Val Gardena/Selva Ski Resort

Located in Italy’s Sud Tirol region, the Val Gardena ski area includes the ski resorts of Selva and Santa Cristina, the town of Ortisei and the small ski village of Siusi. Selva is also on the huge Sella Ronda ski circuit whch links several ski resorts, and is famous for its beautiful scenery.

Val Gardena is not actually a ski resort but is one of the names of a very scenic valley in the Dolomites (the other is Groednertal) in which there is both a famous Wold Cup downhill ski race and four linked ski resorts, the largest of which is Selva which is also known as Wolkenstein. If that sounds complicated, be patient because everywhere in this trilingual part of Italy (Italian, German and Ladin) has at least two names.

Selva/Wolkenstein is located near the head of the valley at 1555m in a very picturesque setting beneath the Sassolungo peak. The village itself is now rather elongated, so check where your accommodation is before booking. Slightly lower down at 1430m, and almost joined to Selva, is a smaller resort called Santa Cristina (St Christina). Selva and Christina share a ski area called Ciampinoi but Santa Cristina also has another ski area, called Seceda, which links it to the small market town of Ortisei (St Ulrich) further down the valley at 1235m. And Ortisei also has another ski area, called Alpe de Siusi, which it shares with Siusi (Seis) a small village at 1060m. So there are four resorts and three shared ski areas in Val Gardena, and it’s all sort of linked together, although you have to decend into the villages and cross them to get from one sector to another.

But that’s only half the story because Selva is also on the Sella Ronda ski circuit. This is a series of lifts (14km of them) and pistes (28km of them) which enable skiers to circulate in both directions around a huge limestone massif called the Gruppo del Sella, linking Selva to other ski resorts on its edges, such as Arabba, Corvara, Colfosco and Canazei. And in the same way that in Selva you can take a detour off the Sella Ronda circuit to visit Santa Cristina, Ortisei and Siusi, all these other resorts also have back areas which you can explore with yet more villages with ski lifts, such as San Cassiano, La Villa and Badia. And needless to say, everywhere has at least two names.

So there is a lot of skiing, and most of it is on easy blue and gentle red runs with sumptuous views, passing through attractive villages. There are a few steepish red and black runs at Selva, and a few more on the far side of the Sella Ronda at Arabba, but not enough for skiers who really like challenging slopes. Similarly there are some off-piste itineraries like the Val Medzi but overall the off-piste is very limited: most of the jagged peaks of the Dolomites are wonderful to look up at but impossible to ski down.

Ski & SnowBoard Hire in Selva/Val Gardena

There are plenty of equipment rental shops in the resort centre and near the lifts but hire prices are quite high if you simply walk into the nearest shop when you arrive. Some hotels and tour operators have recommended shops, but they rarely offer the best value even when they give a small discount.

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Val Gardena/Selva Pros & Cons

+ Choice of big ski area or a huge one

+ Beautiful scenery

+ Biggest resort & local ski area on Sella Ronda

+ Excellent artificial snow-making

– Selva village is very stretched out

– Other villages are away from Sella Ronda

– Limited challenges on-piste and off-piste

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Val Gardena / Selva Ski Area

Selva's Dantercepies, Plan de Gralba and Passo Sella ski areas are its gateways into the larger Sella Ronda circuit. But there is also plenty of skiing in Val Gardena itself, at Ciampinoi (above Selva and S Cristina), Seceda (above S. Cristina and Ortisei) and Alpe di Siusi (above Ortisei and Siusi).

Overview

The Gruppo Sella, a large mountain massif, stands in the region's centre, encircled by the Sella Ronda resorts. On its western edge, Val Gardena is its biggest valley in skiing terms, with 176km of pistes, of which around 150km have artificial snow-making. The village of Selva (Wolkenstein) is at the head of Val Gardena and is where it intersects with the main Sella Ronda circuit. Down the valley are Santa Cristina (St. Christina), Ortisei (St. Ulrich) and Siusi (Seis). Approximately 30% of Val Gardena's runs are graded easy for beginners, 60% for intermediates and 10% for advanced skiers and boarders.

