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Freeride ski routes in Livigno valley

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Location: Alta Valtellina, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.50832°N / 10.14793°E

Object Title: Freeride ski routes in Livigno valley

Route Type: Skiing

Season: Winter

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Overview

This well organised and famous tourist location is situated in the center of the alps.
It's winter charm with abundant snowfalls offers the ideal terrain for adrenalin filled days in powder snow.
The two ski resort “Mottolino” and “Carosello-Costaccia” have one single ski pass and are connected by frequent ski buses which are free of charge. Both resorts offer a snowpark for freestyle lovers. This is why Mottolino’s park is among the best in Europe.

The valley of Livigno is oriented north to south; and all the offpiste routes are placed on both sides of the valley. “Carosello” and "Costaccia" side (west), higer, wider and a bit more sunny, affers longer routes, but the snow use to melt fast in the afternoon.
“Mottolino” side (east) due to its shady position, offers very good snow and steep woody flanks.

In this page will be listed 14 offpiste routes with different solutions.
All the routes will classified with a ski difficulty from S1 to S5 and fall risk from EXP 1 to EXP 3.

In case of heavy snowfall or adverse conditions, the local council of Livigno issues a decree which prohibits off-piste skiing unless accompanied by a mountain guide.

Useful numbers :

Mountain rescue: 118
Skipass office: 0039-0342996915
Trauma clinic: 0039-0342996601
Moutain guide office: 0029-0342996262

Routes "Mottolino" side

Routes  Mottolino  side
Mottolino side


01 - "Vallaccia" 2700m
Orientation: E
Height gain: -700m
Slope: 30°
SKI: S2
EXP: 1
Beauty: ***
Also known as “Marco Simoncelli” dedicated to the famous biker dead. This wide open itinerary is ideal for warming up or for learning freeriding techniques.
Starting point: Top of “Valfin” chairlift 2700m
Acces: From the chairlift upstation straight on for 50m till you reach the edge of the ski slope and from here enter the vallaccia.
Descent: No obligatory itinerary, head to the bottom of the valley, onec you are level with the huts , find the snow covred road wich leads to the Rex bridge and than to the main road.

02 - "Bosco della M" 2700m
Orientation: W
Height gain: -860m
Slope: 35°
SKI: S3
EXP: 2
Beauty: **
Gentle slope along the initial section leading to the woods which are a lot of fun. Not ideals for beginners.
Starting point: Top of “Valfin” chairlift up station 2700m
Access: Western slope of “Monte della Neve”
Descent: From the top of the chairlift follow the slope, pass under the chairlift and with a long diagonal crossing head towards the gps point.
From here start the descent pointing the wood at the base of the mountain. Go through of it and reach the main road.


Vallaccia side
Vallaccia side

03 - "Monte de l'Ables" 2735m
Orientation: W
Height gain: +85m -930m
Slope: 35°
SKI: S3
EXP: 2
Beauty: ***
Beautiful itinerary along the open slopes to “Baitel de la Blesa”. From here you can ski down the Y couloirs or in the wood.
Starting point: Top of “Valfin” chairlift up station 2700m
Access: From the chairlift continue for 30m than turn right.
Ascent: After coming off the chairlift head towards the right hand slope till you reach the aerials. The road is often tracked by snow cats
Descent: From the aerials, no forced itinerary, reach the huts in a W-SW direction. The hut wich is also used as bivouac by trekkers is situated at 2228m.
From here you can choose to ski through the woods below the hut or else down the couloirs on the right. Once you have come out of the woods or the couloirs join up with the cross country slope and follow it in a northerly direction heading towards the main road.

