Situated at 1,236m, the beautiful resort of Ortisei is the biggest village of Val Gardena. Whether you choose to head south towards the Alpe di Siusi, characterised by short blue and red runs set in stunning scenery, or north to Santa Cristina, hosting numerous runs within its large bowl, you will be spoiled for choice. Unlike the other resorts in the valley, the nature of the Ortisei’s skiing offers essentially two skiing destinations in one.
The village is full of character made up of pastel-coloured buildings, cafes and restaurants. Arts and culture play an important part in the resort and is a common place of work for numerous wood carvers. After a day on the slopes, enjoy the resort’s large number of shops or indulge in food and drink at the rustic Tyrolean style pizzerias and lively après-bars.
Resort Altitude: 1,563m
Resort Skiing: 3,342m
Total Ski Area: 175km
Blue Runs: 52km
Red Runs: 105km
Black Runs: 18km
Situated 1,236m above sea level, Ortisei is the biggest village of the Val Gardena area and is also part of the vast Dolomiti Superski area, meaning there is plenty of opportunity for the more confident skier to polish their skills. The nature of two completely different ski areas on your doorstep means you'll never be skiing the same piste twice.
Ortisei is great for beginners and intermediates alike. The beautiful Alpine scenery is a real favourite with families, alongside the extensive blue and red runs. Experts can be sure to find some off-piste areas as well as a few hard black runs to keep them entertained.
There are two main ski schools in Ortisei, the Ski & Snowboard School Ortisei and the Saslong Ski & Snowboard School. Both offer a range of programmes in skiing and snowboarding for groups and individuals of all abilities. Private or group lessons are available.
The Ski & Snowboard School Ortisei offer a mini-club for children from the age of 2 with indoor and outdoor activities. They also offer a Mini Ski Club for children between 3 and 5 where learning to ski is combined with fun and adventure.
Being the largest village in the area, the Ortisei resort offers a wide variety of restaurants. Gourmet-Restaurant Anna Stuben and Restaurant Tubladel offer a warm and cosy Italian atmosphere with delicious native dishes. The Baita Sofie is also a favourite, boasting beautiful views down the mountains.
Enjoy the afternoon sun with an aperitif at Alpe di Seceda, an ideal place to relax and refresh. Indulge in a variety of different delicious hot chocolates at Cafe Corso, the perfect spot to warm up after a day on the slopes. Should you want something a little more lively, head over to Siglu Après Ski Bar that is open until 1am.
For non-skiers, you can take the gondola or cable car up to the Seceda area, where you can enjoy magnificent views and a brilliant Italian mountain restaurant. The terrace up there is a sun trap, so it's a great place to meet the skiers of the group on a blue sky day.
There is a public fitness centre and swimming pool in the Ortisei village and there's also a range of other winter activities including tobogganing and snowshoeing.