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Where do Italians go skiing?
A very popular and slightly posh destination for skiing holidays is Cortina d’ Ampezzo. The village has nearly 7,000 inhabitants and it is located at 1224m. Cortina is included in the Belluno province, 72 km from the town of Belluno.
The Cortina D’Ampezzo’s valley is considered by skiers a paradise. It might be because of its Sunshine (8 days out of 10 with 8 hours of daylight), or because of its ski facilities 3 ski areas, 62 slopes (10 black runs, 23 red, 28 blue and 1 green) for a total of 115 kilometres or for its beautiful landscape and glamorous atmosphere.
This Olympic town (it hosted the 1956 Winter cup and various World Cup events) for more than a century has been a showcase for Italian style and fashion and it is still characterised by great events, glamour, elegant shops, excellent hotels, restaurants, and cosy mountain refuges.
Many motion pictures have been shot in Cortina, the most popular being the Vanzina brother’s.
For all these reasons Cortina is still one of the best known Italian tourist destinations. Located only two hours from Venice, Cortina is renowned throughout the world for its exclusive charm. Its landscape of unparalleled natural beauty, surrounded by the spectacular Dolomite mountains, has recently been declared a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Area.
Many are the activities available in the valley from snowboarding to Alpine skiing.
On the snowy slopes around Cortina, even the most die-hard snowboarders will be satisfied. Pocol and Socrepes are the ideal slopes for novices, while those who want to test their skills with jumps and breathtaking drops can head to 5 Torri and Faloria.
Expert skiers in search of adrenaline can tackle some of the most exciting black runs in the Dolomites in terms of slope and scenery: Vertigine Bianca, the Stratondi, Canalone Franchetti, Tondi normale and Slittone slopes. The Cristallo ski area is home to the most daunting slope of all: Canalone Staunìes, a black run which is not for the faint hearted.
Part of the Dolomiti Superski area, the world’s largest skiing carousel, Cortina also offers the chance to conveniently access an amazing 1220 kilometres of runs and 450 lifts with a single ski pass.
For those who can’t ski, sledging is ideal especially if combined with an invigorating excursion on foot or using snowshoes. Mietres in Guargné has a dedicated kilometre-long slope for sleds, perfect for thrilling descents with toboggan-sleds, which are also available for hire. In addition, if you book, the Mietres Refuge will be happy to organize dinner, with ascent by snowmobile and descent, if you wish, by sled. Other refuges also organize dinners (again, booking is essential) followed by night-time descent by sled.
Winter 2010 also saw the opening of the Cortina Snowpark, in the Socrepes area of the Tofane mountains, 500 metres long and serviced by a four-seater chairlift.