Livigno Ski Resort Guide
Livigno Valley is known for, and probably even named for, the heavy annual snowfall in the area, allowing a reliable ski season from late November to early May.
It’s a lively resort, with a high population of young skiers, eager to ski hard – and to play hard afterward. The après-ski scene is vibrant and active, offering a wide range of dance and party venues for a place of its size.
Livigno is a great ski resort located between the Swiss National Park and Stelvio National Park. The area was developed with care for the environment and design for a wide range of recreation – especially skiing.
The placement of the mountains and valley means that there is heavy annual snowfall, and it stays reliable throughout the season (as much as these things can be reliable). The mountains are that perfect sweet spot between sheer drops and boring flats, providing a great range of intermediate to expert runs.
The town is long and narrow, and divided into eight districts. Centro, one of the eight, contains the northern end of the pedestrian zone, a great place to go if you’re looking to shop or just have a wander around the place.
On the slopes
Livigno is not aimed at the beginner. There are some slopes suitable for beginners, to be sure, and the usual ski schools are on hand, but the focus of this resort is intermediate and advanced skiing.
The area has enjoyed an increasing popularity among snowboarders, mainly due to the abundance of skiable surfaces and the generous width of many runs.
Night skiing is popular as well, running from 20:30 to 22:30 on Thursdays, from lift number 23.
Added to the excellent and reliable snow conditions, and wide choice of runs, is the stunning scenery through which you’ll be skiing. From quaint valley views to sprawling panoramas from atop the peaks, you’ll breath in the fresh air and the beauty with a deep appreciation for where you are… and every rest will be a pleasure.
Nightlife in the area includes dancing and wild fun at Miky’s Disco, high-energy parties on the heated terrace at Stalet, and the ‘Food and Fun Space’ of Kosmo’s covered outdoor area. Marcos Pub offers live music several nights a week, with loud sound and lots of activity on the dance floor. This resort has a lot to offer the party-oriented skier.
If food is your primary goal, and you want to hold a conversation while you eat it, try Vai Vai. It’s located in the centre of town, and features dishes passed down from past generations – true mountain cuisine. It’s family-run and very welcoming. Stua da Legn is also good if you want something more upscale. For casual dining, La Calcheira works… no-nonsense Italian fare.