- ABOUT THE SPOT
Skiing in Cortina d’ Ampezzo, Belluno, Veneto Italy
Situated in the heart of Dolomites Mountain chain, Cortina d’ Ampezzo has become a regular meeting point for fans of snow activities and the international ski scene, especially after the 1956 Winter Olympic Games.
The ski area of Cortina is divided into four distinguished ski playgrounds, Faloria-Cristallo, Tofana, Cinque Torri and Lagazuoi. Each of them offers completely different ski environment. They are connected each other by lifts and shuttle-bus services. Those four areas make Cortina the ‘’Queen’’ of Dolomites and the home of numerous nationals and internationals competitions, races, events and championships.
The most prestigious one is the Women Alpine Ski World Cup where it is held every January. This enormous ski arena with its 70 slopes, covers more than 120 km/74 mi and can satisfy the fans of all the levels of ability. Some 33% of the slopes are addressed to beginners, 62% to those with intermediate level and 5% to the skilled skiers. All of them are served by 6 cable cars and 29 chairlifts.
The ski season starts in late November and ends in mid-April. The enthusiast of cross country ski and snowboard can enjoy in distinct areas their preferred sport. The trails dedicated in the cross country style only in Dolomites Super ski zone cover more than 1150 km/715 mi. The resort is as well, children-friendly with dedicated spaces to the next skier’s generation.
Last but not least, Cortina d’ Ampezzo is the birthplace of the first ski & snowboard school in Italy since 1933, recognized by the Italian Federation of winter sports (F.I.S.I). During weekends, Cortina is overcrowded but still remains a great ski destination!