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Wagner Custome Skis
Mixed group guided instructional packages to the Dolomites

Cortina piste skiing at Cinque Torri.
Cortina piste skiing at Cinque Torri.
Powder skiing above Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Powder skiing above Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Powder skiing Cortina style.
Powder skiing Cortina style.
Beautiful Cortina piste trail.
Beautiful Cortina piste trail.
Dolomites peak near Cortina.
Dolomites peak near Cortina.
Spectacular off piste skiing at Cortina.
Spectacular off piste skiing at Cortina.
Cortina quad chair.
Cortina quad chair.
Apres Cortina style.
Apres Cortina style.
Cortina town centre.
Cortina town centre.
Cortina Snow Park for thise that haven't learnt yet!
Cortina Snow Park for thise that haven't learnt yet!
Cinque Torri.
Cinque Torri.
Classic standing room only gondola up Cristallo.
Classic standing room only gondola up Cristallo.
Cortina and the Dolomites are great for ski touring.
Cortina and the Dolomites are great for ski touring.
Cortina culinary flair.
Cortina culinary flair.
Beautiful Cortina piste trail.
Beautiful Cortina piste trail.
Cortina with Tofana in the background.
Cortina with Tofana in the background.

Cortina

Cortina Ski Resort Italy

The beating heart of the Dolomites, the ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo Italy has long been one the most sophisticated centres for style and the outdoors in Italy. The skiing is diverse. Cortina Italy is as world renowned for its perfectly groomed pistes as for its superb tree skiing and multitudes of expert only couloirs. The mountains surrounding Cortina are amongst the Dolomites highest and most dramatic. They include classics such as Tofana, Sorapis and Cristallo plus that well known formation, the Cinque Torri. In town you will be just as home wearing ski boots and gore-tex as you would high heels and furs. Part of the largest linked ski area in the world, the Dolomiti Superski, Cortina should be visited by every Powderhound as least once in your life

More information about this great Italian ski resort is coming soon. The Powderhounds will be reviewing Cortina in 2017, stay tuned for more information.

Cortina Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The Cortina ski terrain is one of massive contrasts. Essentially broken up into three main ski areas and several minor ones, it wears many different masks (been to Venice anyone?). The three main areas are Tofana (access at the bottom of town - huge and brooding with some classic lines and tree skiing), Faloria (access via the centre of town - gentler but still visually impressive, especially under Cristallo) and Falzarego/Cinque Torri (a bit of everything, just go looking). All are linked via buses.

Unlike some of the Dolomites ski areas, Cortina has not invested in many new lifts in recent times, but as they say, if it isn’t broken – don’t fix it. Slower lift journeys allow one to soak up the gorgeous surroundings.

Cortina Snow & Weather Cortina

has suffered a little from Mother Nature’s fickle temperament, but like everywhere in the Dolomites, has invested heavily in snow-making to make up for any natural shortfalls at the start of recent seasons. On the plus side, Cortina (and the Dolomites in general) will get snow from storm directions when other areas will not. When in the Dolomites, if it is not snowing, then at least it will be sunny to enjoy the gob-smacking panoramas and outdoor dining.

Interlinked with Dolomiti Superski

The Cortina ski area is interlinked with Alta Badia (and the rest of the Sella Ronda and the Arabba Marmolada lifts) via the Falzerago-Lagazuoi cable car, thus accessing a ski region so vast it is filled with a life-times worth of adventures. Dolomiti Superski area is spread across 12 beautiful valleys and has a total of 450 lifts with over 1200km of pistes on the one lift pass.

Where is Cortina Italy?

Cortina d’Ampezzo is located in the heart of the Dolomites, 160km north of Venice and the same distance south of Innsbruck. Closest international gateway airports are Venice and Innsbruck. Private or shuttle transfers from the airports and train stations are available, or for those travelling on a shoestring, there are public transport options. For all airport transfers click on the link below.
Airport Transfers
Public transport options include via rail to Dobbiaco/Toblach in the north (ski the awesome 3 Peaks Dolomites while you are there!), then take the 445 bus to Cortina (about 50 minutes on the bus). If coming from the south, regular bus services to Cortina (and Alta Badia) from the Venezia Mestre railway station in Venice take about 2hrs 20mins

Cortina Accommodation

Cortina d’Ampezzo has every style of accommodation covered. Want to stay in 5 star luxury you can do it. Want to stay in an alpine rifugio (Powderhounds recommends it) where you pay extra for a shower, Cortina ticks the box. It has everything in between as well. Staying in the centre of town is always fun. Combine it with a rifugio stay and you will have experienced the essential Cortina. Try these:

Hotel Olimpia
– In the centre of town, just near the bus station and the Faloria cable car. A comfortable, friendly, family run hotel close to all the action and easy on the wallet.

Rifugio Lagazuoi
– Set on a stunning rocky peak high above Passo Falzerago, the cable car ride up, history, views, food and hospitality set it apart as a must do.

See Cortina Accommodation Listings – options for lodging only
See Cortina Ski Holidays – packages with accommodation and options for other extras such as lift tickets.

Summary of Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Access to the huge Dolomiti Superski area.
  • It is a beautiful, friendly and interesting place to ski.
  • Superb rifugios offer panoramas and dining that is unequaled in the world.
  • If the snow is good, has some great tree skiing and couloirs.
  • Amazing place to undertake some ski touring.
  • Wonderful place for shopping from high end to outdoorsy.
  • Range of other activities other than skiing i.e. via ferrata can be done in winter.

Cons

  • Can get very busy during peak periods.
  • Snow quality is variable.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective)

  • Cortina is often sunny (i.e. that means it is not snowing).

Tours in or near Cortina

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Skiare GOLD Packages DETAILS
PRIVATE GUIDED INSTRUCTIONAL PACKAGES
Hotel & Apartment Options
From price based on twin/double-share in a 3-star hotel room during low season (Dec 11 - 24, Jan 8 - 29, March 19 - April 4).
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
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Price p/p
USD 3,889
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Make the most of your Dolomites ski holiday with a private guide / instructor who will show you many of the great sights & ski areas whilst helping you to improve your skiing. Whilst this example package is based on 7 nights, packages are fully CUSTOMISABLE from 3 days plus and can start from any day of the week.
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Skiare SILVER Packages DETAILS
MIXED GROUP GUIDED INSTRUCTIONAL PACKAGES
Hotel & Apartment Options
From price based on twin/double-share in a 3-star hotel room during low season (Dec 11 - 24, Jan 8 - 29, March 19 - April 4).
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 2,884
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Make the most of your Dolomites ski holiday with a MIXED GROUP guide / instructor who will show you many of the great sights & ski areas whilst helping you to improve your skiing. Whilst this example package is based on 7 nights, packages are fully CUSTOMISABLE from 3 days plus and can start from any day of the week.
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Dolomites Ski Safari DETAILS
GUIDED POWDER SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Skiing
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Price p/p
USD 1,809
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This is the ultimate guided Dolomites ski safari incorporating lifts & touring to access the best the area has to offer. Experience a night in a mountain huts & ski up to 2,000 m vert descents. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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Ski lodging & accommodations
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    Cortina Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,220 – 2,800 (1,380)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (39)
    5 Gondolas / cable cars
    28 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 74
    Longest run – u/k
    Advanced - 16%
    Intermediate - 45%
    Beginner - 33%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 16/17)
    Adult - €46 - 57
    Child - €32 - 40