Overview of Livigno
Sitting at an impressive 1,815 metres altitude in Italy’s Alta Valtellina ski area, Livigno ski resort ranks among one of Italy’s highest resorts with only a few sitting at higher altitudes, hence it is no surprise that it is locally dubbed ‘Piccolo Tibet’ (which translates into Little Tibet) thanks to its lofty heights. Nestled in a quiet valley across the border from St Moritz in Switzerland, Livigno is a vibrant ski resort that posses as a fantastic option for a ski resort getaway. The three hamlets of Santa Maria, San Antonio, and San Rocco combine to form the ski village of Livigno and whichever of these hamlets you choose to stay in, the slopes are never too far away with the majority of the accommodation ski in and ski out. If you happen to be situated not too close to any of the lifts, you can always catch the village shuttle service. Livigni offers up to 115 kilometres of snow sure, high altitude pistes located between 1,815 and 2,797 metres across the two main ski areas of Costaccia-Carosello 3000 and Mottolino; both areas aren’t interlinked but the shuttle service runs between both. Perfect for beginner and intermediate level skiers, Livigno offers a slightly less expensive ski holiday with excellent snow and ski conditions no different from some of the glamorous ski resorts in neighbouring Switzerland or Austria. It has excellent accommodation options, a very efficient ski lift system and a very lively apres-ski scene. In addition, Livigno is located in a duty-free enclave which also makes it a shopping paradise thanks to the savings visitors can make on top quality goods. Just under a 3-hour transfer from Innsbruck, a Livigno ski holiday can be an excellent choice when searching for a quality, high altitude ski resort.
Skiing in Livigno
The skiing experience in Livigno is suitable to pretty much all levels of skiers. Although beginners and intermediates have the lion share of the runs here, expert and advanced skiers still get a good number of testing runs to explore.
The west side of the valley around San Antonio is where beginners can find the main ski school meeting area as well as gentle beginner slopes. Further beginner slopes can be located on the southern side of the slopes around San Rocco and close to the Carosello gondola terminal. Confident beginners can also attempt some of the long red descents which run down the Costaccia-Carosello 3000 for a bit of a challenge.
With both ski areas dominated by long, open reds, intermediates visiting Livigno are spoiled for choice. A few steep reds start off at the summit of Costaccia-Carosello 3000 and run all the way down to the base at San Rocco. There is also a north facing run from the summit of Monte Della Neve that runs down to the base at Teola. Advanced skiers looking for a thrill should also start off from the Monte Della Neve where they can find two black runs down the side of the valley, starting at 2,785 metres. There are also several fantastic off-piste opportunities to explore at Livigno.
Snowboarding in Livigno
Livigno is one of Europe's top snowboard destinations. Its excellent altitude, snow conditions, and long wide open descents are perfect for free riders. In addition, it has 3 ve excellent snowparks all located at different heights and all with modern, high quality facilities and obstacles. The snowpark based at Mottolino is the largest among all three and it is fully equipped with two halfpipes, rails and boxes, as well as some fantastic kickers and jumps. It has also played host to international snowboard competitions in the past as well serving as a training camp for Team GB’s Park & Pipe Freestyle team before the 2018 Winter Olympics. It is also on course to the 2026 freestyle and snowboard challenges in the Cortina Winter Olympics.
Snow Conditions in Livigno
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Apres-ski in Livigno
For a small, high-altitude ski resort, Livigno has quite a vibrant apres-ski scene. With several bars and clubs across the resort, the evening entertainment is very much alive well into the early hours of the night and is guaranteed to give you a memorable experience. We have delved into a few bars and clubs that you may want to explore on your ski holiday to Livigno.
Located at the foot of the Mottolino slopes, Kosmo is very hard to miss. It has a large outdoor terrace that gets very busy at the apres-ski kick off around 4 pm; it's also perfect for catching the sunset and ushering in nightfall with drinks flowing and the DJ sets setting the tone. Known for themed parties and lively events, it has a fantastic party atmosphere. It is also known for its very delicious menu, serving tasty pub meals all day including pizza, burgers and Tex-Mex. A great place to start off your apres ski evening.
Check out the brand new Bivio Club located in the Bivio Hotel in the heart of Livigno. It is the ideal perfect place to enjoy a stylish apres ski evening offering everything from early aperitifs and buffets to funky partying from 9 pm when the DJ kicks starts the real party. The Bivio club lounge features a mix of a contemporary and Alpine design with image stone and wood fittings and attractive neon lights. It is one of the best places to enjoy delicately made cocktails, wines and champagne. It is also known to host special guests as well as special themed evenings.
The Hotel Alegra has a fantastic Alpine bar that comes alive every day from 4 pm. It has a large heated terrace that functions as a dancefloor as it's one of Livigno's favourite dance destinations on an apres-ski evening. The DJ sets feature everything from cheesy pop classics to funk on any given night. If you are perhaps looking for a calmer evening, the Alpine Bar in the Hotel offers a mellow option to the Apres-ski bar. With a warm fireplace in the Alpine Bar, you can relax with a beer, wine and some cold cut meat and enjoy a conversation with friends if you are not up for a long night of dancing and music.
Tagliede is one of Livigno's historic bars. Easy to locate at the foot of the Livigno-Centro cable car, its position is perfect for skiers coming off the slopes. More restaurant-bar than the other apres-ski dance bars in Livigno, Tagliede is ideal for skiers who are after a more chilled evening with some drinks, food and conversation. It's also a great place to have your dinner and your first drinks before heading out to other bars later in the evening. As well as the charming interior, Tagliede also has a partly heated and covered terrace for skiers looking to take in the sun on a clear day. It's not all food and drinks here as occasionally, there are Apres-ski discos organised at Tagliede as they love to get in on the apres-ski fun every now and then.
