Ski Chalets in Selva, Italy

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Nestled in the famous Sella Ronda in north eastern Italy, Selva sits at the foot of the magnificent Dolomites mountain range and offers access to a sprawling ski area. Visitors will enjoy breathtaking scenery, excellent cuisine and long, wide pistes.

The town itself is long and quite narrow with a main road running through it and 5 key lifts from which you can start your day. Selva has magnificent scenery and a vast amount of snow cannons for dependable coverage. Combined with the gentle slopes and great childcare facilities, the resort is widely considered to work well for families. 

Mountain restaurants in Selva, and the Dolomites in general, are of a high standard – the Alpe di Siusi area is a particular highlight for foodies with almost 50 different restaurants to choose from. While the resort isn’t a notorious après-ski destination, there are some vibrant venues with live music for letting your hair down after big days on the slopes. 

Getting There

Holidaymakers can fly into Milan, from which Selva is approximately 4 and a quarter hours away, or Innsbruck, which is roughly 2 and a quarter hours from the resort. Within the town itself, one can walk between amenities or make use of the free bus service.

When to Go

The relaxed and welcoming ski resort of Selva sits within the beautiful Sella Ronda ski area – widely considered among the finest in Italy. There’s a great range of piste-side and resort-central accommodation to choose from during the winter ski season, which typically starts up in early- to mid-December and runs all the way through to the close of the season at the end of April. 


Selva isn’t perhaps quite as pretty or as characterful as other Italian ski resorts popular among the skiing and snowboarding public, but with such spectacular alpine scenery to enjoy, it more than makes up for it. In the early-season weeks, Selva’s 1,500m base altitude and expansive snow cannoning usually bring good snow coverage across the various pistes and parks. 


As the festive Christmas and New Year weeks pass and the wintery January and February weeks take their place, skiers and snowboarders in Selva  can make the most of the quieter slopes, lower temperatures and fresh snowfall. On that last point, though, many people do find the Sella Ronda’s snowfall record to be a little hit-and-miss. Overall, though, the snowfall at this altitude is generally strong, and the cold weather means skiers and snowboarders visiting Selva in the depths of winter have to wrap up warm to hit the slopes. February is also the month in which the schools’ half term week falls – a very popular week for kids and families across Europe to take to the slopes. 


To make the very most of April in Selva, eager skiers and boarders rose early in order to enjoy the best of the prevailing snow conditions. At this altitude, the snow coverage is generally very decent right up to the end of April, but of course the rising temperatures do mean there’s a degree of melt. Visitors typically enjoy freshly-bashed corduroy pistes in the morning and softer, slushy snow in the afternoon – especially lower down toward the base of the village.

Where to Stay

Accommodation in Selva is a mixture of catered chalets and hotels, many of which can have flights and transfers included from UK airports, including regional ones like East Midlands and Bristol, for a fairly nominal fee.

Getting around


Whether you’re craving a quiet drink or a lively venue for partying into the late hours, Selva has some excellent establishments for a variety of tastes.

The Kronestube is well-known for having an energetic atmosphere and, more than that, the place is charming with its traditional decor and staff dressed in national costume.

The live local music completes the experience.

Another great place with a lively, traditional ambience is Luiskeller, which has cheap beers between 3:30 and 5pm and is usually hopping until 1:30 in the morning. Yello’s Music Lounge Bar, meanwhile, is very modern with sharp design touches and great cocktails.

For a more laid-back après-ski beverage, Cafe Mozart is an elegant place to sample a vast selection of whiskeys and grappa. Speckeller, housed in the Villa Cesanueva, is a romantic little spot to enjoy a wide selection of both local and national wines.

Eating out

Like many places in the Dolomites, Selva has a range of exceptional restaurants for different palates.

The restaurant housed in the chalet Gerard has a reputation as one of the resort’s finest. In elegant surrounds, the staff here plate up gourmet dishes that reflect the authentic flavours of the region – and the place benefits from superb mountain views.

L'Muline is a beautiful rustic spot for romantics: a fashionable mountain hut with delectable cuisine and wines.

La Stua, meanwhile, is both a brilliant après-ski spot and a fine place to enjoy the local cuisine for lunch or dinner.

Below, you’ll find a just few top restaurants in Selva, including some on-mountain options.

Good for Couples


La Selva Str. 104

Wolkenstein in Gröden


+39 0471 773293

Good for Family

Cafe Mozart

Str. Meisules, 204


+39 0471 795550

Good for Family

Chalet Gerard

Plan De Gralba 37


+39 0471795274

Good for Family

Rifugio Emilio Comici

On Piste Restaurant

via Plan de Gralba


+39 0471 794121

Good for Friends

La Stua

Via Freina 4


+39 0471 795072


Selva offers some great non-skiing activities and, better yet, there are some excellent events throughout the season.

