Cortina d'Ampezzo

Ski resorts in Italy
There’s something unique about Cortina. Best known for being the host of the 1956 Winter Olympics, this village comes with a large ski area. Many people name it Italy’s equivalent to Whistler.

The shopping here is as good as the pistes, and some people seem to prefer spending more time in the shops rather than on the mountain. There is actually a really positive side about this. There are hardly any lift queues, which is a reason many people label Cortina dámpezzo their paradise. You can ski for miles down the slopes during daytime and then finish off your evening at one of the many Italian restaurants and/or night clubs.

Despite the disappointing limited snowfalls during the last couple of years, many still recommend Corina d’ampezzo for a ski holiday. Having access to the famous Sella Ronda circular ski route and Dolomites, which offers the amazing views, means there is still something quite spectacular about his place.

Cortina d'Ampezzo Snow forecast

  • Sunday
    0.2 in rain
    3 mph
  • Monday
    0 in rain
    5 mph
  • Tuesday
    0 in rain
    Duggregn / sol
    4 mph

Facts about Cortina d'Ampezzo

Slopes (Total: 76)
Green Learning / beginner:0
Blue Easy:39
Red Intermediate:30
Black Advanced / Expert:7
Longest slope:22966 ft
Total length of pistes:68.4 miles

Lifts (Total: 37)

Vertical drop
Cortina d'Ampezzo Vertical drop
Mountain high: 9619 ft
Vertical drop: 5604 ft
Mountain low: 4016 ft

Country: Italy

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Thought to strike a blow for Cortina as a ski resort as I see that it was 3 years since the last review.

So what do I think of Cortina? In my eyes, it's very similar to chamonix with ski buses that take you around to the different systems. Cortina is a nice village / mini town that suits you who still want to live in a city with pulse / restaurants / cafes and shopping.
It is not a direct disco that is offered but a very good bar hangout where you can drink and talk. The favorite was the bar in the middle of the village with a gondola outside that you could hang in. Chamonix may be a bit more beautiful village but Cortina has some really nice pointed mountain peaks that I think are nicer as they can light up at night like coral reefs (google pictures of the dolomites) I found many nice restaurants and a cafe near the bus station that served really nice pastries like the ones I used to eat in chamonix.
The systems consist of Faloria / Cristallo which is reached near the large bus station in the city center. Tofana igger near the ice rink on the outskirts of the village. A little further away there is also the Cinque Terre, a small system with about 5 slopes that is welded together with Lagazuoi that leads on towards Dobbiaco / Alta Badia and towards the Sella Ronda massif. There are buses (Cortina express) that run here so you do not have to go all the way on skis. The Cortina express buses also run regularly to Venice and Cortina in just over 2 hours and were a pleasant smooth experience when we traveled here.

Something that strikes me is that compared to sella Ronda which is right next door which we also visited on the trip here is that the lift system is not the biggest here but here is a lot about quality slopes rather than quantity. If you like to go on your favorite slopes instead of getting around and looking for them with the help of transport distances, this will suit you.
I spoke to an Italian who described that the Italian state goes in and sponsors sella Ronda with both marketing and updating of lifts because it attracts so many tourists. However, I think that Sella Ronda can quickly become overcrowded and that there is actually a charm with old lifts in Cortina. However, the lift system in Cortina has been upgraded and will get a further lift as both us and the Alpine World Cup will be held here. The distal parts with lagazuoi and Cinque torri should be built together with the tofa part.

The best slopes in my opinion.

Forcella Rossa which is the most majestic hill I went on. If you go all the way from the top down to the bottom, the surroundings are quite different with bare cliffs that surround you and a really nice view of the city as well as forest skiing under the cabins and a very narrow difficult turn part just above the beginning of the lift. There is a narrow part with rock walls around which then leads on to a very steep part.

Lagazuoi is a really long hill between the massifs with a view of waterfalls. It has been named the world's most beautiful piste. In the end, you can either stake yourself or be pulled by a horse with the help of holding on to a rope.

