Visitor reviews for Livigno Ski Resort
January 11, 2015
Stan Wiszkowski from United States
I came from Poland to the US 34 years ago. After years of skiing east (ice skiing), west (powder) and Canada I discover Europe again. First Austria and France and now this year, in April, I'll be visiting Livigno for the 3rd time. In April, there are 80% Polish skiers and the rest are mostly Eastern Europeans. Mottolino has few very demanding runs and a lodge (on higher elevation ) with DJ. I always have a great time being there around and after lunch time. Music and dances are great. Prices are low and food is good; what else can I expect? This is the place to ski and have fun.
Just note: now I live in South Florida yards from Keys.
Overall: 4.6. Based on 53 votes and 75 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Livigno.
Public Transport: 3.8
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Livigno, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Livigno, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.6
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.7
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Livigno.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.7
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Livigno, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Livigno is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Livigno relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.9
(1) There are no snow groomers at Livigno, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Livigno are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Livigno is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.6
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Livigno, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.9
(1) Livigno usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.8
(1) The staff at Livigno are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Livigno are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 5.0
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.9
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.7
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Livigno has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Livigno, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.9
(1) Not even a kicker at Livigno, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Livigno, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Livigno has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.5
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.6
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.4
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.7
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.8
(1) Overall, Livigno is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.9
(1) Overall, Livigno is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
December 30, 2014
Axel Rator from Netherlands
Livigno is a lovely place to visit. Surrounded by the Swiss Mountains at 3 sides and Italy on one side this is a non EU mini state like Monaco. Livigno is a status aparte and there are no (VAT) taxes. There are more shops to mention. Shop till you drop is easy to do in Livigno, prices of gas are about 1 eur per litre cheaper than the rest of the EU, parfums are 40-70% cheaper. Most of the who-is-who in design have flagship stores in town. The mountain pistes are very nice, most are blue and red but there are black ones which are used for world champions trainings. Helicopter rentals? Yes, as there are the best freeride mountains where deep powder snow is mostly present. Livigno town is at 1800 metres plus and the top of the mountains at about 3000 metres above sea level. Livigno has two separate ski mountains: Mottolino at one side where one of the best and largest snowparks is present and where The 9 Knights (for guys) and The 9 Queens (for galls) games are held in enormous kickers, jumping, halfpipe 20 to 30 metres high castle made of snow. And Carovello Sci at the other side of town; both sides are not connected. But Carovello is sunny in the morning and Mottolino from lunchtime 'til the evening. For kids there are many practice hills and rolling rubber band lifts. There is a lot to do in the surroundings like Husky Dogsled Riding near Bormio. For food we love eating at Paprika in the centre of town. Beer is a must to try at the highest brewery in Europe. The name Little Tibet that is given to Livigno is because of the cold that can be there at times, -35C so be prepared. Because of the cold the powder stays what it should be: powder.... and powder is what I like. The deeper the better.
October 08, 2014
Peter Jack from United States
If you really want your family to be filled with an extraordinary bound of happiness trust me it is the perfect place. Guys, I'm not exaggerating things but you can feel the same after visiting over here.
January 05, 2014
50 Somthing Skier from Australia
5th Jan 2014,
Great place, come one, come all. Beautiful slopes, groomed to death. Good lifts, nice places to eat, reasonable cost. Dumping powder for two days. Just dug my car out. Sunny tomorrow and deep powder. Could this be heaven.
Recommend the Skiatorie Hotel. Not near the action but you can ski to door and it's a 50 metre walk to lift. Hotel is first class; shinny and new.
December 30, 2013
Gerard Landman from Australia
Well, when I saw another reviewer's submission from South Africa (where I came from originally and emigrated to Australia in 2001), he wrote such a negative report, but here is my view:
• I have been skiing in Livigno since early 1980's and has been skiing in numerous resorts all over Europe, Australia & New Zealand.