Selva 

Selva is the T-Junction where Val Garden meets the Sella Ronda. It's main ski area is in the shadow of the impressive Sassolungo (Langkofel) a soaring, classic Dolomite peak. It's to the South of the town and so predominantly North-facing The first peak, 2255m Ciampinoi, has some of the longest and steepest pistes in the area including the famous World Cup downhill run, and they snake out in almost all directions: northwards back to Selva, westwards down the valley and onto S Cristina, or heading further South and onto the anticlockwise Sella Ronda circuit, via Plan de Gralba and Passo Sella (Sellajoch), where the runs are much less steep. On the other side of town, heading eastwards to Passo Gardena (Groednerjoch) and the clockwise Sella Ronda circuit, is Danterciepes. This is a much smaller areas but the long red runs are another favourite of more confident skiers.

Santa Cristina & Ortisei 

Santa Cristina's skiing links seamlessly with Selva's on the south side, via Ciampinoi; there's also good skiing - red and black runs - further west, from Mont de Seura down to the beginner area on Monte Pana. There's now a connection across the village by underground train from the base of the Ciampinoi gondola to Col Raiser and Seceda on the north side of the village. From the top of Seceda, a single red run drops down to the outskirts of Ortisei, from where it's a short walk to the Rasciesa lift and its single red.

Ortisei & Alpe di Siusi

From the south side of Ortisei a big gondola takes skiers into the Alpe di Siusi (Seiser Alm), a group of high meadows arranged in a huge bowl. It's perfect family skiing (there are several ski-in, ski-out hotels set high on the slopes) and frequently deserted. The pleasure lies in the stunning views and happy cruising through something of a time-warp (though the lifts are reasonably up to date). There are lifts to all points of the compass, and the area is criss-crossed with red and blue runs, though in truth there's very little an early intermediate would be troubled by. The area can also be accessed by lift and road from much lower down the valley or by ski bus from Santa Cristina.

Sella Ronda

This intermediate circuit, encircling the Sella massif, can be followed in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction; recent lift improvements have made it an equally good proposition either way. You can start and finish from wherever you are staying on the circuit; unless it's snowing hard enough to close the road passes, it's possible to get a bus or taxi home from any of the base stations - in case of tired skiers or missed last lifts - as there's a road right around the massif. Meanwhile, stronger skiers can do extra kilometres, taking in the tougher Porta Vescovo runs from Arabba or the off-piste at Saas Pordoi above Canazie (guide needed) along the way. Just remember that however fast you ski, you can't speed up the lifts, which remain the limiting factor to the circuit.

Four passes and 26km of piste is the minimum involved in a complete circuit, for which you should allow six hours, but the frequent mountain restaurants and interesting diversions can add up to a very full day out. A slight drawback is a sense at the end of the day of having ridden too many lifts, but the changing scenery as you circle the Sella massif, and the extent of the pistes skied, makes this a great day out. Only in high season do lift queues and busy pistes take the edge off the whole experience.

Marmolada

This is one area you won't be relying on snowmaking, whatever the weather. The skiing on this large glacier is from 3269m, reached by three big cable cars, for 1200 vertical metres of chalky dry snow. It's surprisingly steep for a glacier, making for genuinely red runs, though there's basically just one route down which is a wide piste. It's reached via Arabba,  far enough away from the main accommodation bases in Val Gardena that it's only feasible for competent skiers to reach with an early start and minimal pit-stops along the way.

Val Gardena Ski Lifts & Lift Passes

The Val Gardena ski lift system is reasonably up to date across the region and some of the recent on-mountain investment has improved the Sella Ronda circuit anit-clockwise, making it now equally good in both directions.

