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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December 25, 2012
Martin Brøchner-Nielsen from Ski Denmark 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.
February 05, 2008
Steve Leeds lad from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Back also on the 9th Feb, after being in Livigno for the new year and can't wait. Don't know if people look on the Livigno Forum Trip advisor. Great tips from people who ski Livigno and local Italians who will answer questions and even ring 'round for you.Seems like a lot of people on the Livigno forum are heading out on the 9th Feb. Steve Leeds Lad AKA Articwarrior
March 29, 2010
simon stafrace from Ski Malta Malta
I have been in Livingo last week and what a great place to be. I just want to give some advice to people: although it is a tax haven everthing is a rip off in Livingo. In fact I wanted to buy a new cam corderd and to my disbelief I found the same Sony came corder that I own for sale. This was more expensive than I bought 3 years ago in my honeymoon. The same happened to me when we where trying to buy a Guess watch as we realized that my wife had one exactly the same on her wrist. To our disbelief they asked us 180 Euros for it and we barely paid 50 Euros for it 3 years ago. I think that any thing worth it to buy in Livingo is sugar and whisky. In fact, all scotch items in shop are all old stuff. I must say that the food is great here, especially if you move out of the center as you will taste the real food of Livingo at a fraction of the price. Our holiday last week was as just being in paradise. But again I do not recomand that one should do shopping unless he is happy to be ripped off.
September 26, 2006
Charles Buchanan from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I visited Livigno in Jan 2005. I was still learning how to board so can't give a great review of the terrain but it was a blast. Journey only took about 4 hrs in the rental car but we had to stop for a half hour and get snow chains on in a -20degC blizzard. Never a dull moment. My mates and I are looking for a place to go for xmas/new year 2006 and we are thinking Livigno. We are wanting to hire a cabin as there are about 10 of us. Does anyone out there know of any agencies that handle the renting of cabins in Livigno? Thanks.
December 30, 2014
Axel Rator from Ski Netherlands 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.
November 25, 2005
mike from Ski Poland Poland
i had good time but livingo ski-wise is CRAP!!!! nice snowpark with a huge well maintained superpipe but as far riding is concerned nada,nothing,nill,zip just boooooring ugly routes,we stayed in ISOLACIA a cute little town between bormio and livingo ,now that was good everyone went skinng in livingo or bormio and isolacia was empty,the slopes were extremly well prepared,even though i mostly prepare back country in isolacia riding the piste when you dont have anyone around is also tons of fun,everyone except the police who chase you on snowmobiles when you freeride, is pretty warm & friendly,booze is dirt cheap,i bought like 3 bottles of bacardi and i payed around 18 euro!!!!!!!!!!!all i know we had to buy another 3 the next day,ooo try local italian tequilla its really good ,and cheap ,its like mixture of whisky,tequilla and wine:)
January 06, 2006
Christiaan from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I stayed in Livigno in 2003 and 2004 and it is a fantastic little resort. Still oozing Italian village charm and the price for booze, clothing, ski equipment and electrical goods is dirt cheap due to the village's tax free status. The skiing is excellent for the intermediete skier who enjoys lovely long, wide red and black runs. Lift queues are non existant and the local restaurants (particularly the Bellavista) offer excellent food at very reasonable prices. Transfer from Bergamo is long, but through some fantastic scenery, so why not sit back, relax and enjoy! All in all highly recommended and I'll definitely be back in the next couple of years or so.
January 07, 2006
steve leeds lad from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just come back from Livigno I was there for Xmas 2005 could have done with more snow the winds had blown alot of the snow off the tops on the carosello side mottolino side was in good nick though the run down to trepalle was a bit icey and packed in places. Broke my heart having to pay 6 euros for a bottle of jim beam bourbon.Looking forward to going back in Feb. Another plus jet2 are now flying to Bergamo starting in April just waiting for xmas flights 06.
January 18, 2012
Clive from Ski South Africa South Africa
I visited at the beginning of January 2012, having been there 3 times previously. It has deteriorated enormously, and I can certainly no longer recommend it. The ski slopes are very poorly groomed. The bus service, the main form of transport in the resort, is hopelessly inadequate. The locals have very poor attitudes. Prices have rocketed. It has, in my opinion, become a money making racket and I suggest anyone wanting to go skiing looks elsewhere.
February 07, 2006
ian robinson from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Livigno is a fab place to go, it's just such a chew getting there! Long 6hr journey on the coach from the airport. Skiing good due to a large dump the night we arrived. Night life was superb and cheap too! Just watch out, we left our apartments on the last day, only for the rep to get a phone call 4 hours into the coach ride back to the airport to say we'd trashed the place on leaving!! and they wanted money from us. Following arrest at the airport one of our group produced a video of us all leaving, proof we hadn't done a thing! The rep told us this isn't uncommon SO BE WARNED! But apart from that I recommend it.