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Val Gardena is an Italian ski resort in the province of Bolzano, South Tyrol. It’s part of the Dolomiti Superski Area and features over 176 km (109 mi) of slopes.
Useful Ski Info: Thanks to the connection with the Sellaronda ski resort there is a lot to do besides skiing here. Activities include snowboarding, nordic walking, horseback riding, tobogganing, and ice skating. One of the livelier resorts in Europe, Val Gardena has plenty to offer when it comes to après-ski time, especially in the cities of Ortisei, Santa Cristina and Selva di Val Gardena.
Lifts & Slopes in Val Gardena: 80 lifts and 176 km (109 mi) of slopes. Slopes include 34 blue, 67 red, and 11 black. The most famous ones are the Sella Ronda - where you can ski the entire day without taking off your skis once! - and the Alpine Skiing World Cup slope known as the Saslong.
Ski pass Info: The Dolomiti Superski pass gives you access to 12 different ski areas and 1220 km (758 mi) of slopes. The Val Gardena-Alpi di Siusi ski pass gives you access to 79 lifts and 175 km (109 mi) of slopes.
Weather in Val Gardena: Snow is guaranteed during winter. Temperatures are usually around zero, with subzero temperatures at night.
Italian, German and Ladin are the 3 official languages of Val Gardena. Italian is the first official spoken language, since the region is a valley located in the Dolomite mountains of northern Italy. Germanic tribes moved south and inhabited the region in the 6th century, bringing the German language with them.
The origins of the Ladin language can be traced back to the Roman Empire, which ruled the region for four centuries. The Latin of the Romans mixed with the existing Rhaetian language to form the language still spoken today, known as Ladin.
Insider Tip: You will find that villagers also speak English since the Dolomites are a world-class tourist destination.
The most famous ski route in the Val Gardena region of the Dolomites is the Sella Ronda, which traverses four passes, four valleys and three provinces. It makes a loop around the mighty massif of the Sella mountains. The Sella Ronda takes one day to complete and can be skied in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction.
Gardena, Sella, Pordoi and Campolongo are the passes you will ski through in Sella Ronda. You will enjoy the majestic scenery of the Alta Badia, Val Gardena, Val di Fassa and Livinallongo valleys as you work your way along the trail. The ski route is long enough to take you through the provinces of Bolzano, Trento and Belluno.
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