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Resort guide to Cortina d'Ampezzo - Italy

Traditional ski resort with stunning scenery and extensive skiing

Overview

Cortina d'Ampezzo resort guide - a general overview

Set amidst the stunning Dolomites, the scenery surrounding Cortina compliments the attractiveness of the traditional town making the resort a truly desirable winter sports destination. Although the town has an upmarket, glitzy reputation there is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and plenty of bars and restaurants to frequent in the evening. The skiing is fairly extensive and has something for everyone and there are plenty of other activities to do off the slopes. Some of the hotels in Cortina are a throw back to days gone by, where waiters serve cocktails in splendid uniforms, in opulent suroundings. Ski holidays in Cortina are about more than just the skiing.

Photos courtesy of the Cortina Tourist Office and the following photographers: www.dgbandion.com, www.stefanozardini.com, www.giuseppeghedina.com and Dino Colli.

120km

1,220m - 2,930m

Airports

VENICE
(2hr 15mins)

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Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
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Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dinning
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • Stunning scenery
  • Good nursery slopes and long intermediate cruising
  • Great apres ski
  • Non-skiers will find plenty to do here
  • Uncrowded slopes

Cons

  • Ski areas are spread around the sides of the resort and linked by bus

Cortina d'Ampezzo Resort Restaurants

A foodies paradise- The very smart and very expensive El Toula is a must. Situated in an old barn on the edge of town the food is magnificent in a rustic setting. Some of the best restaurants are a little further out of town- the Michelin starred Tivoli, melconcino, Leone e Anna, Rio Gere abd Baita Fraina. In town we recommend Tratoria Passetto for good piza and pasta, Cinque Torre and the Tavernetta.

Cortina d'Ampezzo Mountain Restaurants

Lunch on the slopes is one of the major plus factors about Cortina. In the Socrepes area the Rifugio Col Taron is tops, while the Pie de Tofana, Rifugio Pomedes and El Faral follow closely by. The Col Druscie and El Sorei have been recomended by some our clients as well. At Cristallo the Rio Gere and the Rifugio son Foca are both worth a visit. The Cinque Torri area boasts some good restaurants as well with the Scoiattoli, the Refugio Averau, the Rufugio Fedare and finally the Rifugio Lagazuoi. You wont find any self service restaurants in Cortina!

Cortina d'Ampezzo Apres Ski

This is a lively resort for apres ski. There are some very nice tea-time spots, the Lovat being the pick of the bunch, however if you want something a little stronger there are many wine bars to choose from. Enoteca, Osteria, Villa Sandi, Dok-Dall'Ava, and Brio di Vino offer a wide choice of wines, with cheese and ham to compliment.

Cortina d'Ampezzo Nightlife

Night clubs and bars come alive after 11pm. The livliest is the Clipper but there are many others to choose from.

Cortina d'Ampezzo Resort Map

Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski Hire Shops

Location Name Stars Discount
A Skiset: Noleggio Rental Snow Service
Up to 45%

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The star rating for the ski hire shops is an indication of the level of service; quality and variety of stock, and the space and decor of the shop. It is also a reflection on the price. A five star rated shop will offer great service and equipment but also will charge the highest price. Ski hire shops with a two star rating have less variety and older, poorer quality of stock but are cheapest.

Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski Schools

Scuola Sci Cortina
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