In Cortina, there is a long tradition of cross-country skiing: in February 1927 the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships took place, in 1936 the first cross-country skiing Palio (competition) was held, making it the oldest competitive event in the Ampezzo Valley, and in 1956 the Winter Olympics, which included cross-country skiing events, were held in Cortina. In addition, the European Students Championships were held on the Tre Croci competition pistes, and athletes from the Italian national and Olympic teams, such as Maurilio De Zolt, Pietro Piller Cottrer, Silvio Fauner, Anna Comarella and Ole Einar Bjørndalen, trained there.


In Cortina, the pistes can be subdivided into two main areas:

Fiames Nordic Center

The Fiames Nordic Center, between mounts Pomagagnon and Col Rosà, is an ideal area in which to begin your experience in this sport, because many of the routes have a mainly flat profile; it is also the starting-point for the Cortina-Dobbiaco trail and the 7 km of the circular routes in the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites, two of which are lit at night.
At the Nordic Center you can take lessons with local ski instructors, hire all the equipment necessary, and stop for a break at the Bar of the cross-country skiing centre, or at the Hotel Fiames restaurant. Skiers on the Cortina-Dobbiaco trail can stop at the Rifugio Ospitale Restaurant or at Chalet Passo Cimabanche (Cimabanche Pass Chalet).

Tre Croci Pass

For the most experienced cross-country skiers, Cortina offers the technically challenging pistes of the Tre Croci Pass, on which Italian and international Olympic athletes have trained. The FIS-approved competition piste enables skiers to test their limits and train in the silence of nature at 1,800 metres height, admiring breath-taking views: the majestic Tofane peaks to the west, Cristallo and Popena to the north, the Marmarole mountains to the east, and Croda Marcoira to the south. 
As a result of the high altitude, the pistes have excellent natural snow cover nearly every year; they are among the first pistes to open and the last to close. In addition, the piste is sunlit from the early hours of the morning right through to the afternoon, making the experience of skiing on this track even more pleasant.
If you wish to enjoy a gourmet break, you can stop at the Son Zuogo Restaurant, or at the Hotel Tre Croci restaurant, both of which are directly on the cross-country skiing piste.

Open tracks

ALL THE TRAILS          

In Cortina there are over 70 km of pistes of various types at different levels of technical difficulty. They are perfectly cut and prepared: from easy, flat and straight pistes, to sporty routes, with multiple pistes and extra space for skate skiers. For access to the cross-country pistes, a ticket should be purchased directly at the Fiames Sport Nordic Center, or you should hold a Dolomiti Nordicski ticket. 

Discover all the cross-country skiing trails in Cortina!


Cortina provides everything that you need to ski and enjoy yourselves. Choose your ski instructor and your equipment, and organise your skiing in Cortina benefiting from the available services.