• In January 2013 it was my 24th time skiing in Livigno and my biggest group of friends and family that I took with me was in 1987 when I was accompanied by 86 people.
• I still believe Livigno provides the best ski conditions and equipment for extreme value!
• The local people are extremely friendly and provide such a wonderful atmosphere! I can only highly recommend anyone who appreciates snow and skiing
Welcome to contact me and ask questions !! – firstname.lastname@example.org
I now live in Sydney Australia and, by the way, am leaving for Livigno on the 24th January till 8th February 2014!
December 08, 2013
Sonya Eriksson from Norway
Livigno caters for all level of skier. Best way to get there: fly to Zurich and then take the train to Zernez and final short bus ride to the village. Swiss trains fabulously on time and transfer from train to train very easy. Piece of cake.!
November 18, 2013
Gerald from South Africa
This December will be our 5th visit to Livigno. Cannot agree with another reviewer as we were there at the same time.
I do not believe it has deteriorated. On the contrary, we enjoy each visit more and more, and can only recommend it as a wonderful place. The ski slopes are very well groomed even if weather conditions are not perfect.
The bus and taxi service is excellent. The locals are one of the main reasons we come back as they are friendly and treat us like family.
Yes, it has become more expensive for South Africans, due to the devaluation of our currency but it is still inexpensive compared to other ski resorts. Delicious Italian food at very reasonable prices.
You cannot please everyone but Livigno will please most.
March 13, 2013
Michael the Good from United Kingdom
I'd never skied in Livigno before and agree it has been an awful long way to go (at least 5 1/2 hours from Milan along a slow and narrow single highway from Lecce but now there is a tunnel from St Moritz. We stayed in a delightful apartment above a microbrewery producing both English, and German style beers in 5 litre jars. Great atmosphere and good food.
Livigno itself more than made up for the long drive with superb skiing and a fabulous and lively centre. I took my 10 year granddaughter, who not only enjoyed the skiing but also the ice rink and huskie sleigh ride available. We joined up with the local Inghams ski rep who was very entertaining and a great guide. The local people are very friendly but personally I didn't find the goods that cheap despite the duty free status. I would definitely go again, perhaps via St Moritz.
January 24, 2013
Gordon Bloch from Israel
We have heard about this resort and have wanted to visit for so many years that we decided 2013 would be the year. To reach the resort is longer than any other resort we have ever visited and we have been skiing in Italy, Switzerland and France for the past almost 40 years.
That said we found Livigno absolutely delightful. Plenty of shops, in a pedestrian zone area, and the bars and restaurants, each one more delightful than the next. We prefer self catering so took an apartment next to the Mottolini Cable Car. Could not have been more convenient!
For us the slopes were amazing, never ever have we skied on such wide slopes at any other resort, well groomed and a pleasure to use. Since we were off-season there was no waiting for lifts etc.
What is interesting is that one can ski on both sides of the valley, so we did one day either side, with a free shuttle bus service running all day so no problem to get around.
The town itself is about 5km long and makes for interesting window-shopping since the town is duty free and many shops specialise in perfums, booze and smokes, with the supermarkets selling a large variety of chocolates.
Restaurants are plentiful with any variety of cuisine on offer.
What we did find interesting is that the bars offer a free buffet with one's drink. No extra charge and the drinks are reasonably priced, a must for the visitor.
With the skier and family in mind, plenty of runs at all levels, and many play areas for children of all ages.
The strangest fact about Livigno is the snow. We found it harder than we have been used to. Don't know if it's the low freezing temperatures, but often we felt we were skiing on pebbles!
All in all, a very enjoyable 2 weeks was had.
December 25, 2012
Martin Brøchner-Nielsen from Denmark
Going to Livigno for the 9th time this January. Have stayed in different places, hotels and appartements, but have never been dissapointet. The food and bars in the ski area have good food and drinks and nice atmosphere. And the preperation of the pistes is beyond what I have ever seen at other places. So, Livigno, I'll be back, again and again.