10 things to do in Chiesa Valmalenco
Chiesa in Valmalenco is one of the characteristic villages in the Lombard alpine area. It can be reached from Milan in a couple of hours, which makes it a very popular destination. The valley is located in a branch at Sondrio, before reaching Valtellina. Apart from being a splendid valley for nature and its peaks, Valmalenco still preserves a community that makes the area alive and active, offering many activities that you can experience during the winter season and beyond. Let’s see in detail 10 things to do in Chiesa Valmalenco and its surroundings to spend a wonderful holiday!
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Discover the best 10 things to do in Chiesa Valmalenco:
Skiing in Valmalenco Bernina Ski Resort
A very famous ski resort in Lombardy with almost 60km of slopes that wind around the Palù alp, Valmalenco allows all skiers to try their hand at splendid descents or eat in the various refuges in the area. At the Alpe Palù Ski Area there are slopes for all levels, from beginners to experts. The Valmalenco Bernina Ski Resort with its Alpe Palù and Caspoggio areas is characterized by always groomed slopes and has a record-breaking facility, the Snow Eagle, the largest cable car in the world with cabins for 160 people that takes skiers from about 1,000 meters above sea level to 2,080 meters above sea level. If you dare try the Thoeni, a black slope with an impressive wall. Skiing in this resort is also very comfortable with the Chiesa Valmalenco skipass purchased on Snowit.
Ski touring and freeriding in Chiesa Valmalenco
A ski touring and freeride paradise, in Chiesa it is possible to venture out on many excursions in the area of the Bernina or Disgrazia glaciers. The Valmalenco is a great destination for ski mountaineering, in particular the Pizzo Cassandra as well as the Pizzo Scalino are territories practiced for the advanced course of Cai (Sa2). In summer Valmalenco offers wonderful emotions for lovers of hiking, but also climbing and trekking, among all the routes stands out the Bernina unique mountain over 4,000 meters of the Rhaetian Alps or the Disgrazia with important routes. For those who don’t like sealskins and for Freeride enthusiasts it is possible to use the facilities and then go looking for off-piste lines or book a flight in Heliski to reach places further away from Valmalenco and its surroundings.
Visit the snowpark of Palù
Palù Park is a point of reference for many riders, here have grown up characters of the caliber of Nicolino Dioli (Italian national freestyle snowboarding team). For those who love jumps, evolutions and fun the snowpark of Chiesa is the right place, you can do lessons and it’s perfect for those who are starting with freestyle having many facilities for beginners. The Park is very well equipped with various lines and structures to have fun trick snowboarding and freestyle skiing. The Palù Park is divided into two main areas. Park 1 with an 11 meter jump, a 9 meter funbox and a rail line with a 4 meter quarter with rail on the coping and final rail on the exit. Park 2 has a box line with a straight box of 6 meters and a flat-descent box of as many meters, a series of jumps from 3 to 7 meters, a real line with pipes and tanks to close with three funbox lines of 7 meters. Remember your helmet!
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Take an excursion to Lake Palù
One of the magical places of this resort, a very suggestive alpine lake at about 2000m that during the winter season is frozen. There is a loop trail along its shores and a fantastic refuge (Rifugio Lago Palù) for hiking enthusiasts! Lake Palù is a destination that can be reached both in summer with pleasant walks and in winter when it turns into a cross-country skiing area.
In Chiesa Valmalenco cross-country skiing is an institution with trails and rings for fans of this discipline. There are the natural slopes of Lake Palù that wind for 17km at an altitude of 2000m, also there are the cross-country skiing rings of San Giuseppe (up to 30km) and another 7km in Lanzada with about 1km artificially lit for those who want to try to train in the evening!
Glamping at high altitude
2CUORI IN PISTA is the first Suite built on a snowcat for a unique and romantic experience in direct contact with nature, ideal for a Valentine’s Day in the mountains. The brand new glamping at high altitude consists of a suite surrounded by nature that includes a small bar corner where you can find typical Valmalenco products, room service with breakfast, transport by snowmobile to the Suite or to the refuges where you can have dinner. The perfect place for a romantic getaway on the ski slopes!
There is also a skating rink in Ganda in Lanzada at the Pradasc sports centre, which can be easily reached from Chiesa. This place also carries with it the history of some champions such as the Olympic champion Arianna Fontana who took her first steps in this very place.
Climbing the frozen waterfalls
Have you always dreamed of becoming an enterprising climber? At Chiesa Valmalenco dreams come true! Thanks to the help of certified mountain guides you can climb a real ice waterfall! The Valmalencoalpina mountain guides will take you on an unforgettable ice climbing trip to Chiesa Valmalenco through test rides, workshops and courses for experts. Ice climbing is an extremely fascinating sport in the balance between liquid and solid state, suitable for adventurous spirits.
Snowshoeing at Lake Palù
Snowshoeing is a sport in continuous growth, an activity that can seduce all lovers of relaxation, panoramas and the mountain in all its facets. There are several snowshoe trails in Chiesa Valmalenco that will allow you to enjoy the mountain and its beauty during the winter, seeing the wildlife of the area. Many trails start from the hamlet of San Giuseppe, in Valmalenco, where you can choose different routes that lead to Lake Palù and the homonymous refuge a little higher up. The easiest route follows the signs for the botanical route, which is marked throughout the entire route. The path enters the snow-covered conifer woods, cutting from time to time through beautiful panoramic mountain pastures. The alternative is to take the carriage road to the Barchi and continue uphill until you reach (1,738 m), where there is a restaurant of the same name. The duration of the route is about 3.00 h.
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Overnight stay at the hotel Tremoggia
At the Hotel Tremoggia in the village of Chiesa in Valmalenco you will have the opportunity to taste the best wines of the area, with its wine cellar and restaurant could be the best food and wine experience to do in the area. In addition, you can enjoy a Spa, which you can also reserve for some special appointments.