Skiing in Cortina

Known as the Queen of the Dolomites, Cortina D’Ampezzo has been used as a backdrop for many films (Cliffhanger/Christmas Holiday/A Farewell to Arms) and you don’t have to spend long there to realise why.

Located in a wide sunny valley amongst spectacular Dolomitic scenery, the resort has three major ski areas, and is on the famous Dolomiti Superski pass.

Getting here:

Flying is the most straight forward and Venice offers the best access and offers good options from the UK - request a quote

More information:

Skiing in Cortina

Cortina is one of the most elegant winter resorts in the world and the resort itself is based around the road called the Corso Italia which is known for its' designer boutiques.

The winter Olympics were held here in 1956 - it was minus 22 and before gortex and all the materials we know and use today had been invented!

Ski area of Cortina

The ski area is made up of different areas - beginners learn on the lower slopes of the Tofana area and then move onto one of the larger areas. The main cable car from the centre of town takes you up to the Faloria ski area which overlooks the resorts. The slopes here are a mixture of mainly blues and reds with a few blacks thrown in for good measure - if you're looking for a more challenging ski then you should head over to Cristallo
On the south facing side is the Tofane ski area reached by the Freccia nel Cielo cable car near the Olympic stadium in the resort centre and further along is the Cinque Torre area which you can access using the free ski bus. This is the starting point for the longest slope in the Dolomites - the Armetarola. Altogether Cortina has 140km of slopes and is also part of the Sella Ronda which has a total of 1200km of skiing - to access this, all you need is the super dolomite lift pass

Doing More in Cortina

Every year on the frozen over lake at Misurina there is the polo as part of the Audi polo Gold Cup Circuit. In the Punta Nera Challenge - skiers go up by helicopter to the Faloria refuge and then descend the mountain performing jumps of more than 50m - a great spectator sport! On the Giau pass you will see people snowkiting - a sport which started in France but has quickly spread to other areas (see doingmore for details of the dates for this event).
There's ice driving in Fiames, snowshoeing, tobogganing - see doing more


Throughout December there are about 20 stalls along the Corso Italia which make up the Christmas Markets - stalls include the chocolate fair with workshops, chocolate tasting and a chocolomarket.....there are others but these certainly enhance a delicious holiday experience at Christmas time.

Getting here:

The nearest airport is Venice - transfers can be arranged from other airports - contact us for further details.

Should you prefer to drive, we can assist with ferry or tunnel crossings.


Got some questions about the resort?

Call us on 0203 137 7678;  email us your questions or;

- see the accommodation

- see other Italian ski resorts

The ski area

No of km of skiing (local area): 140
No of km skiing (full area): 1200

What we like

Top 5 things to do

  • Have lunch in one of the gastronomic mountain restaurants
  • Go up the mountain for the evening, have dinner and come back down by sledge or snowcat
  • Ski the scenic Cinque Torre circuit (don't forget your camera)
  • Try slow skiing and take your time as you descent the Vitello run stopping to look at the scenery and have a snack/drinks break on the way down
  • Have an ice cream as you walk along the Corso Italia

  • Hotel Cortina

    £641- £1134

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    46 BEDROOMS FREE INTERNET CONNECTION PRIVATE CAR PARK HEALTH CENTRE

    The four star Hotel Cortina offers wonderful hospitality and amenities from a family who have a reputation of providing the best service since 1870. 

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  • Hotel Ambra

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    25 BEDROOMS UP TO 4 PEOPLE WIFI THROUGHOUT HOTEL 2 MINUTES TO THE LIFT FREE PRIVATE PARKING IS POSSIBLE ON SITE

    This traditionally historic hotel in central Cortina is just a few steps from the bell tower and within an easy distance of the lifts. It's charm and typically Italian style are prominent throughout and as a family run property, you'd be hard pushed to find a more local feel!

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  • Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf

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    74 BEDROOMS UP TO 5 PEOPLE PRIVATE PARKING PAYABLE LOCALLY COMPLIMENTARY WIFI ACCESS CRISTALLO ULTIMATE SPA

    The Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf is the jewel in Cortina’s crown. It’s perfectly placed, high on a hillside, to absorb the panoramic views of the peaks that ring the valley. And inside it’s a journey back in time. The interiors and furnishings, far from any Alpine cliché, are Gustavian in style, a Swedish import from a bygone century. All mod cons are present, but not ostentatiously so.

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  • Hotel Ancora

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    49 BEDROOMS FREE PARKING WIFI IS CHARGED LOCALLY INDOOR SWIMMING POOL, SAUNA AND STEAM ROOM BED AND BREAKFAST

    The Hotel Ancora is one of the oldest hotels in Cortina.  Built in 1826, the hotel reflects the characteristic Ampezzano style with wooden balconies and intricately carved and painted interior details.

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  • Sporting Hotel Villa Blu

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    48 BEDROOMS UP TO 4 PEOPLE FREE WIFI FREE PARKING

    At the boutique Sporting Hotel Villa Blu you will be surrounded by the stunning peaks of the Dolomites.  This elegant four star hotel offers the most amazing views and a wonderful warm welcome from it's friendly team of staff.

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  • Hotel Panda

    £POA

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    22 BEDROOMS UP TO 5 PEOPLE FREE WIFI ACCESS INDOOR PRIVATE CAR PARK

    The Pian family warmly welcome you to the Panda Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo.  The hotel boasts a great location surrounded by the charming Dolomites and is one of the best three star hotels in Cortina.

     

     

     

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  • Hotel Europa

    £POA

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    FREE WIFI ACCESS 47 BEDROOMS FREE PARKING PETS ARE ALLOWED

    The Hotel Europa has all the charm of an old mountain home and is just five minutes from the centre of Cortina, the most exclusive resort in the Dolomites.  

     

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