Back to the Italian Dolomites! Trouble with the still the largest ski
areas in the world. The gardenias the main ski valley with 176 KMs of
pistes, of which around 150KMs have artificial snow making. The village
of Selva (Wolkenstein) is the head of Val Gardena, followed by Santa
Christina, and Ortisei downstream to the West. Approximately 30% of the
runs are graded easy for beginners, 60% for intermediates in 10% for
advanced skiers and boarders.
Encircling the Gruppo Sella, and linked by the 26km Sella Ronda circuit
of lifts and pistes is a series for villages including Colfosco and
Corvara in the Alta Badia valley; Canzei in the Val di Fasso is just off
the circuit. Their total connected piste mileage adds up to more than
Val Gardenia’s 176KMs.
Our home will be in Selva Gardenia – biggest and most central of all the
villages with excellent skiing as well as reasonable access to the
Marmolada Glacier, Santa Christina’s skiing links seamlessly with
Selva’s on the South side. From the top of Seceda, a single red run
drops down to the outskirts of Ortisei. From the South side of Ortisei a
big Gondola takes skiers into the Alpe di Sisui (Seiser Alm), a group of
high meadows arranged in a huge bowl.
Lifestyle and Gastronomy is Val Gardenia is truly Italian, but with a
Tyrolean flavor. Chill out and relax during the day or after skiing
sunny terraces and enjoy real coffee with a home-made Italian Ice cream
or pastries. An exceptionally good range of restaurants offers a choice
of international, Mediterranean and local dishes as well as appetizing
pizza from wood ovens, pasta dishes and home-made Tyrolean specialties
including “Schlutzkrapfen” (Spinach ravioli) and a choice of delicious
wines. It’s not just the obvious pizzerias, but less clichéd versions of
Italian cooking too. with a lot of home-cooking thrown into the mix.
While in Val Gardenia, your home will be a modern hotel with quick
access to the lifts and to the town center. Right across the street is
the lift that takes you into the Sella Rhonda. Your rooms have complete
modern conveniences including free Wi-FI. And… a Hot Tub! The “Post
Trip” extension this year after your time in Val Gardenia, will be
London, England. We will explore London for four nights before returning
Going to London with the group home on Wednesday.
Your cost for the base trip to Val Gardenia from St Louis is $2,333.00
Bus transfer from the Alpine Shop in Kirkwood (park free) to O’Hare.
* Round Trip air
from Chicago to Munich on British Airways.
* 7 nights with
buffet breakfast and 4 course dinner daily in Val Gardenia.
* 4 nights in
London with full English breakfast;
departure taxes and transfers.
Please keep in mind that there may be additional transfer charges to
train for you to the Munich Airport if you are traveling back to the
United States and not going to London with the rest of the group.
Pricing for European costs are based from St. Louis at an exchange rate
of 1 Euro to $1.12 U.S. If you originate your trip in another airport,
or the Euro fluctuates, your cost may decrease or increase accordingly.
This trip is limited to 35 persons.