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Livigno

Livigno’s fast climbing the ladder of Europe’s favourite resorts... and rightly so. We love the snow sure skiing, world class terrain parks and tax-free pricetag of après and shopping, not to mention the mountain charm you’d expect from a resort rubbing shoulders with St Moritz and the delectable food you’d expect anywhere in Italy.

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At a glance: • One of Italy’s highest • Duty free shopping • Authentic Alpine village

Great for: • Late season • Après ski • Non skiers

Livigno’s fast climbing the ladder of Europe’s favourite resorts... and rightly so. We love the snow sure skiing, world class terrain parks and tax-free pricetag of après and shopping, not to mention the mountain charm you’d expect from a resort rubbing shoulders with St Moritz and the delectable food you’d expect anywhere in Italy.

Livigno Resort

Voted ‘Best European Resort’ in the 2012 World Snow Awards, Livigno is a snow sure mountain town, much loved by skiers from Europe and beyond. Stretching a good 10km along the Spöl valley with mountains on either side and bordering Switzerland’s famous ski classic St Moritz, this is a place you’ll find authentic alpine charm in every nook and cranny with a friendly, cosmopolitan atmosphere.

It’s not just the high slopes and attractive village that make Livigno so hugely popular – its tax free status is a massive draw. You won’t want to miss out on the huge open-air shopping centre, complete with over 250 shops, delis, boutiques and outlet stores… and all duty free! The après ski is some of the most affordable you’ll find – a fraction of what you’d pay over in St Moritz with a pint costing as little as 3€ in some bars and giving you change for a pound in most supermarkets. The town is home to a hearty amount of restaurants, serving nonna’s favourite recipes and terrific cheese fondues thanks to the local Swiss influence.

Livigno Express provide transfers from Milan, Innsbruck and other local airports. If you decide to travel by train from the airport, travel to the Swiss-Italian station of Tirano, where local bus services will take care of the last leg of the journey.

The ski area covers the mountains on either side of the town where 31 lifts take you to intertwining spaghetti-like blue, red and black runs, topped off with the legendary and widely acclaimed Mottolino snow park. If you have the Livigno pass for more than 3 days, you can ski one day in Upper Engadine if you fancy exploring St Moritz.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Italy, Alps.

Established: 1965

Open: mid-December to mid-April

Downhill: 115km

View our detailed Livigno snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Livigno snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Milano/ Bergamo Orio al Serio196 km, 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Beginner
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  • Advanced
  • 30km 26%

  • 65km 57%

  • 20km 17%

Top Altitude:2796m
Bottom Altitude:1816m
Resort Altitude:1816m
Longest run:4km
Slope Orientation:NWE
Vertical Drop:980m
Skiable Vertical:980m
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:No

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Downhill Runs:115km
Beginner slopes:26%
Intermediate:57%
Advanced slopes:17%
Lift Pass Price: 215€ (adult 6 days)
Nearby resorts: St. Moritz, Bormio, Villars, Montecampione, Pontresina, Silvaplana

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Livigno

Various schools like Centrale offer an array of lessons - from playtime tuition for tots to freestyle sessions if you want to crank things up a bit. Kids will love the Yepi trail, which is dedicated to little legs with obstacles and toys.

Gentle blues can be accessed from resort height, so beginners won’t be heading up any mountains without getting a feel for the snow first. Short blue runs served by draglifts from the resort fringes are great for practicing before you tackle the longer blues from Vletta Blessacia later on.

Livigno serves up a generous helping of intermediate terrain; most reds are set to the west of the piste map from the Il Mottolino and Mount Sponda lift drop-offs. Head over to the east side for longer challenges from the likes of the Lago Salin lift.

Experts will find their fair share of thrills in the enduring black drops. Della Neve and Vetta Blessaccia descend from vertigo-inspiring heights of 2785m and 2796m. For off-piste, look to the sunny side of Costaccia and if you’re all about the pow, get knee-deep in Il Mottolino’s fluffy, shaded snow. You also have the chance to reach some untouched powder by heli if you want to carve your name into the mountain.

The legendary Mottolino park has hosted the Burton European Open and won various Oscars in the Snowpark awards; here you’ll find an XL area for pro’s as well as a large, medium and small area – all in super condition thanks to Mino and his team. The Pernice ski slope is also on the Mottolino side. Park 3000 has jumps and rails as well as a bagjump, Boarderzoo (animal themed boardercross) and Boarder Banzai (slightly more serious boardercross). The Burton inspired Woodpark (by the Zuelli slope) is a challenging hidden freestyle trail with ungroomed obstacles.

