Dolomite Mountains & Sella Ronda

$2,495: February 7-15, 2025
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Tour Details:
Join us in the Italian Dolomites, renowned for exceptional beauty and miles of terrain. From our village, Ortisei, in the heart of Val Gardena, our days will be spent descending into three Italian provinces, enjoying world famous downhill runs, and we'll do the famous 16-mile Sella Ronda circuit, on another club trip of a lifetime!
Val_Gardena, Winner Best Ski Award Italy 2022 7 nights hotel with breakfast & awesome dinners INCLUDED:
NON-STOP round trip flights INCLUDED:
Land-Only, No-Air Option: (Approval Required)
  $900 deduction for land only - See "Group Flights & Options" below.

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Group Flights & Options
Group Round Trip *Flights from Boston INCLUDED
Airport -- Hotel - Transfers Land-Only, No-Air Option:
Dolomites, Val Gardena, Italy

Why Ortisei? We've enjoyed numerous towns and villages throughout the Dolomites region over the years, and Ortisei remains a favorite among our club members. It exudes an upscale vibe, boasts numerous amenities (including covered moving sidewalks, lockers, rentals, and tuning right at the gondola), and is less crowded, preserving its charm. Ortisei also provides excellent access to all Val Gardenia, the Sella Ronda, and beyond, without the hustle and bustle of crowded slopes and end-of-day chaos. While it may generally be more expensive, we've secured an excellent deal on our accommodations, complete with multi-course meals and even wine, making it a fantastic value for us!

Val Gardena, Dolomites

The Dolomites are a stunning mountain range located in northeastern Italy, part of the Southern Limestone Alps (but not referred to as the Alps, just the Dolomites, Dolomiti or "Pale Mountains"). They are known for their breathtaking natural beauty, with jagged peaks, rocky spires, and vertical walls that glow in shades of pink and orange during sunset. In 2009, the Dolomites were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Val Gardena is a beautiful valley situated in the heart of the Dolomites. It's home to several charming villages, including Selva di Val Gardena, Ortisei, and Santa Cristina. The valley is known for its world-class ski slopes and hiking trails with stunning views. Ortisei (where our hotel is located) , also known as Urtijëi, has a vibrant town center with many shops, high-end hotels & resorts, restaurants, and cultural attractions, including several museums and galleries. Ortisei is famous for its rich cultural heritage and traditional handicrafts. The town has a long history of woodcarving, and you will find many shops with wooden sculptures and furniture made by local artisans.

Val Gardena, Dolomites

Ortisei, considered the best, is well-known for its excellent snow sports and access to the Dolomiti Superski area, one of the largest ski areas in the world, with over 1200 kilometers of slopes and 450 lifts. The town also has a range of other winter activities, such as ice skating, sledding, and snowshoeing. During the summer months, the town is popular for hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. With its rich cultural heritage, vibrant town center, and world-class snow-sports, Ortisei is an ideal base for exploring this breathtaking region!

Food in Val Gardena is heavily influenced by its location in the mountains and the traditional cuisine of the region. One of the most famous dishes is speck, a type of smoked ham made from pork that is cured and seasoned with herbs and spices. Another popular dish is canederli, a type of dumpling made with bread crumbs, eggs, milk, and sometimes speck or cheese. These dumplings are often served in a savory broth or with a meat sauce.

Val Gardena is located in the Trentino-Alto Adige region, which is known for its high-quality wines. Some of the most popular wines from this region include Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and Lagrein. Cheese is also an important part of the cuisine. One of the most famous cheeses is Puzzone di Moena, a strong-smelling cheese made from cow's milk. Another popular cheese is Grana Trentino, a hard cheese that is often grated and used as a topping for pasta dishes.

Dolomites: Skiing & Riding

 Val Gardena Ronda, Dolomites, Italy

Dolomiti Superski:
The Dolomiti Superski network encompasses twelve ski areas in the Dolomites, interconnected through a comprehensive system of cable cars and slopes, accessible with a single lift pass. The region offers an immense array of skiing and snowboarding opportunities. Many return year after year to this region, with some of our members coming back from last year's tour. Below are just a few areas within easy reach of our hotel, highlighting the extensive skiing and snowboarding options in the Dolomites. Check out this Dolomiti Superski Ski Lift Map!

Val Gardena trail map
Seceda area trail map
Sella Ronda trail map
First World War Route

Val Gardena:
Nestled in the heart of the Dolomites, Val Gardena boasts some of the most picturesque and thrilling ski destinations in Europe. With Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm, Seceda, and Ciampinoi, the region offers over 175 kilometers of diverse ski slopes, catering to enthusiasts of all skill levels. From wide, sunny meadows to dramatic, jagged peaks, each area presents a unique skiing experience, complemented by modern lift systems, cozy mountain huts, and panoramic views that are simply breathtaking.

