From the hotel helicopter pad, inside the Grand Parc, we will take you 3,324 metres up the Marmolada, the highest glacier in the Dolomites. You will feel as if you are in the uncontaminated heights of Canada, while you descend towards the valley in deep snow, leaving your tracks behind you. The breeze of a three-thousand metre high peak, the powdery white snow and a 360-degree view over the Dolomites and the snow-covered alpine circle, will doubtlessly remain impressed in your memory forever.
The Val Gardena is part of the largest cross country skiing ring in Europe, the Dolomites Nordic Ski with around. 1,000 km of cross-country skiing pistes. All the pistes can be used with the same skipass.
The Val Gardena offers more than 115 kilometres of well-tended cross-country skiing pistes of all levels of difficulty. The cross-country skiing piste in Selva Alta Val Gardena is particularly beautiful. It is in a quiet area, immersed in fabulous winter scenery, where you can frequently see a chamois or a steinbock among the trees. You will find 30 km. of fun in the midst of woods and meadows covered in a soft layer of snow at Monte Pana, connected with a 7.5 km track to Alpe di Siusi. Cross-country skiers are provided with a map indicating the cross-country skiing pistes, their length and level of difficulty.
Map with the cross-country ski slopes in Val Gardena
Walks and hikes with snow poles
For those who are not keen on skiing, but enjoy romantic, wild nature surrounded by legends, there are the plateaux, paths through woods and beaten tracks which lead to mountain refuges.
If, one day, you don’t feel like skiing, we advise you take snow poles and go in search of the mystical Valunga or follow some beaten track. The "Via Crucis" under the walls of the Stevia, the path which leads to the ruins of Castel Wolkenstein, the “La Ferata" railway track, the walk through the wood which leads to Mount Pana are just some of the possibilities which you will have to hike in Selva Alta Val Gardena and its surroundings. While you cross the meadows sprinkled with mugo pines just above the Refugio Firenze in the direction of the Odle range, snow pole trekkers will be able to enjoy moments of deep silence.
There are also many paths and walks near S. Cristina, winding over the slopes of the valley in various directions: including the Luis Trenker walk which leads towards Ortisei or Selva, the Via Crucis, the water-falls walk, the panoramic path which leads to the little church of San Giacomo and the planetary path along the track of the old ValGardena train. For further information on walks consult .....
A lovely descent by sledge is what you need to bring joy and high spirits during a winter stay at the Alpenroyal Grand Hotel *****.
A toboggan run offer guaranteed fun for the whole family.
On the Alpe di Siusi there are numerous toboggan runs and in Ortisei a well prepared route leads you from the mountain station of Rasciesa to the valley.
A particular experience is night-tobogganing on the Alpe di Siusi, with transfer and dinner in a comfortable alpine hut.
A romantic highlight is a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow-covered winter landscape on the Alpe di Siusi or the Monte Pana.
Enjoy a funny slide part on the snow and live an unforgettable holiday experience!
A ride in a horse-drawn carriage
For the most romantic guests of the Grand Hotel Alpenroyal ***** a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the snow-covered countryside of Alpe di Siusi and Monte Pana will surely be a romantic royal moment ... forever. Promise!
Annually the Val Gardena organizes the FIS World Cup Super-G and downhill races. The competitions take place on the race course Saslong in Selva Gardena.
Two days full of emotions and a rich entertainment program with parties, music and the “fan club parade” expect you.