120 KM (Local Area) – 1,200 KM (Dolomiti Super Ski)
1,224 M – 3,243 M
Freccia nel Cielo – 2,828 M
Green: 6, Blue: 27, Red: 28, Black: 11
Venice 1hr 45mins
Cortina is best for families, intermediate skiers, and foodies wanting to combine gastronomy with a luxury ski holiday.
The best time is from mid-December to early April.
Beginners and intermediates are also well catered in Cortina with an extensive range of wide, easy slopes. There are plenty of wide gentle runs to progress to on the lower parts of the Pomedes sector.
Cortina is an excellent ski resort for families. Cortina is an open-air playground, with swings and slides that can be used by the kids, as well as Dolomiti Paradise which is inside Cortina’s ice stadium.
Cortina d’Ampezzo is without a doubt the place to be seen in the Italian Alps, and is one of the most luxurious resorts in Italy, where fabulous Italian hospitality and gastronomy are combined with an iconic ski region.
At the heart of Cortina is the cobbled Corsa Italia, a top spot for those who like to shop. The town centre has everything you could want with a huge range of stores. From fashion, accessories and home furnishings to sport and art, it’s a shopper’s paradise. It should be remembered that Cortina is as much about style and elegance as it is about skiing and mountains! As expected from Italy, Cortina’s gastronomy is exceptional with restaurants serving a variety of dishes from traditional Venetian to typical Tyrolean specialities, showcasing fresh local ingredients.
A luxury ski holiday to Cortina perfectly blends modern luxuries with a traditional Alpine feel, whilst being home to a number of the finest luxury ski chalets and hotels in Italy.
For those arriving by plane, Venice is the nearest international airport, around 1 hour 45 minutes away.
Cervinia makes a great choice for groups with mixed skiing abilities, with the added joy of a stunning setting within the Dolomites. It may not have quite the same range and quality of ski terrain as its international competitors, but it has a stylish ambience that none of them can match.
Cortina’s ski area is split across several different mountains, and offers a good mix of open and wooded slopes. Cortina’s impressive ski area has lifts taking you up close to 3,000m in several places. The only ski area accessible from close to the centre of town is Faloria, an area of mostly open slopes loosely linked to the Cristallo area
The slopes of Faloria are accessed from close to the centre of town via a two-stage cable car. This south-facing area comprises mainly broad cruising pistes, best suited to intermediates.
On the other side of the valley is the larger Col Drusciè, Tofane and Pomedes area, accessed by lifts starting a little outside of town. This has lots of easy, wooded runs lower down and some harder open pistes up top.
Part of the Dolomiti Superski area, Cortina boasts access to nearly 1,000km of downhill skiing with over 660 individual pistes served by 573 ski lifts. There really is something for everyone here. Intermediate skiers will be in their element in the Dolomiti Superski with the widest choice of runs open to them, including an impressive 3.7-mile-long descent.
Cortina D’Ampezzo is a brilliant resort for beginners as they have a large network of nursery slopes. There are plenty of wide gentle runs to progress to on the lower parts of the Pomedes sector.
In Socrepes you will find the Cortina Kids area which has jumps, an obstacle course and a snow playground. Dolomiti Paradise gives families the chance to use a play area, with climbing routes, wooden bridges and slides, swings and rockers, for the youngest visitors. The electric car track is a favourite for children, who can choose from rides on racing cars, motorbikes and tractors, of course at child-sized speeds and dimensions!
Foodies will love a luxury ski holiday to Cortina, with its abundance of restaurants and bars to discover. This Italian ski resort has an excellent choice of mountain restaurants, including the highly reputed Capanna Tondi on Faloria, with its large sun terrace and traditional cuisine. In the village, Cortina has a wide range of dining options, though many of the high-end restaurants are on the outskirts of town.
Cortina can be quite lively, especially in high season when the Italians are out in force. Recommended après-ski spots include the Enoteca and La Suite wine bars.
Capanna Tondi on Faloria – It is located at the top of the chairlift Vitelli and there is a large sun terrace where you can eat outside. You must not miss the famous grappas prepared by Mrs Rosa.
Rifugio Averau – The Averau refuge is located right on the slopes of the 5 Torri area and is easy to reach on foot, or on skis. The cuisine is of the highest standard and includes expertly re-appraised traditional dishes from the valleys of the Dolomites, exquisitely prepared and served.
Baita Son Dei Prade – This family-run restaurant-cum-rifugio is strategically located at the side of one of the most popular beginner skiing slopes in Cortina. Furnished in characteristic mountain style, they serve authentic cuisine.
Ristorante Tivoli – This restaurant occupies an attractive Alpine house outside the town centre on the road to the Falzarego pass. It is run by a chef who is completely at ease with both traditional cuisine and more creative fare. Quiet, intimate ambience.
Il Ponte – Il Ponte gets its place on the best restaurants in Cortina due to the wood-fired pizza oven alone but it also serves some great pasta dishes. Plenty of wood in the decor creates a nice rustic feel and the buzzing atmosphere is certainly welcome.
Al Camin – In one of Cortina’s outer villages, You’ll have to book in advance for this one with many people rating it higher than the Michelin-starred option in town. It is arguably the best restaurant in Cortina, serving classic Italian dishes with some great modern twists.
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