Italian Ski Trip from Rachael's perspective
Thursday 09 January 2020
My ski trip to Livigno Italy as a guest of Topflight was exciting, challenging in a good way! and the craic was mighty. I was lucky to have Shauna as our leader and we explored all avenues of venture and ski levels... however, I hasten to say, I was a complete learner but still felt so much a part of the whole scene as it catered for all levels and everyone mixed so well.
We flew into Milan.. had a 4 hour transfer to resort. We did stop on route for approx. 30 mins to break the journey
We arrived mid-afternoon to our Hotel Alaska. We were welcomed by the local topflight Rep Mickey.
The hotel is family run and the staff were very friendly and extremely helpful. While the hotel was basic it was very comfortable and certainly didn’t lack in service or Location.
The resort Livigno is High up in the Italian Alps and close to the Swiss border, Livigno is the Valtellina valley’s flagship resort and a great destination for skiers and snowboarders of all levels especially beginners and intermediates. As a high altitude resort, Livigno is virtually snow guaranteed and the slopes are open from the end of November to the start of May.
It was so picturesque , the scenery was amazing.
This resort was the Winner of the 2012 World Snow Awards.
Livigno is not only a paradise for skiers and boarders but is also popular with shoppers who come to browse the 250 shops and take advantage of the resort's duty free status.
Livigno also has a legendary status for those Apres Ski fans 5pm in the afternoon the resort was certainly rocking :)
Livigno has over 115km of pistes as well as over 30km of cross country ski tracks With 29 blue runs, 37 red runs and 12 black runs as well lots of opportunities for off piste skiing, there's something for every taste and ability. The main ski area is Carosello 3000 with its wide open slopes and fantastic tree-lined pistes, but well worth a visit is the Federia area tucked on the backside of the Carosello.
This is where you'll find some of the most spectacular views and the best photo opportunities in Livigno.
For the more adventurous, there's also a boardercross course, a fun park and a giant airbag, ideal for trying out those jumps and tricks in safety.
A new gondola at the Carosello 3000 opened at the start of the 2018/19 ski season and is a high speed 10 seater gondola and takes you from the bottom to the top in under 9 minutes.
On other side of the mountain, the Mottolino area also has wonderful wide open slopes and boasts a 7km blue run, the longest in Livigno, as well as several superb off piste areas. This is also where you'll find what's often described as the best snowboard park in Europe, with some really interesting jumps. For a memorable photo opportunity, there's even a jump over an Italian fighter jet.
Livigno Ski Facts:
Village height: 1816 meters
Pistes: 115 km
Cross country: 30 km
Total runs: 75
Highest lift: 2797 meters
Drag lifts: 11
Timed slalom slopes: 3
Night time skiing: Every Thursday 20:30 to 22:30 (at extra cost)
Hydrography: Lake Livigno tributary of the Danube
Fun fact: Trepalle, one of the villages in the Livigno area, is the highest in Europe!
With an area Lift pass, you'll be able to use all the lifts in the Livigno resort on both the Carosello and Mottolino mountains.
If you're renting your equipment, there's plenty of choice in Livigno with shops all around the resort offering a top quality service. When you go in they take the measurement of your foot and they also take note of your weight, they then match you up with correct boots and skis to your requirements.
I was your typical nervous beginner…. My instructor Claire had the patience of a saint and the ability to keep you calm and give you some confidence when on the snow.
She had us all on baby slopes within 20 mins of meeting her, showing us how to turn and more importantly stop!!! And Within two hours she had us going on the ski button lift taking our first real steps to skiing.
Aquagranda Active You
Lots of different areas you can avail of. Once you’ve paid your entrance fee you get a bag with a bathrobe and slippers in it. You can move around to the different area.
Slide & Fun ( the inner child in me had to check out all the slides……….kids would love it)
Wellness & Relax ( i absolutely loved this area… I had the opportunity to sit back on one of there swinging chairs and have a little snooze for a few mins! )
In an area with completely renovated architecture full of typical elements of mountain culture, you will find an area immersed in an atmosphere of tranquility and silence where you can completely relax. Chose saunas with temperature and level of humidity that are most suitable for you and clear your airways thanks to healing steam baths. Chill out in our pool with salt water and the Kneipp way or the treat yourself to our facial and body treatments or to a well-deserve massage, choosing from: Ayurveda, relaxing, sport or personalized massage.
Every day will be heald within the special “Aufguss” rituals with the sauna master.
The innovative relaxation area awaits you with: 1 Pool with water jet and massage beds, 1 Salt water Pool with massage beds, 1 Steam Bath, 1 Bio-sauna, 1 Sauna 90° for Aufguss rituals, 1 Cold Area with ice and cold pool, Kneipp way, 4 Massage and Treatments cabin, 1 Wellness Bar, 3 Relaxation Areas and 1 External Relaxation Area.
Within the area with various baths and 3 relaxation rooms it’s mandatory to wear a swimsuit, while within the area with saunas and steam baths has banned the use of synthetic swimsuit but you can choose if remain naked or required, a the cost of 2,00€, one of our TNT paper swimsuit suitable for saunas uses. Inside the Finnish Sauna and Biosauna you need to have with you 1 cotton fabric towel (no microfiber) to lay under your seat.
Pool & Fitness
Run & Play
Health & Beauty
Bar & Bistro
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are planning a ski holiday, I will only be too delighted to chat and help you find an exciting and great ski holiday.
All the best Rachael :)
Ph 090 649 2028