high in the Dolomite Mountain Range in Northern Italy (Veneto Region), Cortina d"Ampezza
just to satisfy the ski crowd & offers some of the best mountain thrills in
Europe.The Dolomites are located on the sunny southside of the Alpine Range
just a couple of hours from Venice and Innsbruck.The ski area of Cortina
d'Ampezzo comprises 3 mountain ranges connected by a "free-of-charge ski
bus."The scenery is just jaw-droppingly wonderful! The town itself is
ringed by dramatic limestone towers and cliffs, tinged pink at dawn and dusk.
It is known as Italy's most fashionable ski resort.
first ski club was formed in Cortina in 1903 followed bythe first ski race in
1905 in Alpe de Siusi. Cortina was host to theto the 1956 Olympic Winter Games.
Cortina is a sizeable town of about 6,000 residents that grows to about 50,000
during the height of ski season. They've playedhosts tonumerous World Cup,
Nordic Skiing Championships, and race competitions of every type.The FIS
Alpine World Skiing Championship will be held here in
If you're a James Bond fan, you won't resist the chance to take selfies around
the locations used for "For Your Eyes Only." (Roger Moore). There's
the main square on Corso Italia, which is the heart of Cortina, where Bond
takes care of a couple of motorcycle-riding assassins.
skiing is diverse. Cortina Italy is as world renowned for its perfectly groomed
piste (trail, slope, groomed run) as for its superb tree skiing and multitudes
of expert only couloirs (narrow gully/steep gradient).The mountains surrounding
Cortina are among the highest and most dramatic in the Dolomites. The slopes
are comprised of 66 slopes for a total of 85Km (52 miles).It's serviced by 34
lifts: 5 cable cars - 26 chairlifts - 3 ski-lifts. The Cortina area
has a vertical drop of 1,700 m from 2,924m to 1,224m or 5,577 feet. While some
European ski resorts have statistics on the average snowfall per season, the
majority don’t report this statistic. The snowiest part of Europe is along the
high alpine spine of the Alps from France through Switzerland, Italy and
The Cortina ski terrain
of massive contrasts. Essentially broken up into three main ski areas
several minor ones, it wears many different masks. The 3 main areas are Tofana (access at the bottom of town - huge and
brooding with some classic lines and tree skiing); Faloria (access via the center of town - gentler but
still visually impressive, especially under Cristallo) and Falzarego/Cinque Torri (a bit of everything).
All are linked via buses. The resorts throughout the Dolomites have invested
heavily in snow-making equipment. Cortina (and the Dolomites in general) will
get snow from storm directions when other areas will not. Ski Map of
Cortina d'Ampezzo provides a PDF file, interactive and 3D views.
Color Code Rating System
Except for the US and Canada, the rest of the world relies on a "color
code" system to designate ski run difficulty. Just as with ski areas in
North America, European ski resorts may vary in how they assign the ratings to
a "piste." They use Green to designate trails for First time skiers;Blue for Easy (beginners), Red for Intermediate and Black for Experts. Cortina slopes break down as follows:41% Blue,42% Red and17% Black. It is worth knowing that the grading system will never get harder as you head down the
mountain. If you are at the top on a blue run, you will always be able to make
it to the bottom on either a blue or a green run. This is a golden rule of
European piste grading.
d'Ampezzo is part of Dolomiti Superski, one of the world’s largest ski circuits
with 1,200 km (745 miles) of slopes across 12 ski regions, accessed with a