Cortina d’Ampezzo: Italy’s prime ski destination

Panoramic view of Cortina d'Ampezzo

Cortina d’Ampezzo is the jewel of the Dolomites and Italy’s most fashionable ski resort. This historic Veneto ski town is a great all year round resort, with 66 pistes over 115 km, excellent intermediate slopes and the stunning Dolomites views. The beautiful mountains and extensive skiing, as well as the history of the area and the attractive town, make Cortina a resort that is a dream for every skier.

In the summer, the resort is summertime base for hiking, biking and rock climbing. In the winter, Cortina is one of the best places to spend your ski holiday. There are numerous opportunities for winter sports including skiing, Nordic Walking, hiking, and climbing. The town offers many events throughout the season and the Christmas market is a truly magical place to be.

Things to do in Cortina d’Ampezzo

Skiin gin Cortina d'Ampezzo

Skiing in Cortina d’Ampezzo

Cortina is also a famous racing town and a host of the 1956 Olympics and today it hosts international sports events like the Alpine Ski World Cup, the Tour de Ski, ice hockey and curling championships, and Cortina Winter Polo.

There are two cable cars from either end of the centre accessing the main ski areas: Tofano, Chrisallo and Faloria. The entire ski area has slopes for every level of skier or boarder and has some of the best ski schools to assist you to improve. Each of the areas has their runs that suit you and your abilities best.

On top of the mountains are generally the typical mountain huts, eating places where skiers can relax and enjoy the delicious regional cuisine.

A great opportunity to relax in perfect settings after a day on the slopes are the pleasant walks, the great restaurant choice, or the tops in shopping some high­fashion clothing and sports stores.

Cortina d’Ampezzo also offers some interesting diversions to skiing like ice polo and ice bouldering, as well as all of the pampering that your body needs and wants. There are no cars in the village which is absolutely charming.

Accommodation in Cortina d’Ampezzo

Cortina d'Ampezzo town overview

Cortina d’Ampezzo town overview

Luxury houses and chalets abound in this area and the après scene is an art form in itself. Some of the best hotels in Cortina include Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf, Rosapetra Spa Resort, Hotel Cortina, Park Hotel Faloria, Lajadira Hotel, etc.

From Michelin star restaurants to family run Italian fare and high-end shopping, you will not be disappointed.

Arriving in Cortina d’Ampezzo

If you arrive by plane, Venice Marco Polo and Venice Treviso airport are the closest to Cortina d’Ampezzo. Another airport you can use is Innsbruck airport, Austria. The approximate trip time from any Venice Airport to Cortina d’Ampezzo is about two hours by car. There are bus lines operating from Venice airport to Cortina d’Ampezzo and the transfer by train will require a combination of bus or taxi and train. You can get to the Venezia Mestre railway station by bus or taxi and catch a train to Calalzo or Calalzo via Pieve di Cadore stations. These are the nearest railway stations to Cortina d’Ampezzo, and getting to your accommodation will require catching a bus or a taxi.

Private airport transfer is the fastest and most comfortable transport type from any Venice airport to Cortina d’Ampezzo. You can book this service online with a Venice airport transfer provider prior to your trip. This is a door-to-door service, so you will be picked up at the airport once you arrive and dropped off at your desired destination. There is a fixed price for the Cortina d’Ampezzo taxi transfer and it is charged by vehicle. For a larger group of people, this is a very cost-effective solution compared to other airport transfer options.

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