Sella Ronda, Dolomites, Italy


If you’re passionate about skiing, then you will have thought about skiing the Sella Ronda area in Italy - a 40km circuit of four different valleys at the heart of the picturesque Dolomite mountain range in South Tyrol. Skiers can go in either direction around the Sella Massif and a round trip journey is suitable for intermediate, as well as advanced skiers.




The clockwise route is signposted in orange and the anti-clockwise route is signposted in green. Either offers 23km of downhill skiing and 13.5km spent in lifts. Skiers are advised to set off before 10am to make sure they complete the circuit before the lifts close for the day, as it can take up to six hours to complete depending on the weather and your ability. The Sella Ronda also gives access to a further 500km of connected skiing with neighbouring resorts, so there is no shortage of trails should you wish to explore.


For expert skiers there is the opportunity to the Sass Pordoi cable car (2,860m) and then ski down the Sella Massif through the spectacular Val MezdÍ. This valley offers panoramic views and was the location of a number of scenes from the movie, Cliffhanger. This route is entirely off piste and requires a one hour trek from the cable car summit to the top of the Val MezdÍ (3,400m) where a 3km technical and steep descent awaits skiers. The route eases out over gentle meadows as you make your way into Colfosco. All skiers wanting to do this must sign in with transceivers at the top and be equipped with all other avalanche gear. The route has an average slope angle of 34% so should only be tackled by expert skiers/boarders.

Val Gardena is the most popular ski resort in the Dolomites, and for good reason. The valley has a multitude of slopes of varying difficulty, with mountainside refuges dotted all over the slopes serving traditional Tyrolean food and drink. Beginners can head to Seceda for gentle open slopes with a 10.50km run leading down into Ortisei. If you’re feeling brave, you can tackle the Saslong downhill in Selva which is part of the FIS World Cup circuit, and experience declines of up to 57%! Or why not head to the snowpark and ski cross course and try out some freestyle skiing?

Alta Badia is home to the 1.2km Gran Risa piste in La Villa which hosts the Giant Slalom on the FIS World Cup circuit and the night-time Parallel Giant Slalom. The start is at 1,871m and due to the slope being north facing and with declines of 53%, the slope tends to be covered in thick ice. This has led it to becoming one of the trickiest stretches in world cup skiing. Above Colfosco, lies the Edelweiss Valley; perfect for families wanting to take young children or beginners up into the mountains as it has large gentle slopes leading back down to Colfosco. A further 70km of blue runs around Corvara and San Cassiano make the surrounding slopes perfect for new skiers.

Snow is guaranteed all year round due to the altitude of the slopes at Arabba and it’s the gateway to the Marmolada Glacier at 3,342m, which is home to the highest skiing in the whole Dolomite region. This resort is not suited to beginners, as the surrounding slopes are some of the steepest in the area, with more black runs than blue. The Fodoma black run down from Porta Vescovo is particularly challenging and after 2.7km your legs will definitely be burning. Another highlight of the region is 'La Bellunese' 12km long ski slope which is the longest in the Dolomites. This descends from Punta Rocca (3,270m) to Malaga Ciapela. If the weather is good, the run will offer incredible panoramic views of the Dolomite mountains and their scenic valleys.

The largest of the valleys on the Sella Ronda; Val di Fassa is compromised of 7 small resorts, with the largest being Canazei. Since 2016 Val di Fassa has connected skiers on the Sella Ronda to the Ciampac ski area with the new Alba – Col dei Rossi cable car. This gives skiers access to another 73km of pistes, including the two thrilling black runs of Vulcano and Ciampac, which will put even the most experienced skiers under pressure. 27km of blue runs, 84km of red and 11km of blacks make this region perfect for intermediate skiers, and with a number of snowparks including a large air bag, teenagers and other adventurous jumpers are sure to never get bored on the slopes.



Our experience at Sella Ronda was unforgattable due to the 3-days Dolomiti Super Ski pass which can be obtained at https://www.dolomitisuperski.com/en.

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