Livigno (pronounced Livin-yo) is a charming village with an authentic Alpine atmosphere is tucked away high (1815m) in the Italian Alps near the Swiss border. It’s high altitude and snow-sure reputation ensures a long season of excellent snow conditions for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders.

As a duty-free village, it also boasts some of the most affordable snow holidays and resort shopping in Europe. The village and surrounding area offers over 110km of skiing, 40km of cross-country skiing/walking tracks, Europe’s largest snowparks, one of Europe’s largest wellness facilities and 15km of bars, restaurants, live music venues and tax-free shopping.

Livigno is a wonderful family destination with a large choice of slopes for beginner and intermediate skiers.

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Ski Season:Early December to end of April
(Subject to snow conditions each year.)
Village Altitude: 1815m
Ski Area:Livigno
Ski Range:1800m to 3000m
Accessibility:Depending on the snow conditions some hotels, chalets and apartments close to or on the slopes will become ski-in and/or ski-out.
Pistes:115km of prepared ski slopes
29 Blue
37 Red
12 Black
Cross Country:40km of prepared runs
Lift Pass:Your passport to the slopes! Access to all lifts and ski buses in the Livigno ski area.
Lift Types:6 Gondolas
13 Chairlifts
12 Draglifts/Button Lifts
Highest Lift:2800m
Snow & Fun Parks:Four award winning snow parks and 6 mini snow parks:
- Mottolino is the main park for all abilities.
- Carosello is the 2nd major park geared more for intermediate skiers/boarders.
- Amerikan (near Carosello gondola) and Del Sole (near centre of town) are geared for beginners and children.
- Cable Park near lift 20 on the Costaccia side, has a variety of rails, boxes and jumps of varying difficulties.
Note: Helmets are compulsory in all parks.
Ski Rental:There are numerous ski rental shops in Livigno. Our team in the village have chosen only centrally located outlets that offer a leading service and facilities.

Prices include ski-in and ski-out heated storage on the slopes and kit damage insurance.
Ski Schools:Mornings only for 2 hours. A maximum 6 students per class
Other Village Highlights:Full Day Excursion to ski in beautiful and legendary St Moritz in Switzerland (Drive time: 1hr 10min - per way)
Duty Free town = some of the best value for money in Europe.
Great skiing for beginner and intermediate skiers, and for groups of families and friends.

Most skiing in Livigno revolves around the three main areas and their respective networks of interconnected lifts: the Mottolino, Costaccia and Carosello 3000. The ski pass gives visitors access to a modern network of ski lifts which include all these areas plus the snowparks at Mottolino and Carosello 3000. The Costaccia ski area which interlinks with Carosello 3000 and the Mottolino ski areas. The area boasts an excellent mixture of pistes to suit all abilities including off-piste skiing with a guide and Europe's largest snowpark.

Wide pistes make Livigno a good place for novice snowboarders, but also presents ample challenges for the more experienced.

Excellent for beginners. There are baby lifts at the bottom of every main ski area on a gentle gradient which prove re-assuring for both adult/children beginners and nervous skiers/boarders. Button lifts (which can be departed from at any point on the mountain) can also be found along the valley. Extensive number of blue runs.

Excellent for intermediate skiers. There is an abundance of long, wide slopes on all ski /board areas which are great for both boosting confidence and improving performance. Extensive number of red runs.

Good for advanced skiers. For advanced skiers and boarders, the Mottolino snowpark is one of the biggest in Europe and has boxes, rails, different sized jumps, boarder-cross, a car and a huge half-pipe. There are also a variety of natural jumps and half-pipes on the slopes, a challenging mogul field and a selection of black runs. Advanced skiers can also take advantage of other near-by resorts including St. Moritz, Bormio, Santa Caterina, Davos etc.

Ski lessons are offered for 2 hours every morning and are limited to 6 guests per instructor. All ski instructors are qualified and highly experienced!

In addition to comprehensive lessons and ski guiding for all levels we also offer the 'Livigno Snow Challenge'! This is a fun and rewarding challenge to ski every piste in Livigno in one day! A printed record of the kilometres covered is presented to skiers before departure.

