Cortina, deep in the d’Ampezzo Valley, has always had a stellar reputation for the company it keeps – the Italian crème de la crème – and deservedly so. It may be surrounded by the beeping horns of Italian drivers, but in the pedestrian zone’s sanctuary, it’s a haven of peace and quiet until come late afternoon when it’s crowded with a bevy of activity for all: watching the arm-in-arm fur-clad strollers in the finest modo d’Italia and their fashionista followers.
But during the day it’s skiing – and what skiing there is! The Dolomiti Superski pass covers 12 ski areas, 450 lifts, 760 miles of marked trails over 149,000 acres! The best Italy has to offer, maybe best anywhere. Cortina was voted the Italy’s finest resort in 2013. You can ski totally alone in Hidden Valley below WWI mountain installations, cruise under majestic frozen water falls or circle the backside of the picturesque Cinque Torri. Skiing the Sella Ronda forces you, after 25 miles to race and catch the last lift home. The vast beauty of the region qualified it as a UNESCO World Heritage site. With too much to pick from over such a wide area, it’s best to hire a guide for the week. If you’re lucky, maybe the truly terrific Charlie Tessari will be yours!