Val Gardena Ski Lifts

Val Gardena has 84 lifts including 7 gondolas, a funicular, two cable cars and nearly 40 chairlifts. Though there are still many draglifts they tend to be in beginner areas and can frequently be by-passed. Total uphill capacity within the valley is 105,000 people per hour. The latest improvements include the Paradiso/Goldknopf lift on the Seiser Alm where a detachable six seater chairlift has replaced the old two seater chairlift and new detachable quads chairlifts at Sochers and Sotsaslong.

The major connections have all been modernised in recent years, but there will always be high season capacity problems due to the nature of the area. The Sella Ronda in particular is essentially a series of potential bottlenecks and it's hard to see how the restrictions of the topography could ever be completely overcome by lift technology. But throughout the area they've worked on connections within and between villages to take pressure off the single road that links the various villages, and to reduce the need for car-parking. Shuttle buses and moving walkways are the answer, with the whole valley well connected by skibus for which there's a nominal charge (less than 5 Euros) for a seven day bus pass.

Val Gardena / Selva Beginner Skiing

Beginners in Val Gardena need go no further than Alpe di Siusi for excellent nursery slopes and perfect beginner pistes to progress to, all within a very secure environment, and the views are spectacular.

Beginner Skiing in Val Gardena

Easy access to beginner skiing and the range of blue and easy red pistes across all three Val Gardena villages is near perfect for beginners and early intermediates. Selva's extensive nursery slopes are very close to town; Santa Cristina has a group of slopes at Monte Pana as well as a true nursery slope in town; Ortisei, as well as being a good starting point for Alpe di Siusi, has nursery slopes on the edge of town as well. The only critiscism - that the various nursery slopes are remote from each other - is barely an issue: once you've found your feet, the charm of travelling on skis or snowboard through the area, using beginner-friendly link routes will be one of the factors that brings you back for more.

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Val Gardena / Selva Intermediate Skiing

Val Gardena and the Sella Ronda haven't got the reputation for huge mileage that some of the mega French resorts enjoy but they should be high on any intermediate's list.

It's the bigger skiing picture - great mountain huts with excellent food and on-mountain après-ski, stunning views, and charming villages at the end of the day - as well as extensive and well groomed slopes with great snow-making that make the Val Gardena area special. And it's not short of mileage either. In fact there's really nothing that the region lacks for intermediate skiers: it's all good, with few no-go areas. None of the major routes are broken by tricky sections requiring advanced skiing skills and in a place where you'll want to explore far and wide it's comforting to know that all corners of the region will be within your capability.

Sella Ronda

The 26km Sella Rona circuit is great for intermediates. It's easy all the way as you circumnavigate the large collection of (off-piste only) mountains known as the Sella Group. It's not the kind of adventure you should lose sleep over - signposts at every junction are colour coded according to your direction of tour (clockwise or anti) - and is within reach of modest intermediates. But it is a long way - once you approach halfway, remember that it's the same again and there are no shortcuts, so start early and keep the inevitable pit-stops brief to ensure you make the last lift home.

Selva

Selva is an excellent ski area in its own right and with some of the best vertical in these parts. The two sides of the valley give hugely different ski experiences, and the steeper pitches to the south side can present a tough, icy challenge which is at odds with the general ski experience, so don't get caught out by a grim last run down. A better way to enjoy the last sun of the day is to head up towards the Passo Sella, meandering home through the Citta dei Sassi ('rock garden'), followed by several options for dropping back down into the valley.

Seceda

Though the base stations to north and south of Santa Cristina are now linked by underground train, the Col Raiser and Seceda area still feels miles apart from the rest of the valley, with distant views to the Gruppo Sella and across to Sassolungo. The skiing is wide open up top, with a wonderful rolling meandering descent between forest and back to town. Heading dramatically below the massive cliffs of Seceda, the route to Ortisei - a single long red run - makes a splendid onward link and though there are no bail-out options, nervous intermediates should relax and enjoy the magnificent ambience as you ski down into the wide forested valley.

Alpe di Siusi

As good for intermediates as for beginners, there's a lot of skiing here and a fabulous sense of moving through the landscape. Though the vertical is limited to around 500m, it feels like much more, with several sustained runs taking in a mix of open, wide piste and broad swathes through forested hillsides.

