Val Gardena Ski Resort

Val Gardena offers one of the best bases from which to explore the Sella Ronda circuit, as well as a great network of local pistes – all with a stunning Dolomite backdrop.

Selva is the largest town in Val Gardena and is located on the northeast corned of the Sella Ronda Massif. A vital link in the famous 26km circuit lies just above the resort and there is direct access via two gondolas to either the clockwise or anticlockwise loop. There is also direct access to the Saslong Mountain, home each year to a fearsome World Cup Downhill race, as well as the high Seceda slopes above St Ortesei. Most runs are suited to intermediates and snow reliability issues are long gone – the entire piste network is covered by an extremely powerful snowmaking system.

The scenery around town is spectacular, with towering Dolomite peaks providing the backdrop for the pretty, traditional, mostly wood-clad town of Selva Gardena. Alternative bases are on offer at St Ortesei or St Cristina further down the valley.

Our Val Gardena Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Advanced ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Pros

Arguably the best access into the Sella Ronda and great local slopes

Very snowsure thanks to an incredible snowmaking system

Spectacular Dolomite scenery

Cons

Beginner areas a little isolated from town

Natural snowfall a bit erratic and limited off piste

Main Sella Ronda circuit can get crowded on sunny days and at weekends

Val Gardena Skiing and Snowboarding

The east-facing beginner area is located just on the edge of the village of Selva and is a good place to learn, but this may be a walk or a short bus ride away from some accommodation. Longer blues are hard to come by, but some of the more gentle reds will be in reach of less confident intermediates. Keen piste skiers and adventurous intermediates will love exploring the vast network of slopes surrounding the Sella Ronda Massif.

In comparison to some other sectors, the slopes around Val Gardena are somewhat steeper, especially on the Saslong Mountain – where the racetrack in particular is a serious challenge. The long reds at Seceda are a blast when freshly groomed and some decent off piste opens up around the valley after heavy snowfall.

  • Total Pistes: 175km (1000km in Dolomiti Superski)
  • Blue: 30%
  • Red: 60%
  • Black: 10%
  • Lifts: 79 (452 in Dolomiti Superski)
  • Altitude: 1816m – 2798m

Val Gardena Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

Val Gardena Resort

With a long history of this part of the Italian Dolomites being in Austrian hands, there is a distinctly Tirolean feel to the resort, reflected not only in the look of the place, but the menus in the restaurants and also by the fact that many of the locals speak German as a first language. Staying in the centre of Selva of the resort affords maximum convenience and the quickest access to the main circuit. Further down the valley, St Ortesei and St Cristina offer good alternative locations.

Food plays a big part in the Val Gardena ski holiday experience. Not only are there excellent restaurants in town serving Sudtirol specialities, but on the hill there are some very good mountain restaurants. These won’t break the bank either, unlike at some other major ski resorts.

How to get to Val Gardena

There are two main airport options, Venice and Verona, both of which are between two and three hours drive away from the resort.

  • Venice airport: 2.5 hour (driving)
  • Verona airport: 2.5 hours (driving)

Val Gardena Contact Details

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