Faloria / Cristallo was really nice and here it was strangely enough very empty of people. Really challenging, however, do not back the longest. However, sad that they removed the lift to formal staunes. I hope it comes back in the future as it is a really beautiful hill you can glimpse.

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Cortina D'Amprezzo is a small town known as the 1956 Winter Olympics. The town is set at 1224 meters, surrounded by the beautiful Dolomites, in a wide valley that gives the city a lot of sunshine. Whatever it would have been, snow was missing outside the slopes below about 2000 meters altitude when I was there in week 5. Therefore, unfortunately, there was no off-piste race. There were beautiful weather in the beginning and at the end of the week. In the middle of the week, there were two days of wind and snow. In the city there is a bus that runs an oval line in order to make it easier for the different systems. However, walking to the lift stations depends on where you live in the city. Common to the whole system was that there were small queues. In the slopes it was known Italian manchester pistat. The ski system consists of a falling size of three separate parts. Tofana, Faloria / Christallo and Mistress.

Tofana is the big system and has all the difficulty levels on the slopes. This is why most of the skiers are here. It was here that the Olympic Games took place. Here the women's World Cup runs every year. What it was when I was here. The city's best black piste runs between the upper plateau and the rest of the system. Opportunities to go offpiste are a little bit upside down. Both above and below the tree line. However, it is mostly prohibited, and the carabineries are found in the slopes to see that it is complied with.

Faloria is called the part of the system located on a plateau just over 2000 meters. Here are a handful of parallel pistes and a fun park. Probably there are the best opportunities to go offpiste here. Traces were found by skiers who had taken past the lockout east to get south of the city. In most cases, you can go down to Rio Gere to get over to the Christall model of the system. When it was snowy, it was going downhill to Rio Gere. Here is a road here that has to be crossed. You have to take off the skis and hike across the road to continue to the Christall model of the system. At Rio Gere there is a very genuine and nice restaurant.

The Christallo part of the system only offers a ride in a few slopes from the lift station at 2215 meters. The top black piste from Christallo's 2930 mh was shut off, as the lift was in such a bad condition that it could not be used. The day they build a new lift, there will be a very good black back here. The long red piste down to Rio Gere was surrounded by bark. Otherwise, there should be opportunities to bite offpist here.

Mistres section consists of some light low lying slopes that are suitable for children. The slopes are on the sunny east side and were closed when there was a barbark here.

The nearby ski slopes Pazzo Falzarego and Cinque Torri leave the bus. At the top of Lagazuoi, 2,272 m above sea level, there are caves dug up during World War I when the front went here. A nice restaurant is on top and a beautiful red piste goes down to the lift station by the road. In general, you can go for a blue piste down to the Cinque Torris lift station. To the other part of this system. Now it was so little snow so it was time to go bus. At the beautiful mountain Cinque Torri there is a nice restaurant.
It is very popular to travel one day to the Sella Ronda neighborhood. Which is really recommended for those who have not been there. When I've been there, I chose to spend a day in the nearby Civetta ski resort at the town of Alleghe.
Cortina D'Amprezzo is the most classic of the Italian ski resorts. Charming and so typical Italian. All life revolves around the main street Corso Italia. Afterski consists of sitting at the cafés and enjoying a quiet drink. Here are brand stores and concepts stores. Evening life consists of shopping and long dinners. A few discons exist but the whole city breathes a calm atmosphere. This makes the city attract older elderly people, many of whom do not go skiing. Everything is available in different price levels but mostly in the upper level.
In summary, Cortina D'Amprezzo is a classic small town that lives on old, easily-worn merits. A life-style Italian way of life together with touristy well-ordered mostly older Italians and a few foreigners. The slopes and thus the rink are also in the Italian way. If you like the lifestyle then it's grade 4 if you only look for skiing, it becomes a 3rd. I give the city a 4th. By Börje Hammarling