Instruction, Courses & Ski Safari

Beginner Ski Lessons:
(For Adults, Teens and Kids)
Designed for people who have never skied before or have only skied a few hours. Lessons happen in small groups of people of similar ability (and age in the case of children) so you are not held up or pushed too fast. We guarantee beginners will NOT be stuck on the nursery slopes but will progress on a day to day basis through an enjoyable, engaging and methodical course structure using all slopes around the resort that are suitable to your level.
People staying two weeks have the option to advance to the Easy Carve Ski Course in the second week. Chat to our resort team if you’d like to explore this option.

When:  4 days @ 2 hours per day
Cost:     145 euros per person

Easy Carve Ski Course:
(For Adults, Teens and Kids)
Aimed at people who have completed at least a week’s skiing, who are comfortable on the blue slopes and would like to progress to red runs. Once again, lessons are conducted in small groups with an emphasis on carving turns and boosting your confidence. Groups will explore the ski area with an instructor. These courses really do take ones skiing skills to the next level in a safe and enjoyable environment.
(People staying two weeks have the option to advance to Intermediate Ski Course in the second week.)

When: 4 days @ 2 hours per day
Cost:     145 euros per person

Intermediate Ski Coaching with Ski Safari:
(For Adults, Teens and Kids)
Aimed at people who can execute carving turns, can happily ski red runs but may struggle on black runs. This course is designed to improve your confidence and technique within a more flexible lesson structure that incorporates teaching alongside exploration of the three ski areas. Once again, lessons are conducted in small groups with people of a similar ability.

When: 4 days @ 2 hours per day
Cost:     145 euros per person

Advanced Ski Safaris:
(For Adults, Teens and Kids)
These courses don’t follow a structured lesson plan but are designed to test and improve your skills under the guidance of an instructor/guide. You should be able to negotiate black runs comfortably, as most ski safaris will explore parts of the ski area which may not be prepared/groomed often. These guided excursions are conducted in small groups with skiers of similar ability, they explore some of the less well-known parts of the ski area and visit some out-of-the-way mountain huts. And they are a lot of fun.

When:  4 days @ 2 hours per day
Cost:     145 euros per person

Little Legs Full-Day Ski + Kinder 3 to 5 years:
For children aged 3 to 5 years old who may or may not have skied before but who want a full day activity. Let the kids loose to have fun! Drop them off at kindergarten with a qualified carer from 09h00.
Ski school runs from 11h00 to 13h00 with the instructors, then a delicious lunch is served, followed by more fun in the kindergarten until 16h00.

When:  6 days from 09h00 – 16h00 with 2 hours ski lessons and a delicious lunch included
Cost:     350 euros per child

Kids Livigno Snow Ski Club 6 to13 years:
For children who may or may not have skied before. Let the kids lose all day to have a blast with qualified ski instructors. They will be allocated a group depending on their ability level and age group.

When: 6 days from 11h00 – 16h00 with 4 hours ski lessons and a delicious lunch included.
Cost:     310 euros per person

Snowboard lessons:
(For Adults, Teens and Kids)
Lessons are conducted in small groups of people of similar ability (and age in the case of children) so you are not held up or pushed too fast. We guarantee beginners will NOT be stuck on the nursery slopes but will progress on a day to day basis through an enjoyable, engaging and methodical course structure using all slopes around the resort that are suitable to your level.

When:  6 days @ 2 hours per day from 11h00 to 13h00
Cost:     165 euros per person

Snow holidays are great fun for the whole family!
Fortunately, Livigno is particularly well geared for families of all ages, as it boasts a number of kindergartens, snow & fun parks, and dedicated ski lessons for children. We encourage parents to take advantage of these facilities as a family or allow the qualified staff to keep the kids entertained while mum and dad get some quality time on the slopes.

Kinder Club Lupigno is a well-equipped children’s zone with treadmill (baby-lift) and conveyor belts, entertainment stage with the mascot (Lupigno), playground with trampolines, and much more.

Choose from Kindergarten only, or kindergarten plus ski school with or without meals (from 3 years on).

Kindergarten M’eating Point Mottolino is a large space organized and supervised by qualified staff at the high altitude Mottolino M'eating Point Alpine shelter. The Nursery is open every day from 10h00 to 16h00 (Saturday without supervision) and is free of charge for all children aged 3 to 7 years. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

Yepi Park is a fun course that starts just below the top of the Mottolino gondola and offers a trail through a music tunnel followed punch balls and on to small snow waves and an easy natural pipe.

