The magnificent Italian high alpine valley resort of Livigno had a fantastic snow season last year, and offers one of the best all round ski experiences in the Alps. They call it Italy’s ‘Little Tibet’; Snowaction’s Dave Windsor calls it one of his favourites. Skiing Italy generally is exceptional value for money and Australia’s Italy specialists skiitaly.com.au can sort you a great deal and great advice – owner Tania Peccedi comes from pedigree, her dad was Italy’s World Cup Alpine race coach for many of the golden years so she has plenty of connections.
Livigno is a tale of two mountains and two lift companies. To the east is Mottolino, with its dominant Mont dala Nef peak at 2,785m and alternate black, red and blue routes down; to the west is Carosello, a sweeping ridge that runs the length of the north-south village. Fortunately the Livigno ski pass seamlessly covers all 31 lifts servicing 115km of piste, as does the golden sun, beaming rays over the village and making it possible to ski sun runs all day long. Italy claims to be the sunny side of the Alps and it’s true.
The dual mountain rivalry in Livigno is friendly though competitive, which bodes extremely well for guests who benefit from a constant state of improvement and renewal. Both sides are big, brilliant and distinguishable enough to make it feel like two resorts in one. Slope side there are big air bags to practice aerials; recreational race, slalom and boarder cross courses; parks for both beginners and experts alike; and plenty of rifugios to have a cleansing ale, polenta, risotto, pasta or steak while enjoying live music and DJs.
Carosello rises out of the middle of town, and is extensively lifted, providing countless cruisers to do laps on.
Mottolino has a big park reputation that draws competitors to events like the boarder World Rookie Tour, the amazing Nine Knights invitational and Italian Freeski Tour.
Mottolino can also lay claim to having the snappiest dressed lifties I’ve ever seen, making it Itay’s Alpine fashion capital.
Livigno’s lavish and lively lifestyle makes a dream destination for fun, friends, families and lovers. Perched high in the Alps at 1816m, the vibrant village exudes charm and character, whilst the pristine postcard presentation is simply flawless. From the piazzas to the pedestrian centre, and the hotels to the residences, this is ski-in, lift-out perfection personified. Tucked up at such high altitude I didn’t feel a sense of being surrounded by grandeur, rather I was part of it.
In town the fashion parade continues as the streets are lined with boutiques bursting with name brands. Livigno’s special status as a duty free zone attracts buyers of apparel, accessories, electronics and fuel.
No wonder local Tourism boss Luca Moretti gets excited talking about it.
“Livigno has been confirmed as an ideal destination for enjoying unique experiences in the very heart of the Alps, also thanks to the heavy snowfall which characterised the 2017/2018 winter season. The acknowledgement of Best Ski Resort 2018 we were awarded by go4ski.com has further confirmed this. Indeed, Little Tibet, as this area is also known, continues to stand out on the national and international panorama thanks to our freeride project, incredibly modern ski-lifts, well-organised entertainment programmes and a range of tourist offers which satisfy even the most demanding of our guests.
“We organise a wide range of activities and adrenaline-filled descents, multisensory food and wine experiences and afternoons which focus on wellness. The great passion and dedication we, the sectorial operators, have always had means we’re committed to offering tourists from around the world alternative ideas for enjoying unique experiences immersed in a postcard-like setting”
It’s all true, check it out soon.
Getting to Livigno
Fly to Milan, 4½ hours over the Passo di Foscagno on the Livigno Express ski shuttle.
Livigno Resort info/packages
Packages & specials www.skiitaly.com.au
Check their FreeSki Promotion (free lift tickets included with accommodation) for December pre-Christmas weeks for Livigno & nearby Bormio.
Plus, Livigno has a very popular Family Week (26 Jan – 2 Feb) with lots of advantages for families (free skipass for under 12/promo rates for kids group ski lessons + rental).