The Cross-Country Area
The sunny high valley around Livigno is home to approximately 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) of cross-country trails. Classic skiers as well as skaters find easy as well as challenging tracks at an elevation of 1,800 metres (5,906 ft). No matter what trail you go for, or which technique you use, there's one thing you can be sure of: at Livigno, Nordic skiers can enjoy beautiful landscape, fresh air, and peaceful quiet.
First Trail Open in October
Thanks to its snowfarming, Livigno is able to start grooming the first 5km trail for expert skiers to practise as early as October. A large snow depot set up in spring survives the summer tanks to sheets and silo covers. The first groomed track is the expert trail "Pista Fondo" at the edge of town.
Besides its relatively plane surface, it is its high snow safety that makes Livigno a paradise for cross-country enthusiasts. Beginners and skiers who are just getting back into cross-country will find ideal conditions for practising. Cross-country skiing courses are available as well, for those who would like to learn the right techniques with the help of a professional. Furthermore, you can try the combination sport biathlon at Livigno.
The International Sgambeda-Ski Marathon
La Sgambeda, an international cross-country ski marathon, kicks off the Nordic winter sports season at Livigno in December. Besides professional athletes, hobby skiers area also allowed to take part in the famous competition, which is part of the prestigious "Swix Ski Classic Events". The approximately 1,300 participants have to ski a total of 42 kilometres (26 miles). Parts of the race go along local roads that are groomed especially for the event. Junior skiiers can put their ability to the test at the MiniSgambeda one day in advance.
The Most Beautiful Tracks
A Must for Experts - Marianna Longa
Experienced cross-country skiers should not miss out on the expert trail "Marianna Longa". Designed by local Fausto Bornetti, a former professional cross-country skier, it has a number of challenges for your skill and stamina. Snowmaking is available for part of the trail.
- Offering 18.64 miles cross-country trails, Livigno is among the 10 largest Cross-Country Skiing Areas in Italy.
- Livigno is among the 3 best rated Cross-Country Skiing Areas in Italy.
- Elevated between 5958 ft and 6234 ft, the Cross-Country Skiing Area is the highest elevated Cross-Country Skiing Areas in Lombardy.
- Average snow depth during the season is 51 " at summit elevation and 24 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during March, offering an average snow depth of 60 " at summit elevation and 31 " at the base. This makes Livigno the cross-Country skiing area with the best snow conditions in Lombardy.
- Livigno features 89 sunny days on average per season. The average for all cross-Country Skiing Areas in Italy is 88 sunny days. March is the sunniest month with an average of 23 sunny days.
Approaching from Bolzano, Livigno is easily accessible via SS42. Follow the road until Ponte di Legno, then change onto SP29. Once in Bormio, take SS301 to Livigno. If you're travelling from Switzerland, you get to Livigno via Fuorn Pass, Munt la Schera tunnel, and Passo del Gallo.