Selva Val Gardena Ski Resort
Selva Val Gardena is a picturesque village in the Dolomites Val Gardena / Alpe di Siusi ski area which makes up part of the Dolomiti Superski ski region in Italy. The Dolomiti Superski region represents up to 12 areas in the vast Italian Dolomites that can all be accessed using just one ski pass. The Dolomites are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are arguably one of the most intriguing ski areas, not just in Europe but in the world. Selva Val Gardena in particular is home to the Sella Massif, some of the most beautiful mountain ranges made from limestone which glow in a reddish-purple colour in low light.
Surrounded by stunning natural beauty, Selva di Val Gardena is not only a much sought after ski resort but it is also a major tourist attraction in the Dolomite region both on and off-season. The village pays tribute to both its Austrian and Italian heritage and is one of the few places left where the Latin language is being spoken and taught to the young children of the area. The village’s perfect balance of an idyllic pastoral existence and its modern infrastructure is very impressive as it still manages to keep its traditional Italian charm and cultural history very well preserved. Selva Gardena is also very well known for its medieval chapels and sculptures which date back centuries. Ancient chapels like the Maria Himmelfahrt, the Silvester chapel in Vallelunga and the Selva Val Gardena castle ruins located at the foot of the Sella Massif, are certainly worth a visit if you have the time.
Aside from the tourist attractions, Selva Gardena has a solid background in winter snow sports competitions, playing host to the FIS Ski World Cup races since the 1970s. It also attracts professional snowsport athletes annually, who come to train on its slopes in preparation for competitions. It is also on the course of a ski World Cup Race; part of which is on the Sella Ronda run. Selva Gardena is perfect for all visitor types so whether you are travelling with a group of friends, a spouse, or a family with young children, you can be sure to find activities appropriate for every travelling visitor profile. The resort has a vibrant and buzzing atmosphere at all times. It's also closely linked to the other Val Gardena resorts of Ortisei and Santa Cristina which can be easily accessed from the resort on the Dolomiti Superski lift pass.
With direct access to the Dolomites ski area thanks to the Dolomiti Superski area, all skill ability levels are welcome to Selva Gardena as there is more than enough pistes for every ability in the Dolomites, due to the endless amount of ski terrain available. The ski area in Selva Val Gardena is perfect for intermediate level skiers with advanced skiers also feeling the love on some of the pistes.
There is an abundance of long, wide and open reds on the different slopes around the resort, just perfect for confident intermediate skiers. Most notably the well-groomed links to the Sella Ronda run which has featured on a number of ski competitions. You can also ski the long reds back down to the village from Passo Gardena at 2,137 metres and Dantercepies at 2,300.
After progressing on the nursery slopes in the village, beginners can test themselves on the easy blues just above the village. Confident beginners can challenge themselves coming down Passo Sella at 2240 metres altitude as there are also a number of easy blues on that side of the mountain.
The famous Men's World Downhill Cup run from at 2,245 metres altitude to St. Cristina is a test for all advanced skiers visiting Selva Val Gardena. St. Cristina does have a few more challenging blacks and seasoned skiers can also hit the Saslong for an adrenaline boost but most of the long reds will be good fun regardless.
The World Snowboard Guide refers to Val Gardena as “piste paradise” with the implication being that arriving here feels like you died and went to piste heaven. The most interesting must-do runs in the area are located over in Ortisei like the James Bond 10.5 kilometre run more commonly known as the La Longia. The area is pretty much your oyster but checks out the snowpark on Alpe di Siusi which is perfect for all skill ability levels.
Snow Conditions in Selva Val Gardena
The village sits at 1563 metres with most of the skiing taking place above 1600 metres. The snow conditions at Selva Val Gardena have always been excellent with an average of 323 centimetres over the last decade, the highest being 794 centimetres in one year. In case of any losses, Selva’s snowmaking facilities are capable of supplementing any cover needed.
Selva Val Gardena has a buzzing apres-ski scene that starts at several of the ski lodges on the slopes, carries on at the bars and pubs in the resorts and ends in the late-night dancing bars and clubs. Selva Gardena is also well known for hosting a number of music events every year and the vibe just seems to carry on across the village even after the events are long over.
Huts Usually open from between 8 and 9 am up until anytime between 5 and 5:30 pm, the huts and lodges are the lifeblood of the slopes at Selva Val Gardena. Always a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere in the majority of the huts, it’s the perfect place for a pit stop and re-fuelling on coffee, midday munchies or a glass of mulled wine. Located at the foot of the Langkofel and on the Sella Ronda run, Utia Sole Hut offers great hospitality and comfort. Enjoy the breathtaking views and fantastic meals and snacks while you take a break from the runs. Saltner Schwaige hut offers a similar service with breathtaking views, great drinks menu and South Tyrolean menus; you can also expect live music on any given day.
La Stua La Stua is open every day from 9 am to 2 am and is a local favourite. Known to host a number of live music bands, La Stua is your typical ski/Alpine bar. It has a large balcony and terrace ( perfect for outside drinking and tabletop dancing), a fireplace and heated seats. It serves food all day and also has an extensive drinks menu. Party carries on until the early hours.
Luislkeller One of Selva’s oldest pubs opened in 1980, Luislkeller is also located on the Sella Ronda and not too far from La Stua, making it a potential pit stop on your apres-ski crawl. A famous basement pub in Selva Val Gardener is also one of the resorts most popular and most visited by both locals and tourists. Having one of Selva’s best apres ski nights with live music, DJ sets and the occasional raucous party, Luislkeller is also well known for its extensive list of draught beers, cocktails, aperitifs, gin and tonics and bottled beers. The staff here are also fully clad in traditional South-Tyrolean attire for added effect.
