If a lively party scene, both during après-ski and late into the night, a fashionable base village and million-dollar views are high on your travel check list, then a Cortina ski vacation is sure to impress. Cortina, unlike other Italian ski resorts, is exclusively in Italy, you won’t find Germanic influences or speakers here, making it an authentic experience. So, if you want to blend in with the Italians, there’s only one way to explore the Dolomiti Superski, a massive interconnected 460-lift system, comprised of 12 resorts and over 750 miles of trails. Wake up late, ski to one of literally hundreds of restaurants, eat a huge lunch, wash it down with some wine, then lie in the sun and take a nap until four o’clock in the afternoon when everyone heads down to the disco. But if you do want to experience the endless ski terrain, unlike the Italian visitors, Cortina truly has something for every level.
Cortina is a world-famous winter resort that rivals any other in the Alps best. The village sits in a sunny amphitheater, ringed by spectacular Dolomite peaks which rise over 9,800 feet from the base area. You don’t want to miss a sunset here. Off-mountain, life centers on Cortina’s main boulevard, Corso, a car-free, shop-lined street where the late afternoon passeggiata proceeds without fail. You can browse and see the latest winter fashions, and purchase unique souvenirs from one of the many antique and craft shops. At the heart of the Corso is a central piazza, a church with towering campanile, and the interesting Regole Museum.
Cortina has a complete range of winter sports facilities since hosting the Olympic Games in 1956, and annually hosts World Cup events in mid-January. The resort also hosts bobsled races and on-snow horse shows. At night, enjoy one of Cortina's exclusive night clubs and discos. Come ski Cortina with Ski.com. Just beware of the grappa bars that serve Italy's version of tequila.
With so much of the Dolomiti Superski terrain to explore, you can bet that every level skier can find something to suit them. If you opt to stick to the Cortina area, you’ll also find plenty to keep every ability and preference occupied. Experts will find plenty of Cortina skiing to suit their preferences, but a run down Staunies, a South-facing couloir in the Cristallo ski area, earns bragging rights. Other quintessential expert Cortina skiing runs include Pomedes and Duc d’Aosta. Intermediates will find great snow conditions on the cruisers at the top of Tofana. There’s a famed ‘hidden valley’ red trail from the top of the Pass Falzarego tram that intermediates should not miss. First time and beginner skiers are best served at Cortina with a wide variety of gentle terrain on the main thoroughfares. A great option is to take the Skitour Olympia, which is a route directing you to all the 1956 Olympic courses.
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