Val Gardena is an internationally renowned skiing and wintersports destination. Every December, the villages of this area prepare to host the famous Ski World Cup, a first-rate sporting event that gathers the biggest names in alpine skiing.
The FIS World Cup, which is held annually on the legendary Saslong slope in the shadow of the mountain peak with the same name, has been the most important event in Val Gardena since the '70s. Here, thousands of the world´s best skiers have competed over the past 3 decades, racing downhill at tremendous speed (105 mph) and flying over the infamous "Camel Hunches" halfway between start and finish. Now, Val Gardena is preparing once again for the holding of two World Cup races: the Super-G and the Men's Downhill.
The Saslong is one of the most iconic slopes in Val Gardena and has been part of the Ski World Cup since 1970. Tackling this highly technical run requires advanced skills, as the Saslong runs for 3,446 metres, has gradients that range between 24.5% and 56.9%, and includes vertical drops of nearly 840 metres. Outside of the Ski World Cup dates, the Saslong pistes are open to the public.
Over the years, the slopes of Val Gardena have witnessed impressive skiing performances by important figures like Alberto Tomba, Bernhard Russi, Lindsey Vonn, Annemarie Moser-Proll, and Marc Girardelli and Svindal Aksel Lund.
Wellness – Residence Ariola enjoys a strategic location in the heart of Selva di Val Gardena, one of the gateways to Val Gardena and the perfect starting point for anyone interested in attending the Ski World Cup. In addition, the spectacular Saslong slope is only 10 minutes away and can be easily reached on foot. Feel free to enquire about our special World Cup accommodation offers.