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  Resort Information
Season Nov to April
Nearest Airport Venice and Treviso
Ski Area 140km
Ski Lifts 39
Ski Runs 64
Longest Run 6km
Resort Height 4000ft
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 4 / 5
Intermediates 4.5 / 5
Experts 3 / 5
Families 4.5 / 5
Nightlife 4 / 5
Affordability 3.5 / 5
Non Ski Activities 4 / 5

Cortina d'Ampezzo has been a winter sports mecca since the 1930's, and in 1956 it hosted the first Italian Winter Olympic Games. It is known as the Queen of the Dolomites and is located in the heart of the eastern part of these spectacular mountains, in the Belluno province of the Veneto region. The area, open and sunny, boasts stunning views in every direction. One of the best-known ski resorts in the world, Cortina lives up to its reputation with a system of modern ski lifts and snowmaking capabilities that cover 90% of the slopes and which guarantee a ski season that stretches from November to April.

The resort, with nearly 140 km of slopes, includes Auronzo-Misurina and San Vito di Cadore and is part of the Dolomiti Superski ski area. Cortina also has a rich tradition of hospitality and events. Every year it hosts international sports events like the Alpine Ski World Cup, the Tour de Ski, ice hockey and curling championships, and Cortina Winter Polo.

The Ski Area

The largest area is the Pomedes area, which is accessed via a cable car from the village then a short blue or black run.  This area has a few red and black runs, but mainly consists of long cruisey blue runs. Beginners will love these runs and this should be their first port of call after progressing from the nursery slopes. More advanced skiers will prefer the odd red and steep black runs further up the mountain.

A series of cable cars from the village also take you to the highest area which is Tofana. Here there are some short blue and red runs to be tried. From Tofana the Pomedes sector can be accessed via a black run. Those not wishing to take this run can always take the cable car back down.

On the opposite side of the village the area of Faloria can be accessed by cable car. The red and black runs here are shortish but offer a significant challenge. From Faloria the area of Cristallo is reached and whilst there are a limited number of runs there is a decent red run that links these two areas which most intermediates should try.

Finally a small selection of blue runs can be found in yet another area, Mietres. This area is not accessed via any other and is accessed via a lift from the edge of the village.

If you don’t mind a bit of travelling from one side of the village to the other then you will find that Cortina d’Ampezzo has something for everybody with all levels and abilities being catered for one way or another.

Apres-Ski

Apres ski in Cortina d’Ampezzo really is something else, although it is close to the Austrian border if you are looking for traditional Austrian apres ski then you won’t find it here, instead you will find an entirely different experience. There are still plenty of bars, pubs and wine bars to entertain you but the emphasis here is on far more of a traditional Italian experience with most people going back to their accommodation to change after a hard day on the slope and then out to one of the many coffee or wine bars with cheese and nibbles before dinner.

After dinner then it’s much the same as before but a bit more lively with the wine bars pulling most of the trade and then the clubs later on. Enoteca is one such popular wine bar and serves wine by the bottle along with offering tempting nibbles of meat and cheese. Other popular wine bars include Brio di vino, Villa Sandi and LP26.

For a bit of music there is a piano bar in the Hotel Savoia and electric oom pah pah music in the Bavarian Birreria Hacker Pschorrz. For something slightly less alcohol fueled then why not try the delicious coffees, pastries and crepes at Terrezza Viennese.

Things do get livelier after 11pm when the clubs open, amongst the many on offer there’s the VIP Club in the Hotel Europa, the Bilbo Club and also the Metro Club too.

Dining Out

Cortina d’Ampezzo has a wide range of restaurants catering for every palette and budget, there really is something for everyone from simple pizza and pasta right up to Michelin starred food.

The Michelin starred restaurant is the Tivoli and it overlooks Cortina so you will have a view to match the food. There are also several restaurants in resort that have been awarded ‘Michelin forks’ namely El Toulá – set in a converted hayloft, Lago Scin, Sello, and Baita Fraina, do be aware though, these can get very expensive.

Other good restaurants include Il Meloncino and El Camineto, more affordable options are La Tavernetta, Pontejei and Ospitale, also don’t miss Leone e Anna which serves traditional Sardinian fare or the Petite Fleur serving local gourmet delicacies.

Pizza can be found at Al Ponte, Ariston or Da Pino, where if you are looking for something spicier then try Mezcal which serves tasty Mexican food with an atmosphere to match.

Alternative Activities

The first Winter Olympics in Italy were held in Cortina d’Ampezzo and it still attracts many international ski events to this day including the Women’s Ski World Cup every January, and the famed Gran Fondo Dobbiaco-Cortina which is a 42 km International Cross Country ski race from Dobbiaco and ending in Cortina d’Ampezzo every February. Other events include bob sleigh competitions, the Winter Polo Cup and curling, figure skating and ice hockey events too.

So you would expect that Cortina d’Ampezzo would be an upmarket town and here you won’t be disappointed, there are plenty of things to do and often more non skiiers than skiiers in the resort – many people visit Cortina d’Ampezzo to shop and ‘be seen’.

There are plenty of things to keep you busy including a swimming pool, saunas, health spa, horseback riding in the snow and a cinema. You can also do ice skating and curling at the Olympic Ice Stadium and for something a little different try the Cortina Adrenaline Center where you can try four man bob, crazy sledge and snow rafting if you have the nerve and the energy!

For something a little more sedate then there are also a few museums to visit where you can find fossils from the Cassian period, objects of the Ampezzos and also a Museum of Modern Art too. There are also regular trips to Venice if you fancy something further afield.

Ski School

They are generally good but if you take ski or boarding lessons in Cortina d’Ampezzo then you should request an English speaking instructor on booking. There are several schools you can choose from including the Cristallo Ski School who offer both group and private lessons to all abilities including free ride and competitive training too. Group lessons start from €250 for 6 half days, private lessons start from €50 per hour and prices are dependent on the time of the season. Their meeting point is Lacedel, in the Tofane ski area, close to the starting point of the Baby-Socrepes chairlift.

Another school offering tuition is the Azzurra Ski School who again offer both group and private lessons to all abilities and many of their instructors are ex professional skiiers too. Group lessons start from €300 for 6 half days, private lessons start from €50 per hour and prices are dependent on the time of the season. Check your meeting point on booking as the school has 2 meeting points.

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