Northeast of Milan and Trento, the Livigno ski area has 74 pistes totaling 115km served by 30 lifts with a maximum vertical drop of 1,385m. In the isolated Valtellina Valley, the Livigno ski area is generally considered a family-friendly intermediates paradise. Most snowboarders consider the piste rating to be over blown -- most blacks are really reds. The Livigno ski area is popular for its two excellent terrain parks.
If you are looking for a little challenge, try the black run down from Della Neve. Otherwise, you'll need to do some hiking to access the bowls. It is a good idea to hire a guide if you really want to find some challenging runs.
Off-piste freeriding has been prohibited up until recently and subject to a healthy fine. But the times have changed and there are now many exciting freeride routes. The ski area aggressively promotes safe freeriding and being prepared. And, while freeriding is now permitted in designated areas, it is still aggressively prohibited in protected zones for wildlife. When you’re ready for the challenge of freeriding off-piste, look for one of the designated freeriding routes marked by entry gates. Local freeriders consider the best to be in Mottolino starting from the top of the Valfin chairlift at Monte della Neve. After heading through the freeride gate, the route descends down to Trepalle.
After a long morning of shredding, there are two good on-mountain huts for lunch. Try checking out Passo d'Eiria or La Costaccia.
While not known for its nightlife, you can check out the apres scene at Tea del Vidal, and then look for nightlife at Echo Bar, Kuhstall Disco Bar or Kokodi which gets going late.
With its location in the remote Valtellina Valley, Livigno still have the feeling of a charming traditional village. But, with its isolation, come some challenges in order to get to Livigno. There is no train to the town, so you’ll need to drive. If you are coming from the south in Italy, you will need to be prepared from some high elevation mountain driving with tire chains. If you are coming from the north in Switzerland, there is the Munt La Schera tunnel coming from Zernaz, but the lines coming through customs at the border are known to be lengthy in the winter, especially on the weekends. Also, the region is prone to avalanches, so come prepared.
To get to the snowboarding at Livigno by air, you will need to fly into Milan. From Milan, you can either rent a car to drive through Bormio to Livigno, or take the train to Tirano-Ferrovie dello Stato and then take a bus to Livigno.
TIP: While in Livigno, make sure to save an extra day or two to check out the nearby Lombardia ski area and the Alta Valtellina ski area.
Overall, Livigno is the 7th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 40 snowboarding resorts in Italy.