Do you know Val Gardena & the Dolomiti Superski?
Ski resorts have always showcased the latest advances to tame and make luxurious the harsh alpine winter. The development of world skiing has seen greater interconnectivity of pistes, faster larger & more comfortable lifts, extensive snow creation extending seasons & balancing bad weather. We still see advances in these areas but the digital age is adding a new dimension to ski convenience.
The modern skier tends to be busier than in previous decades, to travel with a smaller group & to take a shorter holiday. Multiple trips a season occur more than 10 years ago too.
Demand is high for convenience, getting maximum piste time, comfort & efficiency. The interest in skiing a huge area is also high on the list for the average U.K skier of today.
Many of us don't seek out the greatest convenience in our ski holiday instead, reveling in the traditional alpine experience & shunning the efficient modernity of some resorts.
There are few resorts or ski areas that manage to offer all we demand and fewer still that don't get the attention they deserve. We at The Summit have recently got to know Selva, Val Gardena & the great Italian Dolomiti Superski.
Did you know?
Dolomiti Superski is the largest ski area in the world?
It brings 12 ski regions together under one Ski Pass covering 1220km of piste.
Val Gardena was voted in the world's top 10 resorts
Skiresort.de, German online resort guide powerhouse said “much of the accommodation in Ortisei, Santa Cristina and Selva, three villages closely grouped within 8km of each other, is immediately adjacent to the lifts and slopes. There are also hotels accessible only on skis or by ski lift. The Sellaronda circuit of lifts and pistes goes through Selva, and S Cristina can be reached by very quickly. To reach the Sellaronda from Ortisei involves taking the lift to Seceda (2518m), skiing to S Cristina and from there taking a connecting funicular to the Saslong cable car.”
Val Gardena and many Dolomiti resorts are ahead of the game with online connectivity
Free wi-fi is offered extensively (6 ski pass offices, 10 lifts and more!) with more and more participants to the scheme each season, now Val Gardena is one of the very most online resorts in the world. Perfect for those of us who just need to be connected.
Only 1 in 20 pistes DON'T have snow cannon coverage
Val Gardena has an excellent snow record but now has 95% of it's pistes tended by modern snow cannon systems ensuring the consistency of snow is unparalleled.
One of the most modern lift systems and they open late too!
In Val Gardena alone the lifts can process 115,000 people an hour, nearly all are weather proceed & open later than many resorts enabling us to get a full day and ski to the sinking sun. Night skiing on flood lit slopes is also possible on a few nights a week.
Ski Accommodation is mostly Ski in / Ski out!
The valley being steep & the designers wise, much accommodation is based on the lower slopes adjacent to the piste providing a multitude of super convenient options.
The locals have skied it since the 19th century!
The first competitive race was held in 1908 from the Passo Gardena down to Selva.
For the modern skier, Val Gardena and it's 3 villages of Selva, Santa Cristina and Ortisei are not just some of Italy's finest resorts but some of the world's best. We will certainly be heading out there when the season begins!
Our contact there offers Chalet Rosanna, a Ski in/out attractive chalet just a few hundred meters from the town.
You can have a closer look at the Chalet Rosanna here.
The whole region is mapped in 3D you can see a preview of the mapping tool in the video below.
You can download it (with some difficulty I might add, for Mac or PC from here)
This link shows you just Val Gardena as a 3D resort map!
For more ski accommodation in the Italian Dolomites.