04 - "Monte delle Mine" 2883m
Orientation: NW
Height gain: +200m -1000m
Slope: 35°
SKI: S4
EXP: 2
Beauty: ****
Super ski mountaineering itinerary with a breathtaking view (and the best snow).
Starting point: Top of “Valfin” chairlift up station 2700m
Access: From the chairlift continue for 30m than turn right.
Ascent: Don’t go to the aerials as the itinerary n.3, but continue without loosing altitude and reach easily the summit of “Monte delle Mine”
Descent: No forced itinerary; continue in NW direction pointing the begin of the big couloirs keeping the right side (better snow conditions). Ski into the couloirs and once you reach the bottom of the valley, get the main road. The southern couloir has on its half way a couple of rocky jumps of few meters. The couloir is recommended only with big ammount of snow.

04bis - "Monte delle Mine - Canalone Clus" 2883m
Orientation: NW
Height gain: +200m -1000m
Slope: 35°/40°/45°
SKI: S4
EXP: 2
Beauty: ****
Probably the best offpiste in the Livigno area. Only with good snow conditions. Check the snow report before do it.


The route from  Monte Crepene
"Deshana" route

05 - "Deshana" 2430m
Orientation: W
Height gain: +200m -600m
Slope: 30°
SKI: S2
EXP: 1
Beauty: **
Fun Itinerary which starts in an open environment and ends up in the wood
Starting point: "Monte Crapena"
Access: “Passo d’Eira” main road
Ascent: From Passo d’Eira with the snowcat (taxi service from “Trepalle service” 5 euro per skier tel. 0039-3358042727) follow the snowy road to the top of "Monte Crapena"
Descent: From the summit ski down the first 250m along the open slope in a w direction. Keep on the right side of the small valley where there is less vegetation. From there the woods get thiker for 50 m, then turn into the meadow which go all the way to the bottom of the valley. Easy access to the bus stop.

Routes "Costaccia" side

Routes  Costaccia side
"Costaccia side"


06 - "Calcheira Bassa" 2300m
Orientation: N-NW
Height gain: -500m
Slope: 35°
SKI: S3
EXP: 1
Beauty: ***
Very fine descent through the thick woods leading to Val Federia
Starting point: Top of “Tagliede” bubble cars
Access: Head in N-NW direction. Ski down the first 200 meters of the ski pist n.10, go by the “Costaccia” slope and go between the poles 27-28
Descent: 100 meters of open slope to the entrance of the wood, and then stay between the two couloirs all the way to the bottom of the valley.
From the exit of the wood follow the snow covered path which goes round the “Federia” river all the way to “Calcheira” tarmac road. From here few minutas on foot to the bus stop.

07 - "Crocifisso" 2358m
Orientation: SE
Height gain: -500m
Slope: 45°
SKI: S4
EXP: 3
Beauty: **
Very steep itinerary. Advisable only with good snow condition
Starting point: Top of "Costaccia-Tagliede" bubble car
Access: From the top of "Costaccia-Tagliede" bubble car follow the pist below the cable until a wooden crucifix
Descent: From the crucifix ski between the trees with a right turn and take the very steep slope. Ski down in a small valley amongst the trees and then into the thick wood. With a traverse is possible to get again to the down bubble car station.

08 - "Unnamed" 2358m
Orientation: E
Height gain: -500m
Slope: 45°
SKI: S4
EXP: 3
Beauty: ***
Very steep itinerary. Advisable only with good snow condition
Starting point: Top of "Costaccia-Tagliede" bubble car
Access: From the top of "Costaccia-Tagliede" bubble car turn left until a wooden bench
Descent: Keep the avalanche fences on your right and get into the very steep slope 45°. At the foot of the slope a thick wood take to the pist above the center of the village. With a left direction traverse is possible to reach the bubble car station.

09 - "Unnamed" 2612m
Orientation: E
Height gain: -900m
Slope: 35°
SKI: S3
EXP: 2
Beauty: ***
Hidden itinerary, with steep slope advisable only with good snow condition
Starting point: Top of "Valandrea-Vetta" chairlift
Access: From the top of "Valandrea-Vetta" chairlift take the main pist below the cable and after 50m get into the slope on your right
Descent: Ski down along the open slopes keeping the left side. When the avalanche fences are visible, point there and get into the steep slope keeping the fences on your left.
Ski down towards the village where the slope finish and the wood is more thin. From here easy meadows until the village.

