Cortina in Italy Resort Guide
Set in the heart of the Dolomites Cortina needs little introduction as Italy's most fashionable snowsports town. Breathtakingly picturesque, the dramatic pink tinged craggy peaks are the stunning backdrop to a chic all encompassing winter destination where many of Milan and Rome's well heeled entrepreneurs and professionals retain a winter home. By reputation around seventy percent of Cortina visitors come for the clear alpine air, the shopping, eating and up market apres ski as actually strapping on skis or a board and taking to the slopes and by late afternoon the universal apres ski uniform is fur and glittering jewellery. The main focal point is the Piazza Venzia and the pedestrianised cobbled Corso Italia with its picture postcard green and white bell tower. By comparison with the major European resorts Cortina is by no means prohibitively expensive, and if people watching and perfectly manicured gentle beginners and flattering intermediate trails are your bag, then Cortina can be done on a budget. Lifts to the two main base stations to serve their respective ski areas are at opposite ends of town from each other, and other lifts are a short bus trip from the centre. As well as a public swimming pool, there is the Olympic ice stadium -which hosts an ice disco, there's ice hockey to watch, dog sledding and a ski jump. There's a riding school and of course the Olympic bobsleigh run. The sun terrace of the Hotel de La Poste is where the beautiful people sip martinis and top up their tans, and Cortina has a number of galleries and museums. Venice is just two hours by road.
Accomodation & Après Ski
There are many smaller family run hotels to chose from, and some self catering apartments, but most are near the outskirts of the town. The town offers a good level of facilities: from tea rooms, to cafes, bars, restaurants and an extensive choice of good night clubs.
|RESORT HEIGHT||1224||VERTICAL DESCENT||1882||OPENS||Dec - April|
|TOP STATION||2932||DRAG LIFTS||11||EXPERT RATING||7|
|BOTTOM STATION||1050||CHAIR LIFTS||7||INTERMEDIATE RATING||9|
Lift Pass Prices From
- Adult One Day Pass : 32 Euros
- Adult Six Day Pass : 159 Euros
- Child One Day Pass : 27 Euros
- Child Six Day Pass : 112 Euros