If you are thinking about joining us in January 2018 for our fantastic WEMski mini-conference or have already booked your place; we have partnered with local in-resort specialists, Livigno Snow Holidays to help organise your transfers, accommodation, ski passes, kit hire and après-ski activities.
They have put together this essential information guide that contains everything you’ll need to know about booking your WEMski trip.
WEMski is the perfect way to be both physically and medically introduced to a mountain/winter environment with skiers of all abilities welcome. Livigno Snow Holidays are used to organising large groups for all ability levels, so there will always be someone on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding the resort, your kit and tuition.
About Livigno (pronounced Liv-in-yo)
Voted ‘Best European Resort’ in the London-based World Snow Awards, Livigno is a leading winter resort with over 125km of skiing in addition to an extensive freeride mountain, 45km of cross-country walking/skiing paths and several extensive snow-parks. It is also home to Europe’s largest wellness facility.
The town stretches over 13km and is packed full of bars, pubs, cafes, extensive tax-free shopping and over 100 restaurants from simple pizzerias to Michelin star eateries, not to mention the highest brewery in Europe. Livigno is also tax-free making it one of the most reasonably priced Western resorts despite the very high standards.
Livigno Snow Holidays Service
Livigno Snow Holidays have a team in-resort for the duration of the winter, all of whom are bi-lingual and know Livigno inside out including owner Nikki McLeary who is contactable 24/7 during the week of WEMski. All welcome packs will be at your accommodation upon arrival and will include ski passes, resort information, snow gadgets (complimentary neck buffs etc.) and Italian Alps branded wristbands which give you 10% off various restaurants in town. The team will also accompany you to the ski hire centre upon arrival to ensure you get everything you need.
Every morning there will be an arranged meeting time and place for those that would like to ski and lunch together with the WEMski and Livigno Snow Team. There will be coaches provided to then take everyone on to the conference venue (7 minutes’ drive) for the afternoon sessions that take place between 13.00 – 17.30 Sunday to Thursday (Friday is a full free day to enjoy the slopes). Every evening is free to enjoy at your leisure, you can travel from the conference venue back to your accommodation by foot, free ski shuttle or taxi before enjoying your evening in the lively town.
You will need to book your own flights, so you can choose the most convenient route and time for you. We would recommend flying into Zurich airport arriving Saturday morning (20th January) and departing on Saturday afternoon (27th January). Alternatively, if Zurich is not possible then any of the three Milan airports can also be considered (Milan Bergamo also known as Orio al Serio, Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa).
Return Transfers from the airport to Livigno
Snow-train Transfer via Zurich: cost of 132 euros
Via Zurich, there is a stunning snow-train journey every hour through the Swiss Alps to the little town of Zernez on the Italian/Swiss border (2 hours 20 minutes) which connects with a ski shuttle bus to take you directly into the town centre of Livigno on the Italian side (35 minutes).
The train/bus journey is an exceptional experience as you enjoy the panoramic views of the Lake of Zurich, take in the breathtaking Italian Alps for the first time and travel through the beautiful resorts of Klosters and Davos. You’ll go through the world’s longest metre gauge railway tunnel (Vereina Tunnel 19,058 metres in length), over the checkpoint on the Swiss/Italian border (guards still patrol due to the tax-free status) and into the resort.
You can purchase train tickets on the day, but discounted tickets are available prior to travel at www.swisspasses.com. We recommend you speak to staff at Zurich Central Station (15 minutes by train from Zurich airport) to discuss platform changes as there is usually a change at Landquart and Sagliains.
Ski Shuttle Transfer via Milan: cost of 96 euros
The resort organises public ski shuttle buses every Saturday to and from Livigno. We recommend you discuss your flight times with the Livigno Snow Holidays team to ensure they fit into the following schedule if possible.
• Malpensa to Livigno 12:00 and 16:00
• Bergamo to Livigno 14:00
• Linate to Livigno 15:00
• Livigno to Malpensa 05:00 and 09:00
• Livigno to Bergamo 07:00
• Livigno to Linate 07:00
Milan transfers will be bookable nearer to the time of arrival and transfers are also possible via train and taxi upon request.
All the accommodation offered by Livigno Snow Holidays is of a good standard and located in the town centre with immediate access to the main slopes or within 500 metres. There are over 15,000 beds in Livigno, so there are many options available depending on your budget and party size. If you are travelling alone, you can share a twin or triple room in a hotel or chalet to reduce costs, alternatively, single occupancy can also be arranged.
• Self-catering chalet from 285 euros
• Hotel bed and breakfast from 340 euros including continental breakfast
• Hotel half-board from 560 euros including breakfast, afternoon tea, supper and wellness centre
All kit hire (skis/boots/poles) is stored at the kit hire centres on the main slopes in heated storage to avoid carrying any skis/boots to and from your accommodation. If you are bringing your own kit ski lockers can be arranged.
To make it as easy and convenient for you, Livigno Snow Holidays can organise everything you will need to get you out on the slopes.
• Ski pass: 205 euros for 6 days including all ski areas/snow-parks + 1-hour free entry into Aquagrande wellness facility + free ski shuttle bus travel around Livigno to explore
• Kit hire: 95 euros for 6 days including skis, boots poles + heated storage on main slopes
• Ski courses: 145 euros for 4 days ski guiding/tuition 2 hours per day
• Kit lockers (if required): 15 euros per person for 6 days heated storage with own kit
There are a variety of après-ski activities available in Livigno, including:
• 500cc snowmobile drive with mountain feast: 65 euros per person
15-minute scenic self-drive in pairs with a guide along the mountain peak including a 3-course mountain feast in a traditional agritourismo, wine/cheese cellar tour, wine/grappa/coffee and all taxi transfers. Commencing 18:00
• 7km toboggan run with après-ski drink: 10 euros per person
30 minutes toboggan from top of the gondola to the valley via a blue run. Commencing 16:30
Once your booking has been made, there will be two payments to make. The first payment will be for your accommodation and will be required within 5 days of booking. The second is the final payment 3 weeks prior to arrival for any transfers, ski passes, kit hire, ski courses or après-ski activities you choose. Both payments are in Euros, paid to Livigno Snow Holidays business account based in Livigno with any banking charges payable by the guest.
Should you need to cancel your trip:
• Chalet owners will refund 70% of your accommodation cost minus banking charges.
• Hotel owners have booking policies they refer to dependent on the date on which you cancel.
• Livigno Snow Holidays will refund 100% of transfer, ski pass, kit hire, ski course and après-ski payments up to 10 days prior to arrival.
For further information or to book any of the above, please contact the owner of Livigno Snow Holidays, Nikki McLeary directly on info@LivignoSnow.com or call 07956 018 995 quoting ‘SkiMed’.