In the Valfurva valley of Italy in the Lombardy region, Santa Caterina is an endearing village located 1700m up the mountain. This altitude means top-quality snow all season long and allows skiers to ski down back into the village after a day on the slopes, with ski-in accommodation also available, making it an easily accessible village and resort. The valley rests in the Stelvio National Park, one of the largest protected natural areas in Italy, giving the resort an extremely peaceful atmosphere. With over 200 types of birds, deer, mountain goats, and other animals the natural beauty here is spectacular.
Skiing in Santa Caterina:
Santa Caterina offers a large variety of runs, from the longest 11.3km run to several sustained treelined advanced piste trails. It is home to the famous Deborah Compagnoni slope, named after the former Italian skier, which was opened in 2005 as part of the Alpine Ski World Championships. Its modern flood light system makes it perfect for night-time skiing. Exceptional off-piste terrain is also available, whilst there is a good range and length of intermediate piste trails for the less- confident skiers showing how the resort caters to large mixed-ability groups. There is even a ski stadium that contains an enclosed nursery slope for beginners.
For Schools because:
Virtually empty slopes create the perfect opportunity for beginners to learn with confidence before tackling the range of red runs available once they are up to speed. The location of the resort itself is also ideal for school groups as the village is quiet and safe, allowing students to take in the views and shops at no risk due to its lack of winter traffic.
In Santa Caterina itself, there is a natural ice rink, whilst more shops, cafes, and even thermal baths are located just a short drive away. On the mountain itself, there is a fantastic selection of restaurants as well. Every week guest races are held on the slopes, whilst the torchlit descent of the Cevedale slope is a great evening activity that will leave you with fond memories of the magnificent slopes. The tourist board also organizes a moonlit snowshoe walk through the woods, which is suitable for all.
Resort Height 1,700m
No. of Lifts 10
No. of Runs 16
Easy Runs 2
Medium Runs 12
Difficult Runs 2
Kilometres of Piste 35 (110km Alta Valtellina ski area)
Vertical Drop – 1150m
Calais Transfer Time 15 hrs 15mins
Innsbruck Airport Transfer time 2hrs 55mins
Hotel Milano ****
Nestled 350m from the town of Santa Caterinam The Hotel Milano is on the outskirts of the Stelvio National Park. Just 250m away from the hotel is the Compagnoni lift making this great for doorstep skiing and a real bonus for school groups.
The hotel has 130 beds in 64 comfortable en suite rooms. All rooms have a TV and most offer views of the surrounding mountains and countryside.
A buffet breakfast, hot lunch at either the Hotel Tre Baite or at Bormio 2000, and a typical Italian-style dinner are all on offer to tickle the taste buds. You may be charged a damage deposit on arrival.
- Safe available at Reception
- Coach park opposite the hotel
- Sun terrace
- Lounge area
- Bar area
- Chapel with 100 seats
- Two social areas for visiting groups
- Wi-Fi is available in public areas
- Towels are provided for adults