Val Gardena / Selva Advanced & Off-Piste Skiing

There’s no disguising the intermediate nature of Val Gardena's and Sella Ronda's piste skiing. There are a few challenges, but advanced skiers have to search for them. Similarly there are a few classic off-piste descents but you will need a guide to locate them and get you down them safely.

Most of Val Gardena's pistes are categorised as intermediate (60%) or beginner (30%) and only 10% of pistes are designated as advanced, and the Sella Ronda as awhole is even more dominated by easy red and blue runs, so you have to search for challenges.

Val Gardena: Selva, Santa Cristina and Alpe di Siusi

The Ciampinoi/Saslong area between Selva and Santa Cristina has the toughest on piste skiing, including the men's downhill run with its famous camel humps which gives 800 vertical metres of descent down to Saslong. This side of the valley - facing away from the sun and protected by big cliffs to the south - keeps good snow and is quite steep. The Dantercepies is mostly west-facing so the snow quality is rarely so good, but the long red runs are still fun.

Conventional wisdom says don't bother going anywhere near the Alpe di Siusi, except to rendezvous with a group of beginner friends for lunch. But it's a special place with a sense of skiing the way it used to be, and from the top of the Punta d'Oro (Goldknopf) lift there's an excellent auto-timed speed-ski track on which to test yourself: anything under 90kph and you need to wax your skis better, eat a bigger breakfast and try a bit harder.

Sella Ronda

Though the main Sella Ronda route is easy, you really must ski it if you come to the area, and several tougher diversions are worthwhile: the black and red runs at Porta Vescovo above Arabba are the main highlight and there is good 'between the piste' skiing here; visit the Refugio Vallon above Corvara, set in a natural amphitheatre of rock, with a black run to return to the circuit; the main lift above Colfosco, and on to Forcelles; Piz la Ila, beneath the gondola down to La Villa - this one takes you off the circuit by several lifts but gives a long steep descent through trees.

Off-Piste

There is very little off-piste you can do without a guide. But there are some classic itineraries that you can do with one. Some require climbing.

Passo Pordoi: Val Mezdi, This is the most famous. Basically you ski across the Gruppo del Sella, strating at Saas Pordoi above Canazei and ending up in Colfosco. Requires quite a lot of climbing.

Passo Pordoi: Val Lasties. Again from Saas Pordoi but this time you end up at Lupo Bianco

Passo Pordoi: Forcella Pordoi. This one goes via the Forcella refuge.

Marmolada Glacier: There is only one red piste down from Marmolada, But there is off-piste too if you have a guide because there are plenty of crevasses. The only problem is that it's reached via Arabba,which is a long way from Selva. Only feasible for good skiers with a very early start and minimal pit-stops along the way.

Val Gardena Boarding & Freestyle

There’s good provision in Val Gardena for boarders and freestylers wanting park action rather than piste mileage.

Boarders will find the flatter linking sections on the Sella Ronda are slow going, and though there are enough boarder-friendly lifts to allow you to avoid the drag lifts, you should head for the park if that's your thing. There's Boarder Cross at Passo Sella (off Grohmann-Cavazes chairlift) and at Comici/Piz Sella; a natural Half Pipe from the Sotsaslong skilift; a Half Pipe on Alpe di Siusi (Laurin chairlift); and a Fun Park for children on Alpe di Siusi (Euro chairlift).

Val Gardena Mountain Restaurants

The abundance of mountain restaurants and huts in Val Gardena is matched by the universally high quality of the food and drink including specialities of the region and fine Italian wines.

Despite extensive sun decks for use in good weather, many of the restaurants get very busy at lunchtime, so book or at least turn up either side of the main lunchtime period to be sure of getting a table. This is particularly true for strategically positioned places on the Sella Ronda circuit. Elsewhere, particularly in low season, there should be no problem.

