If a lively party scene, both during après-ski and late into the night, a fashionable base village and million-dollar views from one of the largest interconnected trail systems in the world are high on your travel checklist, 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 Italian experience. So, if you want to blend in with the Italians, there’s only one way to explore the Dolomiti Superski, a massive interconnected 450-lift system, comprised of 15 resorts and over 740 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, Cortina truly has something for every level.
Cortina D’Ampezzo Ski Resort is a world-famous winter destination and rivals all others in the Alps. The village sits in a sunny amphitheater, ringed by spectacular Dolomite peaks which rise over 10,000 feet from the base area. You don’t want to miss a sunset here and the best places for viewing are on one of the terraces nestled in the Dolomites.
Off-mountain, the village still bustles with life on Cortina’s main boulevard, Corso, a car-free, shop-lined street where the late afternoon passeggiata, the Italian tradition for a leisurely stroll, 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 a towering campanile, an Italian bell tower, and the three Regole museums, one of modern art, paleontology and ethnography.
Cortina has a complete range of winter sports facilities since hosting the Olympic Games in 1956 and annually hosts World Cup events in late January. The resort also hosts bobsled races and on-snow horse shows. At après and into the night, enjoy one of Cortina's exclusive nightclubs and discos, but beware of the grappa bars that serve the spirit traditional to Italy. It's stronger than tequila and uniquely made from grapes, but you want to make sure you’re still able to get up and hit the slopes the next day after a night on the town. Come ski Cortina with Ski.com.
by flying into the Venice or Marco Polo Airport and then taking a train, bus or car to get to the resort. By car, it’s just under a 2-hour drive.
Corso Italia, the shopping hotspot of the city, and peruse designer stores, antique shops and artisanal goods when you’re taking a break from the slopes and looking for souvenirs.
yourself to a soak in an open-air hot tub or sauna session at an altitude of almost 9,000 feet.
at a top elevation of over 9,600 feet and the 70+ miles of terrain at Cortina d’Ampezzo plus the additional connected 300+ miles of pistes.
the resort known as “queen of the Dolomites,” a true paradise for winter sports and wellness enthusiasts.
the blend of Italian and Tyrolean flavors by savoring pasta dishes or crepes with lingonberry jam, a traditional produce for local Cortina families.
a guided horseback riding tour on Icelandic horses through the Dolomite Mountains.
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 within the 70+ miles of terrain. Experts will find their fill of pistes in Cortina to suit their preferences, with 16% of their terrain geared towards advanced skiers, including a run down Scoiattolo, a little over half a mile long with a max slope grade of 55%, which earns bragging rights.
Other quintessential expert Cortina skiing runs include Bigontina and Ciastel. Intermediates will find great snow conditions on the cruisers at the top of Tofana. 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 includes multiple routes directing you to all the 1956 Olympic courses. The options during the tour make it possible for skiers of all ability levels to attend and look back into Cortina’s history of Alpine ski racing.
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The ski season in Cortina d’Ampezzo runs from late November to early May, so skiing during the months of March and April is possible. While snow conditions may vary during the spring season, the snow-making infrastructure of the resort helps improve conditions. Plus, paired with more sunshine and longer days, you’ll be able to make the most of your time if you visit Cortina during these months.
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A moment of peace in paradiseYoung, athletic, curious about the mountains beyond Colorado, my girl friend and I decided to take a trip to Cortina. We expected a lot coming from a ski town with a vibrant summer scene. And those expectations were blown right out of the water. Cortina and the surrounding area is one of the most beautiful places we have had the chance to travel to. The people, the food (don't even get me started) and the views were amazing.
Hotel CortinaCortina! Can’t say enough ! Great snow, beautiful views. Easy to get around . The town is just too cute.
Italian Alps at it’s best.I missed a trip earlier in life And it remained as a bucket list item. I took my 18 year old daughter and simply stated, had an amazing time. The Cortina Village charm, ristorantes, the Hotel Cortina and skiing Cortina itself and the surrounding Dolomites were an experience of a lifetime! We decided to use the mountain guide services of M’OVER to give us the added touch and local navigation through the Dolomitess only a local can provide....One of the best decisions of my life! Don’t debate this location and region!
Great ExperienceI love this town. I had some very nice lessons from great instructors. The ski runs and amenities on the mountain are top notch. I would definitely go again.
Nice areaSkiing in the immediate vicinity was nice, but skiing other areas in the Dolomites was even better. We skied Sella Ronda & Mount Elmo. Both are musts if skiing Cortina. Only complaint was there was no natural snow.
I loved cortina !!!!Cortina- what a beautiful ski reosrt !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hotels ranging from elegant 5 star to charming 3 star bed and breakfast. Lovely pedestrian village with great shops and cafes and restaurants. !!!! Walk everywhere !!! Incredible food !!! Beautiful skking with wide open trails, amazing views !!! Definitley stay in Venice on your way to or from the ski resort as Veenice is your gateway to the mountains.
CortinaIf you dream of the nice wide open runs of the Italian Alps Cortina is one of my favorites! Or if you want to be challenged off piste there is plenty of non groomers as well. Cortina is the ski vacation that everyone will enjoy. Plenty of nightlife and sunny decks on the mountain to enjoy an incredible lunch. Staying at the Hotel Cortina offers old school charm and you are able to walk a couple of minutes to the shuttle to take you to one of many base areas to start your day. Believe me, Cortina will not disappoint!Good