Val Gardena is situated between the larger Italian towns of Santa Christina, and Ortisei, and retains lift access to the Sella Ronda region of the Dolomiti Superski area.
Easily accessed from Innsbruck airport 116km in the north, visitors can be there in little over an hour and a half. The town, like most Dolomite resorts, has a grassy valley floor filled with thick fir forests, rising up to dramatic, vertical-faced peaks above. Val Gardena is mostly populated by small apartment blocks and family-run hotels built in the expected style with pitched roofs, white exteriors, and plenty of wood cladding to be in keeping with the environment.
Like most Italian resorts, you can expect solid nightlife and dining options, with a range of both traditional and more modern bars and restaurants to choose from. Italy is often said to be a little more laid-back than French resorts, and that’s certainly the case here. There’s a lazy mountain atmosphere that hangs over the town. It’s difficult to get stressed about anything when the weather, the scenery, and the people are all this nice.
Val Gardena is actually three villages set along the Gardena Valley, the most famous of which is Selva Gardena. You can stay in any of the three, and all are equally charming, but Selva is best placed for access to the skiing. Though with the Dolomiti Superski pass, you’ll have access to so much that maybe staying right under one lift isn’t that appealing. Heading further from the lift stations means more reasonable accommodation, and if you have a means of transport, can be a great reason to strike out into the surrounding mountains to sample the other resorts on offer.
Still, coming without a car is fine, and getting around is easy using the public transport here, especially if you jump on the Ronda Express, an underground railway system which links Val Gardena with other ski areas.
Val Gardena highlights: A beautiful village set in stunning scenery with a lively apres and gastro scene and the best skiing in the Dolomites. Few resorts can boast all that. And as such, few resorts can measure up to Val Gardena for an Italian ski break.
Val Gardena is best for: Those who want everything in one place. From world-class skiing to energetic apres, from quaint family-run hotels to jaw-dropping mountain views. Val Gardena is as perfect for Olympic skiers as it is for first-timers, and will welcome adult groups and families alike, all of whom will love what the diverse and friendly resort has to offer.
Ski and Snowboard Guide to Val Gardena:
Val Gardena’s skiing is vast and varied. From the Sella Ronda area, you can ski comfortably into Canazei, Campitello, Corvara, Colfosco, and Arraba, moving in a circuit around the mountains. The area is also linked to the Fassa Valley, the famous Alta Badia region, and many, many more.
As such, Val Gardena is an ideal place for someone who wants to cover as much distance and see as much as they can. Skiing a single resort can be tiresome, but there’s so much on offer at the Dolomiti Superski, that even skiers who’ve seen it all will have plenty of new scenery to feast their eyes (and their skis) upon.
The high point above Sella Ronda stretches to over 2500m, which is very high for the Dolomites, and finds much of its terrain topping the ‘snow sure’ 2000m. Because of that, it’s one of the snowiest resorts in the Dolomites, and with such a large amount of terrain on offer under the Superski pass, you’re sure to find fresh snow, whether it’s on your doorstep or not.
Beginners will find lots of easy slopes around the towns, with Selva having one of the largest drag-accessed nursery areas of any resort. This makes it perfect for learners, and the landscape — which gets steeper with altitude — is perfect for progressing into the mountains.
Those seeking more difficult descents won’t have to travel far to find them, however, with a variety of challenging runs in the area immediately above Selva. And if you find those aren’t to your tastes, there’ll definitely be something to sink your teeth into within the 1420km of downhill skiing available in the Dolomiti Superski area.
The Val Gardena ski area offers up 176km of downhill runs set across 112 varied runs, served by 84 lifts. In the Dolomiti Superski area, you’ll find 1420km of marked pistes totalling 668 in number, served by 488 lifts.
First-time and beginner skiers: First-timers will love the huge learner areas around the town, and will find progressing higher easy, too.
Intermediate skiers: Intermediates will have the perfect playground on which to progress, and will find very little out of reach. And with such a variety of terrain, everything is on offer — parks, powder, groomers — and a lot, lot more.
Expert skiers: Experts will love the variety of runs on offer, and will find the steepest terrain off the high lifts. Utilising the entire area will give the most chance of finding those steep descents, but there’s still plenty to keep even the most seasoned skiers occupied in Val Gardena alone.
Learn to ski and snowboard in Val Gardena
Ski School Group Lessons and Private Ski and Snowboard Instructors in Val Gardena:
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What kind of ski lessons are available in Val Gardena?
Children’s Group Ski Lessons Val Gardena
From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Val Gardena (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!).
We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children.
SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety.
Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Adult Group Ski Lessons Val Gardena
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new.
Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private Ski Lessons Val Gardena
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time.
These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives.
A private ski instructor in Val Gardena can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons.
For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Off-Piste Guiding Val Gardena
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions.
A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Val Gardena. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
Snowboard Lessons Val Gardena
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Val Gardena designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!