Italy & Austria Powder Roadtrip
13 Days I 10 Days Riding
March 07, 2020 to March 19, 2020
$5150 Per Person
Spend 13 days road-tripping with us from Milan to Innsbruck, ticking off Europe’s powder hotspots. You’ll get to explore historic mountain towns, ride deep powder, steep terrain and clock up some incredible vert. The resorts we visit receive heavy snowfall from November until early May and their high altitude keeps the snow in pristine condition. Some of the resorts we can ride include Livigno, Mayrhofen, Nauders, Hintertux, Hochoetz, Kaunertal, Sölden, Ischgl, Axamer Lizum and Kappl.
This tour starts in Italy and finishes in Austria. Meet your guides in Milan and we’ll make our way to Livigno, Italy’s high altitude freeride capital. This remote village is nicknamed Little Tibet and you’ll see why once you arrive. This resort hosts a Four Star Freeride World Qualifier event, just one of the 9 super-select events worldwide. You’ll spend 5 full days riding at this high altitude freeride paradise. Livigno stretches a good 10km along the Spöl valley with mountains on either side and bordering Switzerland’s famous St Moritz, this is a place you’ll find authentic alpine charm in every nook and cranny with a friendly, atmosphere. This region receives heavy snowfall from November until early May. The high altitude and heavy snowfall ensures that the ski area retains perfect conditions.
From Livigno we head across the Swiss border, followed by the Austrian border and arrive in Innsbruck. We spend the next 7 days based in this vibrant city which is the best place in the Tirol for the ‘powder chase’. There is no other city in Europe where you can stay in the city and have so many world-class resorts within a short drive. When in Innsbruck, we keep the itinerary flexible so we can chase the snow and ride at the best resort on the day. We have the option of riding at Kitzbühel, Mayrhofen, Nauders, Hintertux, Hochoetz, Kaunertal, Sölden, Ischgl, Nordkette, Seegrube, Axamer Lizum, Glungezer, Patscherkofel, Stubaier Gletscher, Schlick 2000, Kühtai, Rangger Köpfl & Muttereralm.
Our tour concludes on March 19 in Innsbruck. For anyone wanting to extend their trip join us on our Arctic Circle Roadtrip which starts on March 20 in Finland. Details HERE
7 DAYS IN ITALY
ITALY – TAX FREE IN LIVIGNO
It’s not just the high slopes and attractive village that make Livigno so hugely popular – its tax free status is a massive draw. The après ski is some of the most affordable you’ll find – a fraction of what you’d pay over in St Moritz with a pint costing as little as 3€ in some bars. The town is home to a hearty amount of restaurants, serving nonna’s favourite recipes and terrific cheese fondues thanks to the local Swiss influence.
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.
ITALY – 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 specialities. The best known of these is pizzocheri – pasta ribbons with potatoes, cabbage, garlic, butter and local cheese (one plate is never enough).
ITALY ACCOMMODATION – 4 STAR SKI-IN / SKI-OUT
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.
7 DAYS IN AUSTRIA
For a genuine experience, our local Austrian snowboard guide shows us the best of the Tyrol culture, with après-ski, night sledding, hot pools and Tyrolean beer. Every day, we will decide where to ride depending on weather and snow conditions. With so many options, we always find the perfect resort for each day!
RIDE THE BEST RESORTS IN AUSTRIA
We keep the itinerary 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 resorts in the region such as St Anton, Kitzbühel, Mayrhofen, Nauders, Hintertux, Hochoetz, Kaunertal, Sölden, Ischgl, Nordkette, Seegrube, Axamer Lizum, Glungezer, Patscherkofel, Stubaier Gletscher, Schlick 2000, Kühtai, Rangger Köpfl & Muttereralm.
AUSTRIA – FLEXIBLE ITINERARY
We keep the itinerary flexible so your local Mint Tours guide can hunt down the best conditions all day, every day. Each day your guide will assess the conditions and decide which is the best place to ride based on weather and snowfall. Each day we’ll load up the van’s and drive to our chosen area. This flexibility ensures that we will find you the best snow and conditions all day, every day!
AUSTRIA – SNOW & CONDITIONS
March is the best time to ride in the Tyrol. The resorts are quiet and in great condition, with all pistes open and top to bottom riding. You can expect anything from perfect bluebird days through to riding powder. Even if we don’t get fresh snow overnight, the altitude and our local knowledge will ensure you’ll be able to ride light dry snow days after a storm.
AUSTRIA – LUXURY ACCOMMODATION
We make sure all our guests stay in quality accommodation that’s in the best location. Throughout the tour you’ll stay at a 4 star boutique hotel, Grauer Bär. Our comfortable twin share rooms are equipped with 2 single beds and each room has a great heating, private ensuite bathroom, TV, and free WiFi. Every morning you’ve got a hot buffet breakfast to enjoy in the restaurant. The hotel is also equipped with a heated panorama swimming pool, sauna and steam bath that overlooks the historic Old Town.