Livigno Apres Ski

With cheap and cheerful prices when it comes to drinks thanks to Livigno’s duty free prices, you’ll find some pretty amazing après ski.

There’s always a party going down at the ever-popular Daphne’s Pub – a favourite with Brits for its authentic Baita interior, Irish-influenced après, super cocktail menu and legendary Bombardino (you can’t say you’ve experienced Italian après without trying one of these). For a more sophisticated evening, pop into one of the hotels like la Casetta and soak up the views over the starlit mountaintops as you sip on a glass of fizzing Prosecco and nibble on antipasto platters.

Continue the stylish theme for the night at award-winning Mattias’s Chalet Ristorante Gourmet, where its dipped lighting creates the perfect atmosphere for a romantic meal out. For typical Valtellina dishes (think stag cutlet and heaps of cheese), all set in a traditional Alpine restaurant, La Pioda ticks all the boxes and for somewhere Italian through and through, Bella Vista is terrific for families. Sweet tooths will love Latteria where the gelato is some of the best you’ll ever taste.

If you still have steam to let off, Il Cielo Club provides the après, après-ski with hip hop and R’n’B classics until 5 in the morning.

Snowshoeing, snowmobiling and husky sledding are only a few of the things you can try here. A great place for its history, Livigno’s churches are well worth a visit, with the Santa Maria Nascente dating from 1300 AD. If you fancy a day off the slopes to let your aching muscles recuperate whilst keeping the divine mountain views, you’ll love the Bormio Thermal open-air baths.

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Best time to ski Livigno

When is the best time to ski Livigno?

This is one of the best places to ski in Italy in terms of snow conditions, whatever time you plan to visit. With top altitudes of 2796m and heliskiing trips offering further heights to be explored, the tourist office boasts snow sure conditions throughout the ski season.

The slopes receive a little extra dusting at the hands of 100 snow canons if Mother Nature needs a helping hand during the beginning of the season, and northern facing mountains usually do a sterling job in preserving the white stuff later on. With school holidays being scheduled separately to ours, Livigno’s slopes should be less crowded than those of its European neighbours’ during peak weeks.

Peak Dates

It’s all but guaranteed to be a white Christmas in Livigno! Get those chestnuts roasting at your chalet’s open fire and enjoy magical ski conditions all week long. Browse Livigno Christmas ski holidays ‣

Toast a glass of Prosecco to the New Year in Livigno – with tax free shopping there will be no regrets for missing the January sales... Browse Livigno New Year ski holidays ‣

Ski Livigno at half-term for some of the best conditions you’ll find in Italy all season, with tax free prices making this peak week more affordable. Browse Livigno Half Term ski holidays ‣

Thanks to the high slopes, the skiing in Livigno at Easter is some of the best in Italy, and you’re likely to soak up large doses of Italian sunshine too. Browse Livigno Easter ski holidays ‣

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Average Rating 4.8 out of 5
Livigno is a delightful place, an absolute gem. I can’t find a reason why someone couldn’t enjoy themselves here. The people are friendly and the cuisine is superb. Whatever level of skier you are and whatever level of hospitality you want, you will find it here. All in all it’s a very relaxing place and I c... + more
K.L., Yorkshire
5 out of 5
Livigno is a tax-free region so you don’t have to pay VAT – eating out is mindblowingly cheap, you probably pay 10-15 Euros for a meal out excluding drinks. All the shops are duty free; it’s a bit like being in a big airport! In the shops, drinks are about a third of the price you would pay in the UK (althou... + more
Nicholas Basson, London
4 out of 5
I love it here! I don’t ski but I always have a fantastic time and my sons who have been skiing for years say it’s one of the best ski resorts. There’s loads of mountain for skiing and we've always seen plenty of snow in March - the snow this year was exceptional. The mountain is always kept in really good... + more
Anon, Cornwall
5 out of 5
It’s very scenic, particularly the journey there. To be honest, I probably wouldn’t go back. Main reason is that it’s a bit spread out. There’s two sides of the resort to choose from. There’s a lot of skiing, it’s a big area. The après ski isn’t as good as it used to be, although it’s not bad. I was so... + more
Ben Lord, Southampton
4 out of 5
I tend to go here every year. I love Livigno! I keep coming back because it’s not too busy and they have good snow, even late in the year. We’re snowboarders and Livigno is absolutely brilliant for boarders. There’s a cool little board park (right by the San Giovanni Hotel), and there’s lots of good runs an... + more
Philip Bullen, Cardiff
5 out of 5
Livigno is just great, there’s so much to ski. We’ve been there several times and it’s a very good place. You’re in a valley so you have two mountains to choose from. At the bottom there are lots of gentle slopes and there are some more beginner slopes at the top too. There are lots of easy blues and reds a... + more
Peter Rudling, Leeds
5 out of 5
I’ve been to Livigno a lot of times; it’s a well trodden path. I have two small children and it’s great for families, a nice place – it is what it is, it’s not contrived or posh and what they do, they do well. It just has a nice mix of skiing and is high – I’ve been coming here for 20 years and never... + more
Mrs Brennan, Staffordshire
5 out of 5
Livigno is a wonderful Italian resort with some lovely shops and some great après ski! If you are looking for a great night out, or some drinks with friends, Mickey’s Pub is the place to be. Livigno is also a tax free resort which opens itself up to some great shopping if you are looking to get some new gear,... + more
Calvin, London
5 out of 5
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Families in Livigno

