We are excited to offer our 2019 March Break ski week to the stunning Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
A glance in any direction from Cortina d’Ampezzo tells you these are big mountains. Maximum vertical drop on piste is an impressive 1,715m from 2,939m on Staunies in the Cristallo region to 1,224mt at town level, but that’s the exception rather than the rule, with most descents extending for no more than half that amount – a function of the extreme shape of the peaks, which are rocky cliffs for much of their height.
Almost two thirds of Cortina’s 101 ski pistes are red runs for intermediates and one-third are beginner-friendly blue runs with just a handful of challenging black runs suitable for advanced skiers only. The total of 120km (which feels like more, thanks to the diversity of runs and broad geographical spread) is served by 51 lifts: 6 cable cars and 29 chair lifts give ample capacity of over 55,000 people per hour; most of the pisted area is covered by snow-making.
The four main areas – Faloria-Cristallo-Mietres; Tofana-Socrepes; Lagazuoi and Cinque Torri – are connected either by ski lift or a skibus service. Few other major ski resorts have skiing spread round such a large valley – Chamonix may be the closest parallel to Cortina, though the resorts could hardly be more different in all other respects. Though lacking on-ski connectivity, the ski areas are at least well-mapped on the standard piste map to allow you to plan your time on snow well: one side has a scenic depiction, making the most of the distinctive peaks; the other has a schematic plan view. It’s refreshing to be able to establish where in the world you are with relative ease and also rewarding – the most mountain-blind visitor wants to know which peak is which when they look as unique as this.
The defining factor is that each separate area is topographically very distinct from its neighbours, giving a radically different ski experience from one place to the next and offering opportunities for skiing below the tree line, one or two couloirs, and rolling, twisting piste elsewhere. There’s also significant variety of elevation; with the areas spread to east and west of town, and with varied aspects, these are all factors which combine to create very different snow conditions across the resort during the course of the day. In low season it’s easy to drive between areas but the bus system is also effective and the only option unless you’re visiting by car.
To stay in Cortina d’Ampezzo is one of the chicest ski experiences you can have, with stylish, trendy coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and boutiques, and lots of furry Italians.
The elegant town of Cortina d’Ampezzo at 1,200m in the heart of the Dolomites has an imposing Gothic campanile (c. 1858) towering 66m above the extensive pedestrianised centre and, at the last count, as many as 278 shops, 21 jewellery and luxury watch shops, 16 art galleries, 14 antique shops and numerous stylish, trendy coffee shops, restaurants and quality hotels. A visit to an outdoor gear shop here could result in a Gucci purchase as easily as The North Face.
Cortina has an extensive Italian clientele, which makes the whole scene all the more authentic for visitors from elsewhere, with extended families enjoying the passegiata, well wrapped in furs. Most of these visitors don’t even come to ski and even those who do will spend as much time off slope as on. The layout of the town means you shouldn’t count on walking to the two ski lifts which leave from the outskirts; as for the further outlying areas, you’ll definitely need to get the free shuttle bus.
A member of the “Best of the Alps” association of twelve classic mountain resorts, Cortina d’Ampezzo is Italy’s most celebrated skiing and mountaineering resort. The 1956 Winter Olympics were held here and the legacy continues to be celebrated, in Cortina if nowhere else. The resort is also well known for having featured in numerous films, but the resorts enduring star attractions of this UNESCO World Heritage site are the Dolomite landscape and Italian traditions.
Hotel Corona is a family -run 3-star hotel just outside of the centre of Cortina d’Ampezzo. The Faloria ski lift is a 13-minute walk whilst the Cortina Col Druscie is 9-minutes away. The hotel has a traditional style with a white rendered chalet style balconied exterior and authentic alpine wood themed interiors. Across the hotel guests can admire the family’s modern art collection. All rooms follow a classic Italian theme are elegantly furnished and come ensuite. Rooms feature a TV, safe, hairdryer and some a balcony.
The hotel’s dining room exudes a clean atmosphere with its white walls, wood furnishings and Italian paintings. The hotel serves good quality regional dishes using local produce. For breakfast guests are served an extensive continental.
The hotel provides free Wi-Fi, ski storage and parking facilities. There are many popular hiking trails nearby as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing tracks.
Price: CAD$3095 per person, double occupancy
$300 single room supplement
. Flights from Toronto to Venice round-trip on Air Canada / Lufthansa, via Frankfurt both ways
. Flight taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges of $680.00
. Roundtrip private bus transfers to/from airport and hotels
. 7 nights accommodation at the Hotel Corona, Cortina
. Local hotel taxes and service charges
. Buffet breakfast and 3-course dinner daily in Cortina
. Six day adult Dolomiti Superski lift pass
. One night in Venice/Mestre at the 4 star Hotel Plaza, with breakfast and all taxes included.
. Services of your Ski Canada Magazine staff
We have 6 singles and 14 double/twin rooms in our allotment.
AC 872 8MAR YYZ to FRA 1705 0630
LH 324 9MAR FRA to VCE 0845 1000
LH 329 17MAR VCE to FRA 1445 1610
AC 877 17MAR FRA to YYZ 1710 2040
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Saturday: by appointment