Mint Women, Italy Tour
Mint Women Snowboard Tours
Destinations: Milan & Livigno
Join us for an Italian road trip from Milan to Livigno ski area – Italy’s high-altitude, powder paradise! This is going to be a week filled with snowboarding, powder, park laps, great food & vino! Along the way you’ll progress your snowboarding skills with 5 full days of snowboard coaching and guiding, make new friends, enjoy traditional cuisine, sample local wines and rub shoulders with the locals. Livigno has some of the best terrain for progression, with wide-open powder bowls and pistes, easy tree runs and multiple terrain parks with easy features. March is our favourite part of the season to ride in Livigno, as there’s typically consistent snow, minimal crowds, and hardly any competition for the fresh powder.
5 Full Days of Coaching
Each day you’ll join our local Livigno snowboard coach to get riding dialled and to explore the resorts of Carosello 3000 and Mottolino Fun Mountain. Our local coach has a lifetime of experience riding the Livigno resorts and backcountry and knows every secret spot on the mountain and in the town. You’ll get a unique locals perspective while you’re exploring the huge variety of terrain. You’ll get to ride wide-open pistes, high altitude powder bowls, fun tree runs with perfectly spaced trees, gullies, terrain parks, and some easy side-country runs which feed back into the resort. Your coach is on-hand to select terrain suitable for the group to ride and give you some tips and tricks along the way. We want you to enjoy your snowboarding in a relaxed and fun environment. There is always time for coffee breaks, hot chocolates and photo opportunities.
Snow and Conditions
For our Italy tour we head to Livigno, for a week riding at this high altitude snowboard paradise. Stretching 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.
Livigno is Tax Free
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 glass of vino costing as little as 1€ 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.
Your Mint Chicks tour manager is on-hand to assist with planning any additional activities. There is husky sledding, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, cultural walks, museums and historic churches, food and wine tours, the off-snow options rival the snowboarding! A great place for its history, Livigno’s churches are well worth a visit, with the Santa Maria Nascente dating from 1300 AD. If you fancy a day off the slopes to let your aching muscles recuperate whilst keeping the divine mountain views, you’ll love the Bormio Thermal open-air baths. If you want to rub shoulders with the locals, join your guides for daily après ski in the village where we will bar hop and sample the antipasto and local wines. Each evening we will regroup back at the hotel and head out to one of the local restaurants.
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.
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).
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.
7 March, 2020 – Arrival Day
Benvenuto Mint Chicks! Welcome to Italy. Your Mint Chicks host will meet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel which is just near Milan Malpensa Airport. Most guests opt to arrive a day or two before to allow for some sightseeing in Milan prior to our departure. In the morning we will transfer by bus to our accommodation in Livigno.
For the next 6 nights, we are staying at a brand new, 4 star ski-in ski-out B&B. All rooms are large with amazing views. Among the amenities is a rooftop spa with a spectacular view.
Once all everyone is settled in, we will hold a welcome session. Grab a drink and relax as your Mint Chicks host runs you through the plan for the tour. We will then go out for our first Italian meal together so you can get to know the other guests. After our dinner, you’ve always got the opportunity to head to one of the local bars to mingle with the locals.
8 March, 2020 – Warm-up Day & Coaching
After an amazing buffet breakfast with mountain views, meet your guide in the lobby. For our first day on-snow we will join our local Livigno Snowboard Coach for a full day of coaching. For those that haven’t ridden in a while, it’s a great opportunity to warm up and sharpen your skills while exploring the ski area.
After our morning coaching session, we’ll break for lunch on-mountain. In the afternoon it’s up to you what you’d like to do. You can join the afternoon coaching session to keep progressing and exploring the resort, or you can break away from the group and do your own thing. You can head into the village to do some tax free shopping at the many boutiques, or just head back to the hotel and relax.
After riding, we will explore Livigno’s great après ski scene. There is cheap and cheerful prices when it comes to food and drinks, thanks to Livigno’s duty free prices. We have a whole week to fully experience the Italian influenced après. We’ll soak up the views as we sip on a glasses of local Prosecco and nibble on antipasto platters.
Before dinner, you might like some RnR time and there is no better way to relax, than head to the rooftop sauna and spa which has great views across the mountain.
In the evening, we’ll head out to one of the locally owned restaurants for a group dinner. The town is home to a hearty amount of restaurants, serving nonna’s favourite Italian recipes plus there is tasty cheese fondues thanks to the local Swiss influence.
9 – 12 March, 2020 – Coaching & Guiding
Every morning we’ll meet at the breakfast buffet which has a wide range of pastries, seasonal fruit, a selection of cheeses and cold meats, eggs, bacon, breads, different olive oils, cereals, yoghurts and juices.
