Ski Lifts in Cortina d'Ampezzo
Cortina’s ski lift system is rather antiquated in places, but the ski lifts have an uphill capacity of over 55,000 riders per hours and cope quite well with the volumes of skiers.
Cortina Ski Lifts
The Cortina lift system is built around several big cable cars – most of which have been there a long time. Chairlifts and a few drags fill the gaps. Over recent years several chairs have been upgraded, though the relatively low skier numbers mean there’s little pressure to make changes.
For a resort of this quality, the uplift is not remotely cutting edge, but neither is it a significant limiting factor. The latest additions are the replacement in the Cristallo area of the two man chairlift “Val Padeon” by a quad, and a six seater on Tofana to replace two chairlifts, the Col Taron and Piemerlo.
Depending where you draw the ski area boundary lines and which ski areas are counted, 42 ski lifts including 5 cable cars, 29 chairlifts, 6 surface lifts and 2 ski buses serve the main ski areas with an uphill capacity of 55,000 riders per hour. Generally, lift queues are not a problem, but avoid Italian holiday periods when Cortina is very busy though not all visitors come to ski.
Additionally, each of the smaller Auronzo-Misurina and San Vito di Cadore ski areas is served by a handful of chairlift and surface lifts, and included in the main Cortina lift pass. Nearly half of the chairlifts are old two-seaters, but before leaping to conclusions bear in mind they are transporting you through a UNESCO world heritage site with some of the best views in the Alps, and allegedly eight out of 10 days are sunny so what’s the rush.
Cortina Ski Lift Passes
The Cortina d’Ampezzo valley lift pass includes access to all of the lifts in Cortina, Auronzo-Misurina and San Vito di Cadore ski areas, a total of 140km of pistes (120km in Cortina). The valley forms part of the massive Dolomiti Superski circuit, comprising 1,220km of pistes sevred by 450 ski lifts across 12 ski areas in Veneto, Trentino and South Tyrol. For more information about ski lifts (including lifts open and closed) and lift pass prices in Cortina contact the ski pass desk at the tourist office in Cortina: