Skiing up to 3,342 metres
Family Ski Selva Val Gardena
Set in the stunning Dolomites mountain range, offering Italian exuberance, guaranteed snow on the Marmalada Glacier and endless skiing
Selva Val Gardena prides itself on the enthusiastic, genuine and traditionally Italian welcome it gives to skiing families. One of the ski tour routes is specifically designed for children, incorporating several obstacle courses and fantastic ski play areas. Children will feel at home here, with as much to do off as on the slopes.
Selva Val Gardena enjoys the best of Italian and Austrian tradition, perfect for family skiing holidays, and is a world-renowned ski area, set in the spectacular Dolomites in northern Italy.
These mountains have an enchanting character all their own, with dramatic high-rise pinnacles often glowing a soft pink in the early morning and a fiery red at sunset. The scenery is awe-inspiring, with incredible views from every vantage point. For sheer beauty, Selva Val Gardena is hard to beat when planning your family ski holiday and, coupled with the resort’s many other attractions and some of the world’s best snow-making for extra cover and snow security, Selva makes a wonderful choice for a Esprit families.
What the Papers say…
“Val Gardena is an Alpine bargain: the slopes are huge, the skiing’s great… and it’s stunning. Hurry before word gets out.” Sean Newsom Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Selva Val Gardena is part of the Dolomites Superski, the world’s largest ski network. This network covers 1,200km of well-groomed and easily accessible slopes and is connected by some 450 lifts and ski buses. A popular feature in the Dolomite Superski area is a range of ski tours which guide you round a range of circuits from the sporting to the romantic, stopping at wonderful panoramic viewpoints and mountain huts to sample the culinary specialities of the region, so each day another feature of this incredible area can be explored.
“We had a fantastic holiday. The chalet Waldeck is in a great location, the child care far exceeded my expectations and the ski school pick up is great! Our children had a fabulous first holiday. The food, help and support was all great, thanks to all our Esprit staff!”
Selva, February 2013
Five mornings a week, children in Esprit Sprite classes and Spritelet Snow Clubbers are collected from their chalets by our staff(and/or the ski school instructors) and taken to the appropriate slopes for their lessons orto the resort’s Snow Club for morning fun. At the end of the orning lesson or Snow Club, children joining Supervised Lunch, afternoon now Club or with afternoon Spritelet sessions will be collected and returned to Chalets Wiesenheim for lunch. The Snow Club is based in Chalet Wiesenheim with outings for their specific snow fun activities. All children in afternoon Spritelets will be taken to and collected from their session by our staff and will join the Snow Club children for the remainder of the afternoon, before being returned to their ‘home’ chalet for high tea. We ask that Nursery children are delivered to the Nursery by their parents. Nursery children from all chalets will be transferred by our resort minibus and we ask a parent to accompany their child to and fro. Nursery children must be collected by their parents at 5pm and accompanied at high tea, whilst all other children will be supervised by our staff through high tea until 6pm. Mini Cocoa Club will run in the Chalet Wiesenheim Nursery 6 nights a week from 7.30-8.30pm for children aged 3-5 years staying in the Wiesenheim. Parents are asked to deliver and collect their children. Cocoa Club runs in the Snow Club room in the Wiesenheim from 7.30pm until 10pm on six nights a week and is available to all children aged 6-12 years. Our staff will collect children from the Waldeck, Oskar and Silvia and return them afterwards.
See our Esprit Classic Child Care page for more details
Ski range from 1,428m – 3,342m
The immediate village is well served by nursery slopes and once a little confidence has been gained, beginners will enjoy the extent of blue slopes further across the network.
Intermediates couldn’t wish for more! For those who like their ski-day to have a ‘goal’, there are 16 pre-planned ski-tours ready for exploration, taking you right across the vast Dolomites Superski region. No day need ever cover the same slopes and there is plenty of variety to be had, all sharing the same magnificent scenery.
Ski the Men’s World Cup Downhill in St Cristina for a fantastic high speed adventure! More testing runs are in the Arabba area of the Dolomites Superski, linked to Selva and part of the famous Sella Ronda. Here the challenging black runs down the Soura Sass are guaranteed to get the pulse of even the most expert skier racing.
There are several incredible unpisted runs down to St Cristina from the Alpe di Siusi. Hiring a guide is the best way to discover the best hidden powder runs, known only to the locals.
Selva is ideally suited to free-ride boarders wanting to cover some ground and ride the day away, enjoying the natural terrain. For free-stylers, Selva offers a small fun-park, and there are other, larger parks in Canazei, Plan de Gralba and Cortina – all covered on your area lift pass.
Après ski starts on the mountain with several bars to choose from, and in the resort itself, après ski is lively with plenty of fun to be experienced. One café on the main street serves particularly good ice cream! There’s a great choice of restaurants offering both Italian and Austrian specialities.
- Cross country skiing
- Indoor tennis
- Ice Hockey matches
- Cleared winter walking paths
- Sports centre
- Range of shops and traditional handicrafts – Selva is world famous for its superb wood-carvings
- Local museum
- Numerous restaurants, bars and discos
SELLA RONDA SKI CIRCUIT
Highlighted in yellow on our ski map. This famous ski circuit involves four different valleys and at least 26km of downhill skiing. Exploring some of the side pistes offered by each valley can extend this length considerably. These often offer the quietest and most interesting runs of the Dolomites Superski, being slightly off the beaten track. One in particular, “The Hidden Valley”, offers dramatic scenery, quiet uncrowded pistes and a mountainside restaurant that is hard to beat anywhere in the Alps. The Funicular at St Cristina has opened this delightful area further. The Sella Ronda can easily be skied in a day, either clockwise or anti-clockwise and is an achievable goal for early intermediate skiers. FREE Esprit Ski Host Service Now 3 days per week!
This refers to the snow on the *Marmolada Glacier
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We set high standards for our cuisine, and train our staff extensively before the season starts, to ensure that Esprit guests will enjoy every meal with us.