10 - "Paravalanghe" 2800m
Orientation: E
Height gain: -1000m
Slope: 30°
SKI: S2
EXP:
1
Beauty: ***
Very long route with easy approach. Different solutions of descent
Starting point: Top of "Blesaccia II" chairlift
Access: From the top of "Blesaccia II" chairlift follow the pist below the cables and get into the slope on your left
Descent: Ski down pointing the bottom of the valley and get in the easy couloirs between the avalanche fences.
Over the fences go in the wood without forced itinerary, and then to the easy and funny slopes till the village.






Routes "Carosello" side

Routes  Carosello  side
Routes "Carosello" side


11 - "Cantone Basso" 2700m
Orientation: E-SE
Height gain: -900m
Slope: 35°
SKI: S3
EXP: 2
Beauty: ***
A beautiful descent, quick to reach
Starting point: Top of "Val Federia" chairlift
Access: From the top of "Val Federia" chairlift turn right head straight on for 30m and go beyond the ski slope on your left
Descent: A false plateau leads to a couloirs which open out into the intermediate section of "Val Cantone". From here follow the direction of the valley reaching the final couloir. This is often bumpy due to the blocks of avalanche snow. At the and of the couloirs a snowy meadows leads to the “Sport Hotel” and the bus stop.
Other possibility is clim the summit of “Pizzo Cantone” with a gain of 130m, and ski down on steep slope till join up the previous itinerary.

12 - "Madonnone" 2858m
Orientation: N-NE
Height gain: +260m -1000m
Slope: 40°
SKI: S3
EXP: 2
Beauty: ***
Beautiful itinerary due to the snow’s quality and the environment
Starting point: Top of "Val Federia" chairlift
Access: From the top of chairlift for roughly 400m follow the “Gessi alta” slope, then leave it when the slope start to go right. From here start to head uphill towards “Pizzo Cantone” which is often tracked. Once on the top, ski down following the summit’s large ridge in a south direction and climb up to “Monte delle Rezze”. On the top a large Madonna statue
Descent: From the top ski down in N-NE direction on steep slope to the begin of the couloirs named “Rino del Solivo”. This leads to the meadows above the camping “Palipert” and the main road.
Other solution is, before the couloirs reach the “Baitel Palipert” and then ski down in the very thick wood (personally not recommended).

13 - "Un Sorriso da Paura" 2858m
Orientation: S
Height gain: +260m -900m
Slope: 35°
SKI: S3
EXP: 2
Beauty **
Panoramic and striking itinerary. Due to the south orientation is advisable only in the morning or early season
Starting point: Top of "Val Federia" chairlift
Access: As the it. 8, from the top of chairlift for roughly 400m follow the “Gessi alta” slope, then leave it when the slope start to go right. From here start to head uphill towards “Pizzo Cantone” which is often tracked. Once on the top, ski down following the summit’s large ridge in a south direction and climb up to “Monte delle Rezze”
Descent: From the summit ski down towards south keeping on the open slope till you reach the altitude of 2140m mere you meet a road and then the wood. Follow the road to the “Stebline” huts at 1950m.
Proceed along the bottom of the valley and cross the river.

14 - "Valletta del Monte di Fuori" 2900m
Orientation: S
Height gain: +200m -1000m
Slope: 35°
SKI: S3
EXP: 2
Beauty: **
A special itinerary in an isolated environment. Due to the south orientation, it’s advisable only in the morning or early season
Starting point: Top of "Val Federia" chairlift
Access: From the top of chairlift for roughly 400m follow the “Gessi alta” slope, then leave it when the slope start to go right. From here start to head uphill towards “Pizzo Cantone” which is often tracked
Descent: From the summit ski down towards south. At the altitude of 2186m follow the snow covered road which leads to the “Cascina del Monte”. Follow the bottom of the valley and cross the river.


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