Santa Cristina Skiing

The skiing above Santa Cristina comprises three distinct areas - two connected to the south of the village and which link into the skiing on one side of Selva, and one connecting high to the north with the village of Ortisei.

Saslong - Ciampinoi

The most well-known run above Santa Cristina is probably the Saslong - the World Cup ski racing location and visible from the main Saslong gondola from the village. There are actually red and black versions of the piste available and, when there hasn't been fresh snow for a while, both can turn into tricky descents. There is a short Sochers chairlift off to the side from the top of the Saslong gondola, but most skiers will head straight up to the Ciampinoi area on the chairlift. This is the location of the link to the runs down to Selva and over into the Sella Ronda circuit (whichever way around skiers are planning to do it).

Monte Pana - Monte Seura

An alternate route into the ski area on this side can be taken via the rickety Monte Pana chairlift at the bottom of Santa Cristina. This rises to a beginners' ski area with four draglifts (three on the other side of the road) and the Monte Seura chairlift, which rises to over 2000m and offers a nice selection of cruising intermediate runs as well as an alternate link over the the Ciampinoi area. There are spectacular views from here over to the Alpe di Siusi and the Sella Ronda on a good day. The Tramans chairlift is required to connect to the other skiing and the top of this is located at the bottom of a short run from the top Piz Sella cable car station.

Col Raiser - Seceda

On the other side of the valley (connected by an underground railway beneath the village) is the Col Raiser - Seceda ski area. This is a wide open snow bowl with pleasant intermediate runs and more spectacular views from the top of the ridge. It is also possible to ski from over 2500m at the top here down into Ortisei at 1240m. The south-facing bowl tends to be warmer than the north-facing slopes on the other side of the village, but is probably not a good option in poor visibility.

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Santa Cristina Ski Photos

Looking back down the Val Gardena from the Monte Pana area
Looking back down the Val Gardena from the Monte Pana area