For a different way to spend an afternoon or evening in the mountain, sledging is ideal. Combine it with an invigorating excursion on foot or with snowshoes and satisfaction is guaranteed. Have dinner in a refuge before making your descent by sledge, wearing a helmet and head torch, ideally aided by a full moon.
Mietres in Guargné has a dedicated kilometer-long slope for sleds, perfect for thrilling descents with toboggan-sleds, which are available for hire. On reservation, the Mietres Refuge will organize dinner, with ascent by snowmobile and descent, if you wish, by sled. Other refuges also organize dinners (booking is essential) followed by night-time descent by sled, for a different night out.
Other slopes for sledding:
Rifugio Scoiattoli-5 Torri: Ascent by foot (1.5-2hrs), or use the chairlift, and descent by sled along the 4km slope.
Rifugio Croda da Lago: Ascent by foot (1.5 -2hrs) and enjoy a long and thrilling descent on the forest road.
Rifugio Dibona: Ascent by foot (1hr) along forest road, particularly suitable to families with children.
Rifugio Ra Stua: Ascent by foot (1hr) and descend along the 3km long road for a fun and variable sled ride.
Head to the Olympic Ice Stadium to spend a day on the ice practicing your jumps, spins and pirouettes.
The stadium, built to host the 7th Winter Olympics in 1956, has an all-year round ice rink. Qualified instructors are available, and there is also a skate-hire service.
The stadium is listed in the GoEuro Guide as a James Bond venue.
OLYMPIC ICE STADIUM
Via A. Bonacossa, 1
Tel. 0039 0436 881811
More info: as at the beginning of the Twentieth Century, the Cristallo Hotel Spa&Golf opens an Ice Skating rink on its terrace, with the possibility to rent the skates.
Ice trekking is perfect for those with a taste for adventure. Walk with crampons on ice along frozen waterways. For vertical thrills try a winter via ferrata with an alpine guide. Some guides offer the chance to spend an evening inside a hand-built shelter.
Stones, tee, end, take-out, draw. These aren't code words, but curling jargon. This bizarre sport, which began in Scotland in the 16th century and gained popularity with the 2006 Turin Olympics, has been played in Cortina since the early 1900s. In 2010 the Olympic Ice Stadium hosted the Capital One Men's World Championships. Today, those who fancy trying their hand at the sport can do so at the Curling Centre at the Olympic Ice Stadium. Fun guaranteed!
The Cortina Curling Association organizes 2hr lessons, for groups of minimum 6 people, cost €25,00 per person.