Massive linked area, mostly excellent despite the many flat bits linking it all up. Must be the most beautiful area in the World
Some good off-piste areas
Park & pipe
Lots of well-groomed slopes
Some good wide areas but many flat bits
Great value services off the hill
Lift count : 2 x Cable-cars 7 x Gondolas 42 x Chairlifts 25 x Drag-lifts Other lifts 2 funiculars
Pass (Low/High Season) : 26.00-32.00 Half-day , 44.00-49.00 Day , 222.00-252.00 6-day , 222.00-252.00 6-day linked area , 610 Season pass
Sassolungo peaks / Photo: Steve Dowle, WSG
Val Gardena panorama / Photo: Steve Dowle
Val Gardena is located in the northern area of the Dolomites and forms a collection of resorts and mountain slopes that is said to be the largest snowboarding area in the world. There is a staggering 600 miles of marked trails that are serviced by some 460 lifts of all shapes and styles, all can be utilised by the Dolomiti Superski pass. A limited pass called the 'Val Gardena' still covers 175km of piste with 82 lifts.
Val Gardena has the unfortunate history of being the place where a particularly sad Brit with a Russian name achieved a so-called top ski result (who gives a toss?). However, this is not a sad place to snowboard, it’s actually very good with something for everyone. Val Gardena is a huge valley housing three main villages and a handful of satellite hamlets. And truly, if you can’t ride here and enjoy yourself, then you must be a closeted synchronised swimmer - or worse, a downhill skier with a nice shiny medal!
The main villages here are Ortisei (the biggest town in the area), Oritsei and Selva. Wherever you choose to stay, you can move around the resort via a regular shuttle bus service. The well set-out mass of lifts don’t always connect up everywhere, but with a piste map you can get around a very large portion of the area without too many problems.
Try the circuit ride known as the Sella Ronda, which takes you around 15 miles of lift-connected runs.