Val Gardena Travel Guide
Val Gardena Ski Resort
- Nearest town: Bolzano
- Resort Altitude (metres): Val Gardena hosts many sk
- Ski Season: December to April.
- Mountain Range: The Dolomiti Peaks.
- Number of Lifts: 82
- Highest Lift (metres): 2454m (8051ft)
- Lowest Lift (metres): 850m (2789ft)
- Number of Slopes: 259
- Snowboarding: yes: half-pipes, excellent snowboarding terrain, all levels of snowboarding instruction.
- Cross Country (km): 98 km
Val Gardena Ski Information
The scenery of the Dolomites opens itself up to the hiker in many different ways. Meadows blossoming in full colour, green alpine grass, deep-blue mountain lakes and majestic rocks and towers. The rich flora and geological specific features are unique to our planet. For non-skiers, the Val Gardena shines as a destination for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing, and exploring the artistic treasures of northern Italy. Well-maintained hiking paths lead to meadows, forests and the broad width of the high alpine areas. Charming tours from hut to hut and up into the rocky mountain world promise a great panorama. The resorts of Val Gardena offer a range of facilities, including outdoor and indoor swimming-pools and long slide (topoggan), sauna with purifying baths, balsamic baths, regeneration baths, vascular exercises, steam-baths, relaxation area, "meraviglia" showers, therapeutic bench, solarium, dynamic water, Finnish sauna, foot-baths, "Farmer's" sauna, bio-sauna and hydrotherapy. The area also sports 2 indoor sport centers, covered ice-stadium and ice-skating rinks, ice-climbing, shooting range, paragliding: tandem flights, tours and walks, children assistance and entertainment and numerous shopping opportunities. Those wishing to explore Italys treasures can with easy day-trips reach Venice (280 kilometers/three hours), Vicenza (205 kilometers/2.5 hours), and Verona (150 kilometers/1.75 hours).
- Languages: English German Italian French.
- Temperatures: 39 - 61°F
- Driving: Drivers drive on the right-hand side of the road.
- Emergency contact numbers: Emergencies: 112
Mountain rescue service: 118
- Population: 9834
- Religion: Roman Catholic 98% other 2%.
- Local custons: An annual calendar made up of a succession of mostly rustic customs and celebrations. New Years wishes, Shrovetide and Easter customs, the processions of decorated cattle brought down from the mountains before the winter, and much else besides gave a spe
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There are several apres options on the mountains in the Val Gardena region. In San Cassiano there is the mountain hut Club Moritzino. Known for fish specialties at 6,000 feet during the day. The club also features a sizeable dance floor. There are 10 such nighttime establishments on the mountains of Val Gardena, and skiers looking for a hopping apres-ski scene should base their adventures in Selva. Numerous restaurants representing different nationalities are on offer, as are outlets for Ladin food, the regions traditional ethnic cuisine. Ladin specialties include simple hearty dishes such as crafuncins ravioli, jufa polenta, and buckwheat pancakes and dumplings. In Ortisei, the Stua Catores offers hearty Ladin meals. Prices here are surprisingly reasonable, and the food options are indicative of the regions ethnicity. For a special evening out you can dine in a historic castle, built in 1537. Another unforgettable dining experience is to be found at the Romantic Hotel La Perla in Corvara. Those who visit should not miss the chance to visit the famous Sassiacaia Wine Cellar, an experience that is so unique that it defies description. Cafes and pastry shops are guaranteed fixtures in the villages of the Val Gardena. Besides the traditional cappuccino, these cafe bars serve up a wide range of coffee drinks, a small selection of pastries, beer, sandwiches, and sodas. Most feature a selection of German and Austrian pastries as well. Musical events are also popular here, particularly the Val Gardena Music Festival and the Val Gardena Concert Festival of the Jeuni de Mujiga each winter. Spring brings the end of the ski season and the Snow Countdown festival at the end of March. Summer ushers in a weekly program of concerts, films, and traditional village festivals.
Nestled in the towering pink spires of the Dolomiti peaks, the Val Gardena offers an ideal mix of the Italian and German cultures. The valley stretches down from the peaks to a pastoral alpine valley, opening finally into the main thoroughfare near Bolzano/Bozen and the Brenner Pass. Val Gardena inspires you to have special adventures. During the winter it offers ski tours in fascinating landscapes, and snowboarders can expect a real treat. Snow galore and downhill runs without limits. In Val Gardena there are 175 km of slopes and more than 98 km of well-prepared cross-country ski runs in all degrees of difficulty. The Vallunga in Selva Gardena, the Monte Pana in S. Cristina and the Alpe di Siusi offer an unique, fantastic panorama, and can be described as the eldorado for cross-country skiers. It also sports 82 uphill transportation devices. Val Gardena is member of Leading Mountain Resorts of the World. It is an international nework of resorts, representing the best mountain holiday experiences available year-round. Val Gardena has been selected as the group's European member. In addition to the 175 kilometers (109 miles) of runs in the Val Gardena, the Dolomiti Super Ski Pass includes all Val Gardena lifts and brings the total skiable area to a brilliant 1,180 kilometers (733 miles) of runs. Skiers come from around the world to take advantage of the extensive terrain of the renowned Sella Ronda, a 26-kilometer (16-mile) circuit of trails and stunning views.
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