It's been snowing in the Dolomites and Cortina d'Ampezzo is gearing up for a fabulous winter season, with lifts in the Cinque Torri area expected to open on Saturday 22 November.
Highlights are the popular Cortina Fashion Weekend (5-8 December); European Cup Snowboardcross (19-21 December); the Tour de Ski Nordic ski race (7-8 January); FIS World Snow Day (18 January); Women's Alpine Skiing World Cup (18-19 January); Carnival (12-17 February); and Film Festival (18-22 March).
Special attractions in Cortina this season cover the whole spectrum of winter sports fans, with Seniors Special group ski tours for the over 60s to explore the ski area and mountain cuisine; a spa for the under 12s with strawberry oil massages and natural treatments; an environmentally friendly refuge on the mountain with solar panels and wood burners that only use wood from fallen trees and forest-clearing operations; ice driving at the Snow Ice circuit; and ice climbing taking in the most spectacular waterfalls and rock faces in the Dolomites.
Cortina's popular ski tours include the Super8 Ski Tour with eight mountains and eight refuges visited on a tour in the shape of the figure eight and take skiers and boarders to the spectacular Hidden Valley with the chance to use the famous Armentarola horse-drawn ski lift, one of only a few such lifts in operation in the Alps.
Topical this year is the Great War snow-hike, a moving and fascinating tour led by a historical narrator in period uniform as well as an Alpine guide. It follows the footsteps of the soldiers who fought bitter battles 100 years ago and is suitable for children as well as adults.