Livigno opens its doors to families for their perfect family getaway. Spend the week surrounded by beautiful sights, great ski facilities and an evening around a log fire in your chosen accommodation, together. If you’re thinking of staying in a hotel, our best family properties have crèches and kids clubs to provide an action-packed week for any little ones a bit shy of the skiing age. With games and snow activities planned, the rest of the clan can ski in the knowledge that your tots will be having just as amazing a time. Apartments are another good option for families who want the place to themselves – most are built slope side, with easy access to ski schools and lifts of a morning.

Come together in the afternoon for exciting activities in the way of snow tubing, snowmobiling and husky sledding- guaranteed to be a week you’ll all remember!

School holidays usually fall on a different week to Italian school holidays, meaning that a week off school spent in Livigno shouldn’t be too busy. Travel with our airport and transfer packages for kids who just can’t wait to get to the mountains! If you fancy a journey filled with singing and stop-offs at some breathtakingly beautiful European landmarks, our self-drive holidays may be more what your family have in mind – call our ski specialists for expert advice and easy booking.

GroupsGroup Holidays Livigno

Planning a group holiday with all your snow-loving friends? Livigno is great for skiers and boarders of all abilities: beginners can join the ski schools for some morning tips on scaling the mountains. Ski with the rest of your party of an afternoon, as you tackle some of the mountains’ higher challenges and get a little friendly competition going in the snowy playground found near ski run number 10.

If you’re a bunch of intermediates, you’ll be pleased to hear that over 50% of Livigno’s runs are classified red, so there’ll be plenty of routes for you and your amici to take. Advanced skiers and boarders will find the thrills they seek on the castle ‘Raffa’ jump structure and in Livigno’s heliskiing opportunity- leave your own mark on the mountaintops’ untouched snow. Don’t think you need to be leaving your non-skiing friends back in Britain: the Bormio Thermal baths facilities and a huge shopping centre mean they’ll be happily occupied while everyone else is on the slopes.

If you’re a group on a budget, apartments are a cheaper option, many are built slope side so that you can ski to your door and crash out together later on. Hotels work brilliantly for groups too, with rooms often available for stragglers to book later if they want to join the party.

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"Delightful"

