The slopes

  • Extent 5 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 2 out of 5
  • Intermediate 5 out of 5
  • Beginner 4 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 2 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 5 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 3 out of 5
  • Off-slope 3 out of 5

Gallery

Key facts covers:

  • Linked network of Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Arabba, and of Canazei and Campitello in Val di Fassa

Key facts

Resort m
Slopes1005-3270 m
Lifts179
Pistes433 km
Price index95

Sella Ronda

Italy

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The upside

  • Vast network of connected slopes – suits intermediates particularly well
  • Stunning, unique Dolomite scenery
  • Lots of mountain huts with good food as well as fab views
  • Relatively low prices
  • Extensive snowmaking – one of Europe’s best systems – but ...

The downside

  • They need it: natural snowfall is erratic in this southerly region
  • Few tough pistes, and off-piste is very limited
  • in general, banned
  • Mostly short runs with limited vertical (with some notable exceptions)
  • Crowds on the Sella Ronda circuit
  • Some old draglifts and slow chairs

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Some observations on the circuit (for an overview I…

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News – 2016/17

At Arabba, the old double chair lift from the village to Portados at mid-mountain is being replaced by a n 8-seater gondola. This links with a higher fast chair that gets you on the way to Passo Pordoi, improving traffic flow on the clockwise Sella Ronda circuit. In a radical upgrade, the Gran Paradiso button lift at Piz Sella is being replaced by a covered 8-seater with heated seats – Italy’s first, apparently; seats are in a “striking blue,” you’ll be excited to hear.

Summary

Yet another return visit in 2015 confirmed once again that this is one of our absolute favourite destinations. The landscape is the thing: the spectacular Dolomite scenery is like something Disney might have conjured up for a movie. Well, the landscape and the mountain restaurants.
The Sella Ronda is an amazing circular network of lifts and pistes around the Gruppo del Sella – a mighty limestone massif. Sheer cliffs rise out of gentle pastureland, which is where you ski mostly. The skiing is relaxing; the excitement comes from the views. This is one of the few destinations where we pray for sun; snowfalls would interfere with our scenery-gazing without bringing any real benefit – off-piste is off the agenda, and the snowmaking normally ensures reliably good piste skiing.
The scale of the area is some compensation for the lack of challenge; the distances you cover on skis are huge – in overall dimensions, the network beats even the famed Trois Vallées in France. There are three main resorts, each with its own slopes branching off from the main circuit. Our favourite is Corvara, with a lovely area of easy slopes off the main Sella Ronda circuit. Consider also Selva and Arabba, which get their own web pages.

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The slopes

  • Extent 5 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 2 out of 5
  • Intermediate 5 out of 5
  • Beginner 4 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 2 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 5 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 3 out of 5
  • Off-slope 3 out of 5

Gallery

Key facts covers:

  • Linked network of Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Arabba, and of Canazei and Campitello in Val di Fassa

Key facts

Resort m
Slopes1005-3270 m
Lifts179
Pistes433 km
Price index95