Visitor reviews for Livigno Ski Resort

Livigno Ratings

Overall: 4.6. Based on 58 votes and 76 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.8

(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.

Variety of pistes: 4.8

(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.

Off-piste: 4.2

(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.

Scenery: 4.8

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.3

(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: 3.9

(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.

Accommodation: 4.9

(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.

Childcare: 4.8

(1) There are no child care facilities at Livigno, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 4.7

(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.

Shelter: 4.3

(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: 4.9

(1) The staff at Livigno are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Livigno are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 4.5

(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.

Beginners: 4.8

(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.

Intermediates: 4.9

(1) No intermediate terrain at Livigno, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.5

(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.

Cross-country: 4.6

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.6

(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.

Eating: 4.9

(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.

Apres-Ski: 4.7

(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.

Entertainment: 4.7

(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: 4.5

(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.

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January 18, 2010
steveleedslad from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Post the same question on Livigno Forum Trip Advisor, I'm sure you will get help. Sorry I can't help always fly to Bergamo. [note from the editor: I shall leave this message on the site for a short while as it is an answer to another post placed in the Livigno reviews]
January 13, 2010
Conor from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Livigno is, without doubt, the best resort that we have ever visited. The skiing is amazing and the food is great. My family and I go every year from Ireland and enjoy it so much!
December 18, 2009
stokie steve from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Hi we are looking to drive all the way to Livigno for the 1st time ever in January, can any body offer us any advice on route time etc from Calais......
November 05, 2009
Jo from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
A group of 8 of us will be driving to Livigno for the 3rd time on the 11th Dec. Although early season, we haven't been let down by the snow yet. When it comes to going, if the snow is not good, we'll just drive to where the snow is. It will mean losing our deposit, but worth the flexibility. We worked out the cost of the total trip last year - £500 per person. This is for totally everything - food, booze, meals/nights out,crossing, tolls, petrol, self catering accomodation. We will continue to visit Livigno until we need something more challenging.
June 17, 2009
Paul from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have been to Livigno a few times the last trip being in January 2009. It's a perfect place for beginners & intermediates. For experts there is nothing to do there, so don't bother unless you taking your family or friends who want to learn to ski/snowboard. It's very cheap at Livigno compared to other resorts like in France or Austria, but don't be fooled, this place packs a punch. It has an impressive modern lift system, the terrain park is very good, it even hosts the world rookie fest and some other contests. I also read that pros coming to practice. Livigno is quite snow sure due to it's high altitude, but snow cannons are everywhere and grooming is top notch. In other words there is always plenty of snow. Off-slopes: If you want night clubs go to Ibiza. However, there are plenty of bars and restaurants in Livigno. Don't just walk the main road and think that's all there is as there are nice, cosy bars behind buildings off the main road. The bar/club on Carosello mountain is the one to check. It's party time until 5am with people getting very drunk. Also check Original Galli bar where party time also runs until the early hours. All in all, there are much better resorts to go to than Livigno but at £220-£250 for 7 days in nice cosy self catering acommodation with flight and all transfers, what more do you want?
March 31, 2009
Simon from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I came back from Livigno three weeks ago. I went with a group of four guys and decided to try out Livigno due to reports of a good ski area and cheap après-ski. My parents would have loved the ski area. Seriously wide and empty slopes and not challenging at all. A red in Livigno is closer to a green in France. A couple of more interesting blacks thrown in but not enough to challenge a descent skier. The snow was superb with fresh powder every day, but by the third day we had tackled all runs, but that said we did ski quite hard. The food in was excellent and well priced and it's true, a bottle of vodka is around £5. The après-ski was limp and too far apart. We went in peak season and most bars we're half full. The après-ski straight off the runs was, again, a bit of a disappointment and no comparison to the well known resorts in France etc. Kokodi was as good as it get's. For a group of 4 youngish lads who are half descent skiers and looking for a party town, I would consider other destinations. If you are a family on a budget or skiing with couples then give Livigno a go.
January 18, 2009
Izo from Ski Slovenia Slovenia
I was first time in Livigno in the middle of December 2008. There was a lot of people - this is very annoying on ski slopes. If you want to go with bus, you have to wait half and hour and more to got it. One cabin lift from bottom didn't work - and this wasn't nice, because this can help skiers not to concentrate on one (or two) lifts from bottom. Lift are relatively old. But I have to say that slopes are fantastic and snow is very good (Livigno is at high altitude). One big minus for Livigno is that there are many dogs in the village. One of them bites my 10-years old son. The tunnel to Livigno is quite expensive. Otherwise, people are very kind and I'm sure that we will go to Livigno again.
December 22, 2008
Craig from Ski Italy Italy
Went boarding to Pila, Livigno and Validentro last week. Livigno is obviously a lot larger than the other resorts and has more non-locals. This being said, on Saturday the conditions for boarding and skiing were perfect. With Saturday being the changeover day for Livigno, the runs were extremely quiet, combined with the resorts wide open areas, you can cruise your way down some great reds for intermediates and hardly see a soul. Some of the runs are still closed, but, at 80% open at the moment, there is still plenty of fun to be had. If you're a beginner or intermediate and have never been to Livigno or not considered it, then this is a superb resort with good quality runs and a range of areas to explore. For more advanced riders then maybe a day or two and you'd have nailed the blacks. The board park is good and definitely worth spending a little time in. In the resort and the cabins on the mountains food is fairly cheap and quality is general very good for the money. Being tax free, drinks are cheap and house wine (usually decent in Italy) is about €8 - 10. The apres-ski is not as lively as say, Mayrhofen, but still there are a few good bars to hangout in. The drive is a bit of a pain and access throughout the winter is via Bormio and a couple of routes in from Switzerland. The drive from airports in Milan or Bergamo is about 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 hours by car (Worth getting a hire car as coach transfers are longer; up to 6 hours I believe on a bad day) but that being said, the journey itself is quite nice through the mountains and some good photo opportunities. I have heard the ski schools are good and reasonably priced compared to some resorts. All in all, this is great place to go, the ski area is good for beginners and intermediates, albeit a little limited for advanced riders, unless you're hanging with friends who are learning, which can be a laugh on the slopes. In addition the board park is well worth it. Check out youtube for some videos of the board park. Definitely recommend a trip here. Happy boarding
December 19, 2008
Keith from Rotherham from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Setting off tomorrow on the drive to Livigno. 5th consecutive Xmas and this time for New Year as well. Drive & self cater accommodation is still cheapest way, though the poor pound will offset the duty free prices. Can't wait - the best way to spend Xmas with family and friends without a doubt. The snow conditions at Livigno look just perfect this year. New winter tyres on and off we go!
November 16, 2008
Stokie Buck from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Its off to Livigno for another great pre-season offer in 4 weeks time. We shall be staying in the Hotel St Michael. We have booked our accommodation through Jacquie from Mountain tours Ltd. I can really recommend her for great advise and a friendly service. We have used her husbands Renzo taxi service from Bergamo airport on a number of occasions, and have found him to be friendly and efficient. If anybody is wondering about the long transfer to Livigno don't worry its well worth it. We have been going to Livigno for at least 12 years along with other resorts but we always love and want to go back to Livigno. Check out the cheap flights with Ryan air and the free lift passes before Christmas and bag yourself a bargain. P.S the snow is already falling...................