Livigno – a snow sure resort

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Fabio Borga, Livigno

In the Italian Alps, Livigno, is one of those places where you are virtually assured of snow. But unlike the Daily Express which forecasts it almost every day here, Livigno has had tons of the white stuff already this autumn – 83cms on the mountain at the moment – so the fact that the season officially began last weekend seems a little bit like old news. But snow availability is not the only reason why people pick ski destinations; cost and the quality of the skiing come into play as well.

Take cost first. In Livigno there is a special, super-value Skipass Free offer this winter, which will be valid from 1st December to 20th December and from 5th April to 1st May to attract those who ski early or late in the season. During these periods, skiers can obtain their ski pass free of charge, when staying in a hotel for at least four nights or in an apartment for at least seven nights in any of the ski resorts accredited accommodation options. That alone can save hundreds of euros. But although there are super-value weeks dedicated to families taking place from 18th to 25th January; 22nd to 29th March and 29th March to 5th April few of us will take advantage of it because it doesn’t coincide with half-term or Easter holidays.

But if you opt for a weekend, there are new transfer services every Saturday to make access to Livigno more accessible. Families can now pre book transfers from one of three airports in Italy: Malpensa, Linate or Orio al Serio to any accommodation in Livigno with Livigno Express as well as from Innsbruck in Austria.

So what of the skiing? There are 115 kilometres of slopes of various levels from 1,800 to 2,900 metres in altitude, with 12 black, 37 red and 29 blue slopes, served by ski lift systems that include 6 gondola lifts, 13 chair lifts and 11 ski lifts set on two mountain slopes. Every morning news issued on APT Livigno’s website (, will be published on displays at ski-lift stations and in a newsletter. The cross-country ski track has expanded and has its very own snowmaking system, which will ensure snow cover on around 5km of track. 30km of cross-country ski trails are available, in total, spreading across Livigno’s valley and all the way to Alpe Vago.

For those who have no children with them and who want more than skiing, from 1st to 8th March, it’s Carnival time, Livigno-style, with traditional parades and celebrations. This popular event draws many visitors so yu’ll need to book asap in order to get accommodation if you plan on being there.

For more information on Livigno, click here.

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