Val Gardena: valley with the wow factor
The Dolomites ski resort that covers all the bases
Italian charm meets South Tyrolean finesse in this 25 kilometre valley, which boasts a series of eye-catching rock formations and magnificent ski runs. Located just beyond the Sella Pass and Gardena Pass, Val Gardena not only attracts the world’s best skiers – it also features fascinating Ladin traditions and 2,000 years of history, making it one of the most diverse ski resorts within the Dolomiti Superski ski region.
Set against an imposing natural backdrop, Val Gardena is characterised by the interplay of different European cultures that each preserve their own distinctive traditions and customs. Experience the full wonder of winter in South Tyrol: listen to the lilting melody of the local language, take part in traditional festivities and marvel at the sight of this majestic valley in the Dolomites, voted for several times as the sportiest ski resort in the Alps.
Welcome to Val Gardena – or as the locals say, “Bën uni!”
Valley of versatility: the Val Gardena ski resort
The facts and figures speak for themselves: 175 kilometres of slopes, altitudes between 1,236 and 2,540 metres, one of the most snow-rich ski resorts in the world – and that’s not all! Val Gardena also boasts 62 days of sun each season, 79 cutting-edge cable cars and lifts and demanding downhill runs such as the Saslong. Get ready to take on the challenge of Ciampinoi, La Longia and the ten kilometre “Seceda” in Ortisei.
We could go on and on. Located at the heart of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage site, the Val Gardena ski resort is truly in a class of its own. Not by chance it was declared as being the best ski resort of the Dolomites.
Val Gardena is the ultimate destination for winter sports fans. Featuring slopes in every difficulty level ranging from short to long, broad to narrow and flat to steep, it’s guaranteed to cater to skiers of all abilities.
Calling all families and Superski fans: Val Gardena is also bordered by its smaller neighbour, the Alpe di Siusi ski resort. Europe’s highest Alpine pasture offers a variety of wonderful slopes for beginners and helps children explore the world of skiing with confidence, all while soaking up the spectacular views of Schlern-Rosengarten Nature Park.
Hotspot for snowboarders and freeriders: boasting challenging kickers, 20 metre high tables, a tunnel pipe made from snow and white-knuckle thrill rides, the Val Gardena fun park demands nerves of steel. It’s the perfect adrenaline kick for freeriders and expert snowboarders!
The crème de la crème of ski sport: just like Cortina d’Ampezzo and Alta Badia, Val Gardena attracts the world’s best skiers to its highly demanding slopes every single winter. Prepare to be wowed as top professionals fight for every last hundredth of a second on the traditional Saslong downhill run.
Ski pass: your ticket to the slopes of Val Gardena
The Val Gardena/Alpe di Siusi ski pass grants access to 175 kilometres of sublime slopes and 79 state of the art cable cars and lifts. Visitors are free to choose between one-day, multi-day and season tickets.
Best of all: the Val Gardena ski pass is also valid for neighbouring Alpe di Siusi, which offers a unique and varied skiing experience that is particularly ideal for families.
If you just can’t get enough of the breathtaking Dolomites, then be sure to pick up the Dolomiti Superski ski pass for access to twelve ski resorts and 1,200 kilometres of slopes! Check out the terrific range of offers to find the option that suits you best.
From hearty traditional fare to exquisite lobster: the huts of Val Gardena
This ski resort is home to over 60 rustic ski huts that offer perfectly prepared seafood dishes, traditional Italian cooking and everything in between! And the terrific taste sensations are of course wonderfully complemented by a selection of fine wines. Savour a sublime glass of Sauvignon blanc as you enjoy the view from 2,410 metres up.
Tip: with so many amazing options to choose from, trust your gut and see what takes your fancy!
Did you know that the residents of Alta Badia are called the “Ladin” in honour of their language? As the oldest inhabitants of the Alpine region, the Ladin differ from the Italians and Austrians primarily in terms of their cultural roots. Known for putting their heart and soul into Ladin traditions of mountain farming and handicrafts, the people ensure that these typical customs can be handed down to future generations by turning them into a key part of everyday life.
Tip: holidaymakers wanting to find out more about the Ladin people should head for the “Ciastel de Tor” museum.