Lying in the heart of the dramatic Dolomites, Val Gardena is famous for its World Cup ski races and Selva is the best known resort in this area, also known as the South Tyrol, with access to much of the Dolomites Superski area as well as the Sella Ronda - a 26km circular tour with well groomed pistes and modern efficient lift systems. The area has extensive snow making facilities, ensuring excellent cover throughout the season. The village is enchanting with traditional Austrian style architecture and Italian charm and enthusiasm.
In Selva beginners will enjoy excellent gentle nursery slopes on both sides of the valley. After a few days the long well groomed runs at Col Raiser can be enjoyed. The many long cruising blue runs at Plan de Gralba are easily reached by the excellent connecting lift system.
The region features unsurpassed skiing for intermediates both in the immediate area and with the link on to the Sella Ronda. With over 175kms of skiing in the Val Gardena intermediates have an enormous range of pistes to choose from.
Val Gardena is part of the Dolomiti Superski area which covers 464 lifts and 1,220kms of pistes, many of which are interlinked. Ski the Men's World Cup course in S. Cristina at full tilt or try, with a guide, the amazing Val Mezdi' off-piste route down to Colfosco or the incredible Pordoi Gulley.
Approx Transfer Time Verona 2 hrs 30 mins Bolzano 1 hr Village Height 1,563m (5,128ft) Highest Lift 2,518m (8,310ft)
This area has something up its sleeve for everyone. Freeriders should check out the windlips, natural banks and trees that areas like Pordoi have to offer. Freestylers will not be disappointed by the boardpark at Selva. This is also a beginners heaven, the runs above Ortisei are ideal for first timers.
In Val Gardena there are numerous bars around the area and the atmosphere is always lively and informal. Bars and pubs have a warm and convivial atmosphere. The Luisl Keller with live music. Laurin Keller is a popular après ski spot. In La Bula there is lively après ski with a DJ and the energetic head for the Dali disco.
Ice skating - Cross-country skiing - Sightseeing helicopter flights - Heliskiing - Indoor tennis - Squash, bowling and billiards - Ice hockey matches - Indoor hot spring swimming pool in Ortisei - Ski Boot Bop in Corvara - Gym in S. Cristina with aerobic classes
The local cuisine is a beautiful blend of Austrian and Italian specialities and there is a range of restaurants within each price category - Pizzas from approx. 6euros, 3-course meals from euros - The Sal Feur or Miravalle Restaurants, Rino's for scrumptious pizzas and the Scoiattolo for local specialities. The Costabella has a fantastic range of pasta dishes.
Excursions to Cortina for skiing or shopping - Cleared winter walks - Local art museum open for occasional exhibitions - Wood carving shops