Host of the FIS Ski World Cup on December 18 & 19, 2020 (Men's Super-G / Downhill).
To enjoy the winter in Val Gardena safely, there are some measures for a safe winter season. You can find all information here.
The Ski Resort
Gröden is with 175 kilometers of piste (109 mi), the entrance to the famous Sella Ronda and the attachment to the Ski Association Dolomiti Superski an absolute highlight among all the ski resorts in the Alps. More than 100 kilometers of piste (62 mi) are marked as red which gives advanced skiers an incredible selection of slopes. But also beginners and newcomers have more than 50 kilometers (31 mi) of blue marked pistes to chose from. Experts and professional skiers can enjoy an exclusive 18 kilometers (11 mi) of expert terrain and black marked slopes. However, passionate and enthusiastic skiers are most likely to be found on the world famous Sella Ronda.
Beginners find numerous blue marked slopes around the summit Monte Pana as well as below the Sella Joch. The descend from the Col Raiser to St. Christina is definitely worth your time. Shorter blue marked slopes with surface lifts can be found in the area Wolkenstein. The run from Seceda via Raschötz to St. Ulrich is perfectly suited for advanced skiers and snowboarders. Apart from those tips you are free to enjoy and discover the entire ski resort! Professional skiers should attempt the World Cup run from Ciampinoi to St. Christina or the black marked slope from Ciampinoi to Wolkenstein.
For snowboarders and freestylers there is a terrain park called Val Gardena at the Piz Sella. With kickers, snow tunnels and a boarder-cross track everyone can let loose and have some fun. In addition, Wednesdays and Saturdays real professional skiers and boarders show their talent and newest tricks at the “Val Gardena Super Freestyle”.
Gröden and the area within the Ski Association Dolomiti Superski grants a wonderful selection for free-riders as well. You can discover the world of the Dolomites through numerous off-piste freeriding slopes.
The Sella Ronda leads you around the Sella Group discovering the mountain range and the surrounding landscapes for 26 kilometers (16 mi). You'll pass by the ski resorts of Gröden, Alta Badia, Arabba and Fasstal. You can chose to go on the Sella Ronda clockwise or counterclockwise. The easiest way to enter is starting at the valley in Wolkenstein. From there you'll take the gondola “Dantercepies” to the Sellaronda. The Sella Ronda tour should take you about four hours, but we recommend you stop at the other ski resorts and check out some of the most popular slopes there too! To enjoy all the resorts you need to get the Dolomiti Superski Skipass. This ticket will be valid in twelve ski resorts and therefore includes 1.220 kilometersof piste (758 mi).
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
A great suggestion is the “Comici Hütte” mountain hut at the Langkofel. Gourmets will be dazed by the various delicious fish specialties. Exquisite lobster, passionately prepared seafood delicacies... If these descriptions make your mouth water, you should definitely stop by here!
A great selection of wines and the typical Tyrolean specialties are all available at the “Sofie Hütte” mountain hut at the Seceda. Additionally you get to appreciate a wonderful view at 2.410 meters (7906 ft).
The “Almhotel” with restaurant at Col Raiser offers Tyrolean and Italian cuisine as well as an open buffet. Because of the large selection of home-made pies and pastries a stop for an afternoon snack at this mountain inn is definitely worth the couple of extra calories.
A really challenging slope and the most difficult piste in the entire ski resort is the World Cup run Saslong from Ciampinoi to St. Christina. The track is three kilometers long (1.8 mi) and overcomes a difference in altitude of 839 meters (2752 ft). The slope is regarded as one of the best racetracks throughout the history of the Alpine Ski sport events. Each year before Christmas one of the most popular and influential races in the world is held here.
A must when visiting Gröden is of course the round trip of the Sella mountain range. The panorama tour around the Sella group leads you through four ski resorts in total.
The “La Longia” piste from Seceda to St. Ulrich is with a length of 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) one of the longest pistes in the Dolomites.
If you like it fast, you'll find a speed measuring track at Piz Sella. There are also public race tracks with time measuring available to you at the Seceda, Ciampinoi, Col Raiser and Piz Sella.
Most Difficult Runs
The Gröden valley, with the communities St. Ulrich, St. Christina and Wolkenstein, invites you to further participate in excursions and activities after skiing. Especially romantic would be the horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy winter landscape. The rides start at the top station of the neighboring aerial cableway Seiser Alm.
In Wolkenstein you can ice skate at the rink of the arena Pranives. The stadium is open different days of the week. For further information regarding operating hours please contact the tourism agency.
From the top station of the funicular railway in Raschötz in St. Ulrich there’s a six kilometer (3.7) long toboggan track leading back to the valley. Even after nightfall you can enjoy good old toboggan fun at this sledding track.
All three locations provide numerous beautiful hiking tracks. In Wolkenstein you should definitely take a stroll on the panorama trail: starting at the Hotel Scoiattolo until you reach the panorama terrace Sai Uedli. From there you have a significant view onto the surrounding landscape. The trail continues to a statue called “Marienstatue” and your tour will end at the Costabella in the Langental valley. The discovery trail Monte Pana “PanaRaida” in St. Christina starts at the base station of the chair lift Monte de Seura. After passing through eight discovery stations you'll end up at the aquatic habitat and from there the same way back again. This trail is especially fun for kids seeing as there is a lot to discover on this tour!
Val Gardena Active - Keep fit during winter!
Keep fit surrounded by nature in Val Gardena and outline your holiday programme with the weekly “Val Gardena Active“ programme this winter. You’ll be spoilt for choice: pick from a night walk with torches, a snowshoe excursion or a climbing course for beginners.
On the homepage of “Val Gardena Active“ you’ll find a comprehensive table detailing individual programmes. On the respective pages, you’ll find further information on individual events. Guests of participating Val Gardena Active hotels (designated symbol) are entitled to a discount our free event participation.
For further information head to the Val Gardena Active-Infopoint in the three Val Gardena Tourism Associations or to participating hotels. We are looking forward to discovering the wintry landscape of our valley together with you.
For further information www.valgardena-active.com
Après-Ski and Nightlife
To put a relaxing and fun end to your exhausting ski day stop by the Après-Ski bar Saltos. Here rustic characteristics and modern elements combine within this gorgeous mountain hut. On a regular basis there are live bands playing and the bar hosts different theme parties every now and then.
Yello's Music Lounge Bar in Wolkenstein provides more of a party atmosphere with a wide range of delicious cocktails. For wine fans there is an even greater selection of white and red wines available. The DJ plays a fun mix of old and new hits to make sure the whole crowd is pumped up and ready to party!
Dining and Restaurants
A culinary highlight would be dinner at the “Alpenroyal Gourmet Restaurant” were renowned chef and Michelin star awarded cook Felice Lo Basso conjures up a creative cuisine which combines hearty Mediterranean and full-flavored Alpine influences to create a tasty and flavorsome mix.
For exquisite dining definitely check out the Ciampac mountain hut. Here you'll be served traditional and local produce as well as international dishes and Italian specialties. The restaurant is only open twice a week in the evenings. Make sure you are aware of the different operating hours and definitely make a reservation beforehand!
Infrastructure & Rental
Affiliate Ski SchoolsOffered Skiing Lessons Val Gardena Gröden (Dolomites)
If you're traveling by car, take the Brennerautobahn highway until you reach the exit Klausen/Gröden. Via the SS242 you'll reach St. Ulrich and just a couple of kilometers further on you'll arrive in St. Christina and Wolkenstein.
If you're traveling with the train, ride until you reach Brixen. Once you're there, take a regional train to Waidbruck. You need to switch to the bus system now and line No. 350 will take you all the way to Gröden.