Whilst in Livigno last week I noticed quite a lot of people on the nursery slopes who were beginners. I have no doubt that most of them travelled with tour operators and were sold full adult passes on the coach on the way to Livigno. A full adult pass during high season costs €177 and the cost for a child is €122.50. There is an offer available whereby if a family (two adults and two children born between 1995 and 2000) purchase passes one child pass is free saving €122.50. I am aware that some of the reps are not advising clients of this offer.
A full pass is only beneficial if you are reasonably confident and will use the gondolas and chairs most days during your stay. For those of you who dont make it off the lower slopes except for the one trip your class will make to the blue run on Motollino there is a pass available based on Points at a fraction of the cost of the full pass. Each time you use a lift points are deducted from your pass - the pass can be topped up similar to a mobile phone. Any unused points are purchased back by the skipass office at the end of your stay.
The cost of a points pass is as follows
400 points = €68.50
200 Points = €35.00
100 points = €18.00
I have outlined below the main lifts that the skischools use and the points needed for each lift (oneway trip) Based on this it would take a while to run up 400 points even if you used 800 points in the week you are still saving money on a full pass.
Lift 10 Amerikan 10 points
Lift 17 San Rocco(drag) 7 points
Lift 17 San Rocco(Chair) 9 points
Lift 18 Doss 8 points
Lift 18 Carpet 0 points
Lift 20 6 points
Lift 23 8 points
Lift 2 (Mottolino Drag) 11 points
The skipass can be purchased at most of the lifts a full listing is available on www.skipasslivigno.com
In terms of classes for the last three years we have used the Galli Fedele Ski School at lift 18 which we have found excellent. Group classes are €105 per person for the week - IMO these are great for the children as they learn a lot quicker than adults. I have had personal experience of adult classes and you will only progress at the same rate as the weakest person in the group. If you are travelling with a group of adults it may be worth looking at arranging your own private group class as the costs are very competitive - this of course is providing that you are all of similar ability. The cost of a private one hour lesson in Galli Fedele is €34 for one person €44 for two people as the group gets bigger the incremental costs reduce so it potentially could work out cheaper than a group lesson and your group will more than likely be smaller as most group classes have a min of 12 people. I now take private lessons as a couple of hours private tuition at a cost of €68 is more beneficial to me than a week of group lessons. You can organise your lessons at lift 18 or at the Galli Fedele Office which is just up from Marco's Bar on the right hand side as you head twoards San Rocco.
All of the above are very easy to organise dont be put off by a rep who tells you its easier to have everything organised on the coach prior to arrival - its not and this is based on personal experience. The tour operators get commission on your sale and they are motivated by this rather than your best interest.
On our arrival last Saturday week we had ski and boot hire, lift passes and classes organised in the space of one hour.