Many of the mountain restaurants on the long list below are charming family-run places that are hard to leave, whether after a coffee, long lunch or après-ski drink. Fortunately some of them also provide cosy rooms so you don't have to go at the end of the day; they're ideal for groups making tours of the area without a fixed base.

Gruppo Sella / Sassolungo

Vallongia Hut - Tel: +39 0471 794071 / Email: info@baita-vallongia.com

Maria al Sass Pordoi Hut - Tel: +39 0462 601178

Restaurant Piz Sella - Tel: +39 0471 794115 / Email: info@pizsella.com

Restaurant - Refuge Comici -T el: +39 0471 794121 / Email: info@rifugiocomici.com

Restaurant - Hut Dantercëpies - Tel: +39 0471 795222

Federico Augusto Hut - Tel: +39 0462 764919

Baita Gran Paradiso - Tel: +39 0471 795248

Self Service Restaurant Ciampinoi  - Tel: +39 0471 792104

F.Cavazza Pisciadu Hut - Tel: +39 0471 836292

Refuge - Hut Panorama - Tel: +39 0471 795372

Salei Hut - Tel: +39 0462 602300 / Email: rifugio.salei@dnet.it

Saslonch Hut - Tel: +39 339 5458656 / Email: info@saslonch.com

Piz Setëur Hut - Tel: +39 335 6139112 / Email: info@pizseteur.it

Restaurant - Refuge Passo Sella  - Tel:  0471 795136 / Email: passo-sella@val-gardena.com

Rasciesa/Seceda

Restaurant - Refuge Col Raiser - Tel: +39 0471 796302 / Email: col-raiser@val-gardena.com

Nëidia Hut - Tel: +39 0471 793346

Restaurant - Pizzeria Seceda (top station) - Tel: +39 335 1255501

Sangon Hut - Tel: +39 339 5737568

Restaurant - Hut Rasciesa - Tel: +39 0471 796174 / Email: info@resciesa.com

Odles Hut - Tel: +39 338 2005571 / Email: praplan@virgilio.it

Sofie Hut - Tel: +39 335 5271240 / Email: info@seceda.com

Refuge - Hut Trojer - Tel: +39 339 8212373

Daniel Hut - Tel: +39 335 6482660 / Email: daniel@seceda.cc

Mastle Hut - Tel: +39 339 8313483 / Email: mastle_huette@jumpy.it

Curona Hut - Tel: +39 339 5208704 / Email: info@curona.it

Cuca Hut - Tel: +39 335 8060345 / Email: info@cuca.it

Alpe di Siusi

Zallinger Hut - Tel: +39 0471 727947

Restaurant - Baita Mont Seuc (top station) - Tel: +39 0471 727881 / Email: info@hotelarmin.com

Sanon Hut - Tel: +39 0471 727002 / Email: info@sanon.it

Arnika Hut - Tel: +39 0471 727812

Saltria Hut - Tel: +39 0471 727966

Williams Hut - Tel: +39 0471 727899

Schgaguler Hut - Tel: +39 0471 727005

Tirler Hut - Tel: +39 0471 727927

Contriner Hut - Tel: +39 339 5223054

Molignon Hut - Tel: +39 0471 727912

Val Gardena Villages

No question; the villages throughout the Val Gardena area are strikingly situated.

Though similar in their south Tirolean ambience and architecture, there's a distinct feel to each of them, even within the same valley. The Val Gardena villages - three of them within an eight kilometre stretch - are thorough-going resorts, while elsewhere on the Sella Ronda it's easier to forget that you're at the foot of a major ski domain.

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Selva Gardena - Wolkenstein 1563 m

The biggest of the three Val Gardena villages is also the best placed, with access to skiing in all directions. This is more than just a ski base, though, with real mountain charm, and a strong cultural heritage: you can't move for traditional woodcarvings, and, extending this theme, there are substantial snow/ice carvings in the small open area just off the main drag. To the north of the main road that runs near the river through town is the majority of the accommodation, while the older hotels, shops and restaurants, as well as lift station car parking, line the road itself. 

