Val Gardena resort review

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “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

Mountain stats

Top lift:2518m
Vertical drop:1458m
Bottom lift:1060m

LiftsLift count : 2 x Cable-cars   7 x Gondolas   42 x Chairlifts   25 x Drag-lifts   2 funiculars

175 km of pistes

Total Pistes:70
Longest Piste:10km

passes Pass (Low/High Season) : £35.97-40.06 Day, £181.51-206.04 Week

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.

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World Ranking


Overall in the world

  • #153 best freeride
  • #164 best freestyle
  • #32 best piste riding