Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski Resort

Fashionable and beautiful Cortina d’Ampezzo is located just two hours north of Venice, and offers a very Italian winter sports holiday, where eating, drinking, socialising, sunbathing, shopping, view-gazing, and stylishly strolling around are as important as skiing and snowboarding.

At 1,225m Cortina d’Ampezzo sits on a broad meadow in the Ampezzo valley, between vast craggy mountains. It’s as popular in summer as in winter when the ski slopes become hiking grounds and the peaks of the Dolomite mountains above are traversed by breathtaking climbing paths first used by troops when the area was on the front line in the First World War. And it's still a frontier region, at least linguistically, because Cortina is an Italian enclave in what is mostly a German speaking part of Italy. More importantly for some visitors, Venice is only two hours away by car so a ski trip can be combined with the ultimate city-break as well.

Cortina is very much a resort for skiers and non-skiers alike. On the slopes, the views and the mountain restaurants are as important as the skiing. Down in Cortina’s pedestrianised town centre, there’s more fur on the strolling holidaymakers than on the local wildlife, and apres-ski means stylish cafes and wine-bars with scenic views of the pink-tinged Dolomites gently glowing in the setting sun, not rowdy bars. There is no shortage of five star hotels but there is plenty of more reasonably priced accommodation too.

Cortina's ski area is only medium-sized and very fragmented. The Dolomites are high mountains, but their top halves are often cliffs, making them spectacular to gaze up at but impossible to ski down. And this is not a naturally snowy area, so whilst artificial snow-making usually keeps the pistes skiable, there is very little terrain to the sides. Strong keen skiers will therefore exhaust Cortina's 115km of runs within three days, despite having to take buses between the different areas. But a solution is not far away: the Sella Ronda ski circuit has more than enough skiing for a week, and it's close enough that you can even ski into it from one of Cortina's more neglected ski areas - Lagazuoi - although you have to return by taxi. 

Cortina's slopes also have one quality that all skiers like. Except at peak holiday times, they are blissfully uncrowded early in the morning, at lunchtimes and late in tha afternoon when most of Cortina's visitors have other things on their mind.

Cortina d’Ampezzo Pros & Cons

+ UNESCO World Heritage Site

+ Spectacular Dolomite landscapes

+ Attractive town, upmarket shops and galleries

+ Excellent nursery slopes

+ Good eating on and off the mountain

+ Easy to get to via magnificent Venice!

- Fragmented ski area (linked by free ski bus)

- Erratic natrural snowfall (but good snow canons)

- Some slow lifts yet to be upgraded

- Limited challenges for advanced skiers 

- Many bars and restaurants close early (10pm)

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Cortina d'Ampezzo Statistics

  • CountryItaly
  • RegionVeneto
  • Base1,224 m
  • Peak2,939 m
  • Vertical2,019 m
  • Beginner50 %
  • Intermediate41 %
  • Advanced9 %
  • Longest Run9 km
  • Ski Lifts37 
  • Cable cars
  • Gondolas
  • Chair Lifts24 
  • Surface Lifts
  • Riders per hour 47,770 
  • Day lift passEuros 44
  • 6 day lift passEuros 241

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