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18 September 2020.

Selva Val Gardena, Skiing &am...

Selva is one of several villages located on the famous Sella Ronda ski circuit. It is also covered on the Dolomiti Superski pass providing access to 1220 kilometres of pistes, the world’s greatest number of slopes covered by any one lift pass. The Val Gardena ski area has 176 kilometres of slopes itself and is linked to four other ski areas on the Sella Ronda circuit by lift. To say it’s extensive might be understating things a bit. The Dolomiti Superski region is imperceptibly humongous!

The sheer number of slopes in this area is simply overwhelming and much more than the fastest and fittest riders can even cram into a two week break. Not only will you need to come back, you’ll want to anyway.

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Beginner

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The beginner’s slopes of Selva are an instructors dream. They are simply ideal. The nursery slopes are located within the village itself, wide and gentle they provide an ideal starting point. Beyond that there are several long blue runs, equally as wide above the hamlet of Plan de Gralba where beginners can really start to motor.

Intermediate

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Selva and the Dolomiti Superski is simply an intermediates paradise. You are treated to mile upon mile of piste through some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. There are delights such as; the long red piste from Cuca Cucasattel to Ortisei St Ulrich which tracks along high paths above the tree line before dropping into the forest where eventually it winds through a canyon that serpentine’s its way toward the village, or the thigh burning descent from Punta Roca on the Marmolada down to Malga Ciapela with a vertical drop of over 1800 metres (nearly 6000 feet). Awesome!

For those who prefer to cruise there are plenty of long runs on the Sella Ronda that will provide great satisfaction. Take the tour in both directions but remember to leave yourself enough time. In high season lift queues can seriously hamper progress but this is not likely to be a problem at other times.

Advanced

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Advanced riders will find some of the best terrain is in the Arabba/Marmolada area, Marmolada with plenty of off-piste options (glaciated terrain - requires a guide) and Arabba with top to bottom black runs. The Passo Pordoi cable car gives access to several tough off-piste routes some of which should only be attempted with a guide. Closer to home there is the Sasslong downhill piste famous for its ‘camel bumps’, a series of fall away s from which riders can take huge air and fly a considerable distance. Make sure you know what’s on the other side before you take off.

Freestyle, Skier and BoarderCross

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Freestylers will find loads of natural hits throughout the area, lookout underneath some of the lifts. Plus there are terrain parks in Selva and in Canazei.