The region has a number of advantages including the amazing scenery and the lively atmosphere of the resort. It is also a great place for those who do not ski and entertainment is plentiful. The area is particularly popular with the wealthier residents of both Rome and Milan and there are many who have chosen to purchase holiday homes in the area. There are sections of the town which are German-speaking as well as Italian.
Accommodation and entertainment
There are plenty of bars, restaurants and coffee shops which are ideal for those who want to while away a few hours while not on the slopes. Visitors can enjoy a variety of traditional Italian and Austrian delicacies. The restaurants are great for traditional Italian cuisine although there are other options available. The restaurants within the town are not the only option either and there are plenty in other towns and villages nearby which offer good quality food. There are a number of mountain restaurants which can be easily reached either by road or using the lifts but it is a good idea to get there early as some of the regular wealthy visitors tend to take up residence there early in the day. Many of these offer great meals at a reasonable cost. Those who enjoy dancing will find a few nightclubs and discos which go on until the early hours.
Luxury hotels are plentiful in the area as there are large numbers of wealthy people visiting each year. Budget accommodation is an option and self-catering chalets and apartments are a good idea for families. Some of the hotels offer day care and babysitting services for families that have very young children.
The skiing area of the resort is widespread, so it is possible for skiers to use a different area on each day of their holiday. The après ski has a tradition of beginning early in Cortina, so in the afternoons it is generally only the most serious skiers who are still active on the slopes. Cortina itself has a total of 51 slopes. 47% of the slopes are designed for beginners,
The Dolomite Super Ski Pass is a pass which is available to visitors of a number of areas in the region and is accepted at all of them, so one purchase can be very cost effective. This great for advanced skiers who want to try out the black runs in different areas, as Cortina has only a few. Parts of the lift system at Cortina are fairly old although there have been some recent additions.There are a number of ski schools in operation in the Cortina region. There are more than 300 instructors working in the area. Lessons are available privately and for groups as well as for all abilities. Children and adults alike can learn new skills while in the region.The terrain park at Faloria is a good place for snowboarder to head to for a little practice, although there are also a number of other slopes which are ideal for this.
The region has plenty of shops for those who want to splash the cash, many of which are more upmarket boutiques to cater for the richer visitors. Facilities around the town for those who are not spending time on the slopes are generally very good and visitors to the area will not get bored.
A number of visitors go to the region each year to try out some of the hiking trails. The areas around Pocol and Socrepes are great for walking and hiking. Other sports which can be tried out at Cortina include skating and swimming. A number of hotels have sports facilities and the town has its own ice rink. Spa facilities are also available at a number of hotels and this is a popular way to unwind.
Those who are interested in the night sky could pay a visit to the planetarium which is close to the ice rink or the observatory located at Col Druscie. Snow polo is played occasionally and is a great spectator sport. Families will love the excursions to other districts which take place regularly. Venice is a popular destination for a day away from the resort and there are also trips into Austria.