Santa Cristina - St. Christina 1428 m

Halfway between Selva and Ortisei, the smallest of the main Val Gardena resorts is also well-placed for access to skiing. Though further from the Sella Ronda circuit than Selva, it's no chore to reach, and there's also direct access to the skiing on the north side of town. A charming centre, good eating options and après-ski make this a great central base. 

Ortisei - St. Ulrich 1236 m

The first main resort you reach on approaching the area from the west, Ortisei's development across the steep south-facing slopes above the river makes for a large, spread-out base. The pedestrianised centre is the place to be, for evening strolls, browsing shops and drinking coffee; there's a strong traditional feel around the old church and a sense that you might be in deepest Austria rather than Italy. Further up the hill, there are plenty of high quality lodgings, but they're sufficiently far-flung to make half-board the only real option, even if you've got a car - the streets are narrow, winding and not driver-friendly. Ski area access is generally not as good as higher up the valley, though Alpe di Siusi is reached by gondola from the edge of town.

Val Gardena Tourist Offices

Tourist Office Selva Gardena
39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Mëisules 213
Tel:  +39 0471 777900
Email: selva@valgardena.it

Tourist Office Santa Cristina
39047 S. Cristina - St. Christina - Str. Chemun 9
Tel:  +39 0471 777800
Email: s.cristina@valgardena.it

Tourist Office Ortisei
39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Rezia 1
Tel:  +39 0471 777600
Email: ortisei@valgardena.it

Tourist Office Val Gardena
39047 S. Cristina - St. Christina - Dursan 80/c
Tel:  +39 0471 777777
Email: info@valgardena.it

Val Gardena Apres Ski Bars & Restaurants

There’s true Tirolean style apres-ski throughout Val Gardena

Val Gardena Apres Ski Bars

Mountain huts with booming sound systems and girls, wearing less than the weather conditions would appear to dictate, dancing on outdoor tables; plastic igloos featuring similar attractions back in town; and as essential as the infrastructure, a largely German clientele, for whom a ski holiday is as much about partying in ski boots as skiing downhill in them. Many of Val Gardena's busiest apres ski bars also open until late in the evening, often until 01:00am or even 03:00am at weekends.

One of the best examples is Piz Seteur, at Plan de Gralba: go-go girls most afternoons and a jolly apres-ski scene, whatever the weather. It is in a key position to catch skiers after their Sella Ronda circuit, or simply to stop by at the end of a day's skiing above Selva. Beware that there's still a reasonable ski back to Selva after you've finished carousing.

Bar La Stua, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Frëina 4, Tel:  +39 0471 795072
Kronestube,
39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Mëisules 266, Tel:  +39 0471 794480
Goalie's Pub, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Mëisules 179, Tel:  +39 0471 795452
Igloo, 39048 Selva Gardena - Plan de Gralba, Tel:  +39 0471 795135
Bar Luislkeller, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Mëisules, Tel:  +39 0471 794109
Umbrella,
39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Plan da Tieja 14/16, Tel:  +39 0417 772200
Dali-Disco Dance,
39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Dantercëpies 7, Tel:  +39 0471 795069
Heustadl-Disco, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Plan da Tieja 14, Tel:  +39 0471 772200
Crazy Pub,
39047 S. Cristina - St. Christina - Str. Dursan 3, Tel:  338 6370581
LFudlé,
39047 S. Cristina - St. Christina - Str. Dursan 86, Tel: +39 0471 790255
Siglu Bar,
39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Rezia - Pedestrian Area 22, Tel:  +39 335 5280120
Bar Adler,
39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Rezia 5, Tel: +39 0474 745128
Bar - Après Ski Seceda,
39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Valley station Seceda, Tel:  +39 0471 786353
Dancing Maurizkeller,
39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Rezia 32, Tel:  +39 0471 797301

Val Gardena Restaurants

Many of the visitors to Val Gardena opt for half-board in comfortable hotels serving excellent food, and reserve their eating out for on-mountain blow-outs that leave them almost unable to ski in the afternoon.Though a good option, it means they miss out on one of the strengths of the region: a range of quality restaurants that reflect more than just the regional 'south Tirolean cuisine with a hint of Italy'.

