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Val Gardena (Gröden) is a large ski resort in Italy , in the area of southern Tyrol. It is located approximately 30 km to the east from the city of Bolzano and it is frequently called the most beautiful ski resort in the Dolomiti region.

Val Gardena Ski Resort

The Val Gardena Ski Resort comprises the resorts of St. Christina, St. Ulrich and Wolkenstein. They are situated in the Gröden Valley, surrounded with mountain massifs of Langkofel, Sella and Geislerspitzen. The area of Val Gardena offers a great variety of skiing opportunities.

Practical information

The area offers 176 km of the slopes for downhill skiing, most of them of medium difficulty. There are 52 km of blue pistes, 106 km of red ones and 18 km of pistes marked with black. The skiing slopes in the area of Val Gardena are located from 1 260 metres to 2 518 metres above sea level. The whole area is perfectly connected with ski-lifts and chairlifts. A total of 83 lifts or chairlifts are offered in the Val Gardena Ski Resort and their capacity is nearly 110,000 persons per hour. Waiting in the queue in front of the ski-lift or cable car is something totally unknown in this part of the world.

Tips for skiing

Val Gardena offers all types of pistes, from wide slopes suitable for carving or challenging terrains with bumps up to freeride in deep snow. The Val Gardena Ski Resort is proud of a great many sunny days during the winter season and it is attractive in particular for comfortable spring skiing holiday but it is also the locality where the World Ski Championship takes place. The Val Gardena Ski Resort is very special for one thing, the circular skiing trail called Sella Ronda. The trail is approximately 40 km long and you can go for a trip on downhill skis in either direction. It will take you to other ski resorts - Alta Badia, Arabba – Marmolada and Val di Fassa. However, this circular trail in the area of Val Gardena is recommendable for skilled skiers only. The whole trail takes some 6 hours and it is good to plan the trip carefully so that you are able to get back before the ski-lifts close - or otherwise you are in trouble and cannot get back home. For less skilled skiers and families with children, there are very good terrains in the area between Sellajoch and Piz Sella or around Wolkenstein with mostly easy, blue pistes. From the resorts in St. Christina and St. Ulrich in the area of Val Gardena you can get on a cableway to sunny plateau named Seeda. Its terrains are recommendable for carving. Wide slopes, usually of medium difficulty, will please even most demanding skiers. From there, you can get back in the valley but the trail is suitable only for skilled skiers. You can find other perfect terrains in the area of Val Gardena between the massifs of Sella and Langkofel. The pistes from Piz Sella and Ciampinoi are beautiful, and they are used for skiing competitions. Very good skiers can ski on the Seslong, which is used for the World Championship too. The area of Val Gardena offers a variety of terrains for freeride and snowboarding. The best-known trails are led through the Langkofelscharte pass or throughout the terrains around the Sella Ronda circular trail. Snowboarders can find a lot of opportunities in the area of Val Gardena Ski Resort, too. There is a funpark in Secada, a U-ramp on the slopes of Piz Sella - and a real something - the the boardercross track at Sellajoch. Not maintained terrains with deep snow are available on the slopes of Col Torron as well.

Cross-country skiing trails

The Val Gardena Ski Resort provides good opportunities for cross-country skiers. There are approximately 30 km of maintained trails around Wolkenstein. It is not much but in combination with another 60 km in the neighbouring resort Seiser Alm it is more than enough.

Other activities

In addition to skiing activities, the Val Gardena offers good opportunities for relaxation after the long day spent on the skis. In 2002 an aquapark Mar Dolomit in St. Ulrich was open. The water park is known for a great many attractions and also a sauna, a whirlpool, a salt bath, massages and other wellness services.


The skiing season in the area of Val Gardena begins on 3rd December and ends on 18 April. You can buy a skipass Val Gardena / Seiser Alm for €34 a day. The six-day skipass costs from €168. In the area of Val Gardena you can also use the skipass Dolomity Superski for €36 a day (the six-day skipass for €180) .

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GPS: 46.5625, 11.754
Altitude: 1676 m
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