Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

You have probably seen James Bond whiz down the hill in For Your Eyes Only and felt a sudden urge to go on a ski holiday? A pre-view of Cortina d'Ampezzo back in the old days with the the cozy village and the beautiful snow capped mountains. Don’t worry – some of it does remain! Cortina is truly a classic ski resort: restaurants, cafes and shops, but also an exhilarating nightlife. Cortina is located in the world's largest lift system, Dolomiti Superski , which makes the destination a real gem for the average skier. Cortina d'Ampezzo reminds a bit of Chamonix, but as the Italian version.

Dolomiti Superski area is gigantic, built across twelve valleys and offers 1,220 km of slopes and 450 lifts. Cortina itself is however not very large, yet it offers about 100 runs and 50 lifts. Many of the slopes are quite short, but they are varied and with different surroundings. Cortina is best suited for those who are average skiers. Those who are in search of the most challenging runs will probably be better off in another ski resort. There are few black pistes and they are not very challenging.

In Cortina, 95 % of the ski slopes are covered by snow cannons, which makes Cortina a good option all winter long.

Cortina consists of several different areas, of different character: Faloria, Tofana and Lagazuoi Cinque Torri.

The area Faloria (Cristallo-Mietres) consists of 24 pistes mixed red, black and blue with a lovely view of the Ampezzo Valley. There is a chair lift up all the way to 2,930 meters. In section Mietres there is a a nice ski area surrounded by forest, which tends to to be popular among children.

The area Tofana-Socrepes offers a great variety of slopes from beginners to advanced skiers. There are both good beginner slopes and some very steep runs. There is also a great children's area, with a lift for younger children.

Laguaziou Cinque Torri is a smaller area outside of the main course, which means queues are rare.

Note that the ski areas are poorly connected, but there are buses. Renting a car for easy travel between ski areas might be a good idea, but it depends on what season you visit Cortina because it can be very crowded.

Activities and experiences in Cortina
There is an incredible range of activities in Cortina. If you want to stay in the mountains, there are great opportunities for all sorts of off-piste skiing and ice climbing. In the mountains there are several cabins where you can stay while exploring the mountains.
If you want to try something new are some exciting activities around, e.g. mountain biking on snow (k-track), curling, snow kite and snowshoeing at night.

You will also enjoy the good, Italian food and wonderful wines. You can get a first-class meal in a traditional restaurant, a traditional pizza or whatever you wish. There is a very wide range.

If you want to hang out at night and get a feeling of Cortina nightlife, see and be seen, a visit Cristallino is recommeneded. It seems to never stop being ‘the place’ for après-ski and nightlife.

Furthermore, do not miss to take a snowshoe hike on the "Great War" (Grande Guerra) Trail, which winds its way high up in the peaks.

Ski areas Cortina d'Ampezzo form part of

Cortina d'Ampezzo is part of the ski area Dolomiti Superski together with 10 other ski resorts.

Frequently Asked Questions about Cortina d'Ampezzo

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Rent ski equipment in Cortina d'Ampezzo

We offer pre-booking of ski equipment in Cortina d'Ampezzo in co-operation with Skiset. When booking online you can save up to 50% compared with booking upon arrival.

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Ski schools in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Do you want to improve your skiing or simply learn to ski or snowboard? Through our partner CheckYeti you will find 18 different classes and instructors in Cortina d'Ampezzo who can help you with this, in addition with the possibility to get up to 15% discount on the normal price. Many of the classes also have free cancellation.

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