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Selva Gardena Resort Overview

Located in the heart of Italy’s stunning Dolomites, Selva Gardena is a beautiful Italian ski resort situated at 1,563m, with the highest ski lift reaching an impressive 2,519m. As part of the extensive Dolomiti Superski area, it offers an impressive 175km of pisted terrain to explore. 

The resort is a charming blend of traditional and modern, with a range of accommodation that caters to all tastes. From ski-in-ski-out chalets and luxury hotels, to cosy apartments and budget-friendly hostels, there’s something for everyone. The snow-covered village is an idyllic winter retreat, with a ski season that usually spans from late November to early April.

Skiing in Selva Gardena

Selva Gardena offers fantastic skiing for all abilities, with a diverse range of slopes and excellent snow conditions. The resort offers three lift pass options; a beginner’s ski pass, a Selva-only ski pass, and the full Dolomiti Superski pass which gives access to an astounding 1,200km of pisted terrain across 12 ski areas.

For beginners, the gentle, wide slopes of Plan de Gralba and Alpe di Siusi are perfect for finding your ski-legs. Intermediate skiers will love the variety of red runs and the famous Sellaronda ski tour, a 26km loop around the Sella massif. 

For the more advanced skiers, the black runs of Ciampinoi and Dantercepies offer some thrilling steep descents. Additionally, there is some excellent off-piste skiing to be found in the Vallunga Valley and Seceda areas.

Selva Gardena is also a paradise for cross-country skiers, with 133km of trails. The Vallunga trail is particularly beautiful, winding through snow-covered forests and past frozen waterfalls.

Is Selva Gardena Family-friendly?

Selva Gardena is a fantastic resort for families. The pedestrianised centre makes it safe for children and there’s a great range of family-friendly accommodation. There are many amenities for families, including a natural ice rink, a public swimming pool, and a range of child-friendly restaurants.

Après-Ski Scene in Selva Gardena

Selva Gardena has a vibrant après-ski scene with cosy bars, lively nightclubs and traditional mountain huts. The Saltos Ski Lounge is a popular spot with live music and DJ sets, while Yello’s Music & Cocktail Bar offers a more relaxed atmosphere. For late-night revellers, Dali’s Club is the place to be.

Dining in Selva Gardena

The resort offers a fantastic variety of dining options. For traditional Italian cuisine, we recommend La Stüa de Michil, a Michelin-starred restaurant that serves innovative dishes in a cosy, alpine setting. Rifugio Emilio Comici is another great choice, known for its seafood dishes and stunning mountain views.

How to Get to Selva Gardena 

The quickest way to get to Selva Gardena from the UK is to fly. The three closest airports are Innsbruck (120km), Verona (190km) and Venice (190km). From these airports, it is possible to take a train or bus to the resort, or hire a car. If travelling by train, the closest station is Bressanone/Brixen, from where it’s a short bus ride to the resort.

Selva Gardena Insider Tips

  • Try the local speciality, Canederli, a type of bread dumpling served in broth or with melted butter.
  • Head to the top of the Marmolada glacier for spectacular views of the Dolomites.
  • While in the area, take the opportunity to visit the nearby picturesque villages of Ortisei and Santa Cristina.
  • Don’t miss the famous Christmas Market in Selva Gardena, a wonderful experience with stalls selling handcrafted items, food and drink.


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