For outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy a walk along snowy trails on snowshoes or backcountry skis, the Orobian Alps are a special place, full of peaks and lonely valleys to explore.
The Orobian Alps are full of opportunities for those who seek them. As soon as the snow falls, the ski lifts start running. Skiers can reach the top of the slopes and then take long runs back down to the valley floor.
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A passion for skiing in the Bergamo area date to the beginning of the twentieth century, long before the advent of any sort of ski lift.
Bergamo’s ski resorts provide a variety of opportunities to winter sports enthusiasts: downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, freestyle snowboarding, and sledding. Even freerding and kite skiing!
But it’s fun to take a ride on snowmobile along the snow-covered trails, perhaps under a full moon. Or why not try ice-skating? Backcountry skiers can reach spots that cannot be reached by roads or lifts.
You can ski up to Passo San Marco, for instance, and see the trenches leftover from the First World War. Or you might want to glide over the Piano dei Campelli, east of Schilpario – a long white alpine meadow in the shadow of the dolomitic peak known as Cimon della Bagozza – until you reach Passo del Vivione, which leads to Brescia’s Val Camonica.
The lifts at Monte Pora give skiers access to broad and sunny slopes that afford very pleasant skiing and a sweeping view of Val Seriana, to the west, and Lake Iseo, in the direction of Val Camonica and Mount Adamello.At the Presolana Pass you can ski or take a ride on a sled.
The slopes at Colere unravel beneath the magical rock faces of the Presolana. Other important nearby ski areas are Spiazzi Gromo and Lizzola. For those who prefer cross-country skiing there are the internationally acclaimed tracks at Schilpario, in Val di Scalve, which cut through stands of fir trees. Val Brembana also offers nice prepared nordic tracks at Branzi and Oltre il Colle, as well as downhill areas at Foppolo, San Simone, Carona, Valleve, and Valtora. Along the slope skiers will find mountain huts where they can warm up and eat their fill of tasty local cuisine. After a day of outdoor activity there’s the après-ski life to enjoy: music, dancing, and other entertainment, or you can make your way back down the valley to the towns, where you’ll find clubs, bars, pizzerias, restaurants, and shops selling local cheeses and foods. And if that’s not enough there’s more: skiing, snowshoeing, and torch-walks by night! There are snowmobile races, ski championships, dirtbiking or BMX riding in the snow for those who love to feel adrenaline pumping through their veins.At Christmas, of course, visitors have their pick when it comes to traditional market stalls.
Your vacation in the Orobian Alps will be unforgettable!