Cortina Ski Weekends
Cortina is a supermodel of an Italian ski resort, found in the Italian Dolomites. The fashionable resort is also a famous racing town, having hosted the 1956 Olympics, and set to host the 2026 Olympics. Easily accessible from both Venice and Innsbruck, you can be in the resort within two hours.
Perfect for four-night weekenders, locals and visitors tend to take leisurely lunches, the Italy tradition of passeggiata – taking an evening walk – and perusing the designer shops on Corso Italia before having aperitivo. This in turn means avid skiers will have the slopes to themselves with few queues, crowds or traffic.
- Approximately 120 minutes from Venice
Approximately 120 minutes from Innsbruck
- Suitable for all levels
- Plenty of wide, cruisey slopes
- Exceptional off-piste areas
Cortina is a charming resort with cobbled streets that link the beautiful piazzas, medieval church towers and stylish hotels. The town is spread across a wide bowl and is surrounded by the Dolomites' limestone peaks, which are illuminated come sunrise and sunset. Cortina is a perfect short break option for skiers who want an animated town, with locals filling the bars and perusing the fashionable shops.
Cortina’s ski area is great for short-break skiers looking for a variety of pistes. There are wide blues and steep reds, making it suitable for beginners and intermediates. Cortina is part of the expansive Dolomiti Superski, with access to almost 1,200km of marked ski runs. The area is quiet as a large majority of visitors don’t ski, so there’ll probably be longer queues for an aperol spritz than a chairlift.
The best areas for off-piste skiing are around the Tofana area, which reaches 3,243 metres. It is easily accessible by cable car and has a great selection of powder runs. Some of Cortina’s lower slopes are between trees, so there are some great off-piste tree runs and hidden valleys. Heli-skiing is available and opens up a wide variety of terrain inaccessible by lifts.
This chic town has a refined atmosphere with plenty of lively wine bars. Weekend skiers looking for nightlife won’t be disappointed either, there are a handful of clubs that are open late. Cortina has a large number of restaurants on-and-off the mountain, ranging from traditional Italian home cooking to Michelin-starred luxuries.