You can fy from the UK to Innsbruck, Verona or Bolzano for shorter transfers. Once there make use of the 7 day Gardena Pass valid for gondolas and chairlifts and buses along the Gardena valley, including:-
1. Cabin lift Ortisei-Alpe di Siusi
2. Chairlift Sole (Alpe di Siusi)
3. Chairlift Ortisei-Rasciesa
4. Cabin lift Ortisei-Furnes-Seceda
5. Chairlift Fermeda-Seceda
6. Chairlift S. Cristina-Monte Pana
7. Chairlift Monte Pana-Mont Sëura
8. Cabin lift S. Cristina-Col Raiser
9. Cabin lift Selva Gardena-Ciampinoi
10. Cabin lift Selva Gardena-Dantercëpies
11. Chairlift Cir (Passo Gardena-Dantercëpies)
12. Cabin lift Passo Sella-Forcella Sassolungo
At approx £30 (during our visit) its excellent value (I had my money's worth after just 3 days) - much cheaper than Switzerland. These are readily available from the central tourist office complete with a hiking map.
For up to date prices check out the website given below
- Hiking and Walking
- Mountain Climbing
- National/State Park
If you are brave enough take this single chairlift ride from Ortisei up to Raschotz area and glide effortlessly up through the trees to a wonderful panorama at the top.
The chailift has been operating since spring of 1952 and covers in about 15 minutes a height of more than 818m. It opens up lovely hiking possibiliites at the top - we enjoyed the one to Brogles hut (see travelogue for more info) and in the winter there is a sleigh run.
A favourite gondola was the one up to Toni Demetz Rifugio (Sassolungo range) and a hair-raising walk down to the Rif. Vicenza.
The gondolas are moving continuously so you need to be quick to jump on and only have room for 2-3 people each. They looked a bit like upright coffins to us.! The trail then leads around the outside of the Sassolungo to Rif. Comici. Its a bit dicey at first - wear good hiking boots - as even in summer there was snow at the top. More info in the travelogue.