Passo Sella Dolomiti Mountain Resort is a hotel in South Tyrol, unique of its kind. It’s the first four-star hotel situated on the Dolomites. It’s immersed in an incredible mountain scenery at a height of over 2180 meters.
The peaks of the Sella Group and of the Langkofel stand out all around – it’s one of the most famous and popular landscapes of Gherdëina. In winter, the snow covers the mountain crags and sparkles like a diamond under the sun rays.
While in summer, the metallic color of the mountain peaks, brushed in the bottom by the green woods, stand out from the deep-blue sky. Surrounded by this natural symphony, you’ll be accommodated in our hotel in Gherdëina.
You’ll lodge in one of our rooms with a view of the summits. You’ll have the possibility of relaxing in our wellness area that overlooks the mountains. Climb up to the tops wrapped in the clouds. Rush with the skis along the snowy slopes.
Inhale the scents of history and local traditions. Savor the most popular dishes of the typical South Tyrolean cuisine. With its 24 rooms of different categories, Passo Sella Dolomiti Mountain Resort offers the joy to live a vacation above all expectations.
ROOMS AND SUITES
Passo Sella Dolomiti Mountain Resort offers 24 rooms divided into various room types. In such a way, we offer a perfect vacation solution to every kind of tourists, from young sporty couples to families with children searching for adventures.
All our rooms and suites in Gherdëina are furnished with pine wood. This fine wood has a relaxing effect and, thanks to its scent, it improves the quality of sleep, transforming every stay into a rejuvenating experience.
The comfort of the pine wood is supplemented with high-quality equipment so that you can have a vacation as pleasant as possible. To start planning your vacation you just have to choose the room that suits you best.
The Dolomiti Suite (68 m²) is the most luxurious room at Passo Sella Dolomiti Mountain Resort. This suite consists of a double room, a separated children’s room, and a living room with a double sofa-bed. All the pieces of furniture are made of pine wood – a fine wood that promotes sleep and relaxation. Owing to this material, the room is reminiscent of the typical dwellings of the mountain valleys.
The suite disposes of a true home cinema, so that you can pass pleasant evenings in good company. Your relaxation, instead, is guaranteed by a large hot tub and an infrared sauna to be enjoyed privately.
PASSO SELLA SUITE
The Passo Sella Suite (70 m²) is the largest room at Passo Sella Dolomiti Mountain Resort. It’s a masterpiece of comfort furnished in the typical style of the Dolomites. All the pieces of furniture are made of the fine pine wood. This material promotes the sleep, owing to its special properties. The Passo Sella Suite consists of a double room, a separate children’s room, and a large living room for your relaxation.
comfortable suite with one double room in pine wood, one living room with double sofa bed, bathtube in the room, mountain view, infrared sauna, bathroom with shower, bidet, WC and hairdryer, desk, wifi, Sat-TV, safe, telephone.
Discover ‘L’angolino’, the culinary corner inside our restaurant where you can enjoy excellent quality grilled meat. A grill at high altitude to meet all your tastes.
All hotel guests and passing hikers can enjoy the cuisine of the “Al Sella” a-la-carte Restaurant at Passo Sella Dolomiti Mountain Resort.
THE WINE CELLAR
Everyday, you have a chance to taste best South Tyrolean and Italian wines, by taking a moment in the “wine bar”. It’s a tasting room with a wide choice of bottles in view. Our selection is not only what you see on the walls of the “wine bar”, but it expands in our cellar.
It’s here that we safeguard our treasures. White and red wines, selected from best cellars, to be combined with the dishes of our restaurant, are also ideal for connoisseurs’ aperitifs with friends.
BAR ON DOLOMITES
In the course of a long adventurous day, there’s always a need to take a small break – to get our wind, to fix the memories, to rejuvenate the mind and body, with a fresh drink or a snack.
And if a day like this is lived amidst the splendor of the Dolomites, then a break is really necessary, because the things to be seen and done are countless. For this reason, at Passo Sella Dolomiti Mountain Resort, we don’t only have one bar – we have four of them.
One bar is located on the covered terrace, so that you can stay in a warm and cosy place if the weather is bad. Another one is situated upwards and outdoors, thus when it is hot, you can relax taking sun and admiring the Dolomites. The third bar is inside the hotel, and the last one is a small stand “In Sella” for all those who are short of time to stop.
