A snow-sure, cheap but surprisingly awesome resort in northern Italy. Livigno is a tax-free resort because it was historically difficult for any tax collectors to get there. Things haven't changed and it's still a long way from everywhere but the long transit times are tempered by the great terrain, cheap booze and huge terrain parks. The resort is across two sides of a valley, one side being Mottolino, the other Carosello. A joint electronic lift ticket is available.
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- Lots of snow
- Huge park
- Large terrain area
- Long transit times
- Can get very cold
- Typically Italian work ethic means lifts take ages to open after a dump
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Fly into either Milan (Malpensa) or Innsbrck (Austria) and either hire a car or get a bus from there. Milan is 4.5 hours and Innsbruck is 3.5 hours away. Another alternative is to travel through Switzerland.
Free ski buses get you around the resort.
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Each spring Livigno hosts a freeheel festival.
An interesting mix of Italian with Swiss influences and well priced. The local bresaola (air-dried beef) is awesome.
Bars & Entertainment
Night life is a bit different to the chilled out Swiss apres. Most bars have amazingly loud dance music on from 3pm with the occasional shouty Italian DJ interjecting. Pints are cheap by resort standards (~3 Euros). Spirits don't seem that cheap but the bar staff tend to be very liberal with the shots.
Lot's of duty free shopping options in town.
The website has a new announcement saying anyone who rides off-piste is liable for a fine from € 50.00 to € 500.00.
Out of Bounds
Parks & Pipes
Lots of great parks. The large park requires a helmet but will lend you one in exchange for a passport.
Cold! We were at -30c during the day for a couple of days over the Christmas week.