North of Venice and southeast of Bolzano, the Val Gardena ski region is in the spectacular heart of the Dolomites. Surrounding the Sella Massif, the ski region has 70 pistes totalling 176km that are served by 53 chairlifts (plus 25 drags) which access a maximum vertical descent of 1458m. The lifts system interconnects several villages including Ortisei, Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Arabba and Canazei. Overall, the pistes surrounding the Sella Groupo are generally known for it gentle pistes ideal for beginners and intermediates. With all the flat runs, make sure to look ahead when snowboarding or you'll be walking!
The Val Gardena ski area is situated in the northwest corner of the Dolomiti Superski region which has over 1,200km of pistes spread over 12 valleys that served by 450 lifts. While a single skipass gives access to the Dolomiti Superski region, keep in mind that the 12 valley are not all interconnected and you may need bus transport between valleys. Also, the snowfall in this southernly ski region is known to vary greatly season to season. Keep in mind that there is limited off-piste snowboarding in the Dolomiti Superski region -- it is prohibited in most areas and guides are highly-recommended in the others.
A challenging ski route in the region is the Sella Ronda circuit, which is a 40km loop around the Sella massif that links Val Gardena with Val di Fassa and Arabba. The Sella Ronde can be snowboarded in either the clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. For some powder and glades, check out Mont Se Seura. If you get over into the Alta Badia area of the Sellas, the Val di Mezdi route is a classic off-piste line that is best done with a guide. It begins at the Bambergerhutte refugio, which is above the Sass Pordoi cablecar top station. On the way down, it runs several couloirs on the approach to the village of Colfosco.
For the freestyle snowboarders in your crew, the Val Gardena ski area has the Gran Paradiso terrain park to session. It is located above Plan de Gralba.
The Val Gardena ski center is also popular for its on-mountain huts. For lunch, try the Rifugio Emilo Comici in the Plan de Gralba area.
If you are looking for some apres ski action, try the Piz Secteur in Plan de Gralba, Apreski Snowbar on Ruacia in Santa Cristina, or back in Selva head to La Stua. For nightlife, check out the Kronstube, Cafe Saltos, Luislkeller, Dali Disco or the Sun Valley Discoteque.
Within the Val Gardena proper, there are three main villages including Selva Gardena (Wolken Stein in Groden), Santa Cristina and Ortisei (St Ulrich), which is the largest but furtherest away from the majority of the lifts. The village of Selva Gardena provides the best lift access.
To reach the snowboarding in Val Gardena from Milan, head east on A4/E64. In Brescia, turn north on Route 5545. In Trento, follow Route A22 north and then turn east on Route S548 into Val Gardena.
To reach Val Gardena from Balzano, there is a regular bus.
Overall, Val Gardena is the 10th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 57 snowboarding resorts in Italy. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Val Gardena including Cortina d'Ampezzo, 3 Zinnen Dolomites, Arabba, Val di Fassa, Kronplatz and San Martino di Castrozza.
Local Contacts: Val Gardena Tourism +39(0)471-777777; Ortisei Tourism +39(0)471-777600; Dolomiti Superski +39(0)471-795397
Best Season: Jan. - Feb.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Hotel Corona Crone, Selva Val Gardena
Luxury Loding: Aquila-Adler (0039) 0471-796203; Sun Valley Hotel; Aarite, Selva; Hotel Savoy, Val Gardena
Breakfast Restaurant: Costa Bakery; Elefante in Chiusa
Reference Source: click here https://www.valgardena.it/
PDF Map: click here
GPS: 46.553342, 11.761637
Date Published: 12/24/2015
Date Updated: 2/26/2020
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