The Sella Ronda
Circumnavigating the Sella massif on skis
The Sella Ronda (Ladin: Sellaronda) is probably one of the best known and most famous ski routes in the Dolomites. It extends over a total of four mountain passes (Sella 2240 m, Passo Pordoi 2239 m, Campolongo pass 1875 m and Gardena pass 2121 m) and connects the Dolomite valleys of Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Arabba and the Fassa Valley. Sella means "saddle" – and like a saddle, the Sella group is situated between these four valleys.
The special feature of the Sella Ronda is the dense network of ski slopes, extending around the mountain, which allows you to ski around it. Apart from entering the gondola you’ll never have to take off your skis. The complete Sella Ronda includes about 40 kilometres of perfectly maintained slopes and is easily manageable in one day including a short break. Nevertheless, you should definitely start before 10 o’clock in the morning so that you are back in the late afternoon when all the lifts start to close. Ideal entry points for the tour are the towns Corvara, Canazei, Arabba and Selva.
Around the Sella
Even though the slopes are not too difficult, don’t be deceived into thinking it is too easy. Unlike a conventional ski tour, you can’t easily quit the Sella Ronda because of fatigue, as you may still find yourself in another Dolomite valley. Ski buses will still bring you to your destination – but this is not without its difficulties.
The Sella Ronda is thus a truly unique tour. Both in summer and in winter the Sella attracts many tourists and mountain enthusiasts to the Dolomites. The Sella Ronda can be circumnavigated by more than just skis: even by car, motorbike, mountain bike or on foot you can walk around the mountain and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding Dolomites.