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. The Dolomites are also home to 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. 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 very 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.
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.
Snow Conditions in Ortisei
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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.
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.
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.
Ski Hire in Ortisei
For skiers visiting the resort with the aim of hiring equipment for the duration of their stay, Ortisei has a number of ski rental stores from where they can hire all basic equipment needed. If you are booking your holiday via Erna Low, you can also save yourself a world of hassle by easily securing your ski equipment with us online to form part of your customised ski holiday package. Ordering your ski equipment from us is probably the most convenient method of arranging your ski equipment as it saves you time on the resort, with all the transactions completed before you even embark on your journey to the Ortisei. Check out our ski equipment hire page for more information.
Ski Passes in Ortisei
You can very easily pre-book your ski pass to Ortisei with Erna Low. Avoid the long queues at the tourist offices or the ticket machines at the lifts. Whether you are travelling solo or as part of a group, you can pre-book your ski pass within minutes and have it sent to you prior to your arrival in Val Gardena. When making your booking just include the option to have your ski pass added to your holiday booking. There is no additional cost to the lift pass if purchased from us. On the other hand, you will in turn be saving precious queuing time by pre-booking your pass from us. Feel free to contact us for more information or check out the Ortisei lift pass page for additional information.
Spa and Swimming Pools in Ortisei
Ortisei has a good number of options when it comes to wellness centres and some much-needed recovery and rejuvenation after a long day on the slopes. Whether you prefer your spa and sauna sessions before or after ( or both ) your ski adventures, there are quite a few places to visit. Most of Ortisei’s hotels have a fantastic spa and swimming pool facilities some of which are not exclusive to guests at the hotels so you can make bookings if you reside in self-catering accommodation that does not have any wellness facilities. For example, the family-owned Hotel Grones is a lovely hotel that offers luxury spa and wellness facilities which include an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub area with stunning views of the Val Gardena mountain range. The swimming pool and hot tub area also has suffused light instalments that help the mind's relaxation process. In addition, Hotel Grones is also very well equipped with a Finnish sauna, Turkish Sauna, Bio Sauna and Steam baths for muscle recovery and revitalisation. After a swimming and spa session, you can spend some time in the harmony of the relaxation rooms on an Asian inspired basket chair or a warming stove bench. Ortisei is also home to the Mar Dolomit, an aquatic and wellness centre that sits on the Promenade in the resort centre. It has a large indoor swimming pool, up to 11 different saunas, including a stone bath, Brechel Bath, Vitarium, Steam bath and an authentic Blockhouse Sauna. The Mar Dolomit is also very child friendly as well. It has a children's paddling pool and fun water slide and water games. It has also recently upgraded its facilities to have a lot more access and improved involvement for disabled visitors.
Shops in Ortisei
As a popular tourist destination, Ortisei and indeed the wider Val Gardena region has a wide selection of shops that caters to all visitors whether you are in the resort to ski or just visiting to enjoy the sights as a tourist. There are a number of traditional souvenir shops celebrating the region's proud Ladin cultural history where you can pick up a souvenir or two. There are a number of fashion shops, local food stores (a lot of which have natural produce from the area), sports shops and many more.
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.
Ski Schools for Children
Ortisei has a variety of ski schools and independent instructors to choose from when searching for ski schools or lessons for the children. If you are visiting the area on one of our dream holiday bookings, you can also very simply include your children's ski lessons as part of your overall booking with us. We have established partnerships with some of the most reputable ski schools and instructors across the Alps so you are guaranteed that your children are receiving the very best ski lessons at Ortisei. It saves you precious time trying to locate a ski school and enrolling your children, while you can just easily do that with us online and save the hassle on the day. Check out our ski school lessons pages for more information.
Children's Entertainment in Ortisei
Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful winter destinations in the world, Ortisei is a fantastic place to visit with children and create long-lasting memories as a family. Ortisei and the Val Gardena provide a healthy mix of adventure, play, education and relaxation for children which can be found both outdoors and indoors. Most of the ski schools have kids clubs which usually have activities and interesting events for the children to enjoy. They keep the younger children engaged in activities such as games, sing-alongs and even children's programs. Others may have excursions and walks around the area. Additional children's activities include tobogganing and snowshoeing, however, the Furdenan Snowpark in Ortisei is perhaps the biggest outdoor entertainment for children. It features a bag jump where children can launch off a pipe on skis or floaters and onto a large air bag. There are also ski courses with obstacles and children's characters and a downhill run in a large tube which is also timed. For indoor activities, visit the Mar Dolomit leisure and aquatic centre for some warmth and water sports action with the children.
Childcare in Ortisei
A lot of the ski schools in Ortisei also have creches and childcare services for the younger children from as early as 2 years of age. There are also several childminding agencies available in the resort. Contact the local tourist office for more information.
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.