The Sella Ronda is on the bucket list for many skiers and snowboarders, and rightly so. Part of the Dolomiti Superski linked ski area, this beautiful ski circuit covers 40 kilometres across four different valleys in the impressive Sella massif. Along the way, skiers and snowboarders can enjoy incredible views, friendly Italian hospitality and a range of challenging slopes. It's the ideal ski circuit for any skier or snowboarder! In this article we'll tell you everything you need to know about the famous Sella Ronda, including some useful tips if you're planning on tackling it yourself.
The Sella massif reaches altitudes of up to 3153m above sea level. The Sella Ronda owes its name to the Ladin people, an ethnic group from northern Italy. Back in the day, the Sella Ronda was the link between residents from the other four valleys. This was before the time of ski lifts and groomed slopes, of course! Nowadays the language lives on and as you ski through the different valleys, you will hear three different languages: Ladin, Italian and German.
You can start the Sella Ronda from any one of four ski areas: Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Arabba or Val di Fassa-Carezza. The official route is 26km long, but this can be extended to more than 40km if wished. The route can be done clockwise (orange route) or counterclockwise (green route). The orange route is slightly more challenging and is often busier, while the green route is easier and more relaxed. Anyone who skied the Sella Ronda years ago will remember spending a lot of time riding the lift, but this has improved thanks to the new high-speed lifts. Since the route isn't too too long, you can take it slow and stop for plenty of breaks, or even do the route twice in one day! Don't take it too slow, though, or you'll miss the last lift - and that can be an expensive taxi ride.
The Sella Ronda passes by loads of mountain restaurants - just the thing to recuperate your energy for another go at the slopes! During nice weather, you can take a seat on the terrace in the typical Italian sun loungers and work on your tan. And no matter the weather, there's always the mouthwatering Italian cuisine: pizza, pasta, soups, salads and antipasti to go with your drinks: is there anything more civilised? And all that at rock-bottom prices compared to some other places in the Alps!
We know you're bent on tackling that next piste, but don't forget to stop every now and then to admire the view and take a selfie or two. The unique Dolomites are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it's easy to see why once you see them in all their glory.
The Sella Ronda is located within the Dolomiti Superski, a huge linked ski area that brings together 1200km of pistes (not all of them 100% accessible by slopes and lifts, however). Within the ski areas that make up the Dolomiti Superski, Val Gardena is the largest, with 175km of slopes. Thanks to its sheer size, the Dolomiti Superski offers perfectly groomed pistes for every ability level, with snow cannons to ensure reliable snow cover. While beginners and intermediate skiers will find plenty to satisfy them in the Dolomiti Superski, there are also plenty of reds and blacks for more experienced skiers. Our tip: Challenge yourself on the FIS World Cup run, the Saslong.
Facts & Figures Sella Ronda
|Country: Italy||Length: 26-40km|
|Difficulty: Intermediate||Duration: 4-6 hours|
|Stops: Val Gardena, Alta Badia,
Arabba, Val di Fassa
|Last lift: 4pm-5pm|
Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!
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