In December, the FIS World Cup comes to town – a must see for fans of the downhill. Also in December, the Selva Gardena Snow Sculpture Competition is a charming event featuring some marvels of imagination and ingenuity.

Then in March, the Rock the Dolomites music festival lights up the slopes.

On a day to day basis, if you’re looking for non-skiing activities to shake things up in Selva, you can enjoy hiking, tobogganing, paragliding and, that winter holiday staple, ice skating.

A trip to the resort’s tourist office will offer lots of useful information on resort activities, but here are some details to start you off.

Ice skating


+39 0471 794265

Night Tobogganing


+39 335 560 6141



+39 0471 777900 

Ski School

Getting around

Family ski

Selva is an Italian ski resort nestled within the Sella Ronda ski area, in the Italian Dolomites. The resort is one of the most popular in the area, with excellent snowmaking facilities and beautiful mountain scenery. Selva offers visitors a wonderful range of beginner-friendly terrain in the nursery slopes, and learners leaving the gentle terrain for steeper slopes have a huge range of groomed pistes to explore. There’s a great balance of tree-lined and open slopes, with plenty of areas in which to take shelter if bad weather closes in. The best terrain for learners looking to make progression on the snow can be found at the Plan de Gralba and Alpes Di Siusi sectors, but you’ll need to take a bus or taxi to reach them. 

Selva has a small but diverse range of childcare facilities and services that parents can turn to. The Mini Club Selvi welcomes infants and toddlers up to the age of four, and stays open from 9am to 4pm throughout the winter ski season. There are also qualified and experience childminders on hand at the kindergarten. Some of Selva’s ski schools also run childcare programmes for kids, for example the S. Cristina ski school offers a kindergarten service for youngsters aged from one upwards, and the nearby Ski School Ortisei accepts children from the age of two into its Miniclub. 

Parents in search of non-ski activities to keep the kids amused and entertained away from the groomed pistes have a wide range of options to choose from in Selva. Hop into a horse-drawn sleigh and zoom through the snowy Dolomites wilderness as a family, or strap into your snowshoes and stomp through the think drifts for an altogether more relaxed way of experiencing the Dolomites.
The best way to enjoy snowshoeing in Selva is on an organised tour, and they run from the resort regularly. Ice-skating is also a popular past time in Selva, and the rink is the perfect place to burn off the last of the kids’ energy after a day on the snow. Families in Selva can also hit any of the resort’s beautiful walking trails, with picturesque footpaths leading explorers through the Alpine scenery. 

Group Ski

Selva takes pride of place in Italy’s beautiful Sella Ronda region, with wide, expansive terrain to explore, a swift lift system whisking skiers and boarders up the slopes, and a good snow record – with groomed pistes running from around one thousand metres above sea level, to a dizzying three thousand two hundred metres. For groups in search of spectacular scenery and strong snow coverage, Selva is well worthy of consideration.

The resort is perhaps best-suited to intermediate skiers and boarders, with a wide range of wonderful blue and red pistes to explore. Groups of beginners and families with young children are well catered for, with an excellent nursery area, and experts can enjoy thrilling steep descents without having to travel too far from the local area. If you’re part of an advanced-level group of skiers, don’t miss the amazing runs winding down through the forest to the valley floor, nor the chance to ski through to linked-in resorts including Arabba, Corvara nad Canazei.

On the après ski front, Selva is relatively calm and peaceful – a great option for groups who aren’t looking for rowdy nightlife and noisy nightclubs. You’ll also find a lovely selection of traditional eateries and restaurants, serving up traditional Italian and international cuisine. 


Selva is home to some wonderful childcare providers to give parents perfect peace of mind.

The Mini Club Selvi takes children aged 0 to 4 years and is open the whole winter season from Sunday to Friday. They organise fun activities for the kids, and you can book the days you require online for optimum convenience.

In addition to offering an excellent babysitting service, the Ski and Snowboard School 2000 provides top-notch ski tuition for bambinos in a special kids area, which includes a magic carpet and inflatables. Ski races take place at the end of each week with prizes for all the children.

The Piste

The local ski domain has excellent nursery slopes, lovely beginner runs (particularly up on the Plan de Gralba) and a great many pistes well-suited to intermediates. While it’s not the best resort for thrill-hungry experts, there are some nice black runs to push your ability further, including two race courses. There’s a good mix of open and tree-lined slopes and a terrain park for freestyle riders.

One of the main draws for keen skiers is Selva’s place on the popular Sella Ronda circuit, which takes one on a circular route through Arabba, Alta Badia and Val di Fassa, among other areas. Confident intermediates can complete the route in a day if they start early and are prepared to sacrifice a leisurely lunch in the sun!

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