Late season skiing in Livigno

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Think the ski season is almost over? Think again.

Although February is high season, plenty of Italian ski resorts keep their lifts running well into spring, and with a great winter in Italy this year, it's looking like the snow will last for some time yet.  For those travelling or looking at late season, it is much cheaper to go skiing in the spring. Late season is low season, so lift passes and self-catering ski accommodation cost considerably less than during mid-winter. In addition to this, it is much more quiet.  Skiing and snowboarding in late season means fewer people on the slopes, and less chance of lift queues.

Maybe the most attractive element of off season skiing is the weather. As spring approaches, it is much sunnier, while the weather generally is more pleasant towards the end of the winter. This means longer daylight hours and longer lift opening times; giving you the chance to make the most out of a days skiing as well as enjoying more relaxion time on the sun terraces of slope-side cafes and bars!

Livigno takes top spot

Livigno is without doubt, the best resort in Italy for late skiing.  Livigno is one of the higher resorts in Europe, although it does not reach glacial heights, it offers pistes to 3,000 metres and a great snow record with one of the longest seasons in Italy. The valley is nicknamed “Piccolo Tibet” in reference to its reputation for extreme cold. This is more obvious earlier in the season, but does help preserve a good base for later on. Strangely, it is also known for its sunny location. Livigno offers one of Europe's largest terrain parks and the skiing can easily last until late April/early May on a good year.

A Typical mountain location, Livigno characterizes what you would imagine of an Italian resort; most of the houses are built with wood and the resort is surrounded by snow and beautiful mountains. There is varied skiing on both sides of the valley and even the possibility of a days’ skiing in St. Moritz.  Livigno is a good ski resort for beginners to learn to ski, with a wide choice of runs at resort level. There are plenty of red ski runs and some easy blacks for intermediate skiers in Livigno.  In total there are 110kms of ski slopes in Livigno and the longest run is 4kms.

Livigno is also perfect to do some shopping, and its tax-free tax status is a considerable draw, meaning that food and drink are excellent value. Off-piste, it also a great resort to sit and watch the world go by; have a break in a typical mountain coffee shop, maybe for a hot chocolate, a 'vin brule' or simply an espresso; then, at lunch or dinner time, try one of the many cute restaurants, which serve typical mountain dishes.

All in all, Livigno is one of the most reliable ski resorts for snow in Italy, so let the season continue…

Accommodation in Livigno

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