So that important occasions are memorable, they should be celebrated in a right way. Birthdays, anniversaries, and parties have to be celebrated in a really special place. At Passo Sella Dolomiti Mountain Resort, we put our private hall at your disposal. It’s a traditional South Tyrolean Stube where you can feast in peace and calm.
Skiers, you know, they don’t have much time. In winter, the sun sets early, even at the height of 2100 meters, and the descents are never enough. Therefore, during the winter season we open our self-service restaurant at the Sella Pass. In such a way, the snow lovers can savor a hot meal without depending on the restaurant’s schedule. And afterwards, there’s still enough time to have fun on the slopes.
SPA & WELLNESS
What is special about Passo Sella Dolomiti Mountain Resort is the astonishing landscape it is immersed in. At the height of 2100 meters, in the heart of the Dolomites, our hotel in South Tyrol offers a unique experience to those who choose it for their relaxation.
It’s a place where you can indulge to all the pleasures of our wellness center without renouncing the panoramic view of the Langkofel and of the Sella Group. The wellness area of Passo Sella Dolomiti Mountain Resort disposes of large windows. Whether you go to swim in the pool or to have a steam bath in a sauna, the Dolomite peaks will always be in front of your eyes.
You can choose, in fact, between three different types of sauna, the wholesome Kneipp therapy, relaxing water beds and a large indoor pool. You just have to relax and try out all of them.
Only at Passo Sella Dolomiti Mountain Resort, you can swim surrounded by the grandeur of the Dolomites. Our indoor pool, 36 m² large, faces the magnificent sceneries of the Langkofel and of the Sella Group, thanks to its large windows.
Immerse yourselves in warm water of the pool, relax in the whirlpool area, and let the light and beauty go deep into your body. For an instant, you will feel to be suspended in the air, free of any constraint and completely relaxed.
Enter the Finnish Sauna and be embraced by the heat that penetrates your body. Called also dry sauna – due to its low humidity level (max. 10-20%) – the Finnish Sauna is a sauna par excellence.
Here, the temperature is between 80 and 100°, and the feeling of warmth that you experience inside this wooden cabin, is a source of intense pleasure. There’s nothing better after a day passed skiing among the alpine snows or on top of one of the peaks of the Langkofel or of the Sella Group.
Conventional wisdom says “out of sight – out of heart”, and we are sure that you wouldn’t like to forget the time spent at the Sella Pass. In our shop, you will find many souvenirs marked Passo Sella Dolomiti Mountain Resort.
Thus you can keep with you a small piece of your vacation, even after your return to the everyday life. If, instead, you prefer something less enduring and more practical, then you can buy typical food and wine products of the territory: the most famous South Tyrolean wines, as well as Speck to combine with the traditional crispy peasant bread.
Numerous cyclists choose to take on turns and bends going from South Tyrol and Trentino up to the Sella Pass. True lovers of the two wheels take much care of their bikes and they are really demanding.
That’s why we, at Passo Sella Dolomiti Mountain Resort, have thought about them to create a true bike station. Our “bike station” allows you to keep your bikes in safety. Here, you will find all useful tools for maintenance and small repairs of your bikes.
SKI ROOM – HOTEL ON THE SKI SLOPES
In winter, you can place your skis in our ski room, where they will always be safe. Besides, you can dry and arrange your boots without damaging them.
Gherdëina offers entertainment opportunities even to the lovers of balls, holes and clubs. Those willing to play golf in Gherdëina can, in fact, count on one of the best courses in Northern Italy.
Golfclub St. Vigil, situated between Gherdëina and Seiser Alm, offers a professional 18-hole course, long 60 acres. This golf course, open from March to November, offers an extraordinary variety of natural obstacles: small cliffs, ponds, waterfalls, and streams will make each your game even more exciting.
The course is suitable for golfers of all levels, from beginners to experts. Besides, there are driving ranges in Ortisei and in Selva for those who want to practice their skills even during a vacation.
Nordic Walking is a discipline formed for training cross-country skiers. In the course of years, it has become a true sport practiced especially by those who seek for a way of drilling their bodies by walking.