Val Gardena, Dolomites

Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm:
Alpe di Siusi, the largest high-altitude Alpine meadow in Europe, is a ski paradise known for its expansive and sunny terrain. Offering 60 kilometers of slopes and gentle runs, while also providing challenging routes for more experienced skiers. The area is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and panoramic views, making it a perfect spot for not just skiing but also cross-country, snowshoeing, and winter hiking. Accessible via a cable car from Ortisei, Alpe di Siusi combines winter sports with spectacular natural scenery.

Seceda stands out with its striking jagged peaks and offers some of the most dramatic vistas in the Dolomites. Accessible via the Seceda gondola from Ortisei, it features a variety of slopes that cater primarily to intermediate and advanced skiers, including the renowned La Longia slope which is one of the longest in the area. Seceda is a favorite for those seeking breathtaking scenery, and it also serves as a gateway to the famous Sellaronda ski circuit, offering extensive opportunities for exploration and adventure across the interconnected ski areas.

Ciampinoi, accessible from Selva di Val Gardena, is known for its adrenaline-pumping slopes and exceptional views of the Sella group. Predominantly featuring red and black runs, it's a haven for skilled skiers looking for challenging terrain. The area is a crucial part of the Sellaronda ski circuit, providing skiers with a seamless connection to an extensive network of slopes around the Sella massif. With its modern lifts, including a cable car that reaches the summit, Ciampinoi is the perfect starting point for a thrilling day on the slopes, offering varied descents and access to the broader skiing region of the Dolomites.

Marmolada, often referred to as the "Queen of the Dolomites," represents the pinnacle of skiing experiences in the region, boasting the highest peak and the longest glacier in the Dolomites. From Ortisei, we embark on a journey to Marmolada by first reaching the Sellaronda circuit, which connects to this majestic mountain. The area is famous for its breathtaking panoramic views and the Marmolada Glacier, where you can enjoy long, challenging runs, including the famous "La Bellunese," which is one of the most exhilarating descents in the Alps, spanning over 12 kilometers. The journey to Marmolada from Ortisei is an adventure in itself, offering a scenic route through some of the most stunning landscapes of the Dolomites, and culminating in an experience that combines high-altitude thrills with awe-inspiring natural beauty.

Dolomites Explorer from Ski School Ortisei
A unique skiing experience awaits all fans of panoramic descents! Conquer the best-known world cup slopes of Marmolada, Lagazuoi, Sellaronda and Gran Risa and enjoy the breathtaking natural scenery of the Dolomites in the company of experienced ski instructors. Contact Ski School Ortisei for booking/reservations.
Monday: Alpe di Siusi - Pilat, Tuesday: "The Legendary 8", Wednesday: Sellaronda, Thursday: Marmolada & Friday: Alta Badia - Gran Risa

 Val Gardena, Dolomites, Italy
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Val Gardena Active & Events

In recent years, our winter adventures have attracted an increasing number of members who are eager to enjoy the snowy paradise beyond skiing and snowboarding. Ortisei, with its rich array of activities, stands out as a prime destination for those seeking both winter sports and cultural exploration. A day trip to Bolzano, easily accessible by public bus, unveils a fascinating mix of Italian and Austrian influences. Additionally, our day excursion to the enchanting city of Venice is a journey through its labyrinthine alleys and historic bridges, culminating in the vibrant atmosphere of St. Mark's Square. For nature enthusiasts, a winter walk or hike around Alpe di Siusi offers scenic trails dotted with inviting restaurants and bars (highly recommended). Guests also enjoy complimentary access to the Mar Dolomit swimming pool and spa, conveniently located near our hotel. With such a wealth of sights and activities, every day promises new discoveries and delights.

Upon arrival, participants receive the Val Gardena Mobilcard, which provides free access to the entire Val Gardena bus network, allowing everyone to explore the valley's charming villages and landscapes at their own pace. The 'Val Gardena Active' program further enriches the experience with activities like guided hikes, snowshoe tours, wood carving, photography workshops, and cooking classes. Many of these experiences are available either at a discount or free of charge, ensuring a comprehensive and immersive experience in the local culture and natural splendor of the area.

Discover the full spectrum of activities through Val Gardena Active, from exhilarating sports to serene cultural and leisure experiences. The weekly program unveils the diverse offerings of this stunning region, suitable for adrenaline seekers, cultural enthusiasts, avid hikers, or those in search of tranquility. Dive into the winter wonderland of a UNESCO World Heritage site and explore the rich Ladin culture that defines Val Gardena.

