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Cortina d'Ampezzo

Skiing

Cortina's long and picturesque ski runs will delight intermediates, but advanced skiers might lust for steeper terrain, which can be found only off-piste. Efficient ski bus service connects the town with the high-speed chairlifts and gondolas that ascend in all directions from the valley.

Dolomiti Superski pass. The Dolomiti Superski pass provides access to the surrounding Dolomites (€40–€45 per day), with 450 lifts and gondolas serving 1,200 km (750 mi) of trails. Buy one at the ticket office next to the bus station and at other outlets in the Dolomites. Via Marconi 15, Cortina d'Ampezzo, 32043. 0471/795397. www.dolomitisuperski.com.

Faloria gondola. The Faloria gondola runs from the center of town. From its top you can get up to most of the central mountains. Via Ria de Zeta 10, Cortina d'Ampezzo, 32043. 0436/2517. €16 round trip.

Monte Cristallo. Some of the most impressive views (and steepest slopes) are on Monte Cristallo, based at Misurina, 15 km (9 mi) northeast of Cortina by car or bus. Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Passo Falzarego. The topography of the Passo Falzarego ski area, 16 km (10 miles) east of town, is dramatic. The cable car takes you to one of the highest points in the Dolomites. From here, it's easy to see why this was such a deadly area for soldiers in World War I. Cortina d'Ampezzo.

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