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Holidays in the Dolomites Region Val Gardena

The Ladin valley’s heart beats for sport and woodcarving

Taking some time off amidst the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage, means spending a holiday in South Tyrol with the view of the snow-covered Odle, Cir, Sella and Sassolungo massifs. A winter holiday in Val Gardena has many unique adventures for every guest: come and ski or snowboard on the slopes of the Val Gardena-Alpe di Siusi ski resort and explore the the Sellaronda ski tour. Get walking through the Puez-Odle nature park and marvel at an awe-inspiring white paradise. In the Dolomites Region Val Gardena, you can do anything your heart desires: like joining the workshops of wood carvers and sculptors who have a long history in South Tyrol and continue to play a major role in the cultural sphere. 

Don’t let it go

Ski on the popular Sellaronda circuit for a whole day. Dive into the natural and cultural history of the valley. Find winter experiences that are up to your expectations and you’ll collect unforgettable memories.

Val Gardena. The valley of the Dolomites par excellence

Find your accommodation

How about a charming room at a farm? A wellness hotel with an award-winning cuisine? Or perhaps a spacious suite for families with children? Or how about an overnight stay in a mountain hut?

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FIS Ski World Cup on the Saslong

On December 15 and 16, 2023, the skiing elite will get together in Val Gardena.

From beginners to ski stars: Val Gardena is a coveted skiing destination. Two are the alpine skiing events that give you the opportunity to experience a whirlwind of emotions and watch the greatest ski champions compete. On December 15, 2023, the Salsong slope in S.Crestina Gherdëina/S.Cristina Val Gardena, will host the FIS Ski World Cup men's Super-G and on December 16, 2023, the same slope will host the FIS Ski World Cup men's downhill. The success story of the World Cup races in Val Gardena started in the 1970s. On the Saslong slope, ski racers have to tackle the dreaded camel humps and reach top speeds up to 100 km/h - while the audience cheers at the finish line.

Villages in the Dolomites Region Val Gardena

Although they are scattered across the same valley, inhabited by the same people and surrounded by the same majestic mountains, each is unique in its own way. Discover the villages for yourself.

Tips for you stay in Val Gardena

The most internationally renowned skiing area in the Dolomites, Val Gardena has much more to offer than the World Cup events: like the Gardenissima, the world's longest giant slalom that attracts hundreds of passionate skiers every year in March to compete on the 6 km long downhill.  What would you choose between the quiet of nature and the hustle and bustle of ski resorts? Few yards away from the ski runs, at the foot of the Sellastock, Langkofel and Plattkofel mountains, modern cable cars can shuttle you up to the Dolomite massifs. Explore them while hiking, climbing, on your skis or mountain bike. Everywhere you lay your eyes on, there are stunning views of the mountains. They are exceptionally memorable at the Mastlé viewpoint in the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites. What's more? "The Legendary 8", the torchlight hikes and the zip line are all considered among the top experiences in Val Gardena.

Roaming through the villages, you’ll hear South Tyrol's oldest language: Ladin. Locals in Val Gardena have their culture at heart. Not by chance, wood carving and sculpture have played prominent roles for centuries. In what is known as the "Valley of the Wood Carvers", there are still many artists who can be observed in their studios. While visiting the Museum Gherdëina, deep-dive into the culture and history of this Ladin valley in the midst of the Dolomites.


Live new experiences every day

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Dolomiti Superski - 1 Ski pass for 15 ski resorts

Val Gardena is one of the 15 ski resorts that have been brought together to form the world's largest carousel. With the ski pass "Dolomiti Superski" you have unlimited access to 1,200 km of top-prepared slopes via the most modern cable cars.


Cross-country skiing in the Dolomites Region Val Gardena

Are you left in awe when you listen to the peaceful sound of cross-country skiing? Do you want to experience nature immersion and combine it with sport? In the heart of  the astounding mountain world of the Dolomites, many are the cross-country skiing trails that you can hit. Monte Pana in S. Cristina, the Langental valley near Sëlva/Selva Gardena and the Seiser Alm are among the most popular venues for people who are passionate about cross-country skiing. A 133 km network of trails at the foot of the Dolomites, spans over snow-covered alpine pastures and meadows. Val Gardena is a member of Europe's largest cross-country skiing carousel "Dolomiti Nordic Ski". What awaits you? Snow-sure and daily groomed ski trails, free access for children aged under 15 and 1300 km of ski runs with only one ticket.

Culinary pleasures in the snow

Ski on World Cup slopes or look at the Dolomites closely on the Sellaronda ski tour. Take winter hikes and explore the mind-blowing sceneries of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage. Make time for your family and speed down sled runs, take horse-drawn sleigh rides or go ice-skating. In Val Gardena, winter lovers live moments to the fullest and take pleasure in every experirence. Slopes are flanked by ski huts, which can be reached easily on your skis or on foot and are an ideal place for a food break. Some have even made a name for themselves as gourmet huts. Relax on sunny terraces and experience a warm hospitality. 

What's going on in the Dolomites Region Val Gardena?

It's not surprising that sport and the arts are at the centre of events in the valley. Do you want to join the FIS Ski World Cup on the legendary Saslong slope? Or the UNIKA art fair displaying the works by artists from the valley?

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All events in the Dolomites Region Val Gardena

Made in the Dolomites Region Val Gardena

Would you like a slice of mild goat cheese? A hand-carved artist’s doll? Or a larger-than-life wooden sculpture? Find a wide range of local, high-quality foods and handcrafted articles for daily use in the Dolomites Region Val Gardena and across South Tyrol. Many producers sell straight from the farm where you can try the products and get to know the producers. The people of Val Gardena have been interested in wood carving and sculpture since the 16th century. Not only to make something out of wood - a plentiful natural material -  but also to safeguard the economic stability of the valley. It's been centuries now Val Gardena's products have been sold throughout Europe and the US.

The Ladin cuisine

There's only one certainty in life: in the Ladin valleys, you'll never stay on an empty stomach. In the kitchens of Val Gardena, Alta Badia and Kronplatz, there's always a pot on the stove and mouth-watering smells that remind of grandmothers. A traditional dish called "Panicia" is a barley soup with vegetables and meat served with slight variants across South Tyrol. But the Ladin cuisine offers far more delicacies: the local dumplings "Bales" , potato dumplings "Gnoch" and fritters filled with spinach and ricotta cheese "Turtres". You can also try a popular dish known as "Grestl", roasted potatoes and veal cut into pieces or "Fortaies", spiral fried pancakes. Besides tasting delicious, the "Jufa", a kind of milk pudding that is traditionally eaten in a pot and with a spoon, is likewise an authentic experience.

Weather forecast & Webcams

Check out the weather forecast in Val Gardena and planning your holiday in South Tyrol will be easier. And if you want to head up to the mountains, our weather forecast informs you about visibility, sunrise, sunset and zero-degree isotherm.

Your car-free winter holiday

Located in the southeast of South Tyrol, Val Gardena is nestled in the heart of the Dolomites. For a comfortable and environmentally friendly travel to Val Gardena, find here the most relevant information. Buses, trains or cable cars drop you off at your accommodation or hiking destination.

  • Travel by train

    If you take the train, it stops in Waidbruck/Ponte Gardena. You can continue your travel by bus, taxi or hopping in the so-called  "Südtirol Transfer" shuttle. You'll be dropped off at your accommodation.

  • On-site mobility

    Once you get to Val Gardena, with the Südtirol Guest Pass you have unlimited access to all public transport throughout South Tyrol. Use train and bus connections that take you to the slopes. Find out more about mobility in Val Gardena.