Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites is a dream destination for skiers. Even younger skiers can feel the buzz in the air created by numerous race competitions of every type having been held here in the past. The Winter Olympic Games held here back in 1956 is still warmly remembered. Many memories are associated with Cortina, and nowadays you also have great opportunities to relax after a day on the slopes including great restaurant choices and amazing shopping opportunities. All adds up to make this resort the real Pearl of the Dolomites.
Cortina d’Ampezzo Ski Resort
Located north of Venice and northeast of Balzano, the Cortina d’ Ampezzo ski area has 66 pistes totalling 115km that are served by 34 lifts with a maximum vertical drop of 1,715m. The ski runs immediately surrounding Cortina d’Ampezzo are divided into three areas including Tofana, Faloria Cristallo Mietres and Lagazuoi Torri. The ski areas of Cortina d’Ampezzo are part of the Dolomiti Superski region which has over 1,200 kilometres of pistes spread over 12 valleys that are served by 450 lifts.
Cortina d’Ampezzo is located just two hours north of Venice, and offers Italian-style winter sports, with good food, plenty of socialising, sunbathing, great skiing and opportunities to rent a luxury chalet, Italy. Still basking in its 1956 Winter Olympic status, Cortina is a resort for skiers and non-skiers alike and appeals to dedicated holiday-makers as much as skiers. On-slope, the views and the mountain restaurants are as important as the skiing on offer. Down in Cortina’s pedestrian town centre there is no question you are in Italy with cafes and wine bars rather than noisy après-ski bars. The spectacular Dolomite landscapes, attractive town, upmarket shops and galleries, excellent nursery slopes, long scenic runs for intermediates, good eating up and down the mountain and the close vicinity to Venice, make this a wonderful resort for a luxury ski holiday, Dolomites.
Cortina d’Ampezzo Snowboarding
If you are looking for some testing big mountain snowboarding runs at Cortina d’Ampezzo, start from the Tofana summit. The best bet for powder runs are from up here, as are the steeps. Another section to look at is at the top of the Pomedes that leads down the face on an incredibly steep piste. If you are looking for a really big day of snowboarding, try the 40 kilometre Sella Ronda ski safari from Cortina to Val Gardena and back. The route loops the scenic, colossal Sella Ronda massif while passing villages including Fassa, Gardena, Badia, Selva, and Canazei. It is best done clockwise and may take up to six hours depending upon the crowds.
Snowboard cross: the season’s big event in Cortina
The World Cup snowboard cross is a race that takes place every year along the snowy trails of various parts of the world. The first ever Snowboard cross World Cup, to be staged on the Faloria ski slope “Tondi”, promises to be an extremely exciting occasion offering a mix of competitive skill, spectacle and adrenalin. The best international snowboarders will treat us to an expressive evening with jumps, moguls and parabolic bends. The qualifiers of the World Cup snowboard cross, male and female, will be on Friday, December 18th. On Saturday, December 19th at 18.00 it is time for the finals in both categories. And after the races, try out the Cortina Snowpark!
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