Boarder Zoo is a wide open slope at the top of the Carosello 3000 gondola. It is set against a backdrop of silhouettes of the most notable wildlife in the area. It is just one of the areas in Livigno that is perfect for learning to ski.

Playgrounds in the snow! There are several picnic areas in Livigno with games, treadmills (baby-lifts), inflatable slides and slopes of various kinds where children of all ages can have fun in the snow.

Your ski pass is your ticket to ride! Literally!
This little tag gives skiers (and non-skiers) access to all the lifts, ski busses and numerous other ski related services in the village.
We generally include ski passes in our travel packages and they will be delivered to you or your hotel (or chalet or apartment) on arrival so you don't waste a moment of your holiday.

At certain times of the year visitors can take advantage of the Skipass Free promotion.

If one books a minimum stay of 4 nights in a hotel or 7 nights in one of the ski pass-affiliated apartments, you’ll get your ski pass for free.

This past season (2017/18) the special offer was valid from 01 to 22 Dec 2017 and 07 April to 01 May 2018. We will update these details for the coming season as soon as they are published.

There are three FREE bus services operating every hour from 07h30 to 08h00 as well as additional routes and times during the high season.
Look out for the busses with free wi-fi on board! By catching the busses with the logo ‘WI-FI BUS FREE’, you will get the password for the free internet access.

There are numerous ski rental shops in Livigno. However, our team in the village have chosen only centrally located outlets that offer a leading service and facilities.
Prices include ski-in and ski-out heated storage on the slopes and kit damage insurance.
Children's kit hire includes helmets for all children born in 2000 or afterwards (helmets are compulsory for children).
Adult helmets can also be rented in resort. Although not compulsory (yet), it is strongly recommended that all skiers and boarders wear helmets.
The following prices are based on 6 days rental. If you are on the slopes for longer please add approximately €10 per day.

Skis, Boots and Poles€ 95€ 70
Boots Only€ 30€ 30
Skis Only€ 65€ 40
Snowboard and Boots€ 110€ 95
Boots only€ 30€ 30
Snowboard Only€ 80€ 60

The Après Ski (after ski) activities will form an important and fun part of your holiday. This is the opportunity to soak up the village atmosphere, get to know some of the locals and generally eat, drink and be merry. And not necessarily in that order...! Our recommendation: Head for the live music bars Kuhstall and Miky's Bar for a night to remember!

Welcome drinks at Livigno's most popular live music bar! Nikki & Rob invite all their guests for a glass of bubbly and canapes at the 4 star Hotel Bivio (Kuhstall pub). With live music and even more lively atmosphere it is a great way to start the week and an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about Livigno!
Sunday evenings from 18h30 to 20h00.

6km Toboggan Run

Ride down the mountain on a traditional wooden Livigno sled. Definitely a winter experience you shouldn't miss during a visit to the Italian Alps.
Thursdays from 16h45 onwards.

Yeti Trek

Join local mountain guide Epi for a unique trek off-piste with snow-shoes. Explore some of Livigno's back-country through powder terrain stopping in a secluded mountain hut originally dating back to when the first settlers arrived in Livigno. Enjoy a light afternoon tea provided by our guide before descending back into the valley. An adventurous experience not for the faint-hearted. Afternoon, dependent on weather conditions.

Livigno 'Fat Bike' Tour

Our team in Livigno are the only company in the village offering this tour! Join Adam, our fully-qualified British/Italian mountain guide, on your Fat Bike (mountain bikes especially adapted for winter resorts) and enjoy a stunning tour under the stars on the snow! Cycle to the outskirts of town, around the lake of Livigno, and learn about the quirky local history and places of interest before heading up to the old town of San Rocco to enjoy an aperitif along the way. Refuel with a tasty pizza before the thrilling descent back to the town centre. Open to anyone over 1.50m in height. This tour is a superb way to experience the 'real' Livigno with a local and offers great photographic opportunities.

