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Most easily accessible from Innsbruck airport some 165km to the north, if any resort is worth the trip, it’s Cortina d’Ampezzo. Lying at the heart of the Dolomiti Superski area, Cortina is a sizeable town with a rich history and wonderful mountain atmosphere.
The area has been popular with tourists for centuries, who flock here all year round. In 1956, Cortina d’Ampezzo hosted the Winter Olympics and expanded its ski facilities to accommodate. It became known the world over as a mecca of Italian skiing and even attracted filmmakers, who shot the memorable ski-chase from the 1981 James Bond classic For Your Eyes Only here. In the years following it has become a place to both see and be seen, and the township has grown accordingly.
Those looking for high-quality drinks and food will need to look no further. With so many options, you’ll never sample it all, no matter how long you’re staying. Though the skiing facilities haven’t developed at quite the same rate, there’s still lots to do in the surrounding mountains, and with access to the Dolomiti Superski area, you’ll have so much skiing available, you won’t know where to start.
Renowned the world over as a mountain hub for style and fashion, Cortina is as much about languishing in the atmosphere as it is about carving fresh trails in the powder - of which there’s a lot! With a great snow record and accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets, Cortina should be on everyone’s list for both ski-focused and relaxation-focused holidays.
Cortina d’Ampezzo highlights: Access to the Dolomiti Superksi, chic bars and to-die-for restaurants, all wrapped up in a classic Italian package.
Cortina d’Ampezzo is best for: Those who want it all — great skiing and even better apres. This upmarket Italian mountain paradise has it all.
Lying at 1,220m above sea level, south of the Austrian peaks, Cortina enjoys mild evenings and sunny springs perfect for those seeking a skiing break with a laid back and social atmosphere. Cortina itself has over 140km of marked pistes topping out at 2,930m and skiers have the choice of ascending in either direction out of town.
Heading towards Col Druscie offers high, treeless descents on the upper plateaus, as well as access to the Alta Badia ski area providing you have the right pass. And on the other side, if you take the Mandres gondola, you’ll be treated to treelined runs and gentler winding blues.
The Dolomiti Superski area is best accessed by bus or car as the long lift-rides and difficult connections make it more time-consuming than enjoyable trying to get around on skis alone. But that isn’t to say that it’s not worth doing. With Cortina primarily made up of reds and blues, expert skiers may find themselves a little bored of the easy pine-forested runs, and as such, having the option to jump on a bus and head for more challenging terrain in the next valley is a welcome addition to what this resort has to offer.
Still, there’s plenty to do here, and with a solid lift network, a spider’s web of runs to keep you entertained, and the ever-dramatic landscape of the Dolomites rising around you, you’ll be hard-pressed to find boredom no matter who you are. Though if its excitement you’re looking for, with the Dolomiti Superski pass, you’ll be able to hunt powder lines and black runs to rival any Alpine resort. You just may have to travel to get there.
Cortina d’Ampezzo for First-time and beginner skiers: Cortina is a wonderful resort for beginners and offers the quintessential beginner experience — gentle tree-lined runs winding back to town and plenty of places to stop off for a hot chocolate and a slice of cake when your legs get tired.
Cortina d’Ampezzo for Intermediate skiers: With 140km of marked pistes, the majority of which are reds and blues, intermediated will have fun adapting to and embracing the variety of challenging yet manageable terrain that Cortina offers up. Long open reds and narrow tree-lined blues will offer plenty of opportunities to pop off the sides and into powder, carve a fresh trail between the pines, and still make it back to town for afternoon apres.
Cortina d’Ampezzo for Expert skiers: Experts will quickly find that the reds and blues offer little different to many other Dolomite resorts, and will need to make the most of the Dolomiti Superski pass to get their kicks. Though with 18 resorts and over 1400km of skiing included, a short bus-ride for some mind-blowing skiing is a small price to pay; especially when you get to come home to Cortina every night to enjoy everything else the town has to offer.
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From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Cortina d'Ampezzo (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!). We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children. SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety. Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new. Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time. These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives. A private ski instructor in Cortina d'Ampezzo can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons. For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions. A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Cortina d'Ampezzo. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Cortina d'Ampezzo designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!