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Skiing in Cortina d`Ampezzo
Cortina d`Ampezzo - Ski Resort in Dolomiti Superski, Italian Dolomites - 140km of Piste (1050m to 2930m)
Italy's most stylish resort, often ranked along side St Moritz (you can play polo in both) and certainly one of the world's best known ski centres. Cortina was host to the 1956 Winter Olympics. Located in wide sunny valley amongst spectacular Dolomitic scenery, the resort has three major ski areas, and is on the famous Dolomiti Superski pass. Visitors are given a Cortina card which gives discounts to many of the numerous facilities available off the slopes.
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The Italian ski resort of Cortina d`Ampezzo is part of the Dolomiti Superski area with access to 668 individual pistes. In addition to the skiing in Cortina d`Ampezzo itself (140km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Dolomiti Superski ski resorts of Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm, Alta Badia, Alta Pusteria, Arabba, Bruneck-Kronplatz, Corvara, Marmolada, Obereggen, Predazzo, San Martino di Castrozza, San Vito di Cadore, Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, Val di Fiemme, Valle Isarco and Zoldo Alto. Cortina d`Ampezzo is directly linked by Ski Lift to the ski areas of Santa Cristina (Val Gardena).
With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Cortina d`Ampezzo is able to augment natural snow, on 75km of ski runs, with 30 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 37 Ski Lifts of Cortina d`Ampezzo are able to uplift 60,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are four Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Cortina d`Ampezzo are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in Cortina d`Ampezzo
Cortina's skiing is more varied than at many resorts in the Dolomites where the mountains' famous precipices and otherwise steep sides going straight down to relatively flat and narrow valley floors make it difficult to create much beyond easy slopes in the valley and the occasional steep black down from on high.
Cortina has three major ski areas: Tofana, Cristallo and Faloria, and is on the famous Dolomiti Superski pass which gives unlimited access to around 1100km (approximately 700 miles) of trails from ski centres all over the Dolomites.
Beginners normally start to ski or 'board on the Socrepes area's nursery slopes and at Guargne-Mietres, where the ski school is based. With more than half of the runs categorised as 'easy' it's a good place to progress during your first week of sliding.
Intermediate level skiers will perhaps have the most fun of all, with the widest choice of runs open to them in all areas, including the 5.7km (3.7 mile) long descent towards Armentarola on the Alta Badia circuit from Lagazuoi reached by the Passo Falzarego cable car the base of which is a short drive from the resort.
Some of Cortina's toughest skiing is on the Tofana mountain where the legendary descents include the Stratofana, inaugurated for the 1956 Olympics, on which skiing great Tony Sailer won his third gold medal. The Forcella Rossa is equally highly thought of, as is the Staunies run in the Cristallo area.
Although many of the slopes are sunny and south facing, snow making covers 100km (37.5 miles) of 30 key trails. Cross country skiers are well catered for with over 80km (50 miles) of prepared trails.
Snowboarding in Cortina d`Ampezzo
Located in the Tofane ski area, the Cortina Snowpark is located in Socrepes on the historic San Zan piste. The park, which is 500m long and served by a 4-seater chairlift, is divided into two areas based on difficulty: an Easy Line consisting of 4 kickers (1-2-4-6 m long), a Box and a Rail; a Medium Line which kicks off with a Super Box Kink, a 3m T-Box, a 3m Rail Tube, 3m by 2m Bidoni Bonk-Wall Ride, and an 8m by 10m Tree Bonk with Spina – Kicker Fun.
Cortina d`Ampezzo Aprés Ski
Après ski is somewhat unique in ski resort circles at Cortina, as for many it begins with Passeggiata or People Watching around the pedestrianised resort centre where everyone is politely on the look out for famous people, or failing that at least famous fashions, with the last resort being guess which animal that coat is made of.
After that there's a wide choice of bars such as the Enoteca and Lovat before the nine piano bars and discothèques ( the Hippo and Limbo are highly regarded) kick in for the night shift. On some nights there's ice disco dancing at the rink, which should not be missed.
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Cortina d`Ampezzo in brief
Cortina d`Ampezzo Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Excellent for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.
Opened : December 1, 2012
Closed : April 26, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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