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HOSTED & GUIDED SNOWBOARDING
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Days Snowboarding

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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USD 1,768
Based in the resort of Livigno Italy, a high altitude ski and snowboard paradise with a long and snowsure winter, we will freeride untracked Italian powder. Join the "fixed date" tour with your own group or come alone and meet new friends.
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Livigno Italy Freeride Snowboard Tour

Skiing and snowboarding in Italy has to be experienced – great resorts, great food & wine and unique villages.

Livigno is a high altitude ski and snowboard paradise with a long and snowsure winter. Livigno is situated between the Stelvio National Park and the Swiss border. It stretches 15 kilometres along an alpine valley surrounded by two mountain ranges rolling gently from 3000 metres down to the village. This region receives heavy snowfall from November until early May. The high altitude and heavy snowfall ensures that the ski area retains perfect conditions.

It’s worth to note that Livigno is one of the most inaccessible resorts in Europe. It takes the best part of three hours to get there from Innsbruck, and even longer from Milan, which keeps the crowds and day trippers away. It’s well-worth the long journey, with it’s reliable snow cover, great freeride terrain, well kept pistes and the most progressive terrain park in Italy.

Livigno Terrain
The resort caters to all ability levels, with everything from wide open rolling pistes, tree runs, one of the most famous terrain parks in Europe to high alpine freeride terrain. The resort has over 125km of marked trails and many more off-piste areas. All this is served by a modern lift system that includes 6 gondolas & cable cars, 13 chairlifts and 11 surface lifts spread across the two mountain ranges. This remote village also hosts a Four Star Freeride World Qualifier event. The Four star event is the maximum category for the Freeride World Qualifier series, assigned just to 9 super-selected events worldwide. It’s not surprising that it’s nicknamed Little Tibet.


Modern lifts.

Sensational Livigno.

Perfect freeride terrain.
Food & Wine
No trip to Italy is complete without enjoying the local food and wine. Livigno has a tempting choice of more than fifty restaurants in addition to the dozens of bars. Many of the restaurants are family owned, and have been for generations. So, where to dine? For a start, you can’t go wrong with pizza anywhere in Italy, and Livigno is no exception. Paired with local wines from the vineyards of Valtellina and cheese’s from the local dairy farms. If you are the kind of person who likes to try regional cuisine – then Livigno has some very tasty mountain dishes and  most of the restaurants will serve up their own local specialties. The best known of these is pizzocheri – pasta ribbons with potatoes, cabbage, garlic, butter and local cheese (one plate is never enough).

Heliski
In Livigno, the mountain doesn’t end at the top of the ski lifts. You can take your freeride experience to greater heights and access the resort’s wildest peaks by helicopter. Experience what it’s like to ride across untracked open bowls, away from the usual off-piste routes. Heli-skiing is something you should try at least once in your lifetime. Ask us about booking your heliski experience in Italy.

The Company

Mint Tours
The experienced team at Mint has been shredding all over the planet for the last twenty years, so it’s fair to say they have got the top destinations on lock down. At Mint they pride themselves on sharing first-hand knowledge and experience; from picking the best lines on a powder day and booking you comfortable accommodation through to giving you the low down on the best equipment or even the right board wax to use.

On a Mint Tours trip you’ll find low client:guide ratios and expert local knowledge. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills, improve your confidence & make new friends.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Arrival. Meet your hosts at Milan Malpensa Airport. From here, transfer to your accommodation located in  Livigno. You’ve got some time to get settled and then head out in Livigno for a group dinner in a traditional restaurant, so you can get to know the guests and hosts.

Guided Days - Monday March 04, 2019 to Friday March 08, 2019

Each day will follow a similar format. This is what you can expect on tour.

Mornings Enjoy the buffet breakfast at the hotel. Get your gear and get ready to meet your hosts for a morning resort guiding session or head out on your own to explore Livigno's massive terrain.

Off Piste Guiding Morning One of the mornings will be with a qualified local backcountry guide where we will learn some off piste riding techniques 7 explore terrain away from the resort. Avalanche safety equipment is included.

Afternoons After we’ve finished riding, you’ve got free time to relax, hit the rooftop spa & sauna, head to the bar for an apres beverage or explore Livigno.

Evenings Each night your hosts will suggest a new restaurant & entertainment experience in Livigno. Eat, drink & be merry the Italian way.


Freeride Livigno.

Nordkette's serious terrain.

  Try heliskiing at Livigno.

Saturday March 09, 2019 – Depart

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. Say farewell to your guides and crew that you’ve just spent 7 epic days with and we will transfer you back to Milan airport.

4 Star Ski-in/Ski-out Accommodation

Throughout the tour we stay at a brand new ski-in ski-out B&B located near the Carosello 3000 gondola. All rooms are large with amazing views. Among the amenities is a rooftop spa and sauna with a spectacular view. If you are travelling solo, you will be paired with another guest to room with. We aim to pair solo travellers according to gender, however this cannot be guaranteed. We suggest you book a single share room if this arrangement is unsuitable. Our twin share rooms are equipped with 2 beds and everything you need for a comfortable stay including linen and towels. Every morning you’ve got a hot buffet breakfast to enjoy in the restaurant.


Ski in ski out lodging.

In a beautiful valley.

And a wonderful town..
Rates as per listing. Full inclusions, add-ons and exclusions below. Inclusions
  • 6 nights twin share, ski in ski out BnB accommodation in Livigno
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 5 days lift tickets at Livigno
  • Daily resort guiding sessions, plus 1 morning off piste guided session
  • Return transfers from Milan airport & all ground transport during tour
  • Fully hosted.
Add-ons
  • Snowboard gear - can be rented locally
  • Single supplement - request price and availability
  • Heliskiing - price on application
Not Included

The itinerary is flexible so you can ride at the best resort on the day. Our base for this tour is the city of Innsbruck, which gives us easy access to over 14 resorts in the region including:

Kitzbühel

Situated in the north east of the Tyrol region, Kitzbühel is one of the best-known resorts in Europe. It’s actually made up of five different villages. The place is gigantic, and you certainly get what you pay for with seemingly limitless options (and a good chance of the sun shining somewhere on any given day). Lifts are fast and comfortable, keeping the queues down and your shred time up. On a powder day, you don’t have to go to far – in Aschau, for example, there’s a 1200 vertical-metre descent right next to the piste. The absolute must-do runs, though, are found at the Kitzbühler Horn and Pass Thurn areas. The Horn has gulleys, cliffs and steep faces for the adventurous, as well as expansive powder fields with lots of little jibs and jumps. Meanwhile, Pass Thurn offers seemingly endless tree runs, making it the ideal choice for a bad-vis day. Off the 2000er lift you will find what amounts to a natural snowpark, a veritable powder playground with epic terrain and loads of tree and rock jibs. There are also some steeps and wider bowls, accessible with just a short hike.

Ischgl

Ischgl makes plenty of headlines with its opening and closing parties, and its après ski has gained a deserved reputation for going off. But that shouldn’t detract from the fact that above all, this is a seriously good mountain. Huge investment has left it with one of the best lift systems in the Alps, providing access to its vast 238km of pistes, which stretch all the way into the Swiss duty free village of Samnaun. It is located in West Austria in the Paznanun valley, which is not too far from its similarly party-mad cousin St.Anton. Almost everything in Ischgl is above 2000m. With such a massive area, there are plenty of opportunities for powder lovers. The Idalp and Alp Trida bowls have plenty of easily visible pow-fields between the pistes. Heading to the Palinkopf and Pardatschgrat gives you access to some steeper stuff. There are 20km of established ski-routes in avalanche controlled zones, so you’ll be rewarded with a massive long run. Ischgl really shines on the piste front, with masses of largely high-altitude pistes. Apart from a few runs back down to the villages you won’t find any narrow cat-tracks and equally, there is a lack of flat sections in the bulk of the area. What you will find is a vast number of wide intermediate pistes, groomed to perfection every morning. The steepest runs can be found off the Palinkopf and the Greistspitze peaks, and the 14a piste is the one to head for to test yourself on a slope that can hit 70 degrees in places! These are also the starting points for the longest runs back down to both Ischgl and Samnaun.

St Anton

St Anton has a well-deserved reputation as a play hard, party harder kind of place. There’s plenty of amazing steep faces and powder to hunt out and plenty of après ski bars to quench your thirst at. The word is out on the great freeriding to be had here, so follow your guides and they will be sure to show you loads of great terrain. This area is amazing with tight and open trees, and relatively crowd-free slopes. In St Anton the variety of pistes is fantastic; from the steep and fast runs down from the Valluga to the gentle runs off the Gampen and Galzig.

Nordkette

The closest resort to Innsbruck that is accessed direct from town via a new cablecar. Besides the world-renowned Nordkette Skyline Park and 6 runs of varying difficulty, the Nordkette offers numerous freeride possibilities. One of the absolute highlights is the Hafelekar Run; The Hafelekar Run is one of the steepest ski runs in Europe. With an incline of 70%, this ski run is reserved for extremely good riders. One of the other great features of Nordkette is the apres. Don’t miss out a schnapps drinking session at the Cloud 9 Igloo bar.

Axamer Lizum

It may not be the biggest of resorts, nor is it the chosen resort for most tourists, but Axams is a full-on, no-nonsense, natural freeride snowboarder’s paradise. The resort has everything you could possible ask for and although not extensive, the terrain in places is as natural as it gets with top-to-bottom riding when snow permits. Having twice hosted Olympic disciplines, the runs are obviously of a decent standard, with something to suit all. Freeriders and freestylers are going to get the best out of the slopes, with loads of great hits, big banks, and gullies that form natural pipes to drop in and out of and tight trees to weave through. The atmosphere on the slopes is really cool, and on certain days snowboarders actually out-number skiers.

Stubai

Access to the slopes involves a twenty minute cable car ride, but once up, you’re presented with a great selection of runs. You’ll love this place; there's plenty of nice wide, well maintained pistes available. The management take great care in preparing the slopes; they don’t just piste-bash at night, but throughout the day also, so there's plenty of opportunity to cut the courduroy. During winter they have a traffic lighted carving run, where you can fly down guaranteeing that no ones gonna cut in front of you. Intermediate freeriders will also find an abundance of trails to ride. If you’re looking for some freestyle terrain, the legendary Stubai Zoo is great for a few laps and when in full swing offers 3 lines with almost 20 features.

Ötztal – Sölden, Obergurgl and Hochgurgl

Located about an hours drive from Innsbruck is the Ötztal Valley and the resorts of Sölden, Obergurgl and Hochgurgl. Not many resorts can boast three mountain peaks over 3,000m and two glaciers, so it’s definitely snowsure. The terrain here is great for intermediate riders, so it’s a great place to kick off our tour and warm up. We’ll aim to ride at Sölden where he 148km of pistes are spread over a vast area, and good conditions can always be found. First lift queues can be pretty long, but once you’re up the mountain, people get spread-out nicely and you won’t be waiting for a lift. Most pistes are above 2000m and the vast majority are wide cruisers. There’s also lots of easy to access powder spots not far from the piste, so it’s a good option to get used to riding in Austria.
To secure your spot on the tour, a $500 deposit per person with balance payable 90 days prior to departure.

All bookings are subject to Mint Tours terms and conditions and subject to availability at time of booking.