Val Gardena is part of the Dolomites mountain range, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site of indescribable beauty. The mountain group takes its name from the famous French mineralogist Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu who first described the light-coloured rocks as dolomite. Erosion carved the pale rocks into jagged peaks giving the Dolomites their highly characteristic shapes and colouring. Reinhold Messner, one of the most famous mountain climbers of our generation, once said: “The Dolomites are not the highest, but they are certainly the most beautiful mountains in the world”, an opinion shared by many.
Val Gardena has grown to become an eldorado for skiers in recent decades, a skiers’ paradise full of Tyrolean charm. Selva Val Gardena is part of the Dolomites Superski, the world’s largest ski network and offers over 500 km of interconnected pistes, modern gondolas and chair lifts. Traditional mountain huts with the impressive panorama of the surrounding Dolomites are dotted along the pistes and provide a welcome refuge for lunch and snacks – this being Italy, great food is never far away. The main villages in the Val Gardena region, Ortisei, San Cristina and Selva Gardena, feature a wide range of restaurants, pizzerias and cafés, as well as shopportunities galore (and not just for skiwear) at a wide range of boutiques. This being Italy, great clothes are never far away.
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