Cortina d'Ampezzo is celebrating scooping the title of Italy's Best Ski Resort in the inaugural World Ski Awards - the Oscars of the ski world.
And to compound their success, the town's Cristallo Hotel Spa and Golf won the award for Italy's Best Ski Hotel 2013.
President of Cortina Turismo, Stefan Illing, who received the award at a glittering ceremony in Kitzbühel, Austria, said:
We are honoured and proud to receive this award, which confirms Cortina's position in the premier league of international ski resorts.
People love Cortina for its beauty and we are lucky to be located in the world's most spectacular mountains, the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage area, but to me, this award is also a result of our continuous efforts to constantly improve the resorts and to give our guests the best experience possible.
Undoubtedly, Cortina's candidacy for the 2019 Ski World Cup will further boost this process and leave a positive legacy on the resort in the form of further improvements in infrastructure and services.
Cortina d'Ampezzo - the Queen of the Dolomites - beat stiff competition from other Italian resorts to win the Italian crown.
Cortina's winter season starts on the weekend of 6-8 December and celebrates with the Cortina Fashion Weekend, when shops in the renowned Corso Italia stay open late and the town centre is abuzz with live music, art, food and Prosecco.
More details about Cortina's exciting 2013-14 winter season are in the attached media kit
Full details of all the World Ski Award winners are on worldskiawards.com