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 – 2019/20

    In preparation for the 2021 Alpine World Ski Championships, the resort’s first gondola is being built, replacing the 50-year-old cable car from the town to Col Drusciè.The planned gondola between Pocol and Cinque Torri is being put out to tender. Along with Milan, Cortina is one of the title hosts of the 2026 Winter Olympics, and will host many of the Alpine races. We hear that the comatose Baita Piè Tofana restaurant at Rumerlo has been revived – and it looks very promising. An aquatic centre is being constructed on the north fringes of the town, to be ready for the world championships in. The visuals look fab, with a six-lane 25m pool, extensive solarium and outdoor infinity pool.

    News – 2017/18

    The infamous Forcella Staunies double chair-lift in the Cristallo sector has been retired, at 60 years old, chopping 100m off Cortina’s top height. A new black piste (number 68, Scoiattolo) opened in the Faloria sector, steeper than the other blacks in this sector.

    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