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Val Gardena ski resort looking at the village of Selva & the Sella massif.
Val Gardena ski resort looking at the village of Selva & the Sella massif.
Sassolungo dominates all Val Gardena views including from Dantercepies.
Sassolungo dominates all Val Gardena views including from Dantercepies.
Val Gardena's 3 ski areas are an intermediates paradise.
Val Gardena's 3 ski areas are an intermediates paradise.
The Val Gardena Fun Slope is one of the world's best.
The Val Gardena Fun Slope is one of the world's best.
Val Gardena mountain huts are fabulous.
Val Gardena mountain huts are fabulous.
Passo Gardena terrain near the boundary with Alta Badia ski resort.
Passo Gardena terrain near the boundary with Alta Badia ski resort.
Beginner ski area behind the village of Selva at Val Gardena.
Beginner ski area behind the village of Selva at Val Gardena.
The Sella Ronda ski trails get very busy at Val Gardena.
The Sella Ronda ski trails get very busy at Val Gardena.
One gets a close look at Selva's laneways on the Sella Ronda!
One gets a close look at Selva's laneways on the Sella Ronda!
There is no shortage of bars & restaurants at Val Gardena ski resort.
There is no shortage of bars & restaurants at Val Gardena ski resort.
Liquid lunch anyone? Pretzels are lunch aren't they?
Liquid lunch anyone? Pretzels are lunch aren't they?
Val Gardena alpine off piste ski terrain
Val Gardena alpine off piste ski terrain
Wide open piste trails above Plan de Gralba.
Wide open piste trails above Plan de Gralba.
Val Gardena has a modern & efficient lift system.
Val Gardena has a modern & efficient lift system.
Dantercepies gondola above Selva serves numerous long fast trails.
Dantercepies gondola above Selva serves numerous long fast trails.
Welcoming rifugio at Passo Sella during a blizzard.
Welcoming rifugio at Passo Sella during a blizzard.
Ski in ski out Hotel Cir near Passo Gardena.
Ski in ski out Hotel Cir near Passo Gardena.
Beautiful Val Gardena.
Beautiful Val Gardena.
The night markets in Val Gardena make Christmas perfect.
The night markets in Val Gardena make Christmas perfect.
Val Gardena ski resort - says it all really!
Val Gardena ski resort - says it all really!

Val Gardena

Val Gardena Ski Resort Italy

Val Gardena is in a valley dominated by the classic Dolomites peak of Sassolungo & the huge Sella massif - a view skiers first enjoyed here as early as 1895. Since then Val Gardena has grown to become one of the most popular resorts in the Dolomiti, especially for families & intermediate skiers & snowboarders.

With more than 175km of runs connected by an incredible lifts, Val Gardena also gives snowboarders and skiers direct access to the Sella Ronda network and the huge Dolomiti SuperSki area.

Val Gardena has been honoured in the past as the Numero Uno Italian ski resort, based on the ski resort size, standard & facilities. Locals speak German, Italian and their dialect “Ladin”, and their approach combines the best of these cultures to bring you a passion for life, food, music and perfection; especially if you go the apple-strudel! 

Summary of Pros & Cons for Val Gardena Ski Resort

Pros

  • Biggest ski resort in the Dolomites;
  • Best range of intermediate piste trails in the Dolomiti Superski area;
  • High quality lift system;
  • The most amazing ‘fun slope’ in the world;
  • Great value lift pass comparative to the number of lifts & terrain;
  • Integral part of the Sella Ronda ski circuit;
  • Numerous lively après ski options;
  • Ski in ski out accommodation available on mountain & in villages;
  • Superb mountain huts;
  • Located in one of the most spectacular mountain areas of the world.

Cons

  • A big resort that does get busy;
  • Limited off piste terrain;
  • Limited advanced terrain;
  • Accommodation can be hard to get & may be relatively expensive;
  • Ski area is not fully integrated by lifts & pistes - effectively three separate ski areas.

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • Three separate major villages;
  • Piste trails spread across a huge area;
  • Italy’s most popular ski area.

Val Gardena Skiing & Snowboarding

An extraordinarily large ski resort of 81 lifts and 175km of trails, Val Gardena skiing & snowboarding terrain is spread over three separate zones: Selva (Val Gardena), Alpe di Siusi & Col Raiser-Seceda-Resciesa.

By far the most extensive zone in Val Gardena is centred on the town of Selva (Wolkenstein) and extends up the flanks of the Sella massif & Sassolungo from Passo Gardena to Passo Sella, and then via the minor summits of Piz Sella & Ciampinoi down to San Cristina. Access points by road include the towns of Selva & San Cristina, the mountain passes of Passo Sella & Gardena plus the mid mountain basin of Plan di Gralba.

The amount of lifts and trails below the Sassolungo is dizzying and getting geographically confused is a real possibility. To add to the confusion, to this day we don’t know whether the set of lifts on Des Alpes above Passo Sella is in Val Gardena or Val di Fassa (important depending on your lift ticket!).

That said, some of the piste trails are excellent but other high traffic areas (Sella Ronda trails) can become bumped & icy early in the day. Off piste is limited to some gentle alpine terrain.

