Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski Resort

Cortina d'Ampezzo, legendary Dolomites ski resort.
From Cortina's Faloria across to Tofana, skiing is guaranteed 5 months a year.
The bubbly is always chilling at Cortina.
Cortina mountain hut cuisine is world class.
Perfect Cortina skiing on piste below Tofana.
Ski Cortina's superb Armentarola trail all the way to Alta Badia.
Huge ice formations on the Armentarola at Cortina.
Horse drawn skiing at the end of the Armentarola.
Typical sensational Cortina d'Ampezzo views.
Cortina comes alive at night.
Cortina shopping ranges from red carpet luxury boutiques to outdoor shops.
Cortina is as beautiful at night as during the day.
Cortina has a huge beginner ski area between Socrepes and Pocol.
Wide and crowd-free intermediate ski terrain at Faloria in Cortina.
Steep Cortina advanced piste Forcella Rossa catches the morning sun.
Isolated Scotoni Hutte north of the Lagazuoi is great for a warm drink.
At 2800m, Rifugio Lagazuoi offers a wonderful spot for lunch.
Hotels in central Cortina like Hotel Olimpia are perfectly located.
Cortina has loads of fun wine bars to sample the local 'grape juice'.
Ski, eat, drink and relax at Cortina, Italy.

Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski Resort

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    Cortina d’Ampezzo Ski Trail Map
  • Cortina Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,220m – 2,800m (1,380m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (39)
    5 Gondolas / cable cars
    28 Chairs

    Dolomiti Superski
    450 lifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Late Nov to early May
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 74 (120km)
    Longest run – 7km+
    Advanced - 16%
    Intermediate - 45%
    Beginner - 33%

    Dolomiti Superski
    1200km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Cortina only
    Adult - €46 to 58
    Child - €32 to 41
    Child u/8yr - Free

    Dolomiti SuperSki
    Adult - €50 to 62
    Child - €35 to 43
    Child u/8yr - Free

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 for all levels, 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 & 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.

Pros & Cons for Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski Resort

Pros

  • Stunning views and landscapes;
  • Superb rifugios offer panoramas & dining that is unequalled in the world;
  • Interesting variety of piste trails for all levels;
  • One of the world’s best intermediate trails – Armentarola (scenery, length, perfect piste, frozen waterfalls, history, horse drawn skiing, rifugios);
  • Italy’s best range & number of black (advanced) piste trails;
  • When the snow is deep, challenging freeride terrain;
  • Some of Europe’s most challenging couloirs;
  • Excellent après ski and nightlife.
  • Great restaurant food and drink.

Cons

  • Not a great recent snow record;
  • Old lift infrastructure;
  • Relatively expensive lift pass;
  • Bus transport to the different ski areas can be a pain;
  • Limited ski in / ski out accommodation.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective)

  • Three major ski areas that are not lift connected to each other.
  • Often sunny (i.e. it is not snowing!).

Cortina Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

The Cortina ski & snowboard 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?).

See the Cortina ski trail map here.

The three main areas are Tofana (access at the bottom of town - huge and brooding with some classic lines and tree skiing, plus great beginner terrain above Socrepes), Faloria (access via the centre of town - less vertical, but great north facing piste terrain and still visually stunning) 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! However, with the upcoming World Cup event, Cortina is final replacing one of the old cable cars & a chairlift below Tofana. Miracles do happen at Cortina!

Whilst there are many 'must dos' at Cortina, one of the best is the Armentarola trail from the top of the Lagazuoi (2800m) down into Alta Badia near San Cassiano (1550m). Ski past huge frozen waterfalls and then get towed by horses for the last few kilometres. Sensational! Cortina also has the Dolomites best advanced piste trails to go hard and fast.

See the Cortina Skiing & Snowboarding page for more information.

Interlinked with Dolomiti Superski

Alta Badia (and the rest of the Sella Ronda and Arabba Marmolada lifts) via the Armentarola trail from the Falzerago-Lagazuoi cable car, thus accessing a ski region so vast it is filled with a life-times worth of adventure. The 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.

Snow & Weather

Cortina skiing has suffered a little from Mother Nature’s fickle temperament, but like everywhere in the Dolomites, has invested heavily in snowmaking to make up for any natural shortfalls at the start of recent seasons. Even the steepest piste runs are covered by superb man-made snow. 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.

Where is Cortina d’Ampezzo Italy?

Cortina d’Ampezzo is in the heart of the Dolomites, 160km north of Venice and the same distance south of Innsbruck.

