The ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo, part of the Dolomiti Superski, is without any doubt amongst the most prestigious ones in the Alps.
The tourist success of this area, which started back in the middle of the 19th century, is due to the uniqueness of its location: a bowl-shaped alpine valley, immersed in sun light and extending between the Falzarego and Tre Croci passes, with access to a total of four alpine passes and surrounded by peaks that stand as real celebrities for all mountain aficionados - Tofane, Cristallo, Antelao, Pelmo, Croda Rossa, Croda da Lago and Sorapiss are just few of the mountains around Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Its worldwide fame lies in its hosting the Olympics in 1956, the first winter Olympic games to be held in Italy, when the highest quality structures and facilities were built to host this event and accommodate the audience and consequently, they shortly afterwards elected the town as their favourite winter destination. Since then the mountains of Cortina d’Ampezzo, which was shortly after aptly named the 'Pearl of the Dolomites', have seen their fortune rise constantly. This area attracts today tourists from around the world and winks at celebrities and socialites. But it is not all luxury, as there are also cheap offers for people from all walks of life, both in summer and winter.
Holidays here are a guarantee for excitement all year round. Be it summer or winter holidays, you will find opportunities for sport, culture, wine, food and relaxation and live the mountains at their best. An additional reason to spend your holidays here is given by the nearby villages, San Vito di Cadore, Misurina e Auronzo di Cadore, suspended between traditions and breathtaking natural landscape, a stone’s throw from the main town.
In winter months the ski resort of Coritna d’Ampezzo, with its 140 km of downhill runs and 130 of cross-country skiing, plus a variety of trails for snowboarding and free-style, is frequented by tourists on daily trips as well as longer holidays. This area stretches up to the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo between the altitudes of 1050 and 2932 metres. There are over 80 downhill runs, covering the entire range of abilities – with easy and medium trails located in Misurina and San Vito.
Snow making facilities take into account the slopes aspect, varying the amount of snow they make according to their location, and there are also night-lit trails, served as their daily-open counterparts by refreshment refuges, for those wanting to experience something different and exciting, perhaps with a partner. Whatever the case, snow is guaranteed from November thorough to April within the whole ski area, so that your ski holidays in winter will be longer than usual. From Misurina and San Vito di Cadore skiers can take a free bus shuttle to Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Amongst the most fascinating ski runs in the whole area there are Tofana, running through a wood of fir trees, and the Auronzo trails on the eye catching Mount Agudo. More daring, but equally exciting, is the off-piste trail on the Tofanine, which runs over streams and amidst a fantastic nature and magic silence.
Hotels and visitor centres are of first quality, both in Cortina d’Ampezzo and the surrounding villages. As already mentioned, the area is equally enchanting in summer, thanks to its splendid nature, the many possibilities for excursions and all it can offer.
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