Then it’s time to gear up for the day ahead. We’ll make the short walk to the lifts by our hotel, or opt to head across to the other side of the valley via the free resort shuttle. Each day you’ll join our local snowboard coach for a full day of coaching and guiding. Your coach is on hand to help you improve your technique on all types of terrain and get you confident to ride off piste.
Each day we’ll stop for lunch on-mountain. In the afternoons, your coach is on-hand to ride with the group and take some photo’s along the way. Throughout the tour we will ride at a relaxed pace. We want the group to enjoy their riding in a relaxed and fun environment. There is always time for coffee breaks, hot chocolates and photo opportunities.
Each evening we will regroup back at the hotel for dinner. After dark the villages come alive. You can always head out for drinks at the many bustling bars. 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.
13 March, 2020 – Departure Day
After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and say goodbye. You will board the bus back to Milan where our tour concludes at Milan Airport.
For anyone wanting to explore more of Europe, join us on our next tour starting on the 13 March in Austria! Jump back in the van and we’ll make the short 3 hour bus ride to Innsbruck, Austria for the start of our next tour.
Austria Tour Details HERE
Snow and Conditions
We run this tour in March as it’s the best time of year for scoring a good mix of powder days and bluebird conditions.
Small Group Numbers
We keep our group sizes small so you can get the most out of your time with us. We have our guides on-snow every day and at night we’ll have our Mint hosts on hand to show you around the local area.
Our Coaches and Guides
Our coaches and guides will select terrain that is suitable for the entire group to ride. You can be assured we will always find you the best snow conditions available. Our goal is to get everybody on tour enjoying themselves and pushing your riding in a relaxed and fun environment.
If you’re travelling solo you won’t be alone. In fact our tour is perfect for solo travellers, we just match you up with someone to room with for the entire time. Not only are our guides with you on-mountain during the day, they keep the fun going well into the night, so you’ll always have crew to hang out with and places to go.
We have handpicked the accommodation for the tour especially for our Mint Chicks so you can enjoy your time on and off the mountain. All accommodation is 4 star standard, modern, comfortable and clean, and all the mountain hotels are equipped with spa’s and wellness centres so you can relax at the end of the day. All rooms are twin share and are equipped with en suite bathrooms, wifi and flat screen TV’s. If you would like a bit more space, just let us know and we can arrange for a private room.
Our coaching and guiding sessions are suitable for intermediate snowboarders who can comfortably link turns on blue/red runs.
For first-time, beginner and novice snowboarders, we can arrange private or group lessons which are tailored to your ability level.
If you’d like to speak to one of our Mint Chicks guides to see if this tour is suitable for you please get in touch:
Call. +61 (03) 8563 9437
6 nights twin share, accommodation
Staying at the brand new ski-in/ski-out Montivas Lodge. The twin share rooms are equipped with 2 heavenly soft beds for a deep restful sleep, enough space to store all of your belongings, a large bathroom to freshen up, a balcony with a mountain view where you can simply hang out and enjoy the peace during some downtime. So, you don’t lose contact with the outside world, you can share your adventures with your friends and family at home and use the free Wi-Fi. Mod con’s come standard, like a flat screen TV and USB connections so you can charge your gear. The hotel also has amenities including a restaurant for breakfast, which is open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. A bar with refreshing drinks that is open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m, and a locked ski room with boot dryer
+ Single Share Supplement
If you would like a little more space we have single share rooms available for an additional AUD $350.
6 Healthy and nutritious organic buffet breakfasts
Each morning you can enjoy a healthy and hearty buffet breakfast to fuel your body for your mountain adventures. The buffet includes crispy pastries, tea, coffee, fruit juices, delicious jams, butter, sausage, cheese, fresh fruit, muesli, eggs from happy chickens, and many other local delicacies.
All lift tickets
On arrival you will receive an all mountain lift ticket that is valid for your stay at all of Livigno’s ski areas.
5 Full Days of Snowboard Coaching & Guiding
Join our local snowboard coach for 5 full days of coaching and guiding. The sessions will progress your snowboarding and help you navigate the mountain like a pro. Your coach is on-hand to select terrain suitable for the group to ride and give you some tips and tricks along the way.
Transportation from Crowne Plaza Hotel, Milan Malpensa Airport
We include airport transfers on arrival and departure day from Crown Plaza Hotel, which is located near Milan Malpensa Airport. On arrival day, your guide will meet you at the hotel, and we’ll travel as a group to Livigno. On departure day we have an early morning transfer from Livigno back to the airport.
Host on hand throughout tour
Throughout the tour you’ve got a Mint Tours staff member on hand to assist and take the stress out of your holiday. They are on-hand to make your trip memorable and make sure you have lots of fun along the way. All you need to do is show up, and we’ll take care of the rest.
Bookings close September 27, 2019.
As this is a small group tour, we have limited availability. Please contact us to check availability.
To book the tour, a $700 deposit per person required to secure booking with the 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. For more information don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.