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Val Gardena, Italy

european skiing val gardena italy

The Sella Ronda has been revolutionized over the last few years by heavy investment in both the lift system and artifcial snowmaking. Both are now among the best and most extensive in Europe. Add extraordinarily picturesque Dolomite
scenery, a lift pass that covers over 460 lifts and 1200km of runs, cheap Italian prices and jolly mountain refuges, and you have a compelling case for visiting.

Only experts who find a lack of challenging runs frustrating will be disappointed with the slopes. If what you want is a feeling of traveling around great scenery, there's little to beat the Sella Ronda - a trip around the Gruppo Sella massif, easily covered in a day by an average intermediate. On the way round you will hit many separate local slopes worth exploring - but also crowds and queues.If you don't want to stay in Selva, there are plenty of smaller, quiet, attractive places on the circuit to base yourself in..

What's Great
What's Not-So-Great

+ Vast network of connected slopes - suits intermediates particularly well

Stunning, unique Dolomite scenery

Superb snowmaking and grooming

Jolly mountain huts with good food

Many new lifts with only a few bad Sella Ronda circuit bottlenecks left now

Good nursery slopes

Excellent value

Small proportion of tough runs

Lifts and slopes can be crowded, especially on Sella Ronda circuit

High proportion of short runs, not so many long ones- Rather unattractive, straggly village, with little 'ski-in, ski-out' convenience

Erratic snow record; slopes vulnerable to warm weather

Main language is German, which detracts from jolly Italian feel

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