To practice Nordic Walking in Gherdëina means to enjoy a splendid scenery and ample spaces. The valley paths offer numerous itineraries suitable for practicing this sport: from simple walks on the meadows to ascents along the mountain slopes.
The Sella Pass is located in the middle between two of the most beautiful mountain groups of the Dolomites: the Sella and the Langkofel. The history of mountaineering has developed and goes on developing here, on these mountains attracting lots of climbers with the charm of their beauty and history.
There are many climbing routes and via ferratas to choose from, and the Sella Pass is a perfect starting point for those who want to grapple with the difficulties of these paths. Indeed, from here one can easily reach the attachments of some most captivating and challenging routes of the area, such as Via Trenker on the First Tower of the Sella, or the Western side on the Fourth Tower.
The rise of the Sella Pass is one of those that have contributed into the great history of cycling. It was exactly on these slopes that in 2005 Savoldelli became the winner of the Giro d’Italia race. That’s why the Sella Pass is one of cyclists’ favourite destinations.
Indeed, numerous cyclists arrive here to take on the turns that climb into the pass either from the Fassa Valley and from Gherdëina. The strain is rewarded by the awesome view that can be enjoyed by those who manage to reach this locality.
Another way to appreciate the Sella Pass and Gherdëina on two wheels is by pedalling a mountain bike. No matter what you like most – rises or breathtaking descents. You will surely find routes fitting your skills in both disciplines. What is important is to keep in mind the safety rules to avoid regrettable incidents.
In summer, numerous hikers reach Gherdëina and the Sella Pass. They are attracted by lots of hiking trails crossing Gherdëina. Among the meadows dotted with fragrant mountain flowers, pastures packed with the placid sound of herds, and mountain peaks cut from the blue sky, there’s a wide choice of excursions suitable for all levels.
From simple walks for the whole family to ascends that put on trial legs and resistance of the most hard-boiled walkers. Owing to its location, Passo Sella Dolomiti Mountain Resort is a doorway to some of the most exciting hiking itineraries of Gherdëina.
Indeed, you just have to put one foot out of the hotel to set out for the Langkofel or for the Sella Group. A must for every hiker worthy of this name is a tour around the Langkofel. This “rundumadum” (all-around), as it is called in South Tyrol, will conduct you around this massif.
Along the way, you will admire its peaks: the characteristic Plattkofel, the sharp Zahnkofel, the Innerkofler Tower, the evocative Fünffingerspitze, and other peaks of the Langkofel. Let it be a clockwise tour or an anticlockwise one, it will last approximately six hours. But your effort will be rewarded by the beauty and variety of scenery that you’ll come across along your way.
Turns and bends that lead up to the altitude of 2252 meters on the Sella Pass are a true blessing for the bike tourism lovers. While going up, roaring, from the valley bottom to the crossing pass, you can admire the Dolomite scenery that appears in front of your eyes in all its splendor.
First, you cross the green meadows and Alpine forests, then the scenery gets more irregular, as a mass of majestic Towers of the Sella Group emerges on the horizon. One of bikers’ favorite routes leading up to the Sella Pass starts in the city of Bolzano. Proceed towards the North and enter the narrow Eggental to reach the Karerpass.
Come down in Trentino, in the direction of the Fassa Valley, and reach the town of Canazei. In Canazei, take the 12-kilometer path that will conduct you up to the Sella Pass. Once you are here, you can descend along Gherdëina and reenter in Bolzano.
The Sella Pass is reachable with a motorbike either from the town of Belluno in the Veneto region. The bike tour route passes first to the Rolle Pass through the Primiero Valley and the Fiemme Valley, and arrives in Brixen after having crossed also the Pordoi Pass and the Falzarego Pass.
THE 4 PASSES TOUR WITH A MOTORBIKE
This route is undoubtedly the most challenging and captivating one among those offered by us. The start of the 4 passes tour is in Arabba, in the province of Belluno. From here, go up to the Campolungo Pass that connects Veneto and Trentino.
By crossing this pass you will reach the Badia Valley to ascend to 2121 meters of altitude in Gherdëina. Follow the route and climb up the turns that will conduct you to the Sella Pass. Conclude the tour by reaching the Pordoi Pass and the slopes of Marmolada.
