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  • Review: Livigno, Italy

    Resort: Livigno, Italy

    Date visited: March ‘08

    Cost (from UK): 450 with Airtours inc BMI flights, transfer to resort, 6 day area lift pass, 7 nights HB accommodation

    Slopes & Parks: This isn’t the biggest resort but kept us (two intermediate riders) happy for a week. Better intermidiate riders could probably cover it all in a few days. There’s a fairly decent mix of terrain, but a little low on hard expert slopes. Some of the few black runs there seemed to be officially closed often due to lack of maintenance. The red runs were good confidence builders, we did our first black run there, which unfortunately was quite mogulled, but not too bad to start on. The resort is split into two areas either side of the village in the valley, most novice slopes are on one side. There are two parks, the Mottolino side park is pretty big with beginner, intermediate and pro lines, a novice pipe and bigger pipe (having never seen a super pipe I’m not sure exactly how they compare in size!). It has hosted the European Burton Open in the past. It was well maintained all week. The park on the other side of the valley (Costaccia)was a bit more sparse and less well maintained, but had a few interesting features. A boardercross course runs alongside it as well as another boardercross course on the Mottolino side. Mottolino also has a natural pipe.

    Lifts: Pretty good chairs and bubble lifts except one old two-seater on the Mottolino side that is very exposed to the weather and tries to take your knees off upon boarding. There is a very frequent bus (free with lift pass) between all the lifts on both sides of the valley.

    Snow conditions: The village is a at about 1800m and top lift nearly 2800m so conditions are pretty reliable. We had a nice bit of fresh snow at the beginning of the week when we were there, but did experience typical spring conditions after a few days without snow. If you explore you can find untouched powder stashes a few days after a fall.

    Accommodation: Stayed in Baita Cusini Hotel on Mottolino side of valley. A nice little hotel, the rooms sizes were ok, but the ensuite shower room a little small. The homecooked food was excellent. Breakfast was continental buffet, plenty of choice and hot boiled eggs. Dinner consisted of a salad buffet, starter (usually some kind of pasta), main meat course and pudding. The hosts brought out leftovers for anyone who wanted second helpings, nothing went to waste! I think this style of hotel is common in the resort, along with apartments, the whole village is sympathetically built, no tower blocks!!

    Tour operator: Had a good experience with AirTours, no complaints at all.

    Pros: Good snow conditions and cosy accommodations.

    Cons: Long transfer (5hrs) from Milan airports, but shorter from Innsbruck. May be a little small for more advanced riders/longer visits.
    Revel8 BWP - Spruce Pro Prime
    SnowJam 90 - Extreme II
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