The Ski Resort
Livigno in the Italian state of Lombardy nestles in the picturesque mountains close to the Swiss border. As a result, the resort is known for a rare pleasure away from the slopes: duty-free shopping. Uniquely, Livigno is also a popular destination for telemark skiing, with the town playing host to the annual telemark festival “Skieda”.
Livigno boasts a whopping 65 kilometres of red-marked runs, which means the ski area is particularly attractive to intermediate skiers. Beginners can also explore 30 kilometres of blue-marked groomers while experts can challenge themselves on 20 kilometres of black-marked trails. The runs extend down the mountainside on both sides of the valley above Livigno. However, the Mottolino and Carosello 3000 areas are not connected with one another by lift. In other words, you have to take a ski bus to reach the other side of the valley.
For beginners and young skiers, the ski area offers numerous surface lifts serving short practice slopes. These are all located down in the valley. As soon as you are feeling more confident on your skis, try the blue-marked run down from chairlift no. 28 as well as the blue-marked trail no. 6 from the mountain station, which winds its way down into the valley.
Advanced skiers can explore just about all corners of this ski area. In particular, the chair lifts nos. 15 and 16 offer up numerous red-marked runs. The other side of the valley is also home to some great groomers for carving some laid-back turns. On this side, take chair lift no. 4 up the mountain. From there, you can take a red-marked run which then feeds additional trails further on.
The place to be for experts looking for a challenging line is the mountain station of chairlift no. 4. From there, you have a choice of three black-marked runs which fall steeply back down to the valley station.
- Offering 71 miles of slopes and terrain, Livigno is among the 15 largest Ski Resorts in Italy.
- Livigno is the the best rated ski resort in Lombardy.
- Elevated between 5958 ft and 9514 ft, the Ski Resort is among the 15 highest elevated Ski Resorts in Italy. The vertical drop from summit to base is 3556 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Italy is 2710 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long.
- Season starts on Nov 28 and ends on May 2 (155 days). Average season duration in Italy is 114 days.
- Average snow depth during the season (Nov 28 to May 2) is 51 " at summit elevation and 23 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during March, offering an average snow depth of 59 " at summit elevation and 31 " at the base. Therefore Livigno is among the 5 ski Resorts with best snow conditions in Lombardy.
- Livigno features 95 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Italy is 98 sunny days. April is the sunniest month with an average of 22 sunny days.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
Livigno certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to food and drink either. Skiers and snowboarders can look forward to the typically delicious Italian fare here. There are places to eat at the mountain stations of the gondola lift nos. 12 and 27 as well as alongside the red-marked run down from gondola no. 25.
On the other side of the valley, the mountain stations of the chair lifts no. 3 and no. 1 are also good places to take a break. Another mountain lodge is located next to the blue-marked run down from the valley station of the surface life no. 7.
The longest run in Livigno is the Vetta Blesaccia – Costaccia – Livigno route. It is six kilometres in length and drops some 980 metres in altitude.
In contrast, the most demanding run is the one-kilometre piste from Monte Neve to Valfin, which descends some 480 metres in altitude over this distance. For families and children, there are also numerous fun courses and boardercross routes in Livigno. Moreover, a slow-skiing trail also offers a laid-back alternative in the Mottolino area for winding your way back into the valley.
Most Difficult Runs
After enjoying the slopes, Livigno is also well worth exploring. The town is riddled with characteristic wooden buildings and has a long pedestrian zone with numerous duty-free shops. In addition, there are of course a number of bars, restaurants as well as a lively nightlife.
The best way to explore the idyllic snowy landscape surrounding the town is with snowshoes. Indeed, many locals use them as an essential means of getting about.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
Livigno also offers numerous bars. Marcos Cafe & Pub is a good place to start your evening over a couple of drinks. In contrast, Hotel Alegra and Carosello3000 take partying slightly more seriously.
Dining and Restaurants
The restaurant of the Hotel Camana Veglia offers top-notch culinary delights – expect traditional dishes from the region served as part of perfectly-conceived menus.
Infrastructure & Rental
Affiliate Ski Schools
Affiliate ShopsSki Rentals Livigno (8)
From Germany, Austria and Switzerland, head to Landeck then onwards towards St. Moritz until you reach Zernez. Then continue towards the Ofenpass and through the Munt-la-Schera Tunnel to the Italian border station. The Passo del Gallo then takes you over to Livigno.
Alternatively, from Zurich you can travel to Landquart and then on towards Klosters. Then through the Vereinatunnel via Zernez towards the Ofenpass and through the Munt-la-Schera Tunnel to the Italian border station. The Passo del Gallo then takes you over to Livigno.
If you travel by plane, we recommend opting for Milan-Malpensa or Linate, Bergamo-Orio al Serio or Innsbruck. Both airports are served by shuttle buses to Livigno.