Cortina Ski Resort

A glimpse of what ski resorts were like 20 years ago: antiquated cable cars, wild mountains, some seriously steep slopes and grand architecture.

There's a stubborn streak to Cortina and its residents. A frontier town, it has retained a strong sense of independence through countless foreign occupations and many locals still speak the ancient language of Ladin. They appear impervious to the pressure on ski resorts to renovate dated hotels and replace ancient lift systems, barely seeming to embrace modern skiing at all. However, as you stroll past the elegant boutiques that line Cortina's Corso Italia at dusk, watching highly animated, furry Italians greeting each other beneath the green and white church tower - you won't really care either.

It's also a fantastic resort for anyone who loves their food. Italian cuisine is everywhere whether it be in the numerous cafes and restaurants or up on the mountain. The slopes also remain largely uncrowded as many Italians come purely for the restaurants and stay well away from the ski area.

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Did You Know?

Cortina is a resort as popular for its restaurants as it is its skiing. Don't be surprised to see some Italians travel up the mountain to a restaurant just for lunch. For the benefit of skiers and snowboarders the mountain restaurants are superb.

The Stats

Resort altitude 1224m
Highest lift 2939m
Vertical drop 1224m
Ski-in/ski-out 0 Star
Total pistes 140km
Nursery areas 2
Pistes: beg/inter/adv. 33/63/5
Funiculars/ cable cars 0/6
Gondolas/ chairs 0/31
Drags 10
Parks 1
Pipes 1
Night-skiing No
Summer skiing No
Environmental rating 1 Stars
Glühwein factor 2 Stars
Cost indicator £££

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