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Cortina d`Ampezzo

Cortina d`Ampezzo Ski Resort Guide

Cortina d`Ampezzo, Italy

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length140km87 miles
Highest Lift2,930m9,613ft
Resort Height1,220m4,003ft
 Nearest AirportsBolzano and Treviso
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Cortina d`Ampezzo

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.


The Italian ski resort of Cortina d`Ampezzo is in the Italian Dolomites at an altitude of 1,220m4,003ft, with 140km87 miles of marked runs.

Cortina d`Ampezzo is part of the Dolomiti Superski area with access to 1,420km882 miles of downhill skiing, with 668 marked pistes, served by a total of 488 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Cortina d`Ampezzo itself (140km87 miles 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, Civetta, Marmolada, Obereggen, Predazzo, San Martino di Castrozza, San Vito di Cadore, Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, Val di Fiemme and Valle Isarco. Cortina d`Ampezzo is directly linked by Ski Lift to the ski areas of Santa Cristina (Val Gardena).

With ski lifts as high as 2,930m9,613ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Cortina d`Ampezzo?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Cortina d`Ampezzo.

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Ski Area Stats

Cortina d`Ampezzo Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 8 10km6 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
1945km28 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
4255km34 miles
Total Length
140km87 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
82km51 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Dolomiti Superski Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
1,420km882 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Cortina d`Ampezzo Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,930m9,613ft
Resort Altitude (Cortina d`Ampezzo)1,220m4,003ft
Lowest Piste1,050m3,445ft
Max Vertical1,880m6,168ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Cortina d`Ampezzo
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Cortina d`Ampezzo Overview

Italy's most famous and stylish resort, often ranked along side St Moritz (you can play polo on snow at both), Cortina d'Ampezzo is certainly one of the world's best known ski centres. The resort, beloved by James Bond Roger Moore and earlier Ernest Hemmingway was host to the 1956 Winter Olympics.

Located in the wide sunny Ampezzo valley, Cortina is surrounded by the spectacular back drop of the Dolomites, with their famous vertical sides and pink rock used to great effect in the recent hit movie 'Cliffhanger' (no, that wasn't Colorado...) Despite being only 40km (25 miles) from the southern Austrian border, Cortina differs from most of the other resorts in the Dolomites in that there is no strong Germanic influence, common in the South Tyrol. Instead the resort is very Italian and very chic, beloved by the great and the good of Milan, Rome and Venice, many of whom have second homes here.

Cortina's long history as a world class ski resort, dating from the sport's earliest days is reflected by the variety of long-standing annual international comptetions staged here, including the Women's Ski world Cup every January, national and international bobsleigh competitions, the famous Dobbiaco - Cortina 42km International Cross-Country ski race on the first Sunday of February, the Winter Polo Cup and a range of ice hockey, figure skating and curling events. More distant history is provided in the museums of Palaentology and Ethnology.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Cortina d`Ampezzo is 9km6 miles long.


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.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


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.

Location and Map

Where is Cortina d`Ampezzo?

This ski resort is in the Italian Dolomites in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Province of Belluno.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Cortina d`Ampezzo is Bolzano, 110 minutes drive away.

Treviso, Venice, Innsbruck Airport, Trieste and Klagenfurt airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 37 ski lifts are able to uplift 60,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 75km47 miles of ski runs, with 30 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Cortina d`Ampezzo open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Cortina d`Ampezzo, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Cortina d`Ampezzo Tourist Office for the latest.

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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.

Cortina d`Ampezzo