Cortina d’Ampezzo Ski Holiday Resort

Overview

There is nowhere quite like Cortina. A famous racing town and host of the 1956 Olympics, it certainly has some serious skiing. But it is also Italy's most fashionable resort, and many visitors take their lunching and early-evening parading/shopping more seriously than their skiing. The result is that pressure on the slopes is low - no queues and no crowds.

The scenery is just jaw-droppingly wonderful. The town is ringed by dramatic limestone towers and cliffs, tinged pink at dawn and dusk. Cortina is a sizeable town spread across a wide, impossibly scenic bowl. Although it runs World Cup races, it is not a hard-core ski resort - 70% of all Italian visitors don't step on to the slopes. By 5pm everybody is cruising the Corso Italia in smart gear and laden with big bags containing additional supplies of smart gear. Cortina is pure Italy. The Veneto region has none of the Germanic culture that you'll find in parts of the Südtirol, only a few miles away. It now attracts more than a few Russians. Within reach to the west is the Alta Badia, with Corvara at one corner of the Sella Ronda circuit - all on the Superski megapass. 

Fantastically scenic resort with a true upmarket feel, Cortina is blessed with an abundance of well maintained intermediate slopes and a plethora of restaurants for those indulgently long lazy lunch stops. If this is your idea of what a ski holiday should be all about then Cortina is the resort for you. 

 

Offslope/apres ski

<p>Cortina is a lively social whirl in high season. There are some good wine bars, often doing excellent cheese and meats too - try Enoteca, La Suite and LP26, or alternatively Bar Sport is the place for grappa.</p> <p>Off the slopes there is lots to do, with popular walks and plenty of upmarket shops. Activities include swimming and skating and there is also a planetarium and an observatory at Col Druscie. There are regular ice hockey matches , and there is also The Country Club spa.&nbsp;Snowshoeing, tobogganing, snow-kiting, and snowmobiling are other activities on offer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Overview

Upmarket and swish, ideal for beginners and intermediates but with less for expert skiers that wish to remain on the piste. Some great off-piste possibilities. 

At a glance

Pistes:
1220 kms
Resort height:
1224 metres
Top station:
3342 metres

Suitability

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Positives

  • Magnificent Dolomite setting
  • Marvellous for novices
  • Sella Ronda area within reach
  • Attractive, very Italian town
  • No queues

Negatives

  • Modest area of slopes, split into several separate areas
  • Erratic snow record
  • Expensive by Italian standards
  • Still quite a few slow lifts
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Grand Hotel Savoia REF: SSB0351

The Grand Hotel Savoia is a wonderful 5-star hotel, situated in the centre of the picturesque Italian resort of Cortina. If you wish to be right in the heart of Cortina, then...

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Hotel Cristallo REF: AEI166

The iconic Hotel Cristallo boasts outstanding views of the surrounding mountains and is a short shuttle ride from the centre of Cortina d’Ampezzo and the main ski lifts. With its...

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The Sport Hotel Barisetti has been a favourite with guests for many years and is located just 250m from the Tofana cable-car. In snowy conditions, guests can reach the hotel...

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Overlooking the stunning village of Cortina, this classic hotel has hosted many famous names in the past and has maintained a reputation for excellent service and facilities. The elegant, well...

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Hotel Majoni REF: AI0293

The Hotel Majoni enjoys a great position in the centre of Cortina at the top of the famous ‘Corso Italia’, the main walk way through the village. This comfortable and...

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