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Ortisei Ski Resort

Overview of Ortisei

Ortisei is located in Val Gardena which sits in the South Tyrol area of the Dolomites in Italy. It sits close to the Austrian border and its traditions for years have had a mix of both Italian and Austrian influences. Ortisei is widely regarded as one of the prettiest resorts in the Val Gardena area and probably holds the same title across the Dolomiti Superski area. It is an absolutely scenic village with a lovely authentic resort centre which still preserves its old features and celebrates its ancient Ladin culture. It is also perfectly located in the heart of the UNESCO protected Dolomites region of Italy; a mountainous region of breathtaking beauty and almost unrivalled scenic views anywhere in the world.


Nestled in the Dolomiti Superski area; one of the world's biggest ski areas, boasting 1,200 kilometres of slopes, 450 networked lifts, 15 ski areas and 1 single ski pass to access them all, Ortisei offers a thrilling ski holiday. The slopes in and around Ortisei are generally great for beginners and intermediate skiers and feature a variety of ski terrain from tree-lined runs to sunny slopes in the Alpe di Siusi area. It also has awesome links to the Sella Ronda; a popular and famous 26 kilometres ski circuit.

Ortisei shares the Val Gardena ski area with 2 other resorts in Selva Val Gardena and Santa Cristina; both of which it has very easy access to as well as their slopes. Overall, Ortisei is a fantastic place to visit for everyone. It's great for a honeymoon or romantic ski trip with a partner and it is also excellent for a family getaway, especially during Christmas and the festive season when the resort comes alive. If you plan on visiting the Dolomites, Ortisei should be a strong contender for one of the resorts to reside in.

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The main skiing areas around Ortisei is on the Alpe di Siusi at 2000 metres altitude, and where most of the pistes in the resort are on. It can be accessed from the village via the main gondola.

Skiing in Ortisei

Ortisei is perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers. It has up to 175 kilometres of slopes in its local ski area including the Val Gardena area including the Sella Ronda. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking with the hills said to glow a red hue in the sunset due to its limestone composition.

Beginners can start at the village level and gain some familiarity and a sense of what the pistes above hold. Young children also have nursery slopes at the resort level and can also head over to the snowpark for children's obstacle slopes with lots of fun characters. Adults can take the gondola up to the Alpe di Siusi mountain for wide open and often sunny slopes. There are a few more gentle and cruisy blues to explore here.

Intermediate skiers have over 100 kilometres of slopes to explore at Ortisei and the rest of the Val Gardena. The Sella Ronda circuit is perhaps the most inviting challenge for intermediates to take on, with access to the circuit very easy from Ortisei. There is also a good amount of runs on the Mont de Seura at 2,117 metres altitude which also includes some exciting tree-lined runs. There are also long, wide-open reds coming down the Punta d’Oro Goldknopf at 2,210 metres with splendid views of the Langkofel mountains.

Advanced skiers will find a few blacks at Ortisei with a couple on Mont de Seura, with the main black being the 10 kilometres run from Seceda mountain at 2,518 metres. Additional challenges can be found in Selva Val Gardena and S.Cristina, which hosts the Men's World Cup run from the top of the Ciamponi. There is also an insurmountable number of off-piste opportunities across the Dolomiti Superski area.

Snowboarding in Ortisei

Ortisei is generally regarded as Val Gardena’s top snowboarding destination. It's great for beginners with the runs just above the village being the best place for building confidence. There is a fantastic snow park on Alpe di Siusi and it is regarded as one of the best parks in the Dolomiti Superski region by the World Snowboard Guide. It has also been previously voted among the top 3 freestyle parks in the world by the international World Ski Awards. The park is very well equipped and also has a good amount of side hits and drops. Ortisei is also host to the Furdenan Snowpark, a smaller snow park for kids and younger snowboarders.

Freeriders will generally enjoy the pistes at Ortisei, particularly the La Longia run also known as the James Bond run ( nobody knows why it's called the James Bond run). The open sunny pistes on Alpe di Siusi are also a favourite.

