Livigno, Italy Ski Holiday Guide

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Located at an altitude of 1,800m-3,000m, snow is somewhat assured in Livigno starting November until May, and the place is ordinarily postcard-perfect in heavy snow. It's not a welcome experience going in and out (journeys from 'nearby' airports are seldom less than 200km), and its geographic reclusiveness (it used to be known as 'Little Tibet') has led overtime to Livigno's establishment as a duty-free town.

In Livigno Italy, the mixture of practically free vodka and abundant virgin snow means that more Brits are making the journey to Livigno more than ever, joining the predominantly Italian and German holidaymakers and crowding those rustic cowsheds with their hard-earned cash. Because of this, the road has been expanded, the buses made more and more efficient and more modern hotels and resorts have sprung up on the outskirts. The center of the place, however, remains untouched: Livigno still looks and feels great -although expert skiers are not served well by the surplus of red runs - and on more tranquil days it could still seem like the quintessential winter wonderland.

Livigno is an ideal place for skiing and snowboarding beginners to find their feet. The whole north-western part of the valley is fringed with a line of low-lying blue runs, all of them short and almost all of them accessed with a draglift. The easiest and so far the most enchanting tourist destinations in Livigno are those that face San Rocco, lifts 17A (chair) and 17B (drag): the greatest way to tackle Livigno's lifts is through their numbers, especially when they aren't bound to any noteworthy landmarks. These blue runs go along the valley (lift 22 is a little longer, steeper one) to the assortment of chairs that take skiers to the top of chair 28. More comfortable riders can then traverse a couple of reds to the top of lift 16 (Veta Blesaccia, 2,796m), but either way the blue runs that find their way back to the valley are some of the longest you'll find in the Alps.  The same is true on the flip side of the valley: from the tip of the Mottolino gondola get lift 6 to the top of Monte della Neve (in good weather only; it's among the most exposed chairs in the area), and next, stay on the blue run all the way back to base.

Winter Sports Destinations Livigno, Italy

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