Some local “Val Gardena Active” events from Ortisei:

Activity Location Time Duration
Snowshoeing to Resciesa with Mountain Guides Alpin Center Catores 9 AM 3 h
Torchlight walk through Ortisei Tourist Office 5 PM 1 h
Winter hike on the Seiser Alm Alpe di Siusi Cable Car 9:30 AM 5 h
Yoga Tourist Office 4 PM 1 h
Night sledding with dinner in a mountain hut Seceda Cable Car 6:20 PM 3 h
First tracks on the Pilat Pilat slopes Valley station Seiser Alm 7:30 AM 2 h
Half day hike to the Holy Cross Chapel on Resciesa Resciesa Funicular 9:30 AM 3 h
Brewing experience Brewery Monpier 4:30 PM 1.5 h
Sunset skiing (Be the last on the slope) Top Station of Seceda 4:30 PM 2.5 h
First Tracks - The thrill of being the first Seceda Cable Car 7:20 AM 1.5 h
Snowshoeing with Mountain Guides: Catores – S. Jacob Alpine Center Catores 1:30 PM 2 - 3 h
Baking class with Elisa Patisserie De Cuer 5 PM 2 h
Winter hike on the Seiser Alm Alpe di Siusi Cable Car 9:30 AM 5 h
Winter hike to a mountain farm Tourist Office 9:30 AM 3 h
Guided tour to St. Jacob’s Church Tourist Office 9:45 AM 2 h
Wood carving course Tourist Office 2:30 PM 3 h
Medicinal herbs workshop Tourist Office 4:30 PM 2 h

Toboggan downhill rides: We can go up by train to Resciesa (400m from Hotel) and from there head off with our sleds along a 6km track or climb to the Alpe di Siusi for even more fun trails.

Cross-country skiing: The region has 115km of superb trails with some of the most picturesque Cross Country skiing in Europe. From the Alpe di Siusi, passing through Mount Pana to the Vallunga. You can also reach Seiser Alm cross country slopes with the Seiser Alm Aerial Cableway at Seis am Schlern.

MontePana Cross-Country, Dolomites, Italy

Bolzano & Venice
Bolzano, 45 minutes from Ortisei, is considered a bridge between Northern-Southern Europe, and a different vibe than what you expect in Italy. A charming city and a unique blend of Austrian and Italian cultures which can be seen in its distinctive architecture, delicious cuisine, and the spoken language, which is a mix of Italian and German. Bolzano boasts numerous cultural attractions, including the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, which houses the world-famous Ötzi the Iceman, a prehistoric mummy that is over 5,000 years old. Explore the medieval Old Town, wander through the vibrant fruit market, and take a cable car up to the scenic mountain village of Soprabolzano. With its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, Bolzano was ranked joint first for quality of life in Italian cities in 2020, and Alpine Town of the Year for sustainable development in 2009. Reciently Bolzano capped developmant of visitor accomidation to 2019 levels in an effort to prevent overtourism!
Venice is an exceptional city, known for its stunning canals, ornate bridges, and ancient palaces that exude unmatched beauty. The city is renowned for its world-class art and architecture, which is prominently displayed in its museums, galleries, and iconic landmarks like St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge. The Rialto Bridge offers breathtaking views of the Grand Canal and the lively Rialto Market, a must-visit spot to buy local food and souvenirs. The city's historic neighborhoods and winding alleys, including the Jewish and Castello district, contain hidden corners and tranquil backstreets that are unique to Venice. Food enthusiasts must savor the city's delectable cuisine, with local specialties like cicchetti and seafood dishes being absolute must-tries. Our Venice excursions are unforgettable, including indulging in a lovely lunch, cruising the canals by boat, and exploring the city's many wonders. Check out our photo gallery below from our previous Venice adventures!
Why Choose Our Dolomites Tour?
Why our club loves Ortisei, Val Gardena:
Val Gardena, Dolomites
  1. Outstanding value with convenient non-stop flights from Boston, exceptional cuisine, and numerous inclusions in one of the world's largest and most stunning snow sports destinations.
  2. Experience the unique landscape and topography of the limestone Dolomites, younger and very different than the granite Alps.
  3. Easy and convenient access to the famous Sella Ronda circuit, one of the most scenic ski routes in the world.
  4. Ski or ride in one of the largest ski areas in the world, with lift passes offering excellent value, especially compared to the USA.
  5. On the IKON pass. Go directly through the lifts and enjoy with your ICON pass.
  6. Explore the magnificent historic, old-world town of Ortisei, and the Val Gardena region, a consistent winner of Italy's Best Ski Resort. Beautiful town in an awesome location with great access and options for winter sports, sightseeing and excursions.
  7. Free use of beautiful Mar Dolomit, with indoor-outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and more.
  8. Wonderful non-ski options with "Val Gardena Active", included
  9. Have fun tobogganing with great and easy access to multiple runs suitable for all abilities.
  10. Day trip option to visit and tour Venice and other opportunities such as a visit to Bolzano (45 min from Ortisei).

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