Lifestyle and gastronomy in Val Gardena is truly Italian, but with a Tyrolean flavour. Chill out and relax during the day or after skiing on sunny terraces and enjoy real coffee with home-made Italian ice cream and pastries. An exceptionally good range of restaurants offers a choice of international, Mediterranean and local dishes as well as appetizing pizza from wood ovens, pasta dishes and home-made Tyrolean specialities including "Schlutzkrapfen" (spinach ravioli) and a choice of delicious wines.

It's not just the obvious pizzerias, but less clichéd versions of Italian cooking too, with a lot of home-cooking thrown into the mix. One of the many good things you'll find is great value, even though many of these restaurants are in the mid-upper quality bracket.

Many of the restaurants listed here are also bars, and some are also based in hotels, reflecting the Italian influence on nightlife that revolves around eating and drinking more than committed beer-drinking, with restaurants serving as a meeting point for people who appreciate good cuisine.

Some of the restaurants listed are open only in the evening and a minority may be closed on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Selva Gardena Restaurants

Kristiania, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Raiser 2, Tel:  +39 0471 792047
Speckkeller, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Mëisules 300, Tel:  +39 0471 794657
Val
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Val 2, Tel:  +39 0471 795467
Bellavista
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Mëisules 168, Tel:  +39 0471 795232
Antares
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Mëisules 195, Tel: +39 0471 795400
Tyrol
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Puez 12, Tel: +39 0471 774100
Armin's Grillstube
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Mëisules 161, Tel: +39 0471 795347
Else
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Ciampinei 42, Tel: +39 0471 795273
Laurinkeller
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Mëisules 278, Tel:  +39 0471 795059
Gran Baita, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Mëisules 145, Tel: +39 0471 795210
La Pineta
, 39048 Selva Gardena - La Selva 39, Tel: +39 0471 795004
Olympia
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Nives 41, Tel: +39 0471 795145
Meisules
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Plan de Gralba 29, Tel: +39 0471 795200
Scoiattolo
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Dantercëpies 34, Tel: +39 0471 795202
Freina
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Frëina 23, Tel: +39 0471 795110
Dorfer
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Cir 5, Tel: +39 0471 795204
Nives
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Mëisules 151, Tel: +39 0471 795167
Des Alpes Stuben
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Mëisules 157, Tel: +39 0471 772700
Jägerheim
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Raiser 61, Tel: +39 0471 792116
Oswald
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Mëisules 140, Tel: +39 0471 771111
Florian
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Ruacia 25, Tel: +39 0471 792040
Posta al Cervo
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Mëisules 116, Tel: +39 0471 795174
Casa Alpina Plan
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Plan 45, Tel: +39 0471 795165
Europa, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Nives 50, Tel: +39 0471 795157
Plazola
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Col da Lech 98, Tel: +39 0471 795172
Miravalle
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Str. Dantercepies 51, Tel: +39 0471 795166
Gerard
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Plan de Gralba 36, Tel: +39 0471 795274
Val Pudra
, 39048 Selva Gardena - Paln de Gralba 15, Tel: +39 0471 794015
Pozzamanigoni
, 39048 Selva Gardena - La Sëlva, Tel: +39 0471 794138

St. Christina Restaurants

Charme Hotel Uridl, 39047 S. Cristina - St. Christina - Str. Chemun 43, Tel: +39 0471 793215
Cendevaves
, 39047 S. Cristina - St. Christina - Str. Pana 44, Tel: +39 0471 792062
Bistro Susi
, 39047 S. Cristina - St. Christina - Str. Dursan 45, Tel: +39 0471 793703
Sporthotel Monte Pana
, 39047 S. Cristina - St. Christina - Str. Pana 45, Tel: +39 0471 793600
Alpenhotel Plaza
, 39047 S. Cristina - St. Christina - Str. Cisles 5, Tel: +39 0471 793463
Marina
, 39047 S. Cristina - St. Christina - Str. Dursan 42, Tel: +39 0471 796603
La Tambra
, 39047 S. Cristina - St. Christina - Str. Dursan 13, Tel: +39 0471 790063

