Situated at the head of the Val Gardena valley, scenic Selva Gardena is the ideal base for easy access to the unique Sella Ronda region and the entire Dolomiti Superski area.
Selva Gardena (1563m) is one of three resorts near the head of the Val Gardena valley, the others being Ortisei (1236) and Santa Cristina (1428). The resort acts as a gateway to the renowned Sella Ronda circuit, a 40 km network of connected slopes that links four valleys together. Surrounded by the Sassolungo, Puez and Sella Massif mountains, the setting is spectacular with craggy limestone peaks, tree-lined slopes and picturesque canyons.
Whilst the Val Gardena valley has a rich tradition of hosting international sports events, including the Alpine Ski World Cup, it first made its name in the 18th and 19th centuries, exporting wood carved figurines and religious statuettes all over the world. Once part of Austria, the area enjoys a mixture of Italian, Austrian and local Ladino language, culture and cuisine. In fact, German is more widely spoken than Italian and the resort often goes by its German name of Wolkenstein.
Selva itself, is a sprawling roadside village with traditional Tyrolean style architecture and an attractive church. The vibe is relaxed, low key and family-friendly, and the accommodation is mainly hotel based, although there are several fantastic luxury chalets in Selva Gardena too.
“Selva Gardena has countless lively dining options on the mountain whilst in the village the restaurant scene is mainly based around hotels and guesthouses.”
A favourite with the locals, Danielhütte is a family run restaurant serving local delicacies and Italian specialities in a beautiful setting near the Fermeda quad chairlift on Seceda. There is also an excellent choice of famous South Tyrolean and Italian wines, together with some of the finest grappa, fruit schnapps, cognac and armagnac.
www.seceda.cc/eng/rest.htm / +39 3356 482 660
Rif Emilio Comici
Named after an Alpine pioneer who devoted his entire life to the Dolomites, Rif Emilio Comici is set beneath the massive Sassolungo and is renowned for its wonderful seafood dishes. This atmospheric hut offers magnificent views of the valley and has a cosy interior with a fire and traditional memorabilia.
www.rifugiocomici.com / +39 0471 794 121
Situated in the heart of Selva Gardena, La Bula is a family run restaurant serving local delicacies such as homemade spinach-filled ravioli and goulash, but is especially popular for its good value tasty pizzas.
www.la-bula.com / + 39 0471 795 208
Renovated in 2012, this à la carte restaurant at Hotel Freina serves superb seafood in a friendly atmosphere with attentive service. The menu is interesting and varied with dishes ranging from pike or perch fillet in almond crust to medallions of venison.
www.hotelfreina.com/en/gourmet.html / +39 0471 795 110
“Apres-ski in Selva Gardena has an Austrian flavour and there are plenty of lively bars, pubs and nightclubs to enjoy at close of play.”
Situated in the heart of Selva, La Stua is the place to head for a reviver fresh off the slopes. Enjoy a beer or a glass of wine on the terrace whilst listening to live music.
www.la-stua.com/apresski-alps/index.html / +39 0471 795 072
For good music and excellent cocktails, Piz Seteur is the perfect pitstop. The outdoor DJ makes for a lively buzz and twice a week there’s entertainment and dancing from the GoGo Girls.
www.pizseteur.it/en/GoGo-Girls / +39 3397 127 479
Situated in the centre of Selva, Goalie’s is an Irish ice-hockey themed pub serving draught Guinness and six different draught beers. They also have a cocktail menu and a good selection of whiskies, rums and gins on offer.
www.goaliespub.com / +39 0471 795 452
Attracting energetic partygoers, Dali’-Disco is a serious nightclub which stays open until 3am. Expect live music, Djs and dancing into the early hours of the morning.
www.facebook.com/discodali / +39 3335 217 454
“With more terrain than can be explored in a season let alone a week, skiing in the Selva Gardena area offers endless choice and spectacular views of the mighty Dolomites.”
The main attraction of skiing in Selva Gardena is the Sella Ronda ski tour, which crosses four mountain passes and involves 26 km of lift-linked downhill. However, Selva’s own slopes have plenty to offer too, particularly for intermediate skiers who can enjoy fast cruising on a variety of terrain.
More experienced skiers will enjoy The Val Gardena World Cup piste at Ciampinoi and the steeper slopes of Arabba, whilst off-piste skiing is best tackled with a guide due to the nature of the terrain. Beginners aren’t left out though, as there’s plenty of long, gentle runs to progress to and excellent village nursery slopes below the Dantercepies gondola.
A cross country skiers paradise, Selva Gardena offers 115 km of scenic trails along with some testing terrain, and there are plenty of parks, pipes and snowcross courses for freestylers too.
Selva Gardena Ski & Snowboard School
With over 77 years experience, the Selva Gardena Ski & Snowboard School comes highly recommended. The school has a large team of 120 instructors who cater for all ages and abilities both in groups and individually. They also offer daily ski tours of the Dolomites as well as 5 day ski safaris.
www.scuolasciselva.com/en / +39 0471 795 156
Ski and Snowboard School 2000
As its name suggests, the Ski and Snowboard School 2000 was in fact set up in the year 2000 by 8 determined and passionate ski and snowboard instructors. Catering for novices to professionals, the school offers individual and group lessons as well as tuition in freestyle and freeriding techniques.
www.scuolasci-selva.it/en / +39 0471 773 125
“Such magnificent views of the Dolomites mean walking and snowshoeing in the mountains are some of the most popular activities in Selva Gardena.”
Ice skating has a long tradition in Val Gardena and Selva has its very own ice rink at the Sportstadium Pranives. Also popular are ice hockey and figure skating and the centre offers training in both.
www.pranives.it/icerink/ice-rink-selva-gardena.html / +39 0471 794 265
If you’re looking for an alternative to ski touring, snowshoe excursions are a fantastic way to experience the beauty of the Dolomites. Maps of all the trails can be obtained for free in the tourism offices of Val Gardena and there are also plenty of winter hiking trails to enjoy too.
www.valgardena-active.com/public/selva/en/winter / +39 0471 777 906