Livigno

Catherine Fetherston on 09 December 2019

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I was very fortunate to travel with Topflight Holidays (Ireland) to Livigno. This is a destination that I have been selling for nearly 20 years so it was a super opportunity to be able to experience the resort in person. We travelled from Dublin with Aer Lingus to Milan Linate in a group of 12, the transfer time of 4 hours had always put me off visiting this ski resort in the past but it was not an issue at all. We travelled by coach and stopped after approx. 2hrs for a 30 minute break, chance to sample some Italian pizza!

We arrived in resort with fresh snow falling. It was super to experience the resort and ski the Carosello and Mottolino areas. I would recommend the area to beginners and intermediate skiers - groups and families. The resort of Livigno is set in a high, wide, remote valley close to the Swiss border, most of the slopes are above the tree line, and Livigno is known as ‘Little Tibet’ because of its height and remoteness. For centuries it has enjoyed duty-free status, which makes shopping here (especially for alcohol and tobacco) a bargain.

Accommodation is strung out over 4km alongside the local road, and buildings are low rise and mainly built in traditional chalet style. There is a long car-free pedestrianised section that forms the hub of the village, approx. 1 km long. The ski area rises up on both sides of the road and the two sides – Carosello and Mottolino – are linked by free buses but not by pistes.

The slopes suit beginners and moderate intermediates best, a combined 115km of pistes. Thanks to its high altitude the resort is very snow sure and has a long season that lasts from the end of November to the beginning of May. The main terrain park is top-notch and has hosted many international competitions – watch out of this resort, you will hear more in the future as it will host the freestyle and snowboarding events of the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Olympics! If you would like me to advise you on this ski resort and check prices and availability please do not hesitate to contact me, having experienced the resort now my self I can personally recommend. Grab your skis and go!

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