Livigno - Tax free ski paradise!

Getting to Livigno

There are plenty of discussion on how to get to Livigno. By reading those we were not fully comfortable. We decided to take the safest route, although that was also the most expensive one. We returned the same way and door to door we did it in 9 hours 30 minutes without speeding, so that was all fine.

Belgium – Luxembourg – Metz – Strasbourg – Basel – Zürich – Klosters – Zernez – Munt La Schera – Livigno (around 950 km)

Costs

  • Peage in France (1 way): 4.50 and 8.50
  • Vignet in Suisse (1 year valid): 35 euro
  • Car train Klosters (1 way): 38 euro
  • Tunnel Munt La Schera (2 way): 34 euro
 

Ski Area

With its easy accessible and modern facilities spreaded across 115 km of perfectly tended slopes and suited to all difficulty levels (12 black runs, 37 red and 29 blue slopes), Livigno represents a premium skiing experience for its visitors. Snowpark and its long, wide and gentle slopes allowing skiers to enjoy the fresh snow, it’s no wonder that Livigno has become such a popular destination and a snowboarders’ paradise!

 

After ski (après-ski)

Obviously you cannot compare the after ski with the one known from various resorts in Austria.

The Stalet bar is located at the base station of the Carosello 3000 gondola lift. It has a nice atmosphere with a DJ and every now and then it’s a kind of group karaoke with song lyrics presented on the televisions. It is a big bar and plenty of people but not over-crowded when we visited the bar. They have big glasses of beer of 1 liter for 9 euro.

Tea del Vidal exists out of two parts, the cozy bar and the umbrella bar. The famous Bombardino was invented here over 40 years ago. Its a must do to drink one of these in this place. It tasted way better than I expected, as I’m not a big fan of Advocaat. The evening we were here there was some live performance with dancers and a MC. Not the top bar, but we had a nice evening.

The bar Umbrella 23 is also an after ski bar where we had some great (first) evening but there were not that many people which made it ended quite soon. According to us it might be better on other evenings, but we had no time to check this place out a second time. 1 liter of beers costs 9 euro.

For more easy going and quiet after ski you can go to Bivio Life, where you have Bivio Bistro. The most fancy bar in the street according to us but with good prices. A bottle of Prosecco costs 20 euro.

You have plenty of other more quiet bars, like Engadina, a place where locals go for a drink after their day at the slopes.

 

Tax-free

As Livigno is a tax free paradise, you most likely want to do some shopping before you go. Mainly liquor and perfume are cheaper than in many other countries. At the moment of our visit, a 0.7 l bottle of Bulldog gin costs in Belgium around 24 euro. We bought a 1.0 l bottle for 10,50 euro. Several good deals are possible, but you might want to check the limits which are allowed. You always might hit a check, which was not happening for us.

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