Livigno in winter
The winters in Livingo are intense cold and dry, still
easy to stand because of the low humidity rate. During the sunny
day, one can be surprised when the temperature goes down below
zero. During the evening and the night, it is cold: sometimes the
temperature goes 20 degrees under zero. But in spring the climate
is mild, the days lengthens, the snow begins to melt. This is the
right period for skiing on the snow "semeda":
you can ski off the slopes in the morning without going down into
the snow, as the daily range of temperature creates a scab on the
hard snow to support the skier's weight.
Ski lifts and slopes
On the foot of the mountains, in the vicinity
of the houses, there are ski lifts(east and west), which
are of the different type and size: starting from the simple
ski lifts ( the ski lifts which creates so many problems
to the beginners) and finishing with the modern cabin lifts
and attachable chairlifts.
The difficulties of the ski slopes
are middle low and they are suitable for beginners and ski
professionals, too. There are no slopes with higher difficulties
to satisfy the professionals.
Queues on the ski lifts ?
The most of the ski lifts are modernized
recently, so the problems of queuing for the most ski lifts
was put to the end. This problem existed in the past (the
regular tourist remembers when the Mottolino was just kilometers
long ski lift and 3000 was small cable car). I have heard
some tourists who complain about it during the peak time,
but in any case one has to wait only few minutes, while in
the past it was about ten minutes. The slopes are accessibile
for either skiers or snowboard lovers ( there is a artificial
half pipe) and nostalgic telemark old style skiers, too.
The particular ski lifts' position and the lay out of the
valley gives the possibility to the skiers to ski in the
sunshine all day long ( if the weather conditions are favorable...)
In the major cases it is possible to start and finish skiing
without taking off your skies.
Cross Country tracks
During the winter the Livigno's plain is
used by cross country. The trail starts from one to the another
extreme part of the village for total 50 km. It has ring
struture, which permits everyone to excercise the wanted
levels of difficulties. The entrance is free.
When skiing is not enough for you?
Then you can ice skate or try the ski doos (in fact not difficult
or dangerous) or paraglading.
Maybe you are a quiet person and you prefer riding a horse
or horse caridge or to go on foot in the main central road
to do shopping in the tax free shops or to walk calmly by
the river, taking one's time.