Why an experienced traveler should go to Val Gardena?
Here there are more than ski slopes, but a rich menu of interesting proposals for active holidays, historical tours and relaxing getaways.
The geographical location, nestled between the Gardena Dolomites in South Tyrol, the presence of a jewel declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site (Selva Gardena), castles and well-preserved traditions, give to this land a strong peculiarity.
Even the language spoken here is different from the rest of Italy: people are native speakers of Ladin and all the information are provided in Ladin, Italian and German.
Social skiing in Val Gardena
If you are able to ski and you like to share your performances on social networks, in Val Gardena you can use the app SkiBeep, designed to meet other skiers and get advice about ski chalets and trails.
In different parts of the valley are also available free Wi-Fi access points to connect your own smartphone.
Social skiing is the actual trend for those who want to capture their sporting performances on the snow.
Hero Ice Cross, the mountain bike challenge on snow
We bet you have never seen a mountain bike race on snow: in Selva Val Gardena will take place the first edition of Hero Ice Cross, a competition with 40 participants including the majority of the National Marathon team.
This is a truly spectacular race inspired to skiing and snowboarding, and takes place in the arena Funpark Val Gardena, located in Plan de Gralba, where there are 800 meters of snow with obstacles and jumps, an amazing set for active holiday lovers.
Hero Ice Cross, planned for 18th January 18 2015, is a preview of the UCI World Championships of the discipline Marathon organized by Südtirol Sellaronda HERO, scheduled on 27th June.
To enjoy a firsthand experience at the Dolomites we suggest relying on an agency that organizes tours of ski mountaineering for beginners.
Move offers a wide range of activities such as a 24 hours guided tour, which includes lessons of ski mountaineering and stops at the typical mountain chalets.
This adventure fulfills the wishes of travelers and sports enthusiasts that are looking for a pure contact with nature.
For information, visit the Move website: www.move-dolomites.it
Culture and craftsmanship in Val Gardena
The inhabitants of Val Gardena have made a virtue out of necessity by developing a very recognizable style with wood carving.
The forests of conifers and cembro pine that characterize this charming area provide the raw material to the craftsmen, who are specialized in wooden items and statues of various sizes.
If you are looking for souvenirs, considered that the handcrafted works have a quality certification provided by the Chamber of Commerce in Bolzano: throughout the Valley you will easily find many sculptors, carpenters and carvers.
To get a better idea of this artistic style we recommend you to visit the Museum of Val Gardena in Ortisei, where is hosted, as well as prehistoric artifacts, paintings and sculptures, a collection of wooden toys, especially dolls, produced since XVIII century.
Swimming pool and sauna in Val Gardena
Going on vacation in the mountains during winter doesn’t mean only outdoor activities, but can be a chance to focus on your own well-being in a specialized center offering many treatments.
In Ortisei you will find the Mar Dolomit, a center that has an indoor pool, an outdoor swimming pool 25 meters long, a sauna, a Turkish bath and a solarium.
Relax body and your mind surrounded by romantic Dolomite peaks is a luxury to reserve yourself to deal with the cold season; the Mar Dolomit is also provided with a restaurant, perfect to crown your stay with regeneration and your own inner balance.
The pool is open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, while the sauna opens at 1:00 pm; we recommend to book in advance to spend a comfortable and relaxing vacation in Val Gardena, one of the most enchanting places in South Tyrol.