at a glance...

120km of pistes
1225m resort height
2 hours transfer time
All levels great for
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Cortina ski resort overview

Welcome to Cortina ski holidays and some of the most magnificent landscapes you'll see in the ski world. A bona fide Italian supermodel of a winter resort. Traditionally for wealthy Italians, Cortina has opened up for the wider market with a measly 2 hour transfer from Venice; cheap flights throughout the winter season.

Stone church spires soar out from cascading piazzas surrounded by the towering Dolomites; great limestone towers and cliffs that are tinged pink at dawn and dusk. It feels like you're in the most exclusive of winter retreats, just mountains and snow in every direction.

The pedestrianised centre is entwined in cobbled streets and pleasant squares. Benetton's founder once quoted "Italian fashion begins in Cortina" and with every major Italian label present on the stone streets, it's not hard to see why.

To top it off, there's some serious ski pedigree in town; Cortina hosted the 1953 Winter Olympics and has become forever popular on the World Cup skiing circuit. The FIS Alpine World Championships are to be held here in 2021. There's more to the slopes than the jaw-droppingly-beautiful scenery.

Skiing in Cortina

With around 70% of the Italian visitors to Cortina not actually setting foot/ski on the slopes, the pistes are enjoyably empty. You're more likely to find a queue to the wine bars than the ski lifts. The resort's at a decent altitude and with 95% of the slopes covered by artificial snow production, piste skiing is well groomed and pretty much guaranteed all season long.

Cable cars flank either side of the town centre and split the resort into two main ski areas. There's a good mix of blue and red slopes and a smattering of more challenging runs if you're feeling adventurous. Skiing in the sun only interrupted by lazy mountainside lunches is the order of the day. There's even a dedicated slow ski area full of scenic relaxation areas so you can really let the views sink in. With a staggering 44 mountain huts/restaurants within the 120km you'll be spoilt for mountain munchies. A particular highlight (quite literally) would be up on Lagazuoi, you guessed it, awesome views and the coffee isn't bad, the runs down from here are some of the best in the area.

Après ski

Whilst there may not be the raucous table dancing and euro-pop blasting of neighbouring Austrian or French resorts, the après here certainly ramps up in the high season. The cobbled streets are lined with bustling wine bars during 'aperitivo' hour and they kick on till late. Whilst the up-till-dawn scene may not be that prevalent, there's a lot of life, fur and designer labels floating around. 

Restaurants range from the humble pizzeria to Michelin-starred mountain huts so there's something for all budgets. After 11pm the discos begin, as does the posing. A very 'Italian' vibe is the only way to describe the whole place, there's nowhere quite like it. For us, it blows the likes of Courchevel 1850 and St Moritz out the water.

What we like about Cortina

- Scenery, to summarise it's simply spectacular
- Fantastic progression terrain if you're getting used to your ski legs
- No crowds or queues to be found
- Attractive Italian town, think cobbled streets and classy, bustling wine bars

Worth knowing

- The ski area is split into two main sections - but you just ski one one day and the other the next
- Every major Italian designer has a presence on the piazzas - pricey by Italian standards, but not by the French equivalent
- Some slow lifts - but with the atmosphere and views you'll be more than happy to sit back and relax

Best for...

  • Foodies
  • Relaxing
  • Families
  • Short breaks
  • Short transfer
  • Après
Accommodation in Cortina

Cortina is full of great accommodation options. We've searched high and low, as well as slightly out of town, to find the accommodation that will give you the best possible short ski breaks. Bolt holds in the town centre to views fit for a queen and spas to match.

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3* Hotel Olimpia
3* Hotel Olimpia

Right in the centre of Cortina, the Hotel Olimpia is metres from the main pedestrianised street and only 350m from the Floria gondola.

Features:
  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Wifi
  • Car parking
  • Jacuzzi
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4* Hotel Cortina
4* Hotel Cortina

A superb location in central Cortina, the hotel Cortina is beside the bell tower and the pedestrian heart of the resort. Impressively elegant.

Features:
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Spa
  • Hammam
  • Massage
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4*S Faloria Mountain Spa Resort
4*S Faloria Mountain Spa Resort

A delightfully traditional hotel with top service to match. Just outside Cortina, the shuttle service will take you to and from the lifts each day.

Features:
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Hammam
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5* Grand Hotel Savoia
5* Grand Hotel Savoia

Stylishly converted, old stately home on the edge of the pedestrianised streets of Cortina. A relaxing experience from start to finish.

Features:
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Hammam
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5* Hotel Cristallo
5* Hotel Cristallo

Over looking the town of Cortina the 5* Hotel Cristallo commands some seriously good views. Catch the private shuttle into town or to the slopes.

Features:
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Hammam
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The resort

Resort height - 1,225m
Highest point - 2,930m

Ski area

Local Cortina area - 120km of piste
Dolomiti Superski area - 1,200km of piste

SlopesSkiing in Cortina you're surrounded by stupendously beautiful mountains, we've skied all over the world and the scenery here amazes us. With slopes for all levels, you'll be praying for blue sky days just to admire the views.

Blue runs 39%
Red runs 45%
Black runs 16%

Lifts - 38
Mountain huts/restaurants - 44
Artificial snow cover - 95%

Season length - November to May

Resort ratings

Beginners - 5/5
Intermediates - 3/5
Experts - 2/5
No queues - 5/5
Cross country - 5/5
Restaurants - 4/5
Charm - 4/5
Scenery - 5/5
Eating out - 4/5
Après ski - 3/5
Off-slope - 5/5

Activities

Winter walks | cross-country skiing | extensive shopping | swimming | ice skating | planetarium | observatory | ice hockey matches | spa | trips to Venice | First World War tunnels

Transfer times

Venice - 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes

Cortina lift pass

3 day lift pass from £139
6 day lift pass from £244

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