Bar Saltos Bar Saltos is a trendy bar and a major staple on the apres-ski night scene in Selva. Centrally located and always filled with revellers, it’s the perfect place for a couple of drinks, meeting new people and dancing into the night. It encompasses just about everything you need from an apres-ski bar, from sports to delicious meals to an extensive drinks menu and partying until the early hours.
Selva Val Gardena is a top ski destination within a world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the Dolomites. As the region would demand, the facilities in Selva are fantastic and range across different activities both on and both the slopes, for old and young visitors alike.
There are a number of ski equipment shops at Selva Val Gardena where you can obtain ski equipment on a hire basis upon arrival at the resort. We would always recommend that instead of waiting until you arrive at the resort to secure your ski equipment, why not order them directly from us online as part of your overall ski holiday package to Selva di Val Gardena. The advantage of this is that it saves you a lot of time visiting different ski shops. We have partnered with a number of reputable ski equipment suppliers across the Alps including Selva Val Gardena. Once booked with us, all you will need to do is locate any of the branches of the ski shop and pick up your ski equipment which will be ready and waiting.
Selva Val Gardena Ski passes can be obtained from the ticket offices and lift machines at the resort. You can also purchase your ski pass directly from us at Erna Low during the ski holiday booking process. It is perhaps the easiest most convenient way of securing your ski pass. Avoid the queues at the lift machines and ticket offices and head straight for the lifts when you arrive. It is particularly so much easier if you are getting multiple passes for you and the family because once you land at the resort, you can immediately get changed and hit the slopes!
There is so much to get up to at Selva Val Gardena; if you aren’t skiing the day away, going snowshoeing you could be taking a walk through the village to admire the old architecture and more. After all the activity in the cold outdoors, if you fancy a relaxing spa break, to unwind and recharge the mind and body, there are a few options to consider. A lot of the hotels in Selva Val Gardena have spas facilities and indoor swimming pools, some of which are open to the public. For example, check out Boutique Hotel Nives in Selva Gardena. It has excellent spa facilities complete with an indoor heated swimming pool. It comes equipped with up to 3 different saunas including a Finnish sauna, steam bath, multi-sensory showers and an outdoor hot tub. In addition to the facilities, you can also look through a wide selection of massages and beauty treatments. Not too far away from Hotel Nives and also close to the Nives ski lift is Hotel Portillo Dolomites 1966 another fantastic hotel with excellent spa facilities. It is an Alpine-style ski hotel and its spa is called the Alpin Spa. It is a truly relaxing experience featuring soft lighting and traditional Tirolese decoration, with delicate local wood finishes. The facilities consist of up to 5 saunas, a Turkish bath and an indoor heated swimming pool. Mar Dolomit Swimming pool & Sauna is located in neighbouring Ortisei and is a well-equipped watersports centre open to the public featuring indoor swimming pools and slides. It also has spas and steam rooms available as well.
Selva Val Gardena is a lovely resort that offers just about everything for a nice day of shopping. At Selva, you can find anything from sportswear shops, designer fashion clothes and shoes to souvenir shops and specialised wood carvings ( a local pastime and staple of the region). If you are staying in self-catering accommodation on your ski holiday, visit the Gardena Centre Groceries if you need to stock up on supplies. There are also a good number of little cafes, restaurants and little bakeries dotted around the resort.
There is so much to offer children and keep them engaged and entertained at Selva Val Gardena. There is everything from kids clubs on the slopes, off-piste attractions and entertainment to children-focused annual events to look forward to.
With such a rich history and culture in skiing, the area of Val Gardena, including Selva, as you would imagine has a good amount of ski schools and ski instructors with adequate experience in working with children. At Erna Low have formed very good relationships with some of the most well known and reputable ski schools in the Alps. Save yourself the time and hassle of searching for a Selva Val Gardena ski school upon arrival and just add your children's ski school lessons with us as part of your ski holiday package. We partner with only the best ski school instructors and classes start for pupils as young as 3 years of age. Instructors are multi-lingual and fluent in English.
Val Gardena in general is a great holiday destination for children. There is always so much to do and a lot to learn thanks to the very rich, cultural Italian and Austrian history of the place. The area is very family-friendly and especially welcoming to children. For example, if one of the children’s birthdays falls within the holiday to Selva Val Gardena, alert the tourist office ahead of time and your child may potentially get a birthday gift ( conditions on accommodation may apply). Some of the huts and lodges in the pistes are particular children focused on the meals and onsite entertainment. On the resort, there are special slopes for child sleighs and toboggan runs which are particularly popular with children. Inside and away from the cold wet snow, children can have fun in the multiple swimming pools in the resort, visit a cinema ( movies in English and with subtitles are available) or also go indoor ice skating. If you are visiting during Christmas, there are several advent activities and events taking place across the resort that the children will be very much thrilled with.
There is no shortage of childcare services in Selva Val Gardena. You can find a good number of childcare centres, creches and independent childcare minders. Contact the local tourist office for more information and referrals.
Selva Val Gardena is part of the three resorts which make up the ski area of Val Gardena which is part of the Dolomites and the Dolomiti Superski area. Its pistes range from 934 metres to 3,342 metres altitude.