Skiing in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Cortina is undoubtedly the most famous and prestigious Italian ski resort: a name that has been preserved over time, also thanks to the Alpine Ski World Cup races that take place here every year on the Olympia slope of Tofane. Today is definitely the most fashionable resort on the Italian side of the Alps. Nestled in the wide and sunny Ampezzo Valley, with the Dolomites around it, it offers great slopes in three different districts: Tofane, Faloria-Cristallo-Mietres and Lagazuoi-5 Towers.

For mountaineering ski lovers, starting from Lagazuoi-5 Towers, there are many  tours.

In the Dolomites d'Ampezzo Natural Park cross-country ski lovers can enjoy 7 km of loop paths, including 2 at night and 70 km of slopes with guaranteed artificial snow.
Exciting also the snow kite: kites fly between Martisa, Giau Pass and Lake Misurina. Moon Light Sledge, finally, offers emotions with guided night hikes, ending going downstream with little sledges.

Technical description:

In Cortina you can ski on the districts of Tofane, Faloria-Cristallo-Mietres and Lagazuoi-5 Towers, which are partly connected to each other with ski slopes and in partly by shuttles.

From the town start two cable cars to the districts of Faloria (then connected to Cristallo and Mietres), or to "Tofane". Ski bus or cars are necessary to go to Falzarego Pass and take the cable car to the district of Lagazuoi, where you can admire a wonderful panorama  and ski on the Armentarola, one of the longest and most famous slopes of the Dolomites .

Among the 'black' slopes we point out the Forcella Rossa, the Staunies and the legendary Staunies Channel; the best 'red' ones are the Armentarola and the Olympia; the Tofanina is a good ‘blue’ slope.

With the Valley skipass you can ski on all the slopes of Auronzo-Misurina, San Vito di Cadore and Cortina districts: 140 km of Dolomiti Superski slopes.
The Dolomites Nordic Ski is a card that entitles you to ski on 1,300 km of slopes in 12 locations, the largest cross-country ski carousel in Europe.

Recommended period: from December to April

Artificial snow: YES
The ski resorts have artificial snowmaking, although Cortina is not considered by experts a very efficient place as far as snowmaking, probably because it is more focused on its ability to attract high society.

A very equipped snow park is located in Socrepes, divided into two zones: the Easy Line for beginners and the Media Line for more experienced ones.

Ski schools: YES, many
School camps: YES, many, directly accessible by car and very close to the town
Baby park: YES

Skipass: click here

Shuttles and connections:
Cortina can be reached by bus or car. In town you can park and catch the ski bus or walk to the lifts (this depends on where you are staying), because two cable cars start from Cortina’s central ring.

Snow bulletin: click here

Path’s source: dovesciare.it

Points of interest

DOLOMITES D'AMPEZZO NATURAL PARK
DOLOMITES D'AMPEZZO NATURAL PARK

Protected area covering a total of 11,200 hectares in the town of Cortina. The park includes many famous Dolomite’s groups: Cristallo, Tofane, Fanes, Col Bechei and Croda Rossa, some of these mountains have peaks over 3,200 meters high and they enclose in the recess of their northern slopes some small glaciers and beautiful valleys. Inside the park there are nineteen tourist facilities, including restaurants and mountain huts.

THREE PEAKS OF LAVAREDO
THREE PEAKS OF LAVAREDO

These are the real ‘visiting card’ of the Dolomites, the most representative group of the mountain range and perhaps the most recognizable of the entire Alpine arc. The three peaks are a unique attraction for anyone going on holiday to Cortina d'Ampezzo and indeed there are many paths that connect the town to the mountains. Moreover, the Cime di Lavaredo are often connected to the Giro d'Italia, which has one of its most difficult and spectacular arrivals right here.

CHURCH OF SAINTS PHILIP AND JAMES
CHURCH OF SAINTS PHILIP AND JAMES

A parish church with a characteristic bell tower, built in the late eighteenth century. It houses some valuable treasures, like the tabernacle dating back to 1703 and the frescoed ceiling. The bell tower, however, 71 meters high and visible from every point of the Ampezzo valley, was built in the mid '800s with blocks of dolomite and it has a feature: the carillon of its clock reproduces the theme of the London Big Ben.

CORSO ITALIA
CORSO ITALIA

Cortina’s symbolic street, exclusive destination for shopping as well as ideal street for après-ski walks, looking for clothing or souvenirs. On this pedestrian mall there are famous shops next to craft shops, antiques, jewelries and local food shops.

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City of departure: Cortina d'Ampezzo

Departure: Cortina d'Ampezzo

City of arrival: Cortina d'Ampezzo

Arrival: Cortina d'Ampezzo

Length (Km): 0

Difficulty: See infomap

Discipline: Backcountry Ski/Snowboard

Type of Itinerary: Full day

Difference in height (m): 0

Difference in downhill (m): 0

Highest point (m): 2939

Lowest point (m): 1224

Duration (h.): 0

Useful Links

www.dovesciare.it/localita/cortina

Cities crossed

Cortina d'Ampezzo (BL)