Ski Holidays Ortisei
Ski holidays Ortisei

Ski Holidays in Ortisei

Selva and its satellite village of Ortisei is the biggest name in the Italian Dolomites it deserves its reputation as a world-class ski resort. The resorts are based at 1563m with a ski range between 1440m and 3342m. The local area of Val Gardena covers 175km, in the full area of the Superski area there is an incredible 1220km.

Selva is the bigger of the two resorts, it’s a roadside town, the small village of Ortisei is very much more laid back, it has 3 toboggan runs, one is over 6km long, which could appeal to families.

This area is blessed as one of the most scenic ski resorts anywhere, especially at sunset as the mountains turn pink. The skiing in Selva and Ortisei is suitable for all levels of skiers, it’s a paradise for intermediate skiers with an unbelievable quantity of fast cruising skiing on the doorstep. Beginners love the excellent nursery slopes in Selva.

This area was at one time Austrian, more locals speak German than do Italian but today the area seems to combine the best of both traditions with good food, superb food, wine and hospitality.

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Why Ski in Ortisei?

Ortisei is an attractive market town near to Selva which it is connected to via bus. There is a cable car in Ortisei which connects to the Alpe Di Siusi ski area which offers beginners and low level intermediate skiers very gentle slopes, almost flat! But this area isn’t connected directly to the Sella Ronda circuit. By taking the Fumes cable you can connect to the Seceda area just below Selva with more challenging options available. The local slopes offer six toboggan runs, one 6km long and is ideal for families who are new to winter sports.

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Ortisei Piste Map


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Beginners skiing in Ortisei

Meet with the ski school and get straight onto the nearest slopes to the village. There’s a plentiful supply of flattering blue runs in the surrounding area that will give you plenty to do once you fly the nest of the nursery slopes, located just outside the resort centre.

Intermediates skiing in Ortisei

Another Sella Ronda gem to be savoured. The lift systems ensure that you are catapulted straight into breathtaking blues and reds that surround Selva and beyond the Sella gruppe.

Mile after mile of well groomed slopes call out to be skied each day, taking you to a new restaurant every day for lunch on the sunny slopes.

Advanced skiing in Ortisei

Although the surrounding slopes of Val Gardena are generally fairly flattering reds and blues, there is a World Cup downhill course open to the public when there is not a race on. For those wanting to put some miles under their skis, head over towards Arabba where you can ski the famous Marmolada Glacier on the generally more challenging slopes of Portavescovo.

Snowboarding in Ortisei

The modern lift system is particularly boarder friendly with all the main lifts out of resort being either chairs or gondolas. The pistes on the whole are wide and above the trees, and draglifts are minimal. The Sella Ronda does have one or two flatter sections that might require a short walk between lifts.

Après ski in Ortisei

At its heart, Selva is a skiers resort with après bars everywhere, but nearby Ortisei (20 minute bus ride) is a real grown up Italian town with more than enough facilities to occupy the most die hard sightseer and shopaholic.

For après-ski the whole of the valley offers a plethora of bars to suit all tastes, from laid back Italian cafés to full on Austrian style Stubes just made for quaffing Jäegermeister.