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Cortina d’Ampezzo has been a glamorous ski destination in the middle of the Dolomites for decades.
The Italian town attracts ski enthusiasts from all over the world with memories of the Olympic Winter Games and presents the best snow and slope conditions for young and old. At the same time, the famous winter sports resort promises nice après-ski flair.
1) General information about the Cortina d’Ampezzo ski area
- 120 kilometers of slopes & 40 lifts
- Slopes up to 2,924 m
- Place at an altitude of 1,224 m
The Cortina d’Ampezzo ski area is one of the most famous destinations in the Dolomites. The Winter Olympics took place here in 1956 and made the place world famous. Over the years, the tranquil village has been transformed into a glamorous ski resort, which today impresses with a symbiosis of modern flair, natural charm and plenty of winter sports potential.
The “Cortina d’Ampezzo” ski pass is literally the entrance ticket to the snow and ski world in this region of the Dolomites. At altitudes between 1,224 m and 2,924 m, a total of 40 lifts open up the magnificent 120 kilometers of slopes with guaranteed snow between November and April.
Eight tow lifts and 26 chair lifts as well as six gondolas are available as lift systems. Our experts were so enthusiastic about the lifts and cable cars as well as the guaranteed snow that they rated them with three or four out of five stars.
The assessment of snow reliability is based on various factors. These include the altitude of the slopes, the general amount of snowfall and natural and mechanical snow-making.
Because of this impressive altitude, outdoor enthusiasts enjoy up to seven hours of sunshine a day between February and May. The average snow depth at the mountain station is around 40 to 50 cm and at the valley station around 15 to 20 cm.
2) Cortina d’Ampezzo piste map
3) Skiing in the Cortina d’Ampezzo ski area
The Cortina d’Ampezzo ski area is a real all-rounder when it comes to winter sports. The numerous slopes bring varied skiing fun. These are divided into different levels of difficulty, so that beginners and advanced skiers alike can enjoy skiing.
The blue slopes take up the largest share with 55 km, followed by the red slopes with 46 km and the black slopes with 19 km.
The fact that beginners as well as experts and freeriders feel at home in the Cortina d’Ampezzo ski area was even awarded five stars by the experts.
Freeriders see Cortina as their Mecca, especially the tours in the Monte Cristallo and Tofana groups have done it to them. Incidentally, the slope called “Canalone Staunies” is one of the ten steepest ski slopes in the world.
It is located on Monte Cristallo and regularly welcomes all those who want to face the almost vertical challenge with a gradient of almost 64 percent.
But even those who want to take it a little more cautiously and much more horizontally will fall head over heels in love with the slopes of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Unforgettable panoramas and the best runs make choosing the next piste a sweet torture.
Should the route run between bizarre rocks and create a fast ski feeling on the Tofana? Or do you enjoy the “Olympia con Pomedes”, the famous downhill run to Rumerlo? The slopes at Ra Valles and Pomedes, at Col Drusciè and Pocol provide a successful mix of steep slopes and wide lifts.
Another highlight is the Vitelli ski slope. The giant slalom was held here in 1956. Today you can enjoy this great downhill run, which nestles idyllically in nature and at the same time scores with an impressive wealth of facets.
Finally, it is divided into two sections. “Vitelli Alta” marks the upper area, which is marked as a black and very demanding slope. “Vitelli Bassa” is the red and therefore medium-difficulty slope afterwards. In total, the fast-paced ski adventure is almost 3 km long and offers a difference in altitude of 612 m. The slope averages 23 percent, the maximum point comes to 51 percent.
Ski fans who want to learn more about the Olympic backgrounds can go on ski tours on their tracks. For example, there is the “Olympia” ski tour, which focuses on the routes from the 1956 Olympic Games. Another ski tour is the “Tour of the Grande Guerra”.
Snowboarders and freeriders also get their money’s worth in another point, because with the snow park and the freeride station, passionate boarders use two other special highlights in the Cortina d’Ampezzo ski area in addition to the sophisticated routes in Pocol, Socrepes, 5 Torri and Faloria. This aspect was worth three stars for the experts.
For pure snow idyll away from the ski slopes and downhill giants, Cortina d’Ampezzo is also the right holiday destination. Carefully groomed skating and cross-country trails form a 70 km long network of routes around the village. The circuit, which starts in Cortina and gently takes cross-country skiers from 1,224 m to 1,530 m, is a full 30 km long.
The high-altitude trails at Passo Tre Croci and at the Fiames Nordic Center offer a more demanding level of difficulty.