Snowmobiles and a Traditional Mountain Feast with Live Music

Blast across Livigno's frozen lake, through the woods and along the river aboard your very own 500cc snowmobile before sitting down to a traditional mountain feast in our secret hunter's lodge. The meal includes a platter of local cold meat and cheese starters followed by two traditional pastas, a large mixed grill of pork, lamb and venison (both vegetarian and fish alternatives are available). If you have any room left a platter of desserts are on their way! Wine, coffee and grappa are also all included for the duration of the meal as is live music. Don't forget your dancing shoes! A fantastic experience suitable for any age.
Tuesday evenings from 18h30 onwards.

The food in Livigno is outstanding and reflects the board Italian passion for good cooking. There are over 100 restaurants and cafes and snack bars to choose from, which coupled with the tax free status of the village, makes for comparatively affordable eating everywhere. Budget meals range in price from €5 to €10, mid-range meals cost €10 to €20, and a more expensive meal will cost you €20 to €30. It’s important to remember the following:

a) Sitting down to eat at a bar or cafe will attract an additional cost that can almost triple the cost. Welcome to Italy! Rather stand or take your order ‘to go’ and save on your bill.
b) While service charges are normally included in your restaurant bill, it is customary to leave a token of your appreciation.

Bars open at about 08h00 for coffee and brioche, which is the typical local breakfast.
Restaurants generally open at 12h00 for lunch and again at 19h00 for dinner.
Alcohol is served at any time.

With so many great places to choose from it’s very difficult to make recommendations. However, here are a couple to consider for good local/regional food: Ristoro Fopel, Ristoro Val Alpisella, La Calcheira, Bivio Cantina, Ristoro Val Alpisella, La Tea da Cip e Ciop.
Drop us a note for a full list of recommended eateries - we would be delighted to recommend a different restaurant for every night of the week all of which are exceptionally well-priced due to the resort's tax-free status.

The history of Livigno’s unique duty-free status dates back to 1805 when Napoleon granted Livigno exemption from excise duties. As a result, a wide range of goods are available at discounted prices. Fuel, for example, is almost 50% cheaper in Livigno than elsewhere in Italy; while prices of ski and board equipment, cigarettes and tobacco, alcohol, perfumes, jewellery, cameras, electronic goods, leather garments, etc. are all significantly reduced.

To take advantage of this duty-free haven and stretch those Euros a little further, Livigno boasts over 250 shops encompassing brand name shops like Timberland to sports stores and quaint traditional boutiques selling local wares.

Shops generally open from 10h00 to 12h00 (when they close for lunch) and again from 15h00 to 19h30.

Aquagranda Active You is one of Europe’s largest wellness complexes. It's divided into various zones where you can find fun for all the family and lots more, sliding in the Slide & Fun area, relaxation and wellness in Wellness & Relax, sports training in gym and pool in the Fitness & Pool area and all the experience of doctors and health professionals in Health & Beauty.

Day Trip to St. Moritz! This world-famous Swiss ski resort is the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism (1864). St. Moritz is a high-altitude resort (1800m) with an excellent snow record and glacier skiing and is also regarded as Switzerland's sunniest spot with over 300 days of sunshine per year!
Livigno Ski Pass holders (week passes only) receive 50% discount on a one-day ski pass in St. Moritz.
If you prefer to take in the scenery, which is spectacular, then watch the professionals in action on the Cresta toboggan run, take a leisurely stroll around the lake along the walking paths, go ice-skating in the Ludains Ice Arena, take photos of the leaning tower with an inclination of 5.5 degrees, visit the Heidi hut which was the original hut used during the shooting of the famous Heidi stories by Johanna Spyritake and finally enjoy high tea at Confiserie Hanselmann.

Wednesdays - Full Day Excursion

 Livigno Chalets, Apartments and Hotels

Our accommodation options in Livigno are the most varied of all the villages/resorts that we promote. That said, our team in the Livigno have selected a portfolio of apartments, chalets and hotels that meet our standards of comfort, hospitality, location and value for money. Most of the properties are centrally located for maximum convenience and enjoyment of the village atmosphere. Our guests can make their accommodation choices based on self-catering, B&B or dinner bed & breakfast basis (HB) options.

Note: There is no need to carry ski equipment (boots, skis, boards and helmets) to and from your accommodation as it can be left in heated lockers at the bottom of the slopes overnight.


