can benefit from the teachings given by Scuola Pirovano, one of the most prestigious ski schools of the Alps, and sometimes even mentioned as "the University of Ski". This school also offers training plans for those who want to keep fit and trained for the winter season similarly to the many professionals and international athletes who do that in this ski resort.
We suggest enjoying your summer-ski holiday on the Stelvio Pass in Spring or Autumn when the ski area is less crowded and the snow is better if you are a beginner skier. And, if you are lucky, while skiing on the slopes of Nagler, Crystal or Payer, you will even meet some national and international athletes, who are training here for the World Cup!
Apart from winter sports, the location is also perfect to relax in a peaceful and quiet environment, or to take a trip along one of the historical Word-War-I routes. A perfect and unusual holiday for everybody!