Great views of the peaks of the Dolomites compensate for the previous effort every minute.
4) Expert evaluation
The recommendation rate in the Cortina d’Ampezzo ski area is a sensational 100 percent. But this is not surprising even for our experts, because beginners, experts and freeriders simply feel at home here. Snow is guaranteed to be high, there are snow parks and cross-country skiing trails and there are also good après-ski opportunities. With five stars, our experts in mountain restaurants, huts and gastronomy even give top marks.
5) Off-piste activities
Cortina d’Ampezzo is considered the scene of the Dolce Vita, a classy queen in the middle of the Dolomites. So it’s no wonder that après-ski, culinary highlights and elegant shopping also characterize this place.
During the day it is the rustic huts with their sun terraces that invite you to stop in front of the magnificent panorama of the Dolomites. In the valley, restaurants attract with varied menus, regional specialties and international cuisine.
Bars and discos also open for après-ski – the most popular clubs include the “Lovat” and the “Enoteca”. People meet on the “Corso”, on the “Piazza” or in the “Via Roma” – for shopping and delicious food, drinks and hot rhythms.
Toboggan fans are drawn to the slopes of Mietres in Guargnè, because here they will find their very own Eldorado. They whiz along a former ski slope towards Cortina. So that you can enjoy the 1 km long toboggan fun again and again, you simply use the chairlift to get back to the start.
The 850 m² wellness area of the Faloria Mountain Spa Resort offers pure relaxation in the midst of magnificent mountains. With its pool, this wellness oasis invites you to splash around and relax, and the sauna for a pleasant relaxation rite. Cosmetic and massage treatments round off the feel-good program after a long day of skiing.
6) Places in the ski area
The small town of Cortina embedded in the high altitude of the Italian Veneto and surrounded by the breathtaking peaks of the Dolomitesin the middle of the Valle del Boite (German Boite Valley).
The first mention of the place can be found with “Anpez” from the time around 973. Over the centuries the village awoke from its slumber and finally became world famous with the 1956 Winter Olympics. The place quickly transformed into the most popular and exclusive holiday destination in the Dolomites with mountain lovers and sports enthusiasts from all over Italy.
Major international events prove the quality of the destination. More than 25 women’s World Cup races (alpine skiing) have been held here to date. Freeride and Snowboard World Cups attract athletes from all over the world to Cortina – as do international cross-country races and other sporting events.
In Cortina d’Ampezzo, people are proud of the fact that, with the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is, so to speak, on their doorstep – yes, that you are actually in the middle of it. But one is also proud of the tradition that the Ampezzans keep with their language, their costumes and their ceremonies. Another relic from a relatively recent era: the ice rink in Cortina still houses the bowl in which the Olympic flame burned in 1956.
Cortina d’Ampezzo has also retained the flair of the luxurious, the special and the elegant and sophisticated to this day.
As early as the 1950s, Cortina was known for the pulsating fashion life on Corso Italia. From the beginning, this street has been considered the most glamorous promenade for Italian vacation spots.
Even today, strolling through the city you will discover fine boutiques and exquisite shops that present their elegant fashion and many other luxurious “must-haves”. At the same time, you can enjoy historical buildings such as the parish church with its elaborate ceiling frescoes, which are just as worth seeing as the Chiesa di San Nicolo from 1226. Many film productions even used Cortina d’Ampezzo as a location – for example for “James Bond – in deadly Mission ”or for the film“ The Pink Panther ”.
7) Arrival in the Cortina d’Ampezzo ski area
There are many ways to get to Cortina d’Ampezzo. From Germany you can reach Venice (162 km away) and Innsbruck (156 km away) by plane. ATVO and Cortina Express buses are available daily at Venice Airport and Venice-Mestre train station for transfers to Cortina d’Ampezzo.
With a rental car you use the A27 northbound from Venice Airport and then take the SS51 to Cortina. If you arrive by car from Germany, you orient yourself on the Inntalautobahn and take the A22 to Brixen. From there it goes over the E66 / SS49 to Toblach. Then the SS51 leads via Fiames to Cortina d’Ampezzo.
You can also reach Cortina d’Ampezzo via the train stations Calalzo di Cadore (connection: Dolomiti Bus) and Toblach (connection bus of the SAD).
8) Weather, snow depths and webcams of Cortina d’Ampezzo
Have a look at the ski area beforehand and see if the sun is shining? SnowTrex provides information about the weather, current snow depths and webcam images .
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