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Luxury Ski Chalets in Cortina d'Ampezzo

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Known also as simply Cortina, this authentic resort is situated in The Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site and thus boasts a staggering beautiful location befitting the atmosphere and beauty of this resort. Beholding a strong sense of identity that is inherent in this North-Eastern region of Italy, Cortina is stereotypically Italian. The elegant boutiques that line the wide main street are interspersed with traditional trattorias and cafes, locals and smartly dressed tourists spilling out onto this elegant street jeering and joyful as one would expect of the passionate people that live here. During the winter months, this stage is impossibly romantic as the sun sets against the surrounding jagged rock faces of The Dolomites drawing in the darkness yet the twinkling lights of the bars, restaurants and hotels invite you in to enjoy the roaring fires and exquisite cuisine. During the summer months, indoors becomes outdoors and day by day life is played out on the street with the resort being as buzzing in the summer as it is in the winter. Addressing back to Cortina’s deep-rooted independence, the outcome of this has meant that to a degree whilst many other European ski resort have been busy updating, modernising and leaping head first into essentially the 25th century, Cortina has done nothing of the sort. And the result is utterly refreshing. We’re not saying the lifts are still operated by hand or that your twin tips will look out of place. But rather that this refusal to conform to modern day pressures has ensured the welcome to the 140km of groomed ski area, once the host of 1956 Winter Olympics is unpretentious. It’s genuine. And it’s undeniably Italian.


Cortina D’Ampezzo

Known also as simply Cortina, this authentic resort is situated in The Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site and thus boasts a staggering beautiful location befitting the atmosphere and beauty of this resort. Beholding a strong sense of identity that is inherent in this North-Eastern region of Italy, Cortina is stereotypically Italian. The elegant boutiques that line the wide main street are interspersed with traditional trattorias and cafes, locals and smartly dressed tourists spilling out onto this elegant street jeering and joyful as one would expect of the passionate people that live here. During the winter months, this stage is impossibly romantic as the sun sets against the surrounding jagged rock faces of The Dolomites drawing in the darkness yet the twinkling lights of the bars, restaurants and hotels invite you in to enjoy the roaring fires and exquisite cuisine. During the summer months, indoors becomes outdoors and day by day life is played out on the street with the resort being as buzzing in the summer as it is in the winter. Addressing back to Cortina’s deep-rooted independence, the outcome of this has meant that to a degree whilst many other European ski resort have been busy updating, modernising and leaping head first into essentially the 25th century, Cortina has done nothing of the sort. And the result is utterly refreshing. We’re not saying the lifts are still operated by hand or that your twin tips will look out of place. But rather that this refusal to conform to modern day pressures has ensured the welcome to the 140km of groomed ski area, once the host of 1956 Winter Olympics is unpretentious. It’s genuine. And it’s undeniably Italian.

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December

  • Christmas Markets
  • Fashion Weekend
  • European Cup Snowboardcross

January

  • Womens Alpine Skiing World Cup

February

  • Annual Carnival
  • International Cross-Country event

ACTIVITIES IN Cortina d’Ampezzo

  • Tobogganing

Explore the area at your own leisure on your sledge. There are some marked out routes to try and after the pistes are closed find yourself a small hill to race down.

  • Ice Skating

Spending the evening in the indoor ice rink or even hiding out here if the weather is bad, a very well-groomed ice rink, and fun for everyone.

  • Nightlife

This is place where meandering around town and popping in and out of the chic bars is normal Après. Not your ski boots on table sort of place but with so many bars to choose from there will be something to suite your needs.

  • Wellness

Many of the hotels in the area have their own wellness spas. With a large selection on the menu and luxurious Finnish saunas it is the best place to rest your weary ski legs.

 

TIME ZONE
GMT + 1 hour

LANGUAGE
Italian and German are spoken in Northern Italy. Italian and German are widely spoken in all resorts in the Dolomites. In some areas you will even hear the traditional mother tongue, Ladin which has survived the test of time. Menus and information are generally translated into English as well.

CURRENCY INFORMATION
The official currency is the Euro (€). Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent, €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

MONEY MATTERS
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in the country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

TIPPING SUGGESTIONS
In restaurants a service charge is built into menu prices. However, it's customary to round up amounts when paying the waiter or waitress if you're happy with the service. This means that you might hand the server CHF 50 for a CHF 47 meal. If you're paying by credit card, hand the server a cash tip of up to 5%. For Taxis as in restaurants, round up or add 5% when you're happy with the service. Tips to your chalet staff are entirely at your discretion.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE FORMALITIES
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have: a signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points. Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application. EU nationals are only required to hold a valid national ID card.

NEAREST AIRPORT
The nearest airports to Cortina d'Ampezzo are:

  • Venice Marco Polo (148km)
  • Venice Treviso (137km)
  • Innsbruck (164km)

WEATHER
The alpine climate is cold and visitors should wear warm, waterproof clothing at all times when outdoors during the winter. Hats and gloves are also essential to prevent frostbite. Sunglasses or ski goggles are also necessary to reduce the glare of the sun on the snow.

HEALTH
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and imperative to take out appropriate travel and medical insurance. Winter sports involve a high degree of risk and you should be in good health and carry adequate medical insurance in case of winter sports accident, including cover for air ambulance.


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