Review of Cortina d’Ampezzo

26th March 2013 by Ed Ferrari 

There’s something compelling about Cortina that - despite its well known shortcomings - makes it probably my favourite ski resort. Part of the charm lies in the fact that this is a winter sports town with some great skiing, restaurants, hotels and all the other stuff, together with ambience and scenery that other places can’t match.  It’s literally la dolce vita on skis.

There are some epic ski adventures to be had, despite the small size of the ski areas. The Dolomiti Superski card opens up vast possibilities. Careful planning around lift and bus timetables, and a sense of adventure, will let you cover miles, visiting tons of towns (in different areas, speaking different languages!). A car transforms the experience into one of complete ski liberation.

Snow conditions in March 2013 were fantastic following the major dumps that benefited nearly the entirety of the Alps. Even in leaner times, the skiing is usually good: they really know how to keep pistes in top nick using artificial help and farming as and when necessary.

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