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Livigno - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Skiing in Livigno
Livigno - Ski Resort in Alta Valtellina, Italian Alps - 110km of Piste (1800m to 3000m)
One of the largest and highest ski areas in the region, actually based on three original villages spread out along three miles of road. Excellent intermediate skiing, and very close to St Moritz, also famous for being duty free, due to its historical remoteness. There are over 200 shops, mostly selling alcohol, cigarettes and perfume.
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|36||Red Pistes (66km)|
|29||Blue Pistes (29km)|
|40km||Cross Country Pistes|
The Italian ski resort of Livigno is part of the Alta Valtellina ski area with access to 112 individual pistes. In addition to the skiing in Livigno itself (110km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Alta Valtellina ski resorts of Bormio and Santa Caterina.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Livigno is able to augment natural snow, on 82km of ski runs, with 136 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 31 Ski Lifts of Livigno are able to uplift 46,460 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Livigno are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in Livigno
A good choice for beginners wanting to have fun, about half of Livigno's lifts are surface drags running parallel to one another along the length of the village over the sunny meadows which nonetheless remain snowsure thanks to Livigno's height. Much of the terrain higher up is intermediate standard but the wide smooth, sunny slopes here can normally be tackled by beginners by the end of their first week. There are in fact six ski areas around the long village, although most are lift linked to one another anyway. The ski area is, however, split in two by the village itself.
On one side, the toughest skiing is accessed by the Mottolino gondola and ultimately rises up to 2785 metres at Monte Della Neve from which the resort's two blacks descend back towards the tree line. The larger skiing sector is accessed by the two stage Carosello 3000 ski centre from the southern end of the village or by a series of chair lifts from the village centre. It is a centre of wide smooth trails well above the treeline and classified red, which will delight intermediates.
Advanced skiers may wish to take advantage of the Alta Valtellina area pass which, with a 6 day pass or longer, includes a day's skiing in the Swiss Engadin region. That famous region includes about a dozen resorts, most famously St Moritz, but also Pontresina, Samedan, Silvaplana and Zuoz . Unrestricted access to Livigno's Italian neighbours, including World Championships centre Bormio as well as Santa Caterina and San Colombano is also included - but it's a bit of a trek to all of these centres.
Back in Livigno the area of Trepalle, beneath Monte Della Neve, is particularly appealing to off piste skiers and 'boarders, telemarkers and ski tourers. It's Europe's highest permanently inhabited parish between 1900 and 2250 metres and is an area of immense peace and splendour throughout the year. Cross country skiers have 40km of trail around the sunny valley and there's a famous international cross-country race, the Sgambeda, a few days before Christmas each year.
Snowboarding in Livigno
Livigno's low prices and party atmosphere naturally attract the 'boarding crowd and, with almost all of the higher terrain served by chair lifts and gondola, it's 'boarder friendly on the slopes too. Although some of Livigno's terrain is off-limits to 'boarders, some 70km (43 miles) of runs are accessible and suited to all standards.
There is one half pipe on the Mottolino side where there's also a fun park with jumps. The resort also boasts two boardercross courses.
Livigno Aprés Ski
A good choice for anyone in search of the elusive - good skiing and good night-life mixture, with the even more unlikely and not too expensive rider, Livigno's duty free status extends to the buzzing bar scene where affordable fun cocktails are often the order of the day.
There's a huge choice of establishments including video bars like Marco's, karaoke joints like Bivio, and discothèques like the very Italian Cielo and Kokodi. A full program of events is organised throughout the season including ice scuplute displays and classical music concerts.
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Livigno in brief
Livigno Ski Resort is:
Good for Expert Skiers.
Very good for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.
Opened : November 24, 2012
Closed : May 1, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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