 

Ortisei Restaurants

Pontives, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Pontives 36, Tel: +39 0471 797091
Mar Dolomit
, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Promenade 2, Tel: +39 0471 797352
Sureghes
, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Setil 5, Tel: +39 0471 796256
Grien, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Mureda 178, Tel: +39 0471 796340
Genziana Enzian, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Rezia 111, Tel: +39 0471 796246
Antica Osteria Traube
(founded 1779), 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Rezia 51, Tel: +39 0471 796265La Rosticceria Sotriffer, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Rezia 38, Tel: +39 335 6174467
Stella - Stern, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Gardena 83, Tel: +39 0471 654165
Pizzeria Saskia
, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Purger 71, Tel: +39 0471 796576
Cosmea
, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Setil 1, Tel: +39 0471 796464
Orlo del Bosco
, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Furdenan 9, Tel: +39 0471 796385
Concordia
, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Roma 41, Tel: +39 0471 796276
Tubladel
, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Trebinger 22, Tel: +39 0471 796879
Vedl Mulin
, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Piazza S.Antonio 142, Tel: +39 0471 796089
La Cort
, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Pineies 18, Tel: +39 0471 796488
Stua Catores, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Sacun 47, Tel: +39 0471 796682
Croce d'oro
, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Socrep 49, Tel: +39 0471 797041
Bräuhaus, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - S. Pietro in Valle 17, Tel: +39 0471 798099
Cascade
, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Promenade 1/1, Tel: +39 0471 786465
Dolomiti Madonna
, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Rezia 276, Tel: +39 0471 796207
Cësa da Four
, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Plaza San Durich 4, Tel: +39 335 8218030
Anna Stuben nel Hotel Gardena
, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Videlong 3, Tel: +39 0471 793615
Sporthotel Platz, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Bulla 12, Tel: +39 0471 796935
Mesavia,
39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Bulla 14, Tel: +39 0471 796299
Rodes
, 39046 Ortisei - St. Ulrich - Str. Digon 10, Tel: +39 0471 796108

Val Gardena Other Activities

Magnificent spa hotels, excellent gastronomy and exceptional winter walking amid spectacular mountain scenery , makes Val Gardena one of the best places in the Alps for non-skiers to take a winter holiday.

Cross-country skiing and winter walking in Val Gardena

Val Gardena is exceptional for cross-country skiers and walkers. The Vallunga in Selva, the Monte Pana in S. Cristina and the Alpe di Siusi add up to over 98 km of cross-country ski runs.

Selva Gardena - Vallunga: 12 km of trails lead from the Carabinieri Sports Centre to the end of the valley. There is a cross-country Ski School and a ski hire at the start of the trail.

Santa Cristina - Monte Pana: An easy 3km cross-country track, medium 6km and 8km tracks and an 8km route to Alpe di Siusi

Ortisei : There's a 1 km long practice trail on the Minert field, at the eastern end of the promenade. On the Pinëi Saddle (5 km from Ortisei on the road to Castelrotto) there is a 5 km long cross-country trail for beginners and advanced skiers.

On the Alpe di Siusi there are over 60 km of prepared trails.

Tobogganing in Val Gardena

From the top station of the Rasciesa chair lift in Ortisei, a 6km prepared toboggan run descends to the valley. Alpe di Siusi also has several toboggan runs.

Horse-drawn sleigh rides in Val Gardena

From the centre of Selva Gardena and the mountain station of the Alpe di Siusi cabin lift.

Tourist Office Information

Val GardenaTourist Office
39047 S. Cristina - St. Christina - Dursan 80
Tel:  +39 0471 777777
Email: info@valgardena.it

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