Photo: Alta Badia Tourism Board/ Freddy Planinschek
Skiing the Sella Ronda Circuit
Issue 27 / 27 December 2019

Skiing the Sella Ronda Circuit

If you're looking to clock up kilometres during your ski holiday then the Sellaronda circuit should be on the bucket list.

Serena Norton

The Sellaronda circuit

One of the most famous ski circuits in the world, the Sellaronda takes in 26 km of epic pistes in the Dolomiti Superski region. Looping around the Sella massif, this one-day circuit includes four passes (Pordoi, Sella, Gardena and Campolongo) and four Ladin valleys (Fassa, Gardena, Badia and Arabba).

The total distance of the loop, including lifts, is about 40 km and its best to leave no later than 10 am. It is also important to have crossed the last pass by 15.30 pm to ensure you don’t miss the last lift. The circuit is suitable for any relatively fit, competent skier and for anyone that appreciates a good view, the Sella Ronda circuit is a must. With astonishing mountain and forest views at every turn, you won’t cover the same route twice as you make your way around the circuit.

The circuit can be done in either direction but the clockwise route (orange signs) tends to be slightly quicker. However, it is also the busiest option. Advanced skiers can take on some extra challenges (perhaps the demanding Porto Vescovo trail from Arabba or the Gran Risa giant slalom piste in La Villa).

With the Dolomites being renowned for its amazing food and wine, you are not short of places to stop along the way. Corvara, in particular, has some fabulous restaurants including Col Alto Refugio serving hearty local cuisine and Piz Boé Alpine Lounge for innovative Tyrolean dishes with a view.

WHERE TO STAY

There are plenty of luxury chalets and apartments within Alta Badia and Val Gardena which give you easy access to the Sellaronda circuit. These are a few of our favourites.

Casa Feroze

Completed in 2016, Casa Feroze is situated right in the centre of Colfosco with direct access to the Sella Ronda circuit. With four en-suite double bedrooms, Casa Feroze is perfect for families and friends holidaying together. Relax beside the wood-burning fireplace whilst admiring the views through the floor-to-ceiling windows in the open plan living and dining area. A cosy ‘stube’ TV area with sheepskin beanbags is the perfect place to relax after tackling the slopes of the Sella Ronda.

Chalet Rönn

Ideally located in Colfosco, Chalet Rönn is perfect for large groups wanting to explore the Dolomiti Superski area. Elegant and modern, the chalet has a spacious open plan living area and a terrace with breathtaking views over Colfosco and Corvara. After tackling the Sella Ronda circuit, rest those weary limbs in the superb spa complete with relaxation loungers set beside the fireplace, a Finnish sauna and a steam bath. Outside, the bubbling Jacuzzi awaits with views of the Sassongher mountain, Col di Lana and Sella.

Apartment Panorama

Part of a four-star hotel, Apartment Panorama offers spectacular views of the village of Selva and the Sella Massif to the east, Sassolungo to the south and the Pic to the north. Sleeping five, this stylish apartment is perfect for families looking for hotel service with the privacy of being in an apartment. Guests have access to the hotel wellness area which includes a series of saunas and a Jacuzzi.

Chalet Ghilga

Located in the centre of Ortisei, the main town of Val Gardena, Chalet Ghilga makes for a relaxing three-bedroom mountain retreat with incredible panoramic views. Although not directly on the Sella Ronda circuit, Ortisei is just a short drive away and in the immediate vicinity of the lift to the Seceda. Situated on the sunny side of the valley, soak up the rays on the terrace before enjoying some apres-ski relaxation in the Jacuzzi, Finnish sauna or on the water beds, accompanied by a chilled glass of wine from the wine cooler.

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