The emotion of sliding upon the snow-pack on board of a horse sled is reminiscent of the past when this means of transport was the only one capable of contending with the snow. Wrapped in a cover protecting you from the cold, treat yourselves to some moments of pure romance, all to be savored.
As your gaze slowly drifts between the trees, covered with the white snow, and on the roofs, releasing the warmth of chimneys, live the magic atmosphere of a fairytale. A trip backwards in time in order to discover the Dolomites. To experience all this, it’s enough to reach the cable-car station Seiser Alm. Here is the starting point for sleigh rides through Gherdëina.
Nowadays, many tourists choose snowshoeing as a sport activity on snow combined with excursions. This footwear allows for walking along the snowy slopes of mountains, as well as in winter forests. Winter excursions are an unforgettable experience.
Woods and trails are shrouded in silence, broken only by the walkers’ shuffling. Quite often one can come across the animals searching for some food during the pauses in their hibernation. Gherdëina offers numerous trails to venture on with snowshoes on feet.
Cross-country skiing is ideal for those who like listening to the snow crackling in the cocoon-like environment of the forest. Sounds muffled by the soft snow blanket covering the undergrowth. There’s only calmness all around, calmness that seems almost unreal.
Fast and agile, the skier slides among the trees with his elegant stride. Cross-country skiing gives unparalleled emotions to those who practice this sport and like staying far away from the chaos of crowded slopes.
There are lots of tracks for cross-country skiing in Gherdëina, just a few kilometers from the Sella Pass. They are tracks, outfitted both for beginners and for expert skiers, that allow for skiing with classic and modern techniques.
Gherdëina houses a segment of Dolomiti NordicSki, the biggest cross-country skiing carousel in Europe. Almost 1000 kilometers of tracks for cross-country skiing, accessible with a unique ski pass, are constantly covered with snow, starting from December. Each layout of the racetrack daily receives the upkeep necessary for ideal safety and usability conditions.
Dolomiti Superski is the biggest ski carousel in the Dolomites. The Dolomiti Superski Skipass gives possibility of skiing in 12 various ski areas, on perfectly groomed slopes with a total length of 1200 kilometers. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the magnificent views of the Dolomites.
Thanks to its ski resort, Gherdëina is one of the most popular areas of this carousel. Skiers of any training level will find 80 various ski lifts that will carry them to the slopes, 175 kilometers long in total.
Those who want to get in touch with the history of sport are recommended to visit the famous “Saslong” – a ski track that belongs to Men’s circuit of the World Cup of Skiing. Its 3 kilometers of length put even most expert skiers to the test.
If instead of high speed, you search for the emotion of a quiet and scenic descent, you have to slide along the slopes of mount Seceda. It’s a track, long over 10 km, that goes down to the village of Ortisei. In addition to skiing, the Gherdëina ski resort offers many entertainment opportunities also to the lovers of snowboarding. At Piz Sella, there is a simple, but very entertaining snow-park.
SKIING AT SELLA RONDA
Among all the mountain ranges composing the Dolomites, the Sella Group is one of the most popular. It winds through four valleys (Gherdëina, Badia, Fassa and Livinallongo), covers three provinces (Bolzano, Trento, Belluno) and two regions. The Sella Group is embraced by a fascinating ski trail Sella Ronda called also “4 Passes Tour”. There are lots of passages permitting to come up to the Sella Group.
In winter, you can go through the whole tour of Sella Ronda without even taking off the ski. You just have to start from one of the 4 ski areas being part of the tour: Sëlva, Corvara, Arabba, and Canazei. Or else you can reach the trail from any of the connected ski resorts.
The whole route is 40 kilometers long and, thanks to the handy network of ski runs and ski lifts, you can go through the whole route without taking on the same descent twice. It takes six hours to accomplish the whole tour.
Don’t worry, the Sella Ronda tour is not only for professional skiers. The trail has been made in a way to satisfy even the beginners, that’s why Sella Ronda is so popular among families.
Gherdëina is one of the most famous and charming valleys in South Tyrol. Annually, numerous tourists visit Gherdëina to get acquainted with its culture. Natural sceneries and towns of the area are what attracts visitors from all over the world.
