The slopes

  • Extent 2 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 3 out of 5
  • Snow 3 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 2 out of 5
  • Expert 2 out of 5
  • Intermediate 3 out of 5
  • Beginner 5 out of 5
  • Boarder 3 out of 5
  • X-country 5 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 2 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 4 out of 5
  • Convenience 1 out of 5
  • Scenery 5 out of 5
  • Eating out 5 out of 5
  • Apres ski 3 out of 5
  • Off-slope 5 out of 5

Gallery

  • Cortina d'Ampezzo

Key facts

Resort1225 m
Slopes1225-2930 m
Lifts34
Pistes115 km
Price index115

Cortina d’Ampezzo

Italy

Cortina d'Ampezzo

The upside

  • Magnificent Dolomite setting
  • Marvellous for novices
  • Sella Ronda area within reach, just
  • Attractive, very Italian town
  • Lots of off-slope diversions
  • No crowds or queues

The downside

  • Modest area of slopes, split into several separate areas
  • Erratic snow record
  • Expensive by Italian standards
  • Still quite a few slow lifts
  • Few tough runs
  • Latest user reviews

    There’s something compelling about Cortina that…

    Ed Ferrari 26 Mar 2013 

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    News – 2016/17

    The Canalone Tofana slope is being widened. The Faloria rifugio has added new ensuite rooms and an a la carte restaurant, making it a tempting option for staying on the slopes. In town there is a new wine bar, Baita Fraina, sister to the restaurant of the same name. And the 4-star boutique hotel Ambra re-opened after a makeover.

    Summary

    There is nowhere quite like Cortina. A famous racing town and host of the 1956 Olympics, it certainly has some serious skiing. But it is also Italy’s most fashionable resort, and many visitors take their lunching and early-evening parading/shopping more seriously than their skiing. The result is that pressure on the slopes is low. No queues, no crowds, pistes unlikely to be reduced to boilerplate by heavy traffic. We have had some of our most enjoyable piste skiing here.
    And don’t let this talk of fashion put you off. More of the visitors are driving Fords than Ferraris – though we concede few are driving Cortinas. And lodgings need not be expensive: there are more three-star than four-star hotels, and Inghams run a good-value chalet hotel right on the focal Corso Italia.
    The scenery is just jaw-droppingly wonderful. The town is ringed by dramatic limestone towers and cliffs, tinged pink at dawn and dusk. We were back here in 2015, and our jaws dropped once again

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    The slopes

    • Extent 2 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 3 out of 5
    • Snow 3 out of 5
    • Queues 4 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 2 out of 5
    • Expert 2 out of 5
    • Intermediate 3 out of 5
    • Beginner 5 out of 5
    • Boarder 3 out of 5
    • X-country 5 out of 5
    • Restaurants 4 out of 5
    • Schools 3 out of 5
    • Families 2 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 4 out of 5
    • Convenience 1 out of 5
    • Scenery 5 out of 5
    • Eating out 5 out of 5
    • Apres ski 3 out of 5
    • Off-slope 5 out of 5

    Gallery

    • Cortina d'Ampezzo

    Key facts

    Resort1225 m
    Slopes1225-2930 m
    Lifts34
    Pistes115 km
    Price index115