Our selected chalets all offer superior accommodation located in or near (+/- 500m) the centre of town. Chalets offer a cosy home-away-from-home atmosphere with comfortable, well-appointed rooms at very reasonable prices.
Example: Chalet Mario

A luxurious chalet consisting of two units in a private detached building only 300m from the slopes and 400m to the centre of town.

The upstairs unit has 2 double/twin bedrooms each with SAT TV in addition to a single bedroom. There are 2 bathrooms, 1 of which also has washing machine and hairdryer. There is a very spacious lounge with comfortable sofa which also converts into beds if required. The downstairs unit has 1 double/twin bedroom and 1 bathroom with washing machine and hairdryer. There is a very spacious lounge with comfortable sofa which also converts into beds if required.

Both units have generous dining areas with lovely views across the village, while the well-equipped kitchens each have kettle, toaster, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, hob and oven.

They also have under-floor heating which is a nice touch in a ski resort!

Our selected apartments are comfortable self-catering units of varying sizes. Once again, most units are located close to the centre of town and often on the slopes.

Apartment are usually more economically priced than chalets.
Example: Apartment Belvedere

A budget-orientated, comfortable Livigno accommodation based in a superb location on the slopes and only 100 metres from the town centre.

Consisting of 6 units to suit groups from 3 people upwards. The larger units have 2 bathrooms. All units have lounge and/or dining area plus a kitchen.

Our hotels are chosen for their warm hospitality, authentic atmosphere, location and value for money. They are all located in or near the town centre to ensure easy access to the slopes and amenities. Each hotel has well-appointed rooms with en-suite facilities.

Most hotels are booked on a B&B basis with the option of dinner in the evening, while others are booked on a dinner, B&B basis. Breakfasts are generous buffet style meals while dinners are delicious 4 course meals.
Example: Hotel Bucaneve
(3 Star Superior - breakfast & dinner)

Located 300m from the slopes and 400m to the centre of town. A friendly and very comfortable family-run hotel offering spacious, comfortable rooms with SAT TV, en-suite bathroom with hairdryer.

This 3 star hotel has a large family bar (with conservatory incorporating traditional wood burner) which offers a light buffet every afternoon after skiing to all guests. Breakfasts and superb 4 course dinners are also provided daily. Wellness centre with good-sized swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and relax area are included in the room rate.
Example: Hotel Pastorella
(4 Star Superior - breakfast only with dinner option)

Located in the centre of town only 30m from the children's kindergarten, beginner slopes and gondola. A friendly and very comfortable family-run hotel offering spacious, comfortable rooms with SAT TV, en-suite bathroom with hairdryer.

This 4 star hotel also has two good restaurants; one exclusively for hotel guests and a second that is open to the public.

There is a wellness facility to hire privately incorporating Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and relax area.
Example: Hotel Bivio
(4 Star - breakfast only with dinner option):

Located in the centre of town only 60m from the children's kindergarten, beginner slopes and gondola. A friendly and very comfortable family-run hotel offering spacious, comfortable rooms with SAT TV, en-suite bathroom with hairdryer.

The hotel also has a restaurant that is open to the public in addition to a gourmet restaurant. There is a popular bar below the hotel which has live music from 7pm onwards, turning in a disco bar later in the evening.


23030 Livigno
Province of Sondrio


South Africa passport holders will require a Schengen Visa for Italy.

Your visa should be obtained through the Schengen country where you will be spending most time during your stay (i.e. it could be different from your country of entry). If you would like someone to help you with your visa application we have had great experience with Visas Unlimited ( or 011 452 4646)


Clients travelling on ‘packages’ from South Africa are generally booked on flights into Milan Malpensa Airport, which is a scenic 4-hour coach transfer to the village.

Other options include:
Milan Linate Airport - 236km (drive time: 3 hrs 45 min)
Zurich Airport - 201 km (drive time: 3 hrs 15 min / train & bus time: 3 hr 45 min)

Check in /Check out

  • Check-in varies from hotel to hotel but typically after 2 pm and before 8 pm.
  • Rooms must be vacated by 10 am on your departure day.

Car Parks

Most establishments have parking although it’s very limited at some.

Currency Accepted


Payment Methods

  • American Express
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • Cash (Euro only)
  • Eurocard

Time Zone

GMT: +1 hour (winter), +2 hours (summer)

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Livigno, Italy

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