Ski holidays in Livigno offer a great combination of snow security and value for money. Perched at 1820m and close to the border with the Swiss Alps, Livigno is well-positioned to get good snow all winter, and with skiing all the way up to roughly 3000m you are pretty much guaranteed to find snow all the way from early December through until late April. As a result, early season and late season ski holidays in Livigno are very popular with local Italians and holidaymakers from all of Europe.
There is some great value for money ski holiday accommodation to be found in Livigno, a prime example of which is the Hotel San Giovanni, located right and the foot of the slopes with easy access to the Carosello 3000 gondola. As well as offering well-priced package ski holidays Livigno is also a tax haven, granted duty-free status in Napoleonic times, and as a result, can offer great value for money on in-resort prices.
The modern ski holiday destination that Livigno has become offers a variety of shops and designer boutiques amongst an array of well-priced bars and restaurants. This coupled with what has been voted Italy's best snowboard park often attracts a younger crowd but there is plenty to do in Livigno for everyone, young and old.
It is also worth noting that many of the tour operators that offer ski holidays in Livigno will organize day trips to St Moritz. Great for those who want to experience skiing in Switzerland as well as Italy or for those who want to check out the shops in another of the Alps top tax fee shopping destinations.
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The skiing in Livigno is all high altitude as the lowest slopes are those that run don to the village at 1820m. The highest skiable point is just below 3000m and it is this height that gives Livigno such a good snow record. When skiing Livigno you have the course of the east or the west side of the village. On the west side you will find the challenging slopes of Mottolino whilst on the east you will find the links areas of Costaccia and Carosello.
The total amount of skiing in Livigno is about 115km which is more than enough for any beginner or intermediate skier but it is worth noting the lift lift pas also covers the ski resorts of Santa Caterina, Bormio and San Colombano (although a bus ride is required to reach all three). For those more adventurous skiers amongst you a 6 day lift pass will also give you a days skiing in the Swiss Engadin Region which includes about a dozen resorts, most famously St Moritz, but also Pontresina, Samedan, Silvaplana and Zuoz. Livigno also has one of Italy's best snow parks!
The beginner skiing in Livigno good not be more suited to the needs of novice skiers if it tried. Nearly half of the lifts that Livigno has are drag lift that run from the village and they run parallel to each other along the valley throughout the village (check out the Livigno piste map tab to see). As a result it means that no matter where you are staying in the village you will easily be able to access one of the beginner slopes. On top of this there are easy blue runs that run all the way down from the top of the mountain into the village which means that beginners skiing in Livigno for the first time will be able to experience the thrill of heading all the way to the top peak.
The intermediate skiing in Livigno is spread throughout the resort and on both side of the village. A good place for intermediate skiers to start their week would be on he eastern side of the resort where they can experience both the reds and blues of Costaccia before heading over to Carosello for some more challenging red runs. Towards the end of the you will want to check out the reds runs available on the western side of the valley and maybe even test yourself on the blacks runs down from Della Neve.
The advanced skiing in Livigno is focused around the slopes on the western side of the village and the area know as Mottolino. If you want to get straight into the swing of things and test yourself on some black runs then this is where to head. Advanced skiers who like freestyle skiing is also want to check out the two snow parks that Livgno has to offer. The park on the Mottolino side has been voted one of the best in Italy!
There is plenty of off piste skiing to be found in Livigno but the main area of interest on a powder day will be the slopes running down towards Trepalle. This is where those in the know will be heading if a fresh snow fall has been predicted.
Snowboarding in Livigno has become vary popular thanks to what has been voted as one of Italy's best snowboard parks. In total Livigno has two snow parks but it is the one on the western side that has gained all of the recent praise. The resort also has two snowcross courses which as also very popular with snowboarders.
The apres ski scene in Livigno is lively and it well priced given its duty free status. If you are after a resort where you can party into the night but guarantee snow during he day then Livigno has that box ticked. There is a buzzing bar scene and you will often find well priced cocktails on the menu. If you want to party even later than the bars are open then check out one of the night clubs such as Cielo for a truly Italian clubbing experience.
Duty free shopping, skating, horse riding, sleigh rides skidoos, dog sledging, ice climbing, cinema, night skiing, trips to St Moritz, snowshoeing, ice karting, Aqua Granda pool and wellness centre.