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Cortina is a city / small town (OS 1956) with divided ski areas. The two largest areas have cabins from two different places in the village. The village itself is of the luxury battle, with Maserati as well as Rolex and Moncler.
Good restaurants with good food that holds (approximate) Stockholm prices. Cruel pizza and pasta of course. Afterski is not found in the village but there is more question about wine bars. There are plenty of fine wines.
If you are used to, for example, Val Thorens and Val d'Isère, the system feels limited to its extent. The slopes are ok and the Dolomites are definitely a natural experience. However, could feel that it was tarnished with the blast in many places.
Epitected "Many people in the village, no in the piste" are not correct. At least not last week (6). A lot of families, children and ski schools ringed down the slopes.
Here you go for skiing, food and wine. Choose another place if you like big systems and afterski.
The ski and board renter is "Boarderline" is cruel. Large selection and very helpful.

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We are a family with three children (3, 5 and 7 years old) who took time out and went to Cortina for two months. From the end of January to the end of March 2014, we lived just below the Faloria cabin. Nice city that lives for, and because they had the Olympics in 1956. VERY money from those visiting the village, but LITE money seems to stay in the village. The right decline compared to other places I've been to. Can be called "charming" but also "worn". But as said by the guests there are bullets. Visited a wine bar one evening and the number of full-length sweets inside the box is not collected within Stockholm's customs a payday Friday.
They live at the Olympic Games in 1956, a proof of the fact that the city's pride - hop tower - lost its status / certification for international ski jumping competitions sometime in the 90's. Since then it has decayed and is most of a clumped concrete clump. In itself a snowflake that is gilded with a big Olympic logo ... Åre won the World Cup 2019 - enough said.
In the village there are quite a few hotels and there are enough classes on it. The nice people live at Hotel Post or another place just above the village (as I forgot the name). The Swedish tour operators seem to place accommodation at hotels other than these. All hotels mean a bus (or car) to the ski slopes.
Around the village there are three to four ski areas:
Faloria - closest to the village and depending on where you have your hotel it can be walking distance to the cabin. But with children aged 6-10, I think it's a stretch. 12-year-old can handle it enough. The skiing is a mixture of red and black slopes. Here I went the most when we visited Polare and when our adults got lost. Too advanced for our children at the beginning, after two months of skiing, we were there and then our 5 and 7 year old cracked some black rides, but it did not feel like getting a change of skiing with the kids here. For the more advanced riders, there appeared to be good places for offpiste here. Part of the side of the slopes, but I saw some who climbed over the fence and shook out in different directions. Among other things, a hard / steep slope down to the cableway's intermediate station. I took the cabin ... If you are going to generalize and enrich, I would say that here were the most Russians with Bogner overalls.
Christallo - is a good way on the winding roads from the village if you drive a car / bus (about 20-25 minutes). But you can ski / lift over the mountain from the Faloria system. There is a long hill that many people drive in. The back is in the sun all day (if it's not cloudy ...) so in the afternoon it's right uphill. then it's good to turn back on skis via Faloria, who has been in shadow all day. In addition, there is a mix of blue and red backs - a total of 5-6 pieces + a very black back that they say is the brutest of the Dolomites - that back was not open throughout the season. The stools to lift up in that hill had been "delightful".
Tofana - with Socrepes is the largest area with a good mix between blue, red and black slopes. Here most people go. Most Italians with Colmar overalls and Prada glasses and many ski instructors. In this system, the Women's World Cup Competition will be held in January. There are also one or two old Olympic backs from 1956 so they had to go in. The blue and red slopes are good family backs where you can stand on.
Mietres - a small sketch system with crazy lift that we tested and did not go back to.
So to make an objective overall assessment of Cortina (from a family perspective):
I would go there with older children / teens because of getting more out of skiing as a family and being able to handle (read) equipment themselves to and from the various ski systems.