K.L., Yorkshire
5/ out of 5
Livigno is a delightful place, an absolute gem. I can’t find a reason why someone couldn’t enjoy themselves here. The people are friendly and the cuisine is superb. Whatever level of skier you are and whatever level of hospitality you want, you will find it here. All in all it’s a very relaxing place and I can’t fault it. They have apartments as well as very luxurious hotels if you want to splash the cash on pampering. We like self catering as you can do things your own way and can eat out in the restaurants and talk to the chefs and proprietors which is half the fun. It’s a duty free state because traditionally the town was cut off for 6 months a year so the tax collectors couldn’t get up there. The modern politicians have sustained that and nowadays it’s not just duty free but also VAT free which helps to make it attractive. There are no chain stores, it’s all local businesses and they even have their own brewery which is really cool. The shops include quite a lot of haute couture, with perfumes and fashions - all the big labels from London, Paris, New York are there. It’s never a problem commuting around the town, there’s no queuing for buses and taxis and we never had to queue more than 4-5 minutes for a chair lift, even if there are 200 people in front of you as the lifts are so good they just seem to gobble people up! The fact of the matter is you're 3000m at the top of the hill and next to the Swiss border in the high part of the Alps, so there’s always snow. There are 2 sides of the valley - Carosello goes up to 3000m and Mottolino goes up to nearly 3000m. They have massive facility for making snow although they didn’t really need it this year - they’re expecting the season to go on until mid May! The week we were there was the first week they hadn’t had snow every day for 10 weeks, we had blue skies and sunshine. All the houses, shops and hotels had 3-5 feet of snow on the roofs although the roads and footpaths were always really clear. It’s a playground for all ages. There’s something like 160km of ski area which varies from blue, very modest intermediate stuff, an awful lot of reds and quite a lot of blacks (a couple are challenging and the rest are more like senior reds). For snowboarders, Livigno has the second biggest Snowpark in Europe, in fact there are 2 snowparks in the different sectors and they both have superb facilities with top notch ramps and bumps etc. They also have the facilities for cross country skiing and langlaufing and they have skidoos on a flat area on the lake when it’s frozen. Because it used to take a while to get there, everyone in the resort goes the extra mile to improve the skiing and socialise with you, sharing their stories and experience. You now have access through the service tunnel that goes into Switzerland which was built by civil engineers when they were damming up the lake in Livigno. Innsbruck is a short flight and 2h transfer depending if the coach stops off or not but it’s a pretty swift journey – very pleasant and scenic. Everything is very professional. My son dislocated his shoulder while we were there and was looked after by trauma clinic. They were amazing and had him X-Rayed within and hour and strapped up in a state-of-the-art sling with a CD of his X-Rays to give the GP at home. The incident happened at 11 and by 1:30 he was having lunch with us in Marco’s restaurant. Its little things like making sure we had a phone to call the insurance company that show you how they go out of their way to make sure you have all the help you need. Like the trauma clinic, the ski schools are all absolutely spot on and the organisation and professionalism is amazing. The Italians give really good service and the quality of food and attention to detail of the waiters is always so high, I’ve never encountered any animosity or bad feeling all the time I’ve been there. We’ve never had a disappointing meal anywhere in the town - all the restaurants are competing with each other to perform and they excel in quality and quantity every time. Everything you eat is made from really local ingredients; you’ll eat meat that was farmed on the mountains and fresh eggs from down the road. The best place for pizza is a place called the Bellavista Hotel at the top end of town. For superb everyday cooking, from basic burgers and spaghetti to superb steaks, Marco’s Pub is spot on. The chef is amazing and usually comes out and has a chat with you over a glass of wine. My brother in law was so impressed with Livigno that he did a motorbike trip in the summer and says it’s just as charming in the summer when it becomes a major mountain biking resort. I would certainly go back there, it’s so nice to have a place where you know you're going and know you can relax in a friendly successful place where everyone pampers you – it’s always a pleasure to be there.

"Mindblowingly cheap, great park/boardercross"

Nicholas Basson, London
4/ out of 5
Livigno is a tax-free region so you don’t have to pay VAT – eating out is mindblowingly cheap, you probably pay 10-15 Euros for a meal out excluding drinks. All the shops are duty free; it’s a bit like being in a big airport! In the shops, drinks are about a third of the price you would pay in the UK (although you pay normal prices in bars). There’s also a flat rate of 4 Euros for taxis all around the valley. There isn’t much après on the mountains as the runs are short, so all the bars are at the base of each of the lifts. The skiing is pretty high and the top run at 3000 metres had good snow. It was pretty windy while we were here and at times it was -20 at the resort and -30 at the top – I’ve never been so cold! Most of the lifts were good ones made by Poma and Doppelmayr but there were some old lifts that needed replacing, one gondola had the door half open as you go up the mountain and others were basically like really slow steel park benches which weren’t fun in the cold... Despite the pretty howling winds it was generally really good and we had lots of fresh powder. It’s really set up for the park and boardercross: in one of the jumps in the park you jump over an aeroplane, never seen anything like it! There are loads of groomed runs including easy blues and there’s off piste in the valley down the back but you need a guide. At the end of the day, the top to bottom run is a good 6-7 kilometres and is nice and windy with amazing views.

"Brilliant place, can't want to go back!"

