The 2,218 m high Passo Sella ridge in the Val Gardena valley is located between the Sella and the Sassolungo Groups
The Jëuf de Sela, as the Passo Sella is called in Ladin, connects Selva di Val Gardena with Canazei in the Val di Fassa valley. The Passo Sella road is 53.4 km long, the altitude readings are a bit varying: at the top of the pass, the Passo Sella is stated with 2,240 m a.s.l.
Already in the Stone Age the area was settled as several findings prove. In 1872 the mountain pass road was built, three mountain huts followed which are still opened: at the top of the pass the Passo Sella Mountain Hut is located, which dates back to 1903, the Carlo Valentini Mountain hut, the oldest hut of the area (1884) and the Maria Flora Tavern (1934).
The first lifts were built in the middle of the 20th century. Like the Passo Gardena, also the Passo Sella is one of the mountain passes of the Sellaronda (around the Sella Massif on skis and the 4 passes cycle tour). The hiking paths proceed around the Sassolungo, to the col Rodella or the Meisules Via Ferrata (Pößnecker Klettersteig). The lift facilities lead you towards the Rif. Toni Demetz mountain hut and Punta Grohmann crest. In summer 2017 for the first time the pass was closed to traffic once a week for conservation purposes.