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Was there week 6 and then in 2 days it had come as much snow as in a whole season !!
Snow is always good but in a fair amount, now it's mostly closed.
Cortina has a cozy city but not having a continuous lift system does it
dense to get as much of the skiing as possible. Some lifts are really old
and there is an upgrade required if these are required.
I would not recommend Cortina as a good ski resort.

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Were there during V.3 2012. Extreme snow shortage outside the slopes impossible offpiste but the slopes were well groomed. The tofanan system was relatively quickly picked up and was quite iced. The Cristallo slopes were nice but there were quite a lot of people there. The absolute best area was, of course, Faloria, many nice red and black slopes, two quick and modern seat lifts quickly picked up again. Almost people and absolutely amazing in the slopes. The long black to the left of the top lifts is wonderful.

However, it was bad with the "ski-in, ski-out" location from the hotels, it took 20 minutes to get to the hill, by bus usually. There was also no park as there was extreme snowfall in the slopes at lower altitudes. Sin = (

When in Cortina, you have to visit the Alta Badia system, which is bigger and you do not have to get rid of the skis to get to new systems. When you're there, you will also recommend "Sella Ronda", a trip around the Sellamassivet. The trip takes around 5 hours and you never go the same back twice.

Finally, you should also go to the "Hidden Valley", a 7 km long piste between several mountains. Fantastic long and beautiful back.


Many nice runs, Great system, great food, friendly staff.


A little snow, expensive, dry Italian, plenty of transport without skiing.

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cortina is a nice town in the middle of the dolomites but it is quite old and needs a lift. the skiing was good both in the piste and the park. The best park is in Kronplatz a little outside, and another one is a cruel choice of gardenrnas.

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Were in Cortina week 6 (2007). According to their website, it had snowed about 80 in the last 2 weeks so you had hopes. However, it was not very good when we were in place. Good prepath in the slopes but all too little snow in the offpiste. The cliffs of the Dolomites are just as sharp, so it's very easy to drive the skis as there is a thin snow cover.

Ridden day trip called "Selaronda" where you spend about one day skiing through about 8 ski systems. From the glacial cortina to the bumpa-bumpa system (weissbier and wienersnitzel) - a wonderful beautiful trip starting with a gondola up to the first peak, followed by a 20-minute lovely ski trip through rocky mountain masses - awesome! Be first in the gondola to be first off and not get any others in the way.

Are you in Cortina do not miss this!

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I was in the village of Corvara 3 kilometers away from cortina. A short resentment only:
Cozy town with petty expensive hotel: O fast incredibly cozy skiing. Not so many offpiste opportunities though. And the fun park was small, 2 jump and 4 rails. But a perfect place for the family :)

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Went to Cortina during the 2004/2005 season with STS Alpresor (during February), and it is undoubtedly a very cozy place, where skiing is becoming part of a larger whole - life (and aftershine) in Cortina has a tendency to become very little bompa-bompa a la German alporter, and more to the Italian life-style style.
For my part, this was a good fit, and skiing was really a very good class - despite acute snow shortages this season. The pistols must have worked their way to get the slopes in the condition they were - for snow was not really there (the snow depth varied between 10-80 cm) and when we were there it would not have been snowing for three weeks.
I can only imagine how the offpiste would have been if it was good with snow - probably completely divine, as the Dolomites offer a beautiful mountain range that invites both high alpine skiing and forest skiing.
When you go there do not miss the other resorts in Dolomiti Superski - such as cozy Alta Badia (good snowmobiling there too !!) and Arabba (with the Marmeladaglaciären).
I highly recommend this ski resort - however, be prepared for the fact that the offpiste is not allowed (tracked by ski policemen) and that it is not uncommon for you to meet Italians who either have terrible snowwear from the 80's or worse - a mink fur in feedback. :-)
However, it is seldom liftkö and the resort is really awesome, so it will be a high rating - despite the snow shortage of the year.

// Jonas.

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