Ortisei is the beating heart of Val Gardena: situated at 1237 metres above sea level, this town has 4700 inhabitants, a figure that increases exponentially during the winter months, a time when Ortisei becomes one of the favorite destinations for those who want to go skiing and snowboarding, or simply spend a few days at high altitude in South Tyrol.
For those interested in winter sports, Ortisei is in a perfect location: the town is, in fact, positioned in the middle between two steep slopes. Here you can find slopes for all levels, from the easiest at Ale di Siusi and Seceda, to the most demanding in the Sellaronda district.
This Alpine resort is also loved by those who practice cross-country skiing, with long pistes of up to 7km which enable you to cross through forests of fir trees and enchanting landscapes.
Finally, for entertaining children, there is a toboggan run of 6 km that leads from the start of the Panoramalift Rasciesa chairlift down to the valley.
Ortisei, however, is not only a place dedicated to winter sports: the picturesque capital of Val Gardena is, in fact, the centre of cultural and artistic life in the area.
Many events take place throughout the year, with the most exciting period being between December and March. Characteristic markets, ice sculptures, concerts and shows in the snow are just some of the events to take part in during a holiday at this location.
Ortisei is also a renowned centre for artisanal products, thanks to its famous wood sculptors, whose creations can be admired in the local shops, and gastronomy. The latter is one of the strengths of Val Gardena, with typical cuisine and regional specialties such as polenta with venison or surfleisch with sauerkraut.
A place that provides the perfect combination of sports, culture and entertainment, therefore making it able to provide a complete tourist package for families, couples and young people.