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Snow Conditions in Ortisei

The slopes closer to the resort have suffered from low snowfall in the past, due to its modest altitude, however, the snowmaking facilities at Ortisei have been massively improved and there is always sufficient snow cover.

Apres-ski in Ortisei

Ortisei is a small, charming village that is not particularly revered for having a crazy apres-ski scene, however, as a recognised tourist destination, it still has a good number of places to have a few drinks and have a fun evening. All across the Val Gardena area, most of the apres-ski traditionally start off in the mountain huts from late afternoon and carry on later at the bars and restaurants down at the villages. While on the slopes at Ortisei check out Baita Pauli for example. Back in the village, the majority of the apres-ski in Ortisei is found in bars and restaurants. If you are visiting over the Christmas holidays, Ortisei transforms into a lovely Christmas Village full of fun and a vibrant festive spirit in the air. The pedestrian zones in the resort centre become an extension of the Christmas Market and the complete vibe of the village is completely transformed. Here are a few options.

Siglu Bar at Cavallino Bianco

Perhaps regarded as Ortisei’s most well-known apres-ski destination, all roads lead to Siglu bar if you are in search of a party atmosphere. Open every day from 3 pm until the early hours of the morning and located next to the bridge at the Cavallino Bianco, Siglu takes the mantle of the typical apres-ski hangout spot with dance music, table dancing and more. It is an igloo-shaped bar and dance club featuring live DJ sets and occasional themed parties. It is a favourite among locals and visiting holidaymakers.

Cercia Wine Bar

A traditional South Tyrolean wine and cocktail bar whose name “Cercia” comes from Ladin and translates as “tasting”. Cercia is an elegant wine bar and restaurant that offers a wide selection of drinks including wines, beers and cocktails. They also serve a variety of tasty South Tyrolean delicacies. An ideal location for an evening aperitif, glass of sparkling wine or Prosecco and exotic cocktails in the heart of the stunning Dolomites.

The Mauriz Keller

Located in the heart of the pedestrianised village centre, you can easily locate the lovely The Mauriz Keller restaurant and pizzeria. Traditionally a restaurant and pizzeria that serves excellent meals and delicacies that stretch from local Tyrolean to the wider Mediterranean, The Mauriz Keller is known to conveniently clear a few tables to make space for a dance floor as the night progresses. It is a great apres-ski spot with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Visit for an elegant evening and a romantic drink with your partner or visit with a group of friends and try some wine and nibbles around a large table. Whatever you are after, you can certainly find a great deal of entertainment at The Mauriz Keller.

Cafe Corso

A proud landmark in Ortisei since 1954, the family-owned Cafe Corso is a postcard-worthy cafe that makes it onto our apres-ski list. Whilst being revered for its famous hot chocolates and strudel, you can also enjoy an evening aperitif, wine and gin and tonics. Cafe Corse is a huge attraction in Ortisei and is known to draw large crowds of locals as well as holidaymakers. Despite how busy it gets, the atmosphere is incredibly warm and friendly. Stop by for a memorable evening.

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Facilities in Ortisei

Ortisei has a great selection of facilities available to cater to all holidaymakers. As part of the Val Gardena region of the Dolomites, not only is it a top skiing destination, it is also a major tourist attraction for skiers and non-skiers alike who visit the resort all year round. The Dolomiti Superski area has a fantastic lift network that Ortisei also benefits from. In addition to its efficient lift system, it also has very good snow making facilities. Additional facilities include a good number of shops, restaurants, ski equipment rental stores and top-class accommodation. We have listed a few interesting facilities that are crucial to skiers visiting the resort this season.

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Facilities for Children in Ortisei

Ortisei is a great place to visit especially with the family. There are a lot of activities and surprises for children both on and off the slopes. Ortisei welcomes a large number of visitors every year including families with young children and the area is very well equipped and prepared to cater to children's entertainment and welfare. The area also has excellent family-friendly accommodation, and the majority of the restaurants in the resort offer children friendly meals.

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