Guidebook

Spectacular Ski Tours around Cortina d’Ampezzo

Explore the Dolomites’ undiscovered gems with these 7 ski tours.

Description

Heralded as being ‘Queen of the Dolomites’ by Dolomite Super Ski area, Cortina d’Ampezzo has everything from stunning scenery to expansive uncrowded pistes. As you enter the resort you will be struck by the immense beauty of the red-tinged Dolomite peaks towering above the village. There is also a timeless and relaxed feel to the place, which is brought alive by its cosy bars, stylish shops and fine Italian restaurants.

Comprised of three distinct areas, Cortina is a world-class resort, having hosted the Winter Olympics back in 1956, and set to hold them again in 2026, in conjunction with Milan. There is also a whole host of great off-piste skiing in the area.

This guidebook contains some of the best ski tours that Cortina has to offer. For instance, Creste Bianche is an absolute must for experienced skiers, a legendary line of the Cristello mountain range, and one of the most thrilling off-piste descents in the Dolomites.

Sources
Thorne, P. (2014) Powder- The Greatest Ski Runs on the Planet. (2014) London: Quercus Editions Ltd.
https://www.dolomitisuperski.com/en/Experience/Ski-areas/Cortina-d-Ampezzo

Vallencant Couloir

Vallencant Couloir

Cortina d'Ampezzo
2 - 3 hrs
3.8 km
732 m
1,068 m
50 °
N
A very steep and narrow couloir in the Cristallo massif, the alpine experience includes a technical approach and a challenging descent. A great line that was named after Patrick Vallencant, although it was first skied by a local priest, who was an experienced alpine skier.
Extreme
Private
Ra Ola Couloir

Ra Ola Couloir

Cortina d'Ampezzo
0 - 1 hrs
2.7 km
39 m
512 m
40 °
The "Val di Mesdì" of Cortina d'Ampezzo - a beautiful descent for experienced skiers.
Difficult
Private
Forcella Padron, 2750m

Forcella Padron, 2750m

Cortina d'Ampezzo
1 - 2 hrs
3.6 km
395 m
951 m
51 °
S
A beautiful, steep and wide couloir on the sunny side of Cristallo mountain range offering a classic descent with corn snow.
Difficult
Private
Staunies North Couloir

Staunies North Couloir

Cortina d'Ampezzo
0 - 1 hrs
1.3 km
1 m
936 m
48 °
SE
Famed as a beautiful and steep couloir in the Dolomites, an 800m straight line down to Val Fonda.
Severe
Private
Creste Bianche

Creste Bianche

Cortina d'Ampezzo
0 - 1 hrs
0.3 km
4 m
148 m
40 °
N
Another famous line in the Cristallo mountain range, and one of the most spectacular off-piste descents in the Dolomites.
Severe
Private
Cristallo North Couloir Ski traverse.

Cristallo North Couloir Ski traverse.

Cortina d'Ampezzo
2 - 3 hrs
3.1 km
873 m
846 m
56 °
SE
A fantastic mountaineering trip thats great for both alpinists and skiers, featuring a 500m climb up the steep south-east couloir (Bernardi) in order to reach the Cristallo North notch and ski down the steep north couloir, which is a 1500m total descent.
Severe
Private