The zone has the most amazing snow park we have seen below Piz Sella & the Comici hut. Après ski at the Piz Seteur hut is wonderful but beware of the ski back down to Selva. It is easy to take a wrong turn with the blurry vision of a few aperol spritzers.

The Dolomites most discreet & sheltered learn to ski (nursery) area for children is above the town of San Cristina at Monte Pana. Sadly, it is only accessible by an old chairlift which is not great for children or beginners. Another (possibly better) option is the broad area behind Selva township below the base of the Dantercepies gondola.

The second zone is Alpe di Siusi. A plateau to the south of Ortisei, Alpe di Siusi has short, low angle beginner & lower intermediate terrain served by over 20 lifts. Alpe di Siusi is let down by the lack of return valley trails & a generally short skiable vertical. A great area for families, skiers & snowboarders seeking challenges should apply elsewhere!

North of the valley above the towns of San Cristina & Ortisei, the third skiing zone rises nearly 1300m vertical past the Col Raiser up to Seceda at a healthy 2518m elevation. In addition to numerous rifugios, two long sledding trails and splendid views across to the Sella massif & Sassolungo, the sunny slopes have some of the longest runs in the resort (6km+).

Interlinked with Dolomiti Superski Resorts

Val Gardena is lift and piste interlinked with the ski resorts of Alta Badia and Val di Fassa. Combined with Arabba Marmolada, these resorts make up the excellent Sella Ronda, the full circuit of the Sella massif.

Where is Val Gardena, Italy?

Val Gardena is in the central Dolomites on the north-western flanks of the Sella massif. The closest major town is Bolzano, 43km and less than 1hr drive to the west.

The major gateway airport is Innsbruck, 120km drive north. The Venice Marco Polo International airport is only 125km directly south of Val Gardena, but is a tortuous 190km, 3.5hr drive over 4 major mountain passes.


Val Gardena Accommodation

Val Gardena has three main villages: Ortisei; San Cristina; and Selva Gardena and a plethora of other accommodation options. A dizzying array of mountain huts provide food 7 drink during the day & high alpine lodgings at night. Rifugio Emilio Comici is the best known of the mountain huts, but there are many more worth seeking out.

Away from the main three villages, smaller ski resort villages with accommodation are located throughout the resort area. Plan de Gralba, Passo Sella & Passo Gardena above Selva plus Alpe di Siusi, Siusi & Castelrotto near Ortisei all provide alternative accommodations.

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Val Gardena Activities

Amongst numerous non-ski activities in Val Gardena, the most exhilarating are north of Ortisei (St Ulrich). On the top of the escarpment at Resciesa, two sledding trails of over 850m vertical are accessed by the Resciesa funicular. More sled trails are up on Alpe di Siusi.

Tours in or near Val Gardena

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Skiare GOLD Packages DETAILS
PRIVATE GUIDED INSTRUCTIONAL PACKAGES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
From price based on twin/double-share in a 3-star hotel room during medium season (Dec 1 - 23, Jan 6 - Feb 2, Mar 10 - 24).
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
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Price p/p
USD 3,735
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Make the most of your Dolomites ski holiday with a private guide / instructor who will show you many of the great sights & ski areas whilst helping you to improve your skiing. Whilst this example package is based on 7 nights, packages are fully CUSTOMISABLE from 3 days plus and can start from any day of the week.
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Skiare SILVER Packages DETAILS
MIXED GROUP GUIDED INSTRUCTIONAL PACKAGES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
From price based on twin/double-share in a 3-star hotel room during medium season (Dec 1 - 23, Jan 6 - Feb 2, Mar 10 - 24).
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 2,770
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Make the most of your Dolomites ski holiday with a MIXED GROUP guide / instructor who will show you many of the great sights & ski areas whilst helping you to improve your skiing. Whilst this example package is based on 7 nights, packages are fully CUSTOMISABLE from 3 days plus and can start from any day of the week.
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Dolomites Powder Skiing Star Safari DETAILS
GUIDED POWDER SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Skiing
From price based on fixed date tours, min 7 people, twin/double-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO inc taxes.
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Price p/p
USD 2,129
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This is the ultimate guided Dolomites powder ski safari incorporating lifts & touring to access the best the area has to offer. Experience a night in a classic mountain hut & ski up to 2,000 m vert descents. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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    Val Gardena Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Val Gardena Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,230m – 2518m (1,288m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    5m
  • Lifts (81)
    16 Gondolas / cable cars
    43 Chairs

    Dolomiti Superski
    450 lifts
  • Ski Hours
    Dec to early April
    8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 175km
    Longest run – 6km+
    Advanced - 8%
    Intermediate - 56%
    Beginner - 36%

    Dolomiti Superski
    1200km
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Val Gardena onlyi
    Adult - €45 to 56
    Child - €31 to 39
    Child u/8yr - Free

    Dolomiti SuperSki
    Adult - €49 to 61
    Child - €34 to 43
    Child u/8yr - Free

    Dolomiti Superski Trail Map
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  • Sella Ronda Ski Trail Map

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