The Sella Ronda Apres Ski
Next to the much-loved Cioccolata Calda, two things you have to try are the Biramisu (tiramisu made with beer) and the Bombardino (a drink make with cognac, brandy and topped with cream).
For stop offs along the route, we like Rifugio Fodom on the slopes of Arabba. In Corvara, Piz La Ila specialises in seafood and Piz Arlara does awesome soups and pastas. Panorama above Selva is a good place to rest your legs with a view to boot. If you fancy a breather in Plan de Gralba, pop into Rifugio Emilio Comici to snack in style. Jimmy Hutte at Colfosco is really popular for Michelin star dining and we also like the Salei and Fredarola Rifugios in Canazei.
Depending which resort you’ve decided to set up camp in, you’re sure to find a bar for a warming drink, a restaurant for a hearty meal or an activity for something fun.
L’Murin in Corvara is a place where dancing in ski boots is encouraged. Peter’s is popular in Arabba as well as Yello’s in Selva. Canazei has oodles of lively bars – L’husky is where you’ll find the cocktails. At the base of the Sassolungo is Hotel Piz Seteur that always gets the music going with the help of a few GoGo girls. If you want to take the party into the dark, Dali-Disco Dance in Selva, Posta Zirm Taverna in Corvara or the Corsa Italia street in Cortina should suffice!
The restaurants in the area range from the laid-back to a spot of indulgence. Micky’s in Arabba, La Bula in Selva and Il Ponte in Cortina are three of the best places to go for pizzas. There are also some Michelin starred restaurants in the area – La Siriola in Alta Badia, La Stua de Michil in Corvara and St Hubertus in San Cassiano.
When is best to ski?
Where the Sella Ronda has quantity it also has quality with the pistes known for being very well maintained. In terms of snow conditions, it’s promising that the circular route never drops below 2000m. Most of the area can be reinforced with artificial snowmaking when the snow gets a little shy and there are snow canons covering 70% of the route. If heavy snowfall is forecast, check that all the lifts are open before you set off, as some parts of the route might be closed.
The surrounding ski areas are usually open from December through to April with January and February tending to have the best snow history. March and April are when you start getting the sunnier slopes but the Sella is a well-trodden route so the earlier start you get the better – you always have the snow sure Marmolada glacier (accessible from Arabba) for some super high, snow sure skiing elsewhere.
As this is on the to-do list of many ski diaries, the orange route especially can get busy in peak times. That’s the beauty of having 1200km of piste at the end of your skis with the Dolomite Superski pass. If you’re worried about it getting too busy, plan a cruising afternoon in Alta Badia, head over to the Seceda area of Val Gardena for some crowning views or take yourself up to the high altitudes of the Marmolada glacier.
Unwrap 26km of Sella Ronda piste this year without even taking off your skis. To make it an extra festive holiday, stop off in the villages along the way to complete your Christmas on the Sella Ronda.
The massif usually lights up with colours and sparkles during the countdown at New Year on the Sella Ronda. With some able to complete the circuit in 3 hours and access to 2 world cup runs, we expect to hear a resolution or two being made…
Drop the younger ones off at ski school and continue on up and round the regal Sella Ronda in February half term. You could always take them with you and go for a Dolomite explore…
Easter on the Sella Ronda should include lots of Italian sunshine. Grab a deck-chair and keep the chocolate theme going with a hot and steamy Cioccolata Calda…