Livigno in Italy Resort Guide
In a very remote valley near the Swiss border Livigno grew from four farming hamlets - Santa Maria, San Antonio, San Rocco and Trepalle - to become an elongated single village strung along a valley road. All the way up the valley on one side are short, beginners drag lifts. Also there is a fair variety of skiing for intermediates on both sides of the valley, six black rated runs and some good off-piste possibilities for those prepared to hike a bit and employ a local guide. The high altitude ensures reliable skiing from early season (usually the end of November) through to the end of April. With this snow reliability and 110km of pistes, offering something for most skiers, Livigno could be a great choice for your next ski holiday. There are also some excellent, snow-sure cross-country trails.
One enduring attraction is the duty free shopping which makes some spirits around a third of the UK off sales prices, and designer name fashion clothing at half the normal European city prices; ski equipment is often well below the European norm. Prices in the hotels, bars and restaurants are not really much cheaper than elsewhere in Italy and France. The lift network has been expanded recently. Over recent years Livigno has become well known for its annual Telemark festival La Skieda and the area has become a mecca for local telemarkers.
If you last skied in Livigno many years ago, you might still have memories of the long (sometimes VERY long...) transfers from distant Italian airports. New access means this is now reduced to a very do-able 2.5 hours from Innsbruck; this is comparable with many French resort transfer times, but the costs to eat, drink, ski, stay are all so much lower here, making Livigno a great option for families and groups on a lower budget. There is a great variety of accommodation on offer, including 3, 4 and 5* hotels, family-run B & Bs and apartments.
A big plus for the Alta Valtellina lift pass is that it allows you to access skiing in other resorts including Bormio (an hour on the free ski bus), Santa Caterina (a further 20 minutes) and even a half price day in glitzy St Moritz; the latter isn't easily achieved from any other major resort.
Born 2 Ski were delighted to be invited to visit Livigno, in April 2017. Even in mid-April, the pistes were in great condition, and with blue skies and sunshine, we enjoyed a fantastic day skiing with local instructor, Sabrina, who was born in Livigno and so has skied these slopes all her life. The lift system is modern and efficient, with a good mix of gondolas and chairs.
Away from the slopes, we were impressed by the hotels we visited - featured via our link below - which offer something for all and at all budgets. Are you a group of friends, looking for a friendly, relaxed placed to stay, that won't break the bank? Or a family who'd like a pool, maybe some play space, an hour or two of child care whilst you relax in the spa? Maybe you prefer the flexibility of self-catering? Livigno can offer accommodation to suit most requirements and at generally lower costs than the French or Austrian resorts, plus as a Duty-Free town, you can stock up on all sorts of items.
Accomodation & Après Ski
All the main points around the village are served by a ski bus which is free but do not run in the late evening. The village is well spread out and it is worth ensuring you base yourself near the action and the lifts. San Rocco is fine for the Carosello lifts, but the main ski school pistes are accessed from the middle of the area in San Antonio. San Antonio is reckoned to be the best, most central location.
Most accommodation is in small, friendly hotels. There are a couple of bigger hotels including the Intermonti, Alpen Village and the Golf Parc over in Teola.
More centrally located and smaller are the St Michael, in Santa Maria, which is a few minutes by bus from the main shopping areas and an estimated four minutes walk from the Costaccia lifts. There is reasonable supply of apartments, but mostly it is hotel accommodation. A more than adequate choice of hotel restaurants and restaurants make for both variety and quality at sensible prices. The Bellavista is one recommended charming pizza restaurant. Mario's offers steaks, fondue, and seafood as well as the staple pizza and pasta and is widely praised for value for money and quality.
|RESORT HEIGHT||1815||VERTICAL DESCENT||1200||OPENS||November - May|
|TOP STATION||3000||DRAG LIFTS||17||EXPERT RATING||6|
|BOTTOM STATION||1800||CHAIR LIFTS||10||INTERMEDIATE RATING||10|
Lift Pass Prices From/To (2016/17)
Thanks to the Livigno Ski pass snow sport enthusiasts can enjoy 115 km of perfectly groomed slopes, 2 snow parks, 31 lifts, and a choice of 7 mountain restaurants with sun terraces, as well as an amazing scenery. All this in one ski resort! The ski pass allows for you to use lifts of both Mottolino and Carosello slopes.
- Adult Six Day Pass : 150 Euros - 229 euros
- Child Six Day Pass : 90 Euros - 138 euros
Children aged 7 and under have a free lift pass as long as 1 adult is buying the same duration lift pass (min.3 days). Reduced rates for Seniors
SKI SCHOOL Options - Please ask us for up-to-date pricing
GROUP LESSONS: The beginner to advanced ski school program includes 2 hrs lesson per day with an individual video for each person. In addition, each ski instructor will be available for technical coaching using the video recording. The course ends with a ski race followed by a prize giving ceremony in the evening.
2 hrs per day from Sunday to Friday. Group of maximum 10/11 people. Lessons time 09.00 to 11.00 or 11.00 to 13.00
FRIENDS & FAMILY PACKAGE: private ski lessons for groups, max 5 people: 8 hours: 2h a day x 4 days from 13.00