Miky's Disco Club
A must-visit, Miky's Disco Club is one of Livigno's most unique hang out spots. Centrally located, this old barn was refurbished and transformed into a pub, bar, disco and cafe in the early 2000s and has been rocking ever since. You can walk down the stairs or slide into the bar on its copper slide, which proves to be the favoured mode of entry. It has a fantastic ambience with its old wooden features serving as a throwback to the building's origins. The atmosphere here is fantastic, thanks to the lively DJ sets, bright bar and wide drinks selection on the menu. There is a large open space between the bar and seating area which is filled with dancing people as the night carries on. It also has a cosy corner with a charming fireplace in a large stone wall. Just another one of Livignos awesome party spots.
Facilities in Livigno
Just like the pistes and snow conditions on the slopes, the facilities in Livigno are excellent. The resort is very well equipped with brilliant accommodation, a modern lift system, piste maintenance services and a collection of shops, cafes and restaurants.
Ski Hire in Livigno
Livigno has no shortage of ski hire shops within the resort. If you prefer to travel light and leave your ski equipment at home, you can find a good number of ski hire shops in Livigno. To save yourself the hassle of searching for a ski shop, you can also easily organise your ski hire with us at Erna Low online and as part of your ski holiday package to the resort. We partner with some of the Alp's most well-known ski equipment shops in order to make your ski hire process so much easier and less complicated. Hiring your equipment with us directly allows you to complete the process within a matter of minutes and secure your equipment before you have even left your home.
Ski Passes in Livigno
No need to queue for long periods of time at the ticket machines at the lifts in Livigno if you secure your ski pass with us as part of your ski holiday booking. Simply select the option to add your ski pass to your full order and proceed with your booking. Once completed, we will send you your ski pass ahead of time, so that you can access the slopes as soon as you touch down without having to spend any time trying to obtain a pass. This is particularly handy if you are travelling with the family or with a large group of friends. It also allows you to take advantage of early bird offers and online-only discounts, if available.
Spa and swimming pools in Livigno
If you are after a bit of pampering and self-indulgence after a long day on the slopes in Livigno, check out the Aquagranda centre located in the village. It is one of the largest sports and recreational complexes to be found in the Alps and it has a world-class swimming pool and spa facilities among other excellent services. It comes well equipped with a swimming pool which also has hydromassage beds and water jets; a salt water pool which also has hydromassage beds; a Turkish bath, a bio sauna, a Kneipp path, several massage and beauty treatment cabins, a wellness area with a bar, up to 3 relaxation areas including one outdoor area. Livigno is also very well known for its luxury spa hotels, the majority of which have excellent wellness and swimming pool facilities. One of which is the Hotel Bivio’s fantastic wellness facilities. It has an amazing indoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool. It also has a Sauna Area and Relax area with the former featuring an aromatic Turkish bath, two saunas (80° and 100°), and an outdoor whirlpool. The Relax Area is a tranquil chill-out zone with a lovely bar which serves fresh juices and herbal teas.
Shopping in Livigno
Known as a duty-free haven, Livigno is a shopper's dream. The shopping experience in Livigno actually serves as one of its main non-ski attractions, thanks to its great bargains on a lot of items including clothes, gadgets, alcohol and more. The resort has more than 200 shops on its shopping mile, including designer and fashion shops, snow sports retailers, wine shops, gift stores and many more. There are also a number of grocery shops for essential commodities.
Facilities for children in Livigno
Livigno is a great destination to visit with the family and the children will particularly have a swell time there. The resort has the ideal environment for children; offering a great deal of entertainment both on the piste and off it. It also has facilities and services which are tailored to children's basic needs and requirements all through the season.
Ski Lessons in Livigno
Livigno has no shortage of ski instructors with the resort having quite a number of ski schools offering children's classes. If you are booking your ski holiday to Livigno with us this season and you intend to enrol your children in a ski school, you can easily enrol them with us directly. We have formed great relationships with some of the best ski schools in the Alps allowing our clients the privilege of booking their ski lessons in a stress-free manner. No need to worry about arriving at the resort and trying to locate a ski school. Simply select the ski lessons option and add it to your overall order. We have made this process super easy and very convenient to book in order to save you the hassle and leave you with more time on your hands at Livigno.
Entertainment for children in Livigno
The village of Livigno has fantastic entertainment options for children. On the slopes, the Kids Fun Park is a fantastic place to start. As implied by its title, it is a fun, exciting area that keeps children entertained outside off and on the slopes with its adventure paths, tube track, racetrack and inflatable rafts. It offers an ideal place for all children to have exciting fun regardless of their ski ability level. The Kids Fun Park also has a warm indoor cafe area which is tailored just for the children. Parents can also take the children over to the Aquagrand for a family splash as the facility is very well equipped with a children's swimming pool and paddling pool. It also has a Slide & Fun area which features long and winding water slides, aquatic castles, and other water sports. It also has whirlpools, relaxing beds and a sauna for adults. If the children are animal lovers, you must make time to visit the Husky Village of Arnoga in Valdidentro, one of the largest and most revered dog sledding centres in the Alps. You can visit the dogs and go on dog sled rides as well, one of the most memorable family experiences to have in the Alps.
Childcare in Livigno
There are fantastic childcare facilities and options in Livigno with the resort actually running a kindergarten from 10 am to 4 pm everyday. The majority of ski schools in the area also run kids clubs and childcare services. Check with the tourist office for additional recommendations.
The resort sits in between a valley with the ski slopes Mottolino and Carosello 3000, on either side of the valley. Both areas are generally covered with long reds with Carosello also being home to a number of blues and the nursery areas for beginners as well. Skiing takes place between 1815 and 2797 metres.