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VAL GARDENA

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Located in the magnificent Dolomites Mountains Val Gardena, ITALY has excellent skiing and snowboarding terrain, a good snow record and three villages.

Val Gardena Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The skiing and snowboarding terrain at Val Gardena consists of open powder bowls, steep fast trails, seemingly endless linking groomed trails and gentle beginner areas.

Val Gardena is included in the world famous interconnected Dolomiti Superski Pass covering over 1,200 kilometres of skiing and snowboarding terrain in the Dolomites.

The hands free Dolomiti Superski Pass encompasses the following twelve ski areas; Cortina d'Ampezzo, Kronplatz, Alta Badia, Val di Fassa/Carezza, Arabba/Marmolada, Alta Pusteria, Val di Fiemme/Obereggen, San Martino di Castrozza/Passo Rolle, Valle Isarco, Tre Valli - Moena/P.sso S. Pellegrino/Falcade, Civetta and Val Gardena.

Skiing and Snowboarding The Sella Ronda from Val Gardena

A must do after fresh snowfalls is the world famous SELLA RONDA TOUR. It is a 40 kilometre round trip day long skiing and snowboarding journey over linked groomed trails and breathtaking scenery.

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Val Gardena Ski Terrain

The Sella Ronda tour covers the Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Val di Fassa and Arabba Valleys and is suitable for intermediate level and above skiers and snowboarders.

Be sure to start the tour first thing in the morning to ensure you make the last lifts back.

On average the tour takes around six hours from start to finish.

The Val Gardena piste map marks the tour which can be done both clockwise or anti clockwise.

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Val Gardena

Advanced skiers and snowboarders at Val Gardena can enjoy fast groomed trails perfect for carving GS turns throughout the entire skiing and snowboarding area.

For some steep bumps stay out on the far right hand side of the Ciampinoi Gondola leading out of the Village of Selva Gardena.

Val Gardena does not have a lot of off piste skiing and snowboarding that is readily accessible. A guide is necessary to explore most of the off piste terrain as avalanches and sudden cliff drops can be readily encountered.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Val Gardena

The majority of the skiing and snowboarding terrain at Val Gardena is suited to intermediates with long linking wide trails across the entire resort.

The vast upper areas of Passo Sella and Col Rodeia are treeless, wide open and steep enough to be challenging yet great fun.

Travel at breakneck speed down the winding long trail that runs from the top of the Cuca Kukasattel Area down to the Village of Ortisei. The trail is so long you keep expecting it to finish but it just keeps on going and going.

For a full day excursion do the fabulous Sella Ronda tour. Some intermediate skiers and snowboarders have been known to take the tour every day of the week!

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Val Gardena

Beginners are not forgotten at Val Gardena with the three Villages all having gentle sloping easy trails on their lower slopes.

The slopes behind the Selva Gardena Village are particularly suitable for first time skiers and snowboarders.

Once confidence grows head to the Alpe di Siusi Area above Ortisei for some wide runs around the Laurin, Panoroma and Steger Dellai Chairlifts.

Val Gardena has eight Ski and Snowboard Schools offering group, day long and private lessons to all ages and ability levels. There are also two mountain guide companies in Val Gardena offering off piste guided skiing and snowboarding tours.

Val Gardena Terrain Park and Halfpipe

Val Gardena’s Piz Sella Terrain Park is shadowed by the Sassolungo Peak. It has boxes, rails, kickers and jumps suitable for all levels and a fun and challenging boardercross course. A natural halfpipe is serviced by the Sotsaslong Chairlift.

A well maintained manmade halfpipe is in the Alpe di Siusi Area next to the Laurin Chairlift.

Other Activities at Val Gardena

Other activities available in Val Gardena include ice climbing, ice skating, ice hockey, snowshoeing, tobogganing, paragliding, cross country skiing and horse drawn sleigh rides.

Indoor activities include playing tennis and squash, climbing walls, ten pin bowling and yoga classes.

In 2007 a new indoor and outdoor swimming complex opened in Ortisei. Mar Dolomit has a children's area, water slides, spas and saunas perfect for soothing aching muscles after a long day on the slopes.

