As for freeride, Livigno is one of the locations that has focused more on this speciality, improving and investing in dedicated facilities. Every year, more and more freeriders from across the world in search of the perfect track choose Livigno as their destination. The Freeride Project, the only one of its kind in Italy, started in Livigno a few years back. It is based on a local daily avalanche information service on the stability of the snowpack, which integrates the avalanche bulletins released by ARPA in Bormio and the Swiss Avalanche Centre SLF .
The new service keeps freeriders updated every morning about the local snow conditions thanks to the news published on Livigno’s official website, and displayed on the boards and monitors at the ski-lift stations, across town, and sent via newsletter to all operators, and also available through the dedicated App. This winter season, the service will be improved and more focused on each single location of the area, with the objective of providing freeriders with precise information and allow them to choose the best locations each morning. Additionally, weekly meetings organized by the Alpine Guides, train skiers on the use of emergency equipment: avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe. And for non-skiers, the Freeride Project has dedicated two groomed snowshoe trails, accessible to all.
Livigno also has several freeride entry check points off the beaten track with avalanche transceivers located at the entrance of Val Federia and Vallaccia, at the top of Costaccia, Corosello 3000 and Monte della Neve and at the start of the Colombina al Mottolino. There are 10 information screens located at the main ski lift stations and across town. Overall, there are 2 Freeride Approaching areas, one at Mottolino Fun Mountain and one at Carosello 3000 and, considering the size of the area covered by the Municipality of Livigno – 200km squared – one can easily say that half of it is suitable for freeriding and ski mountaineering.
There are two ski mountaineering tracks and two snowshoe tracks, plus the groomed trail in the Monte Vago area.
A new biathlon arena will open, with state of the art electronic targets, ideal for professional training and for the growing number of enthusiasts of this discipline.
Young visitors can have fun in a number of snow playgrounds located all around Livigno and a kindergarten that offers nursery services on the show for the whole day. No less than 150 instructors are available for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country and telemark lessons.
The cross-country tracks are 30 km long and start from the centre of town and reach the areas of Forcola and Alpe Vago. The competition track “Marianna Longa” is covered using an artificial snow making system for approximately 10 km. At the start of December, this can come in handy as Livigno attracts upto 5000 cross country skiers for “La Sgambeda”, one of the biggest cross country events on the calendar.