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Cortina d'Ampezzo


The destination

Nestled in the scenic Ampezzo Valley surrounded by the jagged cliff faces of the Dolomites, the resort town of Cortina is popular with travellers throughout the year. In particular, it attracts the “jet set” crowd from all over Europe thanks to its fantastic ski fields and amazing scenery. In fact, you may have seen Cortina in films such as The Pink Panther and For Your Eyes Only which sees James Bond fleeing on skis from spike-wheeled motorcycles. 

Cortina is a convenient location as well being two hours from Venice and a short drive from the Austrian and Slovenian borders. As well as a traditional Italian atmosphere, the town offers a selection of superb restaurants and a pedestrianised centre perfect for enjoying the local charm and hospitality. 

Visitors will have access to four nearby ski areas which include trails that were first traversed by soldiers during World War One. These regions cover varied terrain for skiers of all abilities. This includes tree-lined couloirs and winding, rolling pistes. In all, there are more than 120 km of routes to explore. The laid-back vibe of Cortina means the slopes are quiet during the long Italian lunchtimes as well as at the start and end of each day. 

First Class Accommodation Choices in Cortina d'Ampezzo
While there are a number of hotels and chalets available for travellers to stay in within Cortina d'Ampezzo, Oxford Ski would like to recommend two in particular. The Cristallo Hotel is a five-star hotel steeped in history and tradition. It has brushed with the rich and famous too with both Frank Sinatra and Peter Sellers spending some time here. Rooms and suites feature modern design with additional amenities including a spa, swimming pool, hammam and fitness centre. 

Our other suggestion is the Grand Hotel Savoia, a five-star hotel found in the centre of Cortina. Located a short walk from some of the town’s best restaurants, bars and boutique shops, guests will have everything they need right on their doorstep. The hotel also features its own restaurant and bar plus a luxury fitness centre with a pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and gym. 

A Luxury Holiday in Cortina and the Dolomites 
Rather than letting you rely on luck and happenstance when finding accommodation for your next trip, the team at Oxford Ski can provide insider advice about the finest Cortina d'Ampezzo luxury chalets and hotels there. We have on-the-ground experience in this region and have carefully selected the best properties for you. In this way, you can book a place filled with elegance and charm that is centrally located while fitting in with your holiday budget. 

We can also provide assistance with other aspects of your itinerary including the various excursions and activities that you partake in while there. Simply tell us what type of holiday you wish to have in Cortina and we will come up with a travel plan that fits your needs perfectly. In this way, you can experience the excitement, history and culture of Italy and the Dolomites in the very best manner.

We Recommend

  • Our favourite run: Forcella Staunies
  • Best off-piste: Cristallo
  • Mountain Lunch: Rifugio Averau
  • Après Ski: Enoteca
  • Dinner: Gazebo, Hotel Cristallo
  • Non-skiers: Shopping or ice skating

The Essentials

  • Ski School: Azzura Cortina Ski School
  • Private Guides: Cortina White Team/Alpine Guides
  • Childcare: Private through the Tourist Office
  • Massage: Cristallo Spa
  • Transfers: Private Transfer


Key Facts

  • Domaine: Cortina (Dolomite Superski)
  • Resort Height: 1225m
  • Skiing Elevation: 1225-2930m
  • Pistes: 115km
  • Blue: 50%
  • Red: 35%
  • Black: 15%

Cortina d'Ampezzo Piste Map

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Getting There

Innsbruck (INN)
165km/ 2.5 hrs

Bolzano (BZO)
138km/ 2 hrs

Venice (VCE)
148km/ 2 hrs

Verona (VRN)
265km/ 3 hrs