A long, varied and beautiful descent through a famous valley


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Starting above the Passo Gardena and finishing down in the village of Corvara, this is a fabulous long descent taking in everything from wooden ramps to smooth trails and fast singletrack. After getting off the lift the trail begins with some fast and furious berms which lead you down to the Hotel Cir, right on the Passo Gardena.

There are a couple of options for the ride to the Hotel Cir but they all meet up at the Gardena, and all involve well-built wooden features and smooth, fast trails. After a very brief section on the road, the trail drops off to the right and heads down through meadows towards the foot of the Plans Frara gondola.

The riding is fast and open for most of the route, and the scenery (particularly the huge towers looming above) is utterly spectacular throughout.

The riding is never hard but it's the kind of terrain where you pick up speed easily, so hold your concentration - a fall would likely hurt on this section! Once you reach the bottom of the Plans Frara the trail becomes much smoother and more mellow.

It's also shared-use from here on, so cruise along slowly and be conscious of the many pedestrians you'll be sharing the trail with.

Roll into Corvara and grab a cappuccino at one of the many excellent roadside cafes which line the streets of the village.

If you're riding the Sella Ronda there's an uphill section coming up after Corvara, so getting some caffeine and calories on board is a good idea! Ride the Col Alta cable car and then ride quickly down to the Braia Fraida chairlift and take this up to reach the next section of the Sella Ronda - the Flé trail.