Shopping at Val Gardena

Between the three Val Gardena Villages there are enough shops to keep even the fussiest of shoppers happy.

There are ski and snowboard shops stocking the latest equipment and rental gear, clothing boutiques, souvenir and gift stores, children’s fashion shops, perfumeries, shoe shops, homewares shops and photography and art galleries.

The Villages have well stocked grocery markets, fruit and vegetable stores, delicatessens, butchers, bakeries and wine shops.

Val Gardena Restaurants

The gourmet restaurants, pizzerias and cafes in the three Val Gardena Villages serve delicious traditional Italian cuisine and local specialities.

In Selva Gardena the Sal Feur Restaurant serves home made wood fired pizzas and pastas complemented by an excellent wine list. On warm sunny days lunch is served outside on its large sun terrace.

The Maciaconi Braustube Restaurant brews their own beer and serves local specialities and wholemeal pizzas.

In Ortisei the Grien Restaurant serves four course candlelit dinners with a salad and dessert buffet every night and a wine list of more than 300 Italian and international wines.

Restaurant Genziana Enzian has traditional Italian fish and wild game dishes.

In S. Cristina the restaurant in the Sporthotel Monte Pana only serves local produce like filled pastas, sauerkrauts with potatoes and spectacular desserts.

La Tambra Pizzeria has some of the best pizzas in the region using local cheeses and mushrooms.

On the slopes the popular Rifugio Emilio Comici Restaurant looking down over the Selva Gardena Village serves seafood dishes and quick bowls of steaming pasta.

Val Gardena Nightlife

The three Val Gardena Villages have small wine bars, crowded pubs and discos.

In Selva Gardena the Irish Goalie’s Pub is very popular with an après ski happy hour every night, good music and frequent theme nights.

Another great après ski bar is the Luislkeller Bar which opens at 3.30pm for early cocktails and bar snacks.

For those wanting to party all night go to the Dali-Disco dance club for the latest house and pop music mixed with some old classic hits.

In Ortisei the crowded Adler Bar is the place to go for après ski cocktails before heading to the Maurizkeller nightclub to dance to the latest DJ mixed music.

In S. Cristina the Piz5 Hoer’s Alm Pizzeria turns into a nightclub after dinner with loud music and lots of dancing.

The popular L Fudle Bar features live bands throughout the winter season.

The Val Gardena Night Bus operates between 8pm and 2.30am every night between Ortisei and Selva Gardena enabling guests to stay in one Village and dine out in another. The bus trip costs 3 Euros.

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J McKenzie, UK. We have just returned from a week here and were stunned at the lack of English who seem to know it's there. A truly stunning ski area, enormous number of runs, although mainly beginner/intermediate standard (there are only around 3 blacks). Despite that, as experienced skiers we thorougly enjoyed ourselves. With more snow there would have been off-piste options. We had average snow conditions, but still had good skiing from 9am-2pm after which is was slushy and hard going. The lifts were excellent, all very new and up to date. Few queues, friendly people. The Sella Ronda run (a round robin ski route of the area) is fantastic, despite one or two lifts (out of many) being slightly crowded. Cost of lunch on the slopes is very reasonable compared to Switzerland/Austria/France. All in all a highly recommended place.

M Smithers, UK. Get up early and hit the slopes before the crowds, the Italians never seem to be in a hurry for anything (apart from on the roads - where most think the only way from A to B is flat out) and don't go out until about 10.30am, by then you can have covered a lot of ground and fresh snow. In good conditions I imagine that the area is hard to beat but in the later warmer months it can be very icy in the morning and slushy in the afternoon. The lift system is OK, a mix of old slow chairs and some faster ones. We enjoyed a sunny day at St. Christina soaking up the sun before the long ski to St. Ulrich for a long lunch. I would only return in excellent snow conditions to truly experience Selva and the Dolomites at their grandest.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
8,051
2,454
Base
5,134
1,565
Average Snowfall
Lifts
84
Trails
69
176 km
Terrain %
advanced
10
intermediate
60
beginner
30
Halfpipe
2
Terrain Park
2
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