Skiing is one sport that not only offers a great workout but also lifts up your spirits. A day spent skiing on pristine white slopes of snow-filled mountains is a magical experience. If you are looking for a ski resort that is not crowded and can offer a relaxing holiday, then head to Cortina. Cortina d’Ampezzo is Italy’s most fashionable ski resort. Apart from a quiet skiing experience, the resort offers a great choice of entertainment and nightlife. Located in the Ampezzo valley in the Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy, this place is simply breathtaking.
Cortina d’Ampezzo is just an hour and 40 minutes away from the airport in Venice. Even if you are travelling from a city like New York located in a different continent, you can make it to this resort in a couple of hours in a private jet. Known as the ‘Queen of the Dolomites’, Cortina d’Ampezzo offers a relaxing mountain environment. At the same time sports enthusiasts can get their adrenaline pumping with the resort’s superb sports facilities in winter and summer.
Cortina once considered a marketplace went through an amazing transformation into a resort. In 1897, a schoolmaster acquired skis and offered them for public use. By 1901, the Ampezzo sporting club was formed to impart skiing instruction to tourists. By 1930, Cortina d’Ampezzo was Italy’s answer to Switzerland’s St.Moritz and attracted luxury-loving adventure seekers from all over the world. Cortina has an impressive history as a world class ski resort. It hosted the Winter Olympics in 1956. Every year international sports events like the Alpine Ski World Cup, the Tour de Ski, Winter Polo, and ice hockey championships are held here. Host to the Women’s Alpine Ski World Cup every January since the last 21 years, the event is to be held on January 23rd and 24th, 2016. You can definitely attend this event as Exclusive Charter Service jets make travelling possible on a whim.
Cortina d’Ampezzo is part of the Dolomite Superski, the biggest ski area in the world with 1220 km of slopes split into 12 zones. With a Superski pass, you gain access to over 669 ‘pistes’ or trails. With 140 ski runs and over 50 miles of cross-country pistes, this resort featured in one of James Bond’s best skiing scenes. From the Olympic ice rink, you can take the Freccia nel cielo cable car to the 10,000 ft. summit of Tofana. Throughout the resort you can find cozy mountain huts that serve rustic Italian fare. For those who do not have much time for dining, there are snack bars on the slopes. The rich and famous from Rome and Milan consider this resort as a second home because apart from skiing, there are equally attractive options for dining and shopping in the vicinity.
Ski runs are color coded in Cortina. A novice skier can learn to ski in Cortina d’Ampezzo with its excellent ski school. Passa Falzarego, Tofana, and Socrepes offer gentle trails that are perfect for beginners. 33% of the resort’s slopes are for beginners and have a blue color code. 62% of slopes are for skiers with intermediate skills and the color code is red. Intermediate skiers can try Cinque Torri and Faloria. Only 5% of the resort’s slopes are for experts. With a color code of black, expert skiers can try the Forcella Rossa and Stratofana runs. The Cortina Adrenaline Center in the resort offers rafting down a ski jump, bobsledding and hiking. Cortina d’Ampezzo is more laidback when compared to the ski trails of Chamonix, France that is made for adrenaline junkies. With great weather conditions and an emphasis on fun, socializing, and relaxation, a visit to this resort can give you that much needed rejuvenating, magical experience.