Closest international gateway airports are Venice, Innsbruck & Munich. Private or shuttle transfers from the airports and train stations are available, or for those travelling on a shoestring, there are public transport options.

The Powderhounds recommend taking the public transport from the airports to Cortina but understand that is not for everyone. If you cannot abide public transport, are in a larger group of 3+ people or just have the cash to splash, the quickest way to Cortina from the airports is a private transfer.

Search & book your private transfer to Cortina here.

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 50min on the bus). If coming from the south, regular bus services to Cortina (& Alta Badia) from the Venezia Mestre railway station in Venice take about 2hr 20min.

For more information see the Travel to Cortina page.

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.

Search & book all Cortina accommodation here.

Staying in the centre of town is always fun. For something in the middle, try the Hotel Olimpia. Combine it with a rifugio stay and you will have experienced the essential Cortina.

Set on the stunning rocky peak of Lagazuoi high above Passo Falzerago, the cable car ride up, history, views, food & hospitality set the Rifugio Lagazuoi apart from all others as a MUST DO.

Of all the outlying villages near Cortina, the only one worth staying at if one doesn’t have their own transport is the quiet hamlet of Pocol, high above the valley & directly connected to the Tofana ski area. Try the Hotel Villa Argentina.

Bars, Shopping & Restaurants

Without doubt, Cortina has some classy & welcoming bars in the centre of town. The main pedestrian area centred on the Corso Italia has them in cosy locations on side streets & laneways. Wine bars like Villa Sandi & the Baita Fraina Enoteca & other bars like the hidden Osteria Dal Nòce will provide a wonderful evening’s entertainment over a few drinks & plates of olives & freshly shaved prosciutto.

Intriguingly we find the restaurant dining in Cortina to be underwhelming. Aside from several excellent mountain restaurants (like at the top the Faloria cable car), in town there are loads of traditional restaurants putting out some wonderful Italian dishes, but nothing pushing any culinary boundaries. The search continues…

The same cannot be said of the shopping. The beauty of Cortina is that its class & style isn’t thrust in your face like other destinations. At night the shopping district lights up in a beautiful display, but that is as far as the ostentation extends. The range of outdoor gear in Cortina’s shops is exceptional & is right alongside boutique stores that will take the fancy of the non-outdoorsy fashion conscious. Explore the limited number of laneways off the Corso Italia to find the best of them.

Ski Rentals, Lessons & Guiding

There is a plethora of ski & snowboard rental options in Cortina. Book the best gear from our partners in a central Cortina d'Ampezzo location near the bus station & Faloria cable car here.

Cortina d’Ampezzo has head spinning variety of ski instructors, ski schools & guides plying their trade in the ski resort & adjoining valleys. To simplify the search book a private lesson or resort guide with our partners here.

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Tour in or near Cortina d'Ampezzo

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

CLASSIC Dolomites Ski Safari
HOSTED SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
The very best skiing in the Dolomites linking 6 ski resorts & spending 4 nights in mountain rifugi under the guidance of your dedicated host. Ski the best groomed trails in the Dolomites on this classic ski safari. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour.
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USD 1,665
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SPECIAL Dolomites Ski Safari
HOSTED SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
A special ski adventure set amongst the awe inspiring landscape of the Dolomites. Linking 9 ski resorts via groomed slopes by ski, taxi, helicopter & snowmobile, spend 5 nights in mountain rifugi under the guidance of your dedicated host. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour.
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USD 2,716
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VENTURE Dolomites Ski Safari
HOSTED SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
The Venture is for fast paced skiers who like to clock up vertical & do the most exciting ski slopes. Ski the best groomed runs in the Dolomites & spend 5 night in mountain rifugi. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour.
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USD 2,439
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Skiare SILVER Packages
MIXED GROUP GUIDED INSTRUCTIONAL PACKAGES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
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.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share in a 3-star hotel room during medium season (Dec 1 - 23, Jan 6 - Feb 2, Mar 10 - 24).
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USD 2,619
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Skiare GOLD Packages
PRIVATE GUIDED INSTRUCTIONAL PACKAGES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
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.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share in a 3-star hotel room during medium season (Dec 1 - 23, Jan 6 - Feb 2, Mar 10 - 24).
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 3,588
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Dolomites Powder Skiing Star Safari
GUIDED POWDER SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Skiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This is the ultimate guided Dolomites powder ski safari incorporating lifts & touring to access the best the area has to offer. Experience a night in a classic mountain hut & 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.
Price p/p From price based on fixed date tours, min 7 people, twin/double-share room.
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USD 2,098
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