Livigno, Italy Ski Resort – what’s new in 2012

New in Livigno this year!
Livigno summer season kicks off properly at the beginning of June, and 2012 has seen the revamping of Livigno Bike Park, a vast network of mountain trails that have been dug out of the snow and beautiful scenery for adventurous mountain bikers. Open until October when the ski season starts, the Bike Park is good for both beginners and highly experienced riders, and the frenzied maintenance that has been going on through May has made sure everything’s in great shape .
As of December 2010, skiing off-piste alone in Livigno is completely banned die to avalanche risk, and if caught you may be fined. So, stick to the pisted terrain, get a legal off-piste guide, or don’t get caught.
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Alpine peaks – Mont Blanc

It’s a mountaineering and skiing heaven, a scarily vast and imposing summit, the jewel in the crown of the Alps. Yup, it’s Mont Blanc, the Alps’ highest peak, measuring up to a hefty and impressive 4,810m. The first recorded ascent of the mountain took place in 1786; since then, about 20,000 people a year make their determined way to the summit.
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Summer Ski Resorts in the Alps

Summer Skiing in the Alps – Your Options

So you either missed the winter ski season, or had such an awesome time that you’re just not ready to accept that it’s over for another summer (we’ve all been there). Fear not! You don’t have to trawl to the other side of the world to find snow in the summer. There are more options available to you than you think – plenty of resorts in the Alps have glaciers, snow all year round at altitude or snow parks that keep the snow topped up for your pleasure. Below is a list of summer skiing options for you to explore.
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Swiss Alps Hiking: Zermatt

When ski seasons end, mountain resorts promptly change gears and start getting ready for the influx of tourists who want an active, outdoor summer holiday. After all, where better to go than to beautiful, scenic mountains, where there’s hiking, biking and sightseeing aplenty? It’s true – the Alps in summer offer some stunning trekking, and this is one of a series of articles which focuses on one area and lets you know about all the best hikes.
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Hot Air Balloon Trips in the Alps

Hot Air Balloon trips are an unbelievable experience. The peace and serenity of soaring almost soundlessly above the world below is something almost without compare. Now imagine how amazing drifting over snow-capped mountains must be, with the jagged peaks spread out before you. Here are just some of the most incredible hot air balloon rides you can take advantage of on your trip to the Alps.
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