Pretty and rich in history, Ortisei is a foodie heaven with some great skiing, particularly for intermediates...
Skiing in Val Gardena originated in Ortisei, and the ski area nearest to the resort is a sunny bowl full of scenic runs that are perfect for cruising.
Once you have done those, you can also head further afield to the Dolomiti Superski area, offering a massive 1,200km of pisted slopes.
And for a change, anyone of at least an intermediate standard can take the Sella Ronda circuit, a circular route around the Sella Massif with an astonishing backdrop of sharp peaks, forests and hamlets.
Of course, nowhere is perfect and, as Ortisei is the lowest of the three villages in Val Gardena, snow cover can be thin on the slopes around the resort.
Fortunately, 95% of the Val Gardena ski area now benefits from snowmaking facilities - meaning that you shouldn't have a problem if you stick to the pistes. This is not the place for powder hounds, though.
Other downsides include that there are few really tough black runs to challenge the experts and that it takes time to get from the town to the slopes.
Those who prefer ski in-ski out accommodation should also avoid as a result.
For UK visitors, flying into Verona - from where the transfer takes about two hours - is a popular choice...
Alternatively, you can fly into Milan, which is some 300km from the resort, or get the train to nearby Bolzano.
Intermediate level skiers and snowboarders will adore Ortisei's pleasant cruising terrain and stunning scenery...
There are better resorts in Europe for beginners, though, while experts may well find the ski area a bit limiting, despite its size.
Picturesque and wallet-friendly, Ortisei boasts numerous fantastic restaurants and a few lively bars...
The après-ski scene in Ortisei is quite lively. Try Siglu Bar or Bar Mauriz Keller.
The real star here is the food, though. Ortisei's numerous high quality mountain restaurants make it a paradise for anyone for whom lunch is just as important as the skiing, while you can also find superb Italian cuisine in the town itself. Caffe Val d'Anna is a good bet on the mountain, and Vinoteque La Cercia's evening menu includes fine wines and tasty snacks.
Activities for non-skiers holidaying in Ortisei include ice skating, spa days, sleigh rides and tobogganing - down a hair-raising 6km run. The town's main square and pedestrianised high street also offer a great range of cafes and boutiques.
Cost of living 8/10
Ski holidays in Ortisei offer great value for money - particularly if you're used to paying top whack in the flashier Alpine resorts.
Attractiveness of the resort 8/10
Nestled among some of the most beautiful peaks in the Dolomites, Ortisei has a beautiful village centre full of ornate, pastel coloured buildings. It is often described as the prettiest of the resorts in the Val Gardena region, as a result.