Stunning place but hard for the beginner boarder
Sun 15 February 2009 by Luke6
I went to Selva with a few friends - one an advanced boarder, one an intermediate boarder and one a skiier - and me a beginner boarder. The mountains are amazing and some of the views were awesome, particularly in Corvara, Ortisei and the Alpe di Suissi - however, these were the hardest places for me and the intermediate boarder. Even the skiier and advanced boarder found some of these places hard work due to the number of flat slopes. After covering quite a bit of the Dolomiti Super Ski area we all agreed that the best parts were those closest to Selva. There were some great reds and even some of the blues were good fun. Just beware that some of the blues were a little flat.
The piste map was a little annoying and not terribly accurate but as I am not experienced I don't know if it's better anywhere else. The apre ski was fine for us as we didn't want to go too mad - we really wanted to concentrate on getting in as much slope time as possible. There are some great restaurants and fun bars around.
Overall the we had a great holiday and really enjoyed Selva. I would definitely go back to the region. Perhaps it's not the best for boarders but well worth a trip if you can cope with the occasional flat.
Beautiful, and not the most happening place
Wed 15 December 2004 by MartynatorI've been going to Val Gardena for the past six years along with the same people (a large bus full of friends, family and relatives thereof) and it's sort of grown into a "second home from home", except at 3200 metres and with people in pink gay-outfits and tomahawk battlepainted lips circulating the area.
Val Gardena must be one of the most beautiful places to go snowboarding. The views from Col Raiser, Seceda and the numerous other peaks surrounding the valley are simply breathtaking, and taking a break at the Danielhütte (located 3000 metres just below the peak of Seceda) with a cup of hot coco and cream refreshes the soul and makes you ready to hit the slopes again. However, being Italy, the true freestyler doesn't really have a lot to choose from. Three years ago there wasn't a single prepared jump or halfpipe, but since Seiser Alm having hosted the junior World Cup Snowboarding event, there is a pretty dull set of pipes and jumps located there. No, the real fun lies in just freeriding the mountains, enjoying the surroundings and taking advantage of the here and there natural spots you can rail off of or hit a 360 on. Also don't forget, no day is complete without finishing it off with a lift back up to the top of Seceda, concluding with the 8 km non-stop run down the mountains eastside. At the base lies café Annatal, where you, if this was your last run, hang off your liftpass on to the christmas-tree and receive the unsober cheers of the guests seated at the café (dorky in a quirky alpenjägerbaumschlager sort of way, but also kind of endearing).
The night-life is non-existent. There are mainly two spots to go in each of the three villages (St. Ortisei, which is a beautiful village by day what with it's genuine atmosphere, friendly cafés and wonderful architecture such as the church, St. Christina which is a bit bigger with more stores and shops, and Selva Gardena, with it's pseudo night-life consisting of two pretty lame discos) and none of them provide much entertainment during the late hours.
All in all, Val Gardena is a place you'd rather take your sweetheart then your friends to go partying, but I wouldn't recommend snowboarding without ever having visited. The grandieur alone is worth it.