Ortisei is the most populated town in Gherdëina. In summer, you can admire Ortisei, while walking along the pedestrian zone – a meeting and shopping place. Or else you can visit numerous historic churches and museums. In winter, instead, the main attraction is represented by the traditional Christmas market.
SELVA VAL GARDENA
The residential zone of Sëlva is located at the foot of four most famous mountain groups of the area: the Stevia mountains, the Cir mountains, the Sella Group, and the Langkofel. In summer, it’s a destination preferred by tourists who like hiking in mountains, while in winter, it’s the skiers who crowd the slopes of this area.
Santa Cristina Gherdëina is situated half way between the towns of Ortisei and Sëlva. Either Santa Cristina is a renowned tourist center of the valley. The town is famous first of all for its religious and military architecture.
Bergkapelle is a small Bauhaus-style church, built on Monte Pana by an Austrian architect Franz Baumann, in the 30’s. While the Fischburg is a castle built at the behest of earls Wolkenstein for residential and defensive purposes.
ART & MUSEUMS
Museums that narrate the story and the culture of Gherdëina are numerous. Those are the places that gather the testimonies of the past without forgetting to project themselves into the future of the territory.
It is the most important museum in the valley. Inaugurated in 1960, it contains numerous collections of all kinds. From collections of works of the local craftsmanship, to artworks of famous local painters.
In the part dedicated to archaeology and palaeontology, one can see very interesting fossils and artefacts. The last section is dedicated to Luis Trenker – a mountaineer, an actor, a film director, and a real local celebrity.
Art 52, inaugurated in 1970, is a permanent exposition of the Gherdëina craftsmanship, situated in the Congress Palace of Ortisei. This exposition contains the artworks narrating the story of this activity and showing the creativity and the inventiveness of the valley’s artisans.
This partnership of the Gherdëina artistic craftsmen was born in 1994, with the aim of promoting the works created on the territory, and of presenting various crafts to the big public. This group consists of over 40 artists, 30 of whom annually give life to an artistic exhibition that takes part in Ortisei.
THE LADINS CULTURE
South Tyrol has always been a land where the Mediterranean culture and the German one join together. Probably, it isn’t well-known that on this land, full of cultural and linguistic shades, German and Italian cultures are flanked with another one, a small but solid Ladin culture.
Gherdëina is one of those valleys where this culture is preserved together with its customs and the language which the inhabitants of this place share with other 55.000 people scattered between South Tyrol, Veneto and Trentino.
It seems that the Ladin language derives from the spoken language of antique populations of Noricum, a historic region that corresponds to Bavaria and Austria of today. In V century d. C., these populations escaped from the barbarian invasions, by seeking refuge in the valleys of Eastern Alps.
The Gherdëina dialect, that is still spoken in the valley towns, is a local variation of this language, that combines the Italian awesome sounding and the German vocabulary.
The Ladins of Gherdëina are famous for their abilities in woodworking – a tradition, born in 1625, that has its antique origins in farm activities. Consequently, the fame of the Gherdëina craftsmanship became so widespread that it reached even Spain and Portugal. Wooden toys and sculptures are the principle products of Gherdëina sculptors, who still conduct this tradition with devotion and constancy.
The Dolomites bud from the union of various mountain groups that overtop the provinces of Belluno, Bolzano, Trento, Udine and Pordenone. These mountain groups mainly consist of dolomite rock, and this feature associates them.
Dolomite rock or dolostone, named after its discoverer, a French naturalist Dolomieu, is characterized by a light color that gives life to candid reflexions when illuminated by the sun. That’s why the Dolomites are also called “Monti Pallidi” that means “Pale Mounts”.
The Dolomites were born 250 million years ago, from an accumulation of shells, corals and calcareous algae, the remains of which can still be found impressed in the rock as an evidence of the marine origins of these mounts.
The vegetation is mainly formed with coniferous forests that climb up to 1800 meters on Northern slopes, and up to 2200 meters on sunny ones. Above these altitudes, there are pine and mountain pine forests.
There are numerous nature parks, born in order to protect this peculiar nature. Thanks to the work of conservation and to the activity of various committees, in 2009 the Dolomites were recognized by the World Heritage Committee as a part of the World Heritage. This prestigious acknowledgment, appointed by the UNESCO, confirms the extraordinary distinctiveness of the Dolomites.