Event highlights in Val Gardena: Sporting events in the summer months
A major sporting event in the summer months is the toughest mountain bike race in the world. The “Südtirol Sella Ronda HERO” is an endurance race of national importance, which leads all around the Sella Massif and is a true challenge even for top athletes. While participation in this mountain bike race is reserved to the professionals, during the Sella Ronda Bike Day you may show your skills. On this day, the four Dolomite passes in Val Gardena are closed to vehicular traffic and the use of the roads is reserved for bikers. Every year in July, the “Val Gardena Mountain Run” takes place. This running competition leads under the peaks of the Sassolungo and the Sella Massif through breathtaking mountain scenery.
Ski World Cup in Val Gardena: The sporting highlight in winter
In the winter, the Ski World Cup in Val Gardena offers a first-class event highlight. Since decades, the notorious Saslong slope in the ski resort Val Gardena-Selva hosts the race of the International Ski Federation FIS. On this occasion, the best ski racers in the world compete in Val Gardena. The finish line of the steep downhill slope is close to the centre of Santa Cristina, and during your winter holidays at the Sporthotel Monte Pana you may celebrate and cheer for the athletes right next to the slope.
Traditional customs: processions and other cultural highlights in Val Gardena
Under the motto “Val Gardena in Costume”, every year a traditional parade takes place in Val Gardena, where the residents proudly show their costumes. The event allows you a glimpse into the history of the region, and you will discover various traditional customs. Every year in August, with the Gardena Art Days, a cultural highlight awaits you during your holiday. This event offers you the opportunity to observe sculptors, wood carvers and barrel painters during their work. In this way, you will gain insight into the long tradition of arts and crafts in this alpine region.