Cortina d'Ampezzo has 140km of marked runs - with the majority in one of two areas.
Pocol-Socrepes-Tofana is served by the Tofana cable car, from beside the sport centre, or by shuttle bus.
Cristallo-Faloria, on the other side of town, with most of the slopes between 1600 and 2900 meters, is served by the Faloria cable car.
Both cable cars are walking distance from the centre and also linked by a frequent shuttle service, which additionally provides easy to the slopes of Mietres, Cinque Torri and Passo Falzarego, all covered on the same lift pass.
The majority of the runs in Cortina d'Ampezzo are confidence-inspiring blue runs and long cruisey red runs, which makes Cortina d'Ampezzo very suitable for beginners and intermediates.
A few tougher runs provide a challenge for advanced skiers - but the most experienced skiers sand boarders may want to hire a guide and explore off-piste, for a more adrenaline 'mountain high' than provided by the the many long red runs and spectacular scenery.
Wide runs and plenty of chairlifts make Cortina a good resort for boarders, and for cross-country skiers there are 70km of wonderfully scenic trails.
Nevertheless, for many visitors a cable car ride to a delicious lunch is their most sporting activity, so you should find few queues and relatively uncrowded slopes.
The après-ski highlight in Cortina d'Ampezzo is the animated “passegiata” on the pedestrian Corso Italia and the surrounding cobbled streets, where the boutiques, cosy bars and cafes are buzzing with activity until dinner time.
Mouth-watering food, stylish sportswear, designer fashion, antiques and art are just some of the many tempting choices. But, shopping or browsing, don't miss “La Cooperativa”, a Harrods in miniature compared to the average “Co-Op”!
Non-skiing activities include swimming (indoor pool) skating, curling, winter walking, snow shoe excursion, bobsled on the Olympic run (with a pilot), ski jumping and polo and moonlight sledging.
Cortina d'Ampezzo has no shortage of characterful, atmospheric bars. two perennial favourites being Enoteca, for its selection of wines which runs in to the hundreds and Clipper, a lively cafe-pub style bar.
When the bars close you can move on to VIP, Ciarlis or Belvedere, where the dj's keep spinning until near dawn.
AIRPORTS Venice 95 miles
Treviso 85 miles
resort 1225-2900 metres
51 lifts & 140km of marked runs
blue 33% | red 62% | black 5% |
cross country 70km | winter footpaths | toboggan runs - some torch lit at night | olympic bobsled track | ski jump |snow park with half-pipe, jumps and rails
A stylish, classic winter sports resort in the Dolomites, Cortina d'Ampezzo, provides a spectacular setting for skiing and boarding on uncrowded slopes, ideally suited to intermediates and beginners - less than two hours from Venice.
The town is full of character and tradition, and the ambience is pure 'dolce vita'.
The rugged peaks of the Dolomites, tinged pink by the sun, rise dramatically above the old town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, crowning it as one of the world’s most strikingly beautiful winter sports resorts. It's a a favourite second home to many Italians, whose love of winter sports is equaled by their passion for wonderful food, shopping, nightlife and the exciting buzz of this stylish and chic resort, a former host of the Winter Olympics.