Visitor reviews for Val Gardena Ski Resort
March 15, 2016
Peter Wilson from United Kingdom
Stayed at the Hotel Alpino Plan in Selva mid January this year and had a superb week's skiing. Snow was very late coming this year but the snow making was fantastic so pistes were in fabulous condition. We had clear blue sunny skies for four days and a few clouds high up on the other days so perfect visibility on largely uncrowded slopes, but very cold. Did the Sella Ronde clockwise in a morning. It is a vast area where it seemed you only needed to ski the same run twice to either get somewhere or because you enjoyed it so much you wanted to do it again. Some really long runs; we particularly liked Colfosco and Corvara. Runs coming back into Selva from St Cristinia side were tricky in the afternoon after the shade hit the mountain. Couldn't get to the Hidden Valley because of the lack of snow lower down but that was about the only negative thing in the week. Food and drink much cheaper than the 3 Valleys. Very little off-piste though; suited us, we are very competent geriatrics. We clocked up about 130 miles in the week with virtually no queues.
Val Gardena Ratings
Overall: 4.2. Based on 28 votes and 22 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Val Gardena.
Public Transport: 3.9
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Val Gardena, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Val Gardena, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.6
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.5
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Val Gardena.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.2
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Val Gardena, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Val Gardena is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Val Gardena relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.8
(1) There are no snow groomers at Val Gardena, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Val Gardena are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Val Gardena is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.3
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Val Gardena, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.1
(1) Val Gardena usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.4
(1) The staff at Val Gardena are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Val Gardena are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.6
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.7
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.9
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Val Gardena has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Val Gardena, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.8
(1) Not even a kicker at Val Gardena, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Val Gardena, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Val Gardena has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.8
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.1
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.1
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.0
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.2
(1) Overall, Val Gardena is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.3
(1) Overall, Val Gardena is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
February 28, 2016
Daniel from United Kingdom
Well maintained excellent mainly red pistes.
Lots of differing ski areas.
Timed slaloms and fun parks.
Traditional looking towns.
Hidden valley trip.
Queues anywhere on Sella Ronda can be awful making it difficult to get to some ski areas.
Sella Ronda pistes and key runs to Selva are very busy.
Many blue runs can't be accessed by beginners and cautious intermediates as they involve a steep red run to get there and/or back.
Some buses/walks required around St Christina/Ortisei.
Really enjoyed the Selva area but rather spoilt by queues on the Sella Ronda and some horrifically busy pistes. Sone areas really need new increased capacity lifts and more pistes to spread the traffic.
February 24, 2015
Pete M from United Kingdom
Just back from a fabulous week's ski holiday. First time in the Dolomites; we have been used to Three Valleys and Porte Du Soleil in France. This is another huge 'linked' ski area with something for everyone (over 110 miles skied in 6 days). The geology means that the mountain panoramas were breathtakingly different and more wild west Colorado than Alps.
In a low snow winter, the quality of pistes were outstanding; snow-making capabilities are famously good here.
Particular favourites were over Dante Cepies into Colfosco and then up over Corvara. The big sunny motorway pistes down into St. Cristina were also a lot of fun. Lifts were generally excellent, but queues on key Sella Ronda lifts were horrific. However, given it was UK school half-term, most slopes were generally not too busy (Sella Ronda excepted). French half-term overlaps with UK, meaning French resorts are jammed during this week.
Sella Ronda tour was fine, but more as an introduction to the area, to identify areas to return to, and ski more comprehensively.
We did a Crystal day tour over to 'The Hidden Valley' We started with some ski-ing in Cinque Torri area (Cliffhanger filmed here) before moving over to a vertical tele-cabine up to La Gazuoi. The Fanes range, to the right of the run is majestic. The valley walls to the left are smaller and scattered with frozen waterfalls. The run twists and turns for 7 km, creating a mysterious, secret ambience. At the bottom of the trail, you have the option of taking the horse drag, a great experience, where you hold on to ropes pulled by a pair of horses as they take you along the flat frozen river bed to the next lift.
Food and drink are all very reasonable, cost-wise, compared to Meribel, Courcheval etc. The whole area feels incredibly Austrian, although pizza and pasta are always high quality. As others have said, Luis Kellar was lively, but euro-apres-ski-pop was irritating after not too long.
Best bar, in Selva, by far (avoiding 'Stars on 45' apres-trash) was Goalies further down the main road. They have the coolest Rock playlist, and a friendly atmosphere. Run by ex-ice hockey Goalies, Alex (dad) and Andreas (son). We stayed in Hotel Pineta, in Selva; very reasonable 3*, clean, good food.
