Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Skiing Adventure Bormio/Livigno Day 3

Before I tell you about day 3 skiing and shopping in Livigno, I need to back up to Monday evening.  Every Monday evening in Bormio there is a welcome celebration in the Piazza, or town center.  The celebration includes hot spiced wine in a big cauldron, fruit bread, music, and a welcome invitating everyone to the weeks events. 

Photos via Jean

After Monday evening's celebration, Tuesday morning we boarded a motor coach for Livigno, Italy.  Livigno offered 29 sq miles of terrain, or more skiing then we could ski in a day, maybe even a week.  Most of the trails were above the treeline, and in the clouds with poor visibility. 

The clouds and no treeline offered all kinds of challenge.  I had issues with vertigo, since it was difficult at time determine the fall line and pitch of the trail.  I tried to stay near lift stanchions, or trail markers to help me determine what I was skiing.  I also found following a more experience skier helped the a lot.

After a few hours on the slopes I headed in to town for a nice leisurely lunch and a little duty-free shopping.  I really didn't buy much except a couple of bottles of wine.  Many of the Italian wines for sale were excellent, and the prices a fraction of what they are in the US.  I wish I could have brought them home with me. I settled for buying just what I could consume by the end of the trip, so it was party time in my room.

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