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Ski safari on the Sellaronda

It's usually still dark when Sepp sneaks out of the warm bed, gets into his ski pants and speeds out of the valley. Beatrice then finds a note on the bedside table: "I'm on safari". What Sepp actually means by this is that he has gone skiing. But not just anywhere. But not just anywhere, but on the famous Sellaronda - or in good German: Sellarunde. If you're interested in skiing and South Tyrol, you've probably come across this term before. If not, we'll be happy to enlighten you: 

Fact check Sellaronda

  • The Sellaronda is a ski circuit around the Sella massif in South Tyrol and Trentino.
  • The Sella circuit is 40 kilometres long in total, 24 of which are cable car kilometres.
  • To ski the whole loop, you usually need the whole day, breaks and stops for refreshments included. 
  • The Sellaronda has been around since the 1970s and was one of the very first ski carousels. 
  • The tour includes four spectacular Dolomite passes.
  • Green or orange: The Sellaronda can be skied in two directions and is colour-coded. 
  • Only one ski pass: with the Dolomiti Superskipass you can use all the lifts of the Sellronda. 

In principle, you can enter the ski circuit in any of the four "Sellaronda valleys": Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Arabba or Fassa Tal. Our Sepp prefers to get on in Corvara: "From there it's over the Grödner Joch to Wolkenstein through the "stone city". Via Pordoi and Arabba, the loop continues to Porta Vescovo - here an incredibly beautiful view of the Marmolata awaits. After the Boe, the loop leads back to Corvara." No matter whether you are a very sporty skier or a pleasure skier - it is best to start the Sellaronda BEFORE 10 a.m. so that you can catch the last run on the descent or have enough time for breaks, hut fun and sunbathing. The question of how long you need for the whole Sellaronda is not so easy to answer. If you are looking for "speed", you can do the round in three hours. An averagely trained skier with halfway passable physical condition will be on the way for four to six hours, depending on how long the breaks at one of the many wonderful huts last. By the way: the Sellaronda is also a pleasure in summer - especially for mountain bikers. But that's another story. 

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