Livigno, the ski resort among the highest peaks of the Alps
Livigno is a town located in the Valtellina area, 1816 meters above sea level. It is part of 'Comunità Montana Alta Valtellina', and it is nestled between Stelvio National Park (one of the oldest natural parks in Italy) and the Engadine, a valley in Switzerland. In fact, Livigno belongs to the province of Sondrio, in Lombardy, but it is rather close to the Swiss border as well.
Livigno is a very popular winter holiday destination and ski resort, as it offers a lot for skiers and sportspeople with many services and facilities.
The temperatures here are usually low in winter which ensures a long ski season, usually from late November to early May, and good snow conditions throughout winter (with the support of a snowmaking system if necessary).
A modern ski lift system with covered ski lifts will keep skiers warm while ascending. The ski area includes nearly 80 slopes (over 115 kilometers, plus several off-piste trails) for all level skiers. The most advanced ones can try the exciting slope called Giorgio Rocca, while beginners can enjoy the easiest slopes and the ski-school areas or hire one of the many qualified ski trainers. The highest slopes reach 2900 meters above sea level, over the clouds, where the sun shines and the view is breathtaking.
In addition, Livigno also offers countless activities such as cross-country skiing, biathlon (cross-country skiing plus carbin shooting), snowboarding, free riding in the three beautiful parks of Mottolino, Carosello and LivignoPark3000, or having fun in many mini snow parks. You can also try the exciting heliski, horse riding, ice skating, or snow-racket walking.
In 'Kinder Club Lupigno' or in 'Kindergarten M'eating Point Mottolino' kids can have fun doing a lot of different activities under the control of qualified trainers and animators.
Due to its isolated location, its development as a ski resort has started quite late, in fact, the first ski lift was built only in 1958. Nevertheless, nowadays it is one of the most popular winter destinations in Italy. Unfortunately, the slopes are located in two different ski areas that are not linked by ski lifts, but you can access them with the same ski pass and moving from one to the other by a free shuttle service.
The town of Livigno is a perfect location where to enjoy a beautiful ski holiday: there are lots of hotels, restaurants, cafes, pubs, discos and a cinema where to have fun, and the suggestive surrounding nature is a good background for relaxing moments.
As Livigno is a duty-free area, it is a perfect place where to go shopping as well in its many souvenir shops, shopping centers, or elegant 'haute couture' boutiques.