Santa Caterina Valfurva
Appreciated since the 1800s for its iron-rich waters, the hamlet of Santa Caterina Valfurva in the province of Sondrio, has become a popular destination for skiers since the 1960s, when the first facilities were built, providing also artificial snow. The main area is situated to the south of the town, on the northern side of the Cresta Sobretta, towards the open Plaghera plateau. Situated where the Forni and Gavia valleys come together, Santa Caterina was a natural choice for development because of its beauty, but also because of its proximity to Bormio and the large skiing area of the upper Valtellina. There are numerous downhill slopes of varying difficulty, the ones to to be highlighted are the Dell'Alpe slope, five kilometres long, descending from the height of 2726 metres of the Cresta Sobretta, and the Bucaneve, which goes right down to Santa Caterina Valfurva. Those who like to ski cross-country should opt for La Fonte run, with two routes of differing length and difficulty. Thanks to the numerous peaks over 3000 metres high in the area, with persistent snow and ice, alpine skiing is also important here, especially in the spring season.