Cortina Ski Resort

Cortina is undoubtedly Italy’s most fashionable resort, attracting well-heeled visitors from across the country. But what this hides is a fantastic ski resort with some great terrain and some truly jaw-dropping scenery.

Although many of the resort’s visitors won’t set foot on snow, the ski area is fantastic and is home to some of the best on piste skiing in the Alps. Ample snowmaking, good grooming and a real lack of crowds make for usually excellent pistes, even if Mother Nature has not been favourable. At every turn there is spectacular scenery and the trip to the top of the Tofana is well worth it for the epic views across the Italian Dolomites. The town itself has a great buzz and is full of great restaurants and bars, as well as some seriously impressive shops – although many will only be in budget for a select few!

Ski Club Freshtracks have four holidays in Cortina this winter, all of which will make the absolute most of the fantastic skiing on offer.

Our Cortina Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Advanced ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Pros

Great local ski area with excellent pistes

Stunning scenery throughout

Buzzing resort and not all of it is that expensive

Cons

Main lifts a decent walk or bus ride from most accommodation

Still some slow, old lifts

Not a great deal of off piste due to the jagged Dolomite mountains

Cortina Skiing and Snowboarding

The ski area is home to a fantastic, sunny beginners area – perfect for first timers. From here progression on to the long, gentle blues above Socrepes is excellent, aided by good grooming and reliable snow conditions.

Intermediates will love the long blues and reds on the Tofana side of the hill, especially the dramatic runs near the summit – the views on the lift up are unique and absolutely spectacular. The runs on Faloria are generally shorted but steeper and suit more advanced skiers as it is here where most of the blacks are. Although there is some off piste, the modest natural snowfall and steep Dolomite terrain mean that options are generally a little limited.

  • Total Pistes: 120km (1200km in Dolomiti Superski)
  • Green: 5%
  • Blue: 33%
  • Red: 45%
  • Black: 17%
  • Lifts: 35 (452 in Dolomiti Superski)
  • Altitude: 1224m – 2924m

Cortina Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

Cortina Resort

The resort itself is a collection of smart, private chalets and numerous hotels. Although there are some seriously expensive and glamorous options, you needn’t break the bank as there are some great family-run three and four star hotels and guesthouses. Just note that most will be a good walk or a bus ride away from the slopes, but there is a good bus service linking the lifts.

Cortina is usually very lively and the chic bars in town are often busy at the end of the ski day. Yes prices are higher than in much of Italy, but we’re not at Zermatt or Courchevel levels. The food, both on and off the mountain, is usually excellent, with local Dolomite dishes on most menus. Then if shopping is your thing, there are few better ski resorts for some retail therapy.

How to get to Cortina

Venice airport is only two hours to the south of Cortina, giving ample opportunities to tie in a visit to the beautiful lagoon city on to either end of your trip. Verona is another option, but the drive takes around an hour longer.

  • Venice airport: 2 hours
  • Verona airport: 3 hours

Cortina Contact Details

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