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In one day, how many Sellaronda loops are possible?

Pee with view

One thing that we have plenty at Holimites are ideas. We write up every one of them and actually this list is pretty long. But soon or later we may be able to share them with all of you like this one about the Sellaronda.

A common question that we get from guests coming to ski the Dolomites is:

“Is it possible to accomplish the Sellaronda in one day?”

The answer of course is always positive but we have gone beyond that asking ourselves …

“In one day, how many times are we able to ski and complete the Sellaronda?”

Sellaronda Passo PordoiWe investigated among all ski instructors that are every day on the slopes. But no-one ever tried it or knew someone that tried to do this. Someone told that 2 to 3 loops are possible, others, with some strange formulas and cut options on the course answered that 5 loops may be possible. 

Finally on March 28th 2015 the Holimites team gave an answer to this question that followed us already for some years.

In order to have a smooth ski ride we planned it in every detail as follows:

  • Sellaronda clockwise loop, without any doubt the fastest one
  • Spring days in off season, with longer daylight and where lifts are open until 4:45 PM and some important connection lifts until 5:00 PM
  • a Saturday, the day where slopes are half empty because it’s the day where guests depart and until the new ones arrive slopes are all for locals
  • choosing the most direct slope to get to valley. This is important … there is one area where if you follow the signs on the slopes you will take more lifts (skipass needs to be used)  than needed. We took the ‘signed’ slopes on our last Sella Ronda loop as we saw we had some spare time.

What we couldn’t plan was the weather. Mister Winter gifted us with a nice snowfall the days before, and cold temperatures and deep blue sky on the planned day. Skiing conditions where like in January.

But let’s go back to the question:  

“In one day, how many Sella Ronda loops are possible on skis?”

Sellaronda Passo SellaThe final answer is FOUR, and this with a reserve of 15 minutes on the lifts closure. A nice round number as four are also the Dolomites passes around the Sella massif: Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella and Gardena that are famous also for cycling during the summer.

Here some details for the ones that like numbers:


  • Start from: Corvara (Boè gondola)
  • Skis: Völkl RC rented at SkiTop Badia
  • Total lifts used: 40
  • Total length of used lifts: 65 km
  • Total distance on skis: 100,8 km
  • Altitude gain: 16.020 meters
  • Total time: 8h 04′
  • Time in movement: 7h 15′The difference between the total time and the time in movement are for physiological stops and some waiting time at the lifts (Arabba Portavescovo ropeway)
  • Maximal speed: 101,5 km/h
  • Pee stops: 3
  • Sunscreen factor: 30

We did some live tweeting during the day taking pictures and videos that you can scroll through here: 

All tweets of the day are available on this link or searching your timeline the hashtag we created for the day: #sellaronda1day that you may also use when you ski the Sellaronda


We recorded our Sellaronda ski trip on GPS and published it on Strava. Click on the image below to view all the details.

Sellaronda skiing Strava

And if someone of our guests would like to fill our to-do list with some new ideas just write us!

Last but not least … we have a video:

Curiosities: The Sellaronda (also called Sella Ronda) is without any doubt the most recognized ski circuit of the Dolomites. It is possible to ski it clockwise or counter clockwise and it runs around the Sella massif. Even if this symbolic massif of the Dolomites has the same characteristics of all other Dolomite massifs and has the same Dolomite mineral it is not among the mountains labeled by the UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Same fate for the nearby Sassolungo symbol of the Val Gardena / Gröden valley and the Tofana and Cristallo mountain group symbol of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Check out this page on Holimites.com to see on a map which mountains are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Holimites Backcountry Skiing Wednesday #HBSwed

Dolomites Backcountry Skiing

Alta Badia not only means skiing on perfectly groomed Dolomite Superski carousel slopes… it also means having an array of activities in Alta Badia at your fingertips and our favorite is backcountry skiing.

There are over ten ways to reach the Santa Croce Sanctuary from the town of Badia, precisely where we have our offices. This proximity is idea for taking a rejuvenating ski run during our lunch break or sharing a skiing adventure with our guests so that they get to know this little-known activity that is sure to deliver incredible emotions.

This winter, we’ve come up with “Backcountry Skiing Wednesdays” aimed at converting the uninitiated. We’ll boot uphill to the Santa Croce Sanctuary each Wednesday with skins, through fir and larch forests covered with pristine fields of fresh, untracked powder.

We’ll be straightforward in saying that this won’t be a walk in the park and you’ll probably break out a sweat, but you can count on feeling absolutely satisfied at the end of the day.

Here’s what you’ll need and how you can participate:

Meeting: every Wednesday at 8:00 am at the Holimites office in the center of Badia or at a location indicated when you make your reservation.

Booking: We’ll take along a maximum of 5 people, so sign up ASAP if you want a spot. To make a reservation, call our office at +39 0471 838022 (Monday – Saturday 9am-12pm; 2pm-5:30pm) or stop by our office in person! Last call to sign up is Tuesday at 12pm.

Cost: Free … or almost! The only cost to you is backcountry ski rental, if you don’t have your own pair.

Ski rental: You can rent backcountry skis at “Skiservice Renato” in La Villa. We recommend renting the skis on Tuesday morning so that you can try the boots and skis for at least 15 minutes beforehand and thereby avoid any last minute problems the next day.

Duration: Our guide will accompany you for roughly 2 ½ hours, time enough to reach the Santa Croce Sanctuary and – for faster groups – to ski back down.

What to bring: Backcountry skiing is a demanding sport where you toil and sweat. Therefore, we highly recommend lightweight and breathable clothing on the up and a light backpack with an insulating layer, protective layer and hat for a quick changeover on the down.

Physical readiness: If you plan on starting off on the golden road to backcountry skiing, let’s say up front that you need to be physically fit. It is not the kind of sport for skiers who only ski one week a year. We want you to have fun during these 2 ½ hours, not wipe yourselves out after half an hour going up, causing us to have someone come and evacuate you.  Aside from being a somewhat experienced skier (i.e. black diamond ski runs), you need to have an intermediate level of physical fitness, meaning that this activity is aimed at people who regularly practice sports during the entire year, such as jogging, biking or other activities that strengthen your physical stamina.