- 6 nights twin share, ski-in/ski-out accommodation, Livigno
- 6 nights twin share accommodation, Innsbruck
- Breakfast daily
- 5 day lift ticket, Livigno
- Private bus transfer from Milan to Livigno, 7 MAR
- Private bus transfer from Livigno to Innsbruck, 13 MAR
- Private bus transfers from Innsbruck to resorts, 14 – 18 MAR
- Private bus transfer from Innsbruck to airport, 19 MAR
- Daily on-snow guiding in Livigno and Innsbruck Resorts
- Mint tour manager on hand throughout tour
March 7, 2020 – Arrival Day
Welcome to Italy! Meet your guides at the Crown Plaza Hotel, just next to Milan Malpensa Airport. Most guests opt to arrive the day before the tour commences so you can explore the city. We have a mid-morning departure and make the 4 hour drive past Lake Como and into the mountains. Livigno is set in a wide, remote valley near the Swiss border. It’s the hardest resort to reach in Italy which mostly keeps the crowds away. Once we arrive in Livigno, we’ll check you into your room. We encourage you to settle in and set up your equipment for the trip. In the afternoon we’ll head into the village for aperitivo, followed by dinner and drinks at one of our favourite local restaurants.
March 8 – 12, 2019 – Guided Days in Livigno
Each day will follow a similar format. This is what you can expect on tour.
Mornings Enjoy buffet breakfast at the hotel. Get your gear and get ready to meet your guides in the lobby. Your guides will choose which side of the valley to ride, based on snow and conditions. This flexible itinerary guarantees that you will be riding the best resort on the day.
At the Resort On arrival our guide will give you a brief introduction to the resort before our guiding session commences. Your guide will show you around the resort and let you in on some of the locals only secret spots. Each day we’ll ride to the conditions. If conditions are good, we’ll aim to spend a full day on mountain. Typically we’ll break for lunch on mountain and you’ll get to sample some of the local Italian specialties.
Afternoons After we’ve finished riding, we’ll ride back to our hotel. You’ve got free time to relax, hit the hot tub and sauna, head to one of the local bars for aperitivo, or explore the village. Our hotel is located in the heart of the shops and bars in Livigno.
Evenings Each night your guides will plan a group dinner at one of the many great local restaurants. Our hotel is located just steps away from many lively restaurants and bars. You’ll get to enjoy some of the local delicacies, washed down with some local Valtellina wines.
March 13, 2020 – Transfer day
After breakfast, we’ll check out of the hotel, load up the vans and drive across the Swiss and Austrian borders to Innsbruck. Grab a window seat and settle in for the 4 hour journey. Once we arrive, you’ll have time to settle into our hotel, located in the centre of Innsbruck and just steps from historic Old Town. In the evening, join your guides for some local beers, schnapps, and all the local delicacies. We will then head for a traditional Austrian meal at one of the most well known beer halls in Innsbruck.
March 14 to 18, 2020 – Austria Guided Days
Each day will follow a similar format. Your guide will decide daily where we will ride from St Anton, Kitzbühel, Mayrhofen, Nauders, Hintertux, Hochoetz, Kaunertal, Sölden, Ischgl, Nordkette, Seegrube, Axamer Lizum, Glungezer, Patscherkofel, Stubaier Gletscher, Schlick 2000, Kühtai, Rangger Köpfl & Muttereralm.
This is what you can expect each day.
Mornings Enjoy buffet breakfast at the hotel. Get your gear and get ready to meet your guides for an early morning pick up from our hotel. Being based in Innsbruck gives us access to so many nearby resorts. Your guides will choose the best resort on the day based on snow and conditions. This flexible itinerary guarantees that you will be riding the best resort on the day.
At the Resort On arrival our guide will give you a brief introduction to the resort before our guiding session commences. Your guide has an in-depth knowledge of each resort and will show you around the resort and let you in on some of the locals only secret spots. These resorts all have incredible freeride terrain, and our local Mint Tours freeride guide is on-hand to show you why this is the best place to ride in Austria. Each day we’ll ride to the conditions. If conditions are good, we’ll aim to spend a full day on mountain. Typically we’ll break for lunch on mountain and you’ll get to sample some of the local Tyrolean specialties.
Afternoons After we’ve finished riding, we’ll drive back to our hotel in Innsbruck. You’ve got free time to relax, hit the hot tub and pools, head to the bar for an apres beverage or explore Innsbruck. Our hotel is located just steps from the historic Old Town.
Evenings Each night your guides will plan a group dinner at one of the many great local restaurants in Innsbruck. Our hotel is located just steps away from many lively restaurants and bars. You’ll get to enjoy some of the local delicacies, washed down with some with Tyrolean beers and schnapps. For anyone wanting to explore the nightlife, our hotel is located in the heart of Innsbruck with many late-night bars on offer.
March 19, 2020 – Depart
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. Say farewell to your guides and new friends and we will transfer you back to Innsbruck Airport.