Ortisei is situated at 1.236 m above sea level and is the biggest village of Val Gardena. It counts 5750 inhabitants and has an inviting pedestrian area where to shop all year around.
The skiing above Ortisei is made up of two completely different ski areas and, unlike the other two resorts in the valley, they are not really connected to one another. The first, to the south, is the plateau of the Alpe di Siusi, better known in German as the Seiser Alm and an intermediate's paradise of short blue and red runs set in stunning scenery. The second, on the northern side, are the connecting pistes and lifts to the main bowl above Santa Cristina.