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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 array of lifts, Val Gardena also gives snowboarders & skiers direct access to the Sella Ronda network plus 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 & their dialect “Ladin”. Their approach combines the best of these cultures to bring you a passion for life, food, music & ;perfection; especially if you go by 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 (but a few very good black runs on piste);
  • 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: Val Gardena (Gröden), Alpe di Siusi (Seiser Alm & Col Raiser-Seceda-Resciesa. Each is quite different in both character & aspect. The resort's full skiable vertical of nearly 300m can only be skied in one location from Seceda. Most of the terrain has skiable verticals of between 500 to 800m.

The amount of lifts & trails around the massive Sassolungo is dizzying & getting geographically confused is a real possibility. But what fun for intermediate skiers & snowboarders with nearly 100km of runs rated as red. Don't miss the huge fun slope on Piz Sella - extraordinary!

As one expects in the largest ski resort in Italy, the piste trails of the highest quality & are generally in excellent condition. Some high traffic areas (i.e. anything on the busy Sella Ronda routes) can become bumped & icy quite early in the day. Off piste is limited to some gentle alpine terrain.

See our Skiing Val Gardena page for more information.

Interlinked with Dolomiti Superski Resorts

Val Gardena is lift and piste interlinked with the ski resorts of Alta Badia & 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.


See the Travel to Val Gardena page for more information.

Val Gardena Accommodation

Val Gardena has three main villages: Ortisei; San Cristina; and Selva Gardena plus a plethora of other accommodation options. In Selva our ski-in ski-out pick is the brilliant Hotel Bel Vert - way better than its 3-stars.

A dizzying array of mountain huts provide food & 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. Try the excellent Hotel Piz Seteur.

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. In Alpe di Siusi the exclusive 5 -star Hotel Alpina Dolomites reigns supreme.

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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.

Val Gardena Ski Rentals & Lessons

Ski rentals are available in all the major Val Gardena villages. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals in Selva Gardena-Wolkenstein, Ortisei-St Ulrich & Santa Cristinahere.

A staggering array of ski instructors ski schools & guides ply their craft in the Val Gardena ski resort & surrounding valleys. To narrow down the field, search & book a private lesson or resort guide with the best providers here.

Review

The Powderhounds will return to Val Gardena in 2019 to some decent photos! We have had our issues here previously! Stay tuned for our photos & insights.

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Tours in or near Val Gardena

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
CLASSIC Dolomites Ski Safari DETAILS
HOSTED SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
From price based on fixed date tours, twin/double-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO incl taxes.
Price p/p
USD 2,245
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
The very best skiing in the Dolomites linking 6 ski resorts & spending 4 nights in mountain rifugi under the guidance of your dedicated host. Ski the best groomed trails in the Dolomites on this classic ski safari. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour.
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SPECIAL Dolomites Ski Safari DETAILS
HOSTED SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
From price based on fixed date tours, twin/double-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO incl taxes.
Price p/p
USD 2,765
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
A special ski adventure set amongst the awe inspiring landscape of the Dolomites. Linking 9 ski resorts via groomed slopes by ski, taxi, helicopter & snowmobile, spend 5 nights in mountain rifugi under the guidance of your dedicated host. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour.
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VENTURE Dolomites Ski Safari DETAILS
HOSTED SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
From price based on fixed date tours, twin/double-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO incl taxes.
Price p/p
USD 2,426
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
The Venture is for fast paced skiers who like to clock up vertical & do the most exciting ski slopes. Ski the best groomed runs in the Dolomites & spend 5 night in mountain rifugi. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour.
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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.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 3,684
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 2,732
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.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 2,074
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 lodging & accommodation listings.
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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 Pass Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Val Gardena only
    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
  • Dolomiti Superski Trail Map

  • Sella Ronda Ski Trail Map
  • Sella Ronda Ski Trail Map

  • Dolomites Great War Circuit Ski Trail Map
  • Dolomites Great War Circuit Ski Trail Map