More commonly known as the world's best ski circuit, the Dolomites are the perfect setting for a ski holiday.
Here, UNESCO-protected landscapes combine with a sunny climate and immaculate pistes to create one of the world’s most beautiful and enjoyable ski regions. Meanwhile, state-of-the-art snowmaking systems ensure the slopes are fast and fun, whatever the weather.
Thanks to its proximity to the Dolomiti Superski ski area and the nearby Alpe di Siusi, Val Gardena is considered a true paradise for winter sports lovers. It is divided into 3 resorts – Ortisei (1236m), Santa Cristina (1428m) and Selva Gardena (1563m) - which offer a vast array of sport, artistic, and cultural activities against a backdrop of amazing natural beauty.
The valley is well-known for its rich tradition of hosting numerous international sports events, like the Alpine Ski World Cup. There are slopes for all ability levels thanks to nearly 175km of interconnected slopes served by more than 80 ski lifts and for cross country ski lovers there are 115km of trails.
Val Gardena has been given as many as 18 awards by the world's largest test portal for ski areas (Skiresort.info), designating it as a top ski area, top ski lifts, snow reliability, slope preparation, and variety of ski runs.
On your bucket list should be the Sella Ronda, one of the most famous ski carousels in the world. This unique ski tour runs over four Dolomite passes around the Sella massif. With 26kms of pure, unadulterated skiing fun made up of mostly reds and blues, that loops some of the most dramatic mountains in the Dolomites, the Sella Ronda offers one of the greatest spectacles in the World when it comes to alpine skiing.
Distance from slopes:
Local ski bus
29% / 52 km
59% / 105 km
12% / 21 km
630 (98% cover)
Val Gardena - Hotel Villa Emilia 11 to 18 March 2023
Traditional hotels and beautiful residential buildings from the turn of the century characterise the village of Ortisei and Hotel Villa Emilia is no different. The village has pedestrianised parts of its town to ensure its visitors and residents get to experience the true charm of one of the most beautiful shopping streets in the Dolomites.
Hotel Villa Emilia is a traditional family run 3-star South Tyrolean hotel steeped in charming hospitality. The hotel stands perfectly placed between the village centre and the Seceda Cable car, offering a central and quiet location with a panoramic view of the Sassolungo and the Dolomites.
The hotel has quaint communal areas tastefully decorated in keeping with the surroundings that offer a lovely place to relax after a busy day on the mountains. The guest rooms are comfortable, cosy, and impeccably maintained and have a variety of bed configurations, perfect for groups and families.
The hotel is located close to the Tennis Centre in Roncadizza, Ice-skating rinks in Ortiesi, and the Dolomit Wellness Centre and you can receive daily complimentary passes from reception.
The hotel restaurant caters for a variety of tastebuds with the plentiful breakfast buffet full of locally sourced meats, cheeses, and breads, this continues at dinner with a buffet of salad, vegetables, and a choice of two starters and two mains. Once a week the family host a traditional Tyrolean evening with speciality dishes and music for the guests to enjoy.
With a picture-perfect setting, delicious traditional homemade meals, and a comfortable room, this is a perfect base to explore the ski area.
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The combination of a jaw-dropping landscape, gorgeous chocolate box villages, and delicious food, makes Val Gardena easily the best and the most beautiful winter sports area in Europe.
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