All in all, just a fantastic area, and one to which we will definitely be returning.
April 03, 2014
Thomas F. from Italy
We had a great holiday in Val Gardena! Perfect groomed slopes every day!
Many kilometres of slopes to choose from, and the panorama is unbelievable!
We'll come back next winter :)
January 25, 2014
Fi from United Kingdom
What a great place that I would return to tomorrow and normally I always prefer to try somewhere new. Not silly expensive compared to France, good mountain food, lots of bars and restaurants. Lovely people and high enough for good snow. Went in January and it was surprisingly warm but still good; well groomed piste and more skiing than you can throw a stick at! Also, the Sella Ronda of course for a challenge if you want an early start. Go and enjoy Italy that feels like Austria. Good for anyone, families, couples or big groups.
November 02, 2013
Seankata from United Kingdom
We stayed in Selva in 2012. The Sella Ronda ski area is absolutely enormous and should keep every level of skier more than happy for a week or two. You can do the entire circuit, if you stay on the proscribed runs, in 4 to 5 hours but there is the occasional bottleneck as it's a popular thing to do.
Although access to the main piste area from Selva itself is a bit of a slog, once into the area the skiing is fantastic; loads of challenging runs and plenty of cruising if that's what you want. The lifts were all fine, the occasional queues but that's to be expected. Pistes were excellent quality with plenty of places to stop for food and drink.
There is not much in the way of après-ski with most bars etc pretty empty. Most places seem geared to the evening meal trade.
We were there in February and would advise that you take the temperature forecasts seriously. We had minus 17 during the day and down to minus 30 at night! All in all, Selva val Gardena is one of the best ski areas I have been to but wrap up warm!
April 02, 2012
Simon Wilkinson from United Kingdom
Great resort, fabulous varied skiing. Terrific long runs and the Sella Ronda is a great circular route which can be tackled both clockwise and anti-clockwise.
Lovely resort with lots of bars and places to eat. Plenty of mountain restaurants and bars as well.
Would go back.
February 13, 2011
Angie from United Kingdom
We were in Selva from 21st December to 4th January. What a strange little place. We had a great time, although their idea of Apres ski seemed more like apres dinner! Everyone went back to hotel etc for dinner (the food was a-maze-ing!) then went out at 10.30! We're used to Austria - Mayrhofen and St Anton where everyone enjoys apres ski while still in their boots!! Our favourite bar was Yellos. Great service, wine, complimentary nibbles.. (chocolate brownies on a couple of occasions) and music classy, modern decor. Great New Year's eve DJ. Louis Kellar was lively and typical euro music but they had the best shots! Great big paddles with 12 different schnapps in. Quite icy in places and Very cold. Hats were needed but the sun shone for the last 9 days and it's breathtakingly beautiful. Can't wait to go again as we never quite got up early enough to do the full Sella Ronda circuit - too late to bed each night!! Recommend Ortesei - winter wonderland, with easy cruisers, sleigh rides, tobogganing etc. Perfect when you have the flu like me at the end of our holiday and couldn't cope with too much.
December 02, 2009
Christine from Belgium
Val-Gardena is like coming home for my husband and I. We have been there several times in December and March. In December we go always the week before the holidays and it is super. Not so many people to do the Sella Ronda, good snow, sunny but it can be very cold. I'm counting the days now ..
March 20, 2009
Ben Bland from United Kingdom
Now I know why the Italians have kept this one (Val Gardena) secret. Superb, huge skiing area in the most beautiful mountain range I have skied in. Equipped with a modern lift system and promoting the concept of a tour from one area of the Dolomiti Super Ski to another. All of a sudden skiing has a purpose and is not just about clocking up miles of piste up and down, up and down.
I took my wife here this year. We were blessed with the best snow conditions in 20 years (they say), even if we weren't, I noticed more snow making cannons at Val Gardena than I have ever seen before. My wife is a timid intermediate skier and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves touring the Sella Ronda in both directions, going on the Santa Croce ski tour and the highlight was probably the Lagazoi tour past a frozen waterfall and the most charming take on a drag lift I have ever seen. About 100 skiers where pulled across a valley by two huge horses at a cost of 2 Euros per person.
The idea of these tours is to ski on a route which starts and finishes at the same place, taking you through eye wateringly beautiful scenery and if required, a delicious lunch and half a bottle of local wine - just wonderful.
I decided that my treat for the week would be the Val de Mesdi, which is one of the more well-trodden off-piste routes in the Dolomiti. I won’t say too much about it other than it ranks up there as one of my best days on skis.