Romantic sunsets at Seceda/Col Raiser ski area, spectacular World Cup downhill events on the

famous Saslong piste or the legendary Sella Ronda ski tour. Winter in Val Gardena presents the

beautiful Dolomites, awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO, at their best. Val Gardena

was again voted within the 10 top skiing areas of the world from Germany’s most important

skiresort rating website, skiresort.de. This renowned Dolomites region offers imposing, classic

mountainscape and the world's greatest ski carousel as well as lots of history and culture and

plenty of room for solitary excursions into the quiet winter landscape. A perfect winter vacation

for everyone.

One of the best skiing areas within one of the world's most beautiful mountain regions. The

fascination of this dream landscape is emphasised by the fact that UNESCO has recently

awarded the Dolomites the internationally renowned title of World Heritage Site. Val Gardena

with its three charming valley communities of Ortisei, St.Christina and Selva conveys the whole

splendor of this World Heritage Site landscape: a winter sports resort within a mountain range

which also features one of the world's premium skiing areas. There are 175 kilometers of ski

slopes within the only Val Gardena/Alpe di Siusi ski area. Hugely range from gentle hills for

relaxed pleasure-seekers to steep slopes to challenge serious skiers. But that is not all: thanks to

Dolomiti Superski and the link to the famous “Sellaronda”, complete with lifts and slopes all

around the Sella massif, 500 kilometers of interconnected pistes including directly access to

neighboring skiing areas are easy reachable. A giant circuit with 115 kilometers of crosscountry

skiing paths round out the package.

Awards to this ultimate skiing pleasure

This was confirmed by tests undertaken by Germany's leading ski resort rating agency,

skiresort.de. The Skiresort.de team evaluated the ski area for the 2012/2013 ski season on 18

criteria. Val Gardena was awarded 5 out of 5 stars in the five most important categories, which

carry extra weight in the overall ranking, and 5 out of 5 in the ‘accommodation close the

slopes and lifts’ category, placing Val Gardena in the world's Top 10 ski resorts. Moreover, Trip

Advisor has published on its website the ranking "Travellers Choice Award 2013" based on the

choices of international travellers and Val Gardena, more precisely the village of Selva is listed

among the TOP 10 best rated destinations in Italy and the only one ranked among the

mountain destinations!

At the end of an exciting day in the mountains the valley offers attractions of its own. The ski

resorts have traffic-free zones with a variety of shopping and leisure opportunities: vinotheques,

boutiques, cozy cafés and galleries presenting examples of the arts and crafts which Gardena

is also famous for. The ART 52 exhibition in Ortisei, open all year round, shows carvings and

paintings by 52 born-and-bred Gardena artists. The UNIKA gallery presents individually crafted

works of local sculptors as well as daily carving demonstrations.

At Christmastime, there are Christmas markets and nativity exhibitions offering a taste of

delicacies from South Tyrol and an opportunity to shop for typical Ladin Christmas presents.

Toboggan runs, sleigh rides or a visit to the Mardolomit water park in Ortisei offer plenty of

entertainment, and the Val Gardena’s typical ladin cuisine has its own attractions: traditional

inns with local specialties as well as Italian gourmet restaurants, all serving top-quality local

wines. Here, you are sure to find everything your heart desires.

A top skiing area, beautiful landscapes, cultural and sporting highlights, a choice of attractive

leisure activities and gourmet cuisine: Val Gardena is fast establishing itself as a mountain

valley with lifestyle appeal, without losing its culture, language and cozy charm. Guaranteed

snow despite climate change, above-average sunshine hours, skiing for all levels of difficulty

and new traffic-calmed zones in all three villages make Val Gardena the perfect choice for a

great winter vacation for all the family. It is hardly surprising that Val Gardena is a member of

"Leading Mountain Resorts of the World" – a network of resorts renowned for exceptional

quality.

Val Gardena and the Dolomite classics:

Sellaronda

Skiing and pure enjoyment. This is Sella Ronda, the world-famous skiing and snowboarding

circuit all around the Sella massif. A skiing tour with breathtaking views of the Dolomites, with 26

kilometers of slopes, romantic huts and spectacular viewpoints – all with a single Skipass. The

Sellaronda is accessible via Selva, S.Cristina and Ortisei, and the circuit can be completed in

half a day. The Cir peaks, the Sella massif and the Sassolungo are just some of the spectacular

highlights awaiting you on this tour.

Saslong

The Saslong is one of the great legends of alpine skiing. Each year, a few days before

Christmas (2013, December 20 and 21), it provides the setting of one of the world's most

important and spectacular downhill ski events. Starting point is the mountain station of

Ciampioni above Selva. Wide, well-groomed slopes invite you to follow the tracks of all-time

skiing greats like Bernhard Russi, Hermann Maier and Bode Miller, down across the famous

"camel humps" and the Ciaslat, ending at the valley station of S. Christina. With a total of 3.4

kilometers and an altitude difference of 839 meters this one is a must – and thanks to wellgroomed

pistes not just for expert skiers.