Anon, Cornwall
5/ out of 5
I love it here! I don’t ski but I always have a fantastic time and my sons who have been skiing for years say it’s one of the best ski resorts. There’s loads of mountain for skiing and we've always seen plenty of snow in March - the snow this year was exceptional. The mountain is always kept in really good condition, every evening you can see the snowplough out there and they always make sure they have artificial snow if there isn’t enough. If you’re not skiing there are lots of nice cafes and bars. The buses are free and frequent, you just jump on and off. One thing we do is catch the bus to a farm, obviously they don’t have the cattle grazing at this time of year but they have lovely food with fresh ice cream and things like that. Everyone around the resort is really friendly towards everybody else, it’s a really nice family atmosphere. There are so many lovely places to go and eat, we really liked Bella Vista where we go lot and we've also eaten at Marco’s. We've done a nice little excursion late afternoon where they take you up on a skidoo to a little restaurant and you have drinks and nibbles before going on to an après bar . My sons have also done the skidoos at night on the ice. We like to go back for the same week in March because they have a special event where people come from far and near to ski through the street dressed in national costume. They actually bring the snow into the street (when we first saw lorry loads of snow and snowploughs coming up and down we were a bit surprised!). It has a great atmosphere with people ringing cowbells and people cheering everyone on.

"Not too busy but the ski area is a bit spread out"

Ben Lord, Southampton
4/ out of 5
It’s very scenic, particularly the journey there. To be honest, I probably wouldn’t go back. Main reason is that it’s a bit spread out. There’s two sides of the resort to choose from. There’s a lot of skiing, it’s a big area. The après ski isn’t as good as it used to be, although it’s not bad. I was so knackered in the evening I didn’t really want to go out anyway. There are some scary pistes and some easier runs. They have a park with some jumps and sliders. There’s a bit of everything for everyone. It’s not too busy, no queues really. The first few days were sunny and then we had a bit of a whiteout. It’s not a very English resort, it’s mainly Germans and Italians. We ate out most nights and it’s all Italian food. The restaurants are good value. The transfers was a bit of a trek, almost 4 hours, I thought it would be shorter. Apparently the transfer used to be even longer. We flew into Austria; I’m not sure if we used the best airport, I think so.

"I love Livigno"

Philip Bullen, Cardiff
5/ out of 5
I tend to go here every year. I love Livigno! I keep coming back because it’s not too busy and they have good snow, even late in the year. We’re snowboarders and Livigno is absolutely brilliant for boarders. There’s a cool little board park (right by the San Giovanni Hotel), and there’s lots of good runs and even an air bag jump which is a lot of fun. It’s a very good resort for families. There is a fantastic lift system, with a brand new gondola. They’re always investing in the resort. I would also recommend the ‘New Ski School Livigno’, and the instructors there who are very, very professional – including my friend Moris. The town is nice. There are a few bars and only one club I think (were a bit old for that now!). The restaurants are always good quality and very friendly – in fact everyone is friendly there. It’s duty free as well so the shopping is very good, lots of designer shops, and it does help keep the prices down.

"Better than skiing in Canada and Bulgaria"

Peter Rudling, Leeds
5/ out of 5
Livigno is just great, there’s so much to ski. We’ve been there several times and it’s a very good place. You’re in a valley so you have two mountains to choose from. At the bottom there are lots of gentle slopes and there are some more beginner slopes at the top too. There are lots of easy blues and reds and a few blacks. We prefer skiing in Livigno to Canada where the skiing is much harder and it can get very cold (bring a balaclava if you go skiing in Canada!). We also prefer Livigno to Bulgaria as it’s more snow sure – the snow is pretty much guaranteed here. The town is duty free and there are loads of clothes shops but all the goods are very expensive. Don’t forget to bring anything with you or you will have to pay a lot to buy it while you’re there! It’s reasonable for alcoholic drinks though, especially if you buy them from the supermarket.

"Been here loads, always good snow, great for families"

Mrs Brennan, Staffordshire
5/ out of 5
I’ve been to Livigno a lot of times; it’s a well trodden path. I have two small children and it’s great for families, a nice place – it is what it is, it’s not contrived or posh and what they do, they do well. It just has a nice mix of skiing and is high – I’ve been coming here for 20 years and never had a lack of snow (one year it snowed so much that a 1week holiday turned into 2 weeks...). If you haven’t been here before, eat at the Bellavista restaurant which is at the top of the village, it’s great and we eat there a lot. Also, go up the mountain and eat at one of the mountain side restaurants.

"Love Livigno"

Calvin, London
5/ out of 5
Livigno is a wonderful Italian resort with some lovely shops and some great après ski! If you are looking for a great night out, or some drinks with friends, Mickey’s Pub is the place to be. Livigno is also a tax free resort which opens itself up to some great shopping if you are looking to get some new gear, or some fashion branded clothing. The wine is fantastic and the food is delicious in this wonderful Italian resort. The resort itself is not particularly large, however the skiing is brilliant. There are plenty of runs to suit all skiing abilities.
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