Part of the enormous sella Ronda ski circuit, ski holidays in Selva are probably not as popular with the UK market as they should be. It is often thought of as hidden gem for those in the UK who know about it. The ski region as a whole (the Dolomite Super Ski) has almost 1200km of piste that can be explored. Nowhere else in the world can offer this such skiing to its guests. On top of this it is a high altitude ski area with guaranteed snow and glacier access on the Marmalada Glacier. Further still the region as a whole is stunningly beautiful and awe inspiring. The views that you will take in whilst on a ski holiday in Selva are almost unrivalled and the character and charm that ooze from everywhere within the region will have you reaching for the phone to book your selva ski holiday as soon as you turn home.
As well as the general beauty of the surrounding mountains the architecture is another aspect that help to generate the character and charm of the resort. There is not a high rise apartment block in site. All of the architecture has a traditional Italian and Austrian feel too it. Given that we are talking about a ski resort in italy the talk of Austrian architecture might seem slightly strange. However, there is a huge Austrian influence in the area as it is situated right on the Italian / Austrian border. Selva actually used to be a part of Austria until the borders we moved. You can see the Austrian influence throughout the area especially in the names of some of the chalets. The family friendly Chalet Wiesenheim is a prime example of an Austrian sounding chalet located in an Italian ski resort.
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As mentioned above, Selva is part of the dolomite super ski. This the name given to the entire ski region but within the dolomite super ski you find the sella Rhonda ski circuit and this is the area that Selva is situated. This circuit is made up of 4 different valleys and gives you a root around the area that can be skied either clockwise or anti clockwise. It can be skied in a day (if skiing at a decent rate) and is definitely something to try at some point during your stay in selva. However, it's not to be taken lightly so you will need to set off early and expect to be getting back late on in the day.
Beginners wanting to ski in selva will find that the nursery slopes are very easy to access directly from the village centre. This is always a bonus when learning to ski as the last thing that you want to to have walk too far or get a bus with your ski equipment in order to get to the area where the nursery slopes are located. There are also some very easily accessible lower intermediate slopes which you will be able to progress onto towards the end on the week.
The skiing in selva is an intimidate skiers dream. There are enough red and blue runs to keep you going for weeks on end. Even if you spent an entire winter living in the region you would still end up finding areas and slopes that you had not covered. One of the most unique features of the area are the ski tours that you can do. There are 16 pre planned tours that you can follow and each aims to give you a different experience. One of the popular tours to take when doing a ski holiday in selva is the Alta Badia circuit which includes some of the slightly more challenging round in the near by resort of Arraba.
With the 1200km of piste on offer you are always going to find plenty of skiing for for anyone of an advanced level. One of the biggest attraction for advanced skiers whilst skiing selva is the access to the Men's world cup down hill in St Cristiana. Head there for some high speed thrills. Alternatively you can easily reach the steep black runs on offer in Arabba down towards the Soura Sass and the Marmolada glacier.
There is huge potential for off piste skiing in Selva but you have to be careful to stay within the rules so you have to be smart if you are looking for a powder adventure on your Selva ski holiday. There are runs that are kept unpisted, notably those heading down from St Cristiana from Alpe di Suisi. They are a great experience to be had but it is highly recommended that you hire a guide especially if you want to explore further.
A snowboarding holiday in Selva is ideal for those who like to cover a large amount of mileage on their board. The natural terrain also offers some great opportunity for jibbing. For those who will be looking for some freestyle snowboarding in Selva there is a small park within Selva itself and larger parks can be accessed in the neighbouring resorts of Canazei, Cortina and Plan de Gralba.
There is a lively après ski scene in Selva. However, there is not a huge Mount of nightlife. You will find plenty to do in the evening but Selva is by no means a resort to head toil what you are after is a week of partying. Most of the apes ski begins in the begins in the on mountain bars and restaurants and then gradually spreads into the cafes and bars town. If you are looking to eat out the there are some excellent restaurants in town which offer a variety of both Italian and Austrian specialities.
If you have had enough of the après ski and simply want to make the most of your time in the mountains by maximising the time spent on the slopes then it is well worth checking out the night skiing which is available 3 nights a week. It can get a little chilly but skiing under flood lights is an amazing experience.
Ice-skating, sleigh rides, bowling, indoor tennis, squash, snow shoeing, cleared winter walking paths, cross country skiing, heli-skiing, ice hockey matches, sports centre.