Cortina D’Ampezzo Ski Resort Review.
Cortina (alt. 1224m) is almost entirely surrounded by a vast amphitheatre of mountain peaks: Le Tofane, Cristallo, Soraphis, all well over 3000m, Pomagagon, Croda da Lago, Averau and the Cinque Torri. However this results in the ski areas being rather spread out, which in turn means having to deliberate each morning about which slopes you wish to visit.
All but the ‘serious’ skiers and boarders will head for the sunniest lunch spots as early as possible, leaving the slopes free for everyone else. After lunch there is a similar situation, since Cortina’s après ski starts early – a considerable portion of Cortina’s visitors rarely bother to ski at all.
Cortina D’Ampezzo’s Ski Areas.
- Faloria, Cristallo, Mietres: 24 Pistes 5 black, 11 red, 8 blue – 44km
- Tofana: 30 Pistes, 6 black, 12, red, 13 blue, 6 green – 47km
- Lagazuoi, Cinque Torri: 11 Pistes, 5 red, 6 blue – 29km
Cortina D’Ampezzo in Brief.
Cortina D’Ampezzo Ski Area is part of the Dolomiti Superski Area.
Venice: 160km (100 miles).
Innsbruck: 160km (100 miles).
Rail services from Calalzo di Cadore and Dobbiaco: 30km (19 miles).
Height: 1,220 – 3,240m (4,000 – 10,630ft).
No of Lifts: 51; 460 in Dolomiti Superski area.
Types of Pistes: 47% beginner, 43% intermediate, 10% advanced.
Main Advantages: Stunning scenery, lively atmosphere, suitable for non-skiers, great mountain restaurants. Varied terrain and fantastic beginners area.
Drawbacks: Spread out additional ski areas. Very crowded during Italian holidays. little to offer experts. Out dated lift system.