Val Gardena, winter holidays


In the heart of the Dolomites, in Trentino Alto Adige, lies a paradise area of Val Gardena, one of the mountain resorts collecting more success between Italians and foreigners, both from the point of view that with regard to the organization, the services and forefront facilities at its disposal.

Val Gardena is a Ladin valley which includes three municipalities - Ortisei, Santa Cristina and Selva Val Gardena - and hundreds of kilometers of trails that pass under towering mountains: the rocky massifs of the Odle, the Sella, the Sassolungo and the Cir, i.e. Dolomites, the "pale mountains," a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Recognized by many as one of the best ski resorts and destinations in the world, it is undoubtedly the ideal place to spend an active and exciting vacation, enriched by events and proposals ranging from culture to cuisine, from sports to pure fun.

The Sellaronda, the legendary ski tour around the Sella massif, with connection to the Alpe di Siusi and Dolomiti Superski (12 ski resorts and 1200 km of ski slopes), is able to meet the needs of all skiers, from beginners to professionals. One ski pass for over 500 km of linked slopes, 95% of which are covered with artificial snow and equipped with ski lifts among the safest in the world. Every track is arranged every evening thanks to the availability of more than 300 snowmobiles. The big news of the coming winter season is represented by the modern heated 8-seat chairlift Gran Paradiso, first in Italy, which will take a longer route to serve even the clockwise Sellaronda, connecting it to the famous "City of stone". The new chairlift is functional and comfortable, will have an hourly capacity of 2,200 people, will cover a distance of 1 km to a height difference of 231 meters in 3.21 minutes, and will be ready already for next Immaculate.

Val Gardena is also known for cross-country skiing, which helps to keep fit and stay in touch with nature. The Val Gardena-Alpe di Siusi area of cross-country skiing includes a total of 115 km of perfectly groomed slopes within the Dolomiti Nordic Ski circuit, the largest cross-country skiing area in Europe with approximately 1,300 km of pistes, 11 ski areas and a single pass. Food, wellness, art, sports, such as guided hiking, snowshoeing, sledding, horse drawn sleigh rides, ice skating, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, are the protagonists of the wide range of this town, which satisfies not only ski enthusiasts, but anyone who wants to take a winter holiday by enjoying the snow sport, pleasure and taste. Recall that all of the Dolomiti Superski ski pass (day and multi-day 2-28 days) are free for children up to 8 years, if bought together with an adult ski pass of the same type and duration. Even for young skiers there are discounts on the purchase of the ski pass Dolomiti Superski, with a reduction of 30%. And for those in search of economic benefits, there are also exclusive offers for early and late season.

Among the events scheduled for this season, we suggest the Christmas  events and markets that involve all three municipalities (Magic town and Mercatino di Natale in S. Cristina, Mountain Christmas in Selva Val Gardena and Il Paese di Natale in Ortisei), the races of the cup of the Super-G ski world and men's downhill (December 16 to 17), the snow sculpture competition in Val Gardena Selva (27 to 30 December), New Year and Südtirol Gardenissima (April 1), the race of the world's longest slalom. Find out more on the site.