Col Raiser & Seceda

The mountain viewpoint of Val Gardena. The marvelous broad southern slope with wide, open pistes is reached by cableway from Ortisei or S. Cristina. Pure skiing enjoyment awaits on the sunny side of Val Gardena. Seceda (2518m) and Col Raiser's special attraction is the almost omnipresent panoramic view of Val Gardena, Sassolungo, Sassopiatto and Sella. And if you just cannot get enough of these spectacular views, why not stay at Hotel Col Raiser, a luxury wellness hotel situated directely at the cableway mountain station. You will be right next to the pistes and experience spectacular sunsets high above the valley.

 

Passo Gardena & Dantercepies with a new gondola

The journey on the Dantercepies cableway up from Selva to Passo Gardena (at 2,121 meters) is not just part of the Sellronda experience, it is also one of the most beautiful locations of the entire valley. Here, embedded between Sella in the south with its bizarre rock faces and the Cir peaks in the north, you can enjoy spectacular views across the valley, with Sassolungo opposite. The run leading back to Selva has historic connotations. Over 100 years ago, this was the venue for the first skiing event in the Dolomites. Right from the start, this Dolomite valley has led the way with its ski lifts, slopes and winter sport attractions. New gondola this season: 10 peple cabins as well as rebuilded top and bottom station.

 

Gardena Ski Tour, World Cup 1970

Follow the tracks of skiing aces Rosi Mittermaier (Ger) and Gustav Thöni (Ita). Over 30 years ago history was made in Gardena, at the Skiing World Cup. In a day tour, starting off at either Ortisei, S. Cristina or Selva, you can follow the tracks of the 1970 World Cup competitors and feel like one of the stars of the skiing world.

 

Sporting highlights

From 7 December, the first day of the season, right through to late spring, Val Gardena offers top-level events and attractions, from the Downhill World Cup on 20/21 December to the snow and ice sculpture competitions in Selva (Dec. 26-29) and Ortisei (Jan. 13 17), the Sellaronda Ski Marathon scheduled on February 21 leading up to the grand season finale – the “Südtirol Gardenissima”, the longest giant slalom race in the world (6km), on March 29, this year for the first time, on a shorter distance, also for kids. Information on www.gardenissima.eu

 

Freestyle is not only a sport but a lifestyle

The snowpark “Piz Sella” is located at an altitude of 2158 metres, directly on the famous “Sellaronda" and right under the amazing Sassolungo. The course with a length of 750 meters is perfect for beginners and families. It is served by a six-places chairlift. This year the snowpark will be extended by a big table with three kickers and will offer an easy boardercross with a snail tunnel.

 

The new Val Gardena Super Freestyle programme offers the opportunity to learn the new tricks, jumps, rides and glides from top experts during the “drop in days” every Wednesday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Registration on ski schools: www.ski factory.it Ski & Snowboard School Selva, Ski & Snowboard School 2000 www.skischool2000.com e Ski & Snowboard School Ortisei www.gardenaski.com.

 

Enjoy the social skiing, become a skibeeper!

Imagine you are skiing, enjoying perfect conditions on the slopes and admiring the unique panorama of the Dolomites, and your friends and acquaintances are experiencing it along with you – in real time. So you think it’s not possible? Oh yes it is – with Skibeep, the new mobile game from Dolomiti Superski. “Check in” with your smartphone at the most beautiful spots on your skiing holiday, publish photos and post comments about your skiing excursions on Facebook and Twitter, and collect lots of credits and valuable badges. It’s as easy as that to make your skiing holiday in the Dolomites even more exciting. Free WIFI at cable cars, gondolas, tourist offices and on villages squares. More information http://skibeep.dolomitisuperski.com/en an post your comments on

www.facebook.com/VGardena www.twitter.com/VGardena.

 

Activities for non-skiers in Val Gardena

Fun for non-skiers is readily available in Val Gardena. For lovers of the outdoors, there are 50km of well-prepared winter walking paths and trails, as well as facilities for show shoeing, iceclimbing, out-door (and in-) ice-skating, horse-riding, sleigh riding, paragliding, curling and sledging; the 6km Ortisei toboggan run on Resciesa is one of the most thrilling in the Alps. Art in the area and Ladin culture is a joy to discover as is the impressive and diverse gastronomy ranging from Michelin-star rated gourmet restaurants to cosy Alpine refugio serving simple Ladin cuisine. Spa and wellness facilities are extensive and the wide-range of accommodation options from every category of hotel to B&Bs, self catering apartments or remote mountain refuges equates to something for everyone.