The beauty of the nature of the Dolomites that surrounds the Ampezzo valley is truly incomparable. The red crags, the fields, the woods, the lakes and the ski runs provide the perfect setting for both summer and winter holidays. One of the most famous and exclusive localities, it is a much sought-after and highly-regarded destination because of the quality of its services and facilities and the way in which it respects its cultural and environmental heritage. A perfect holiday for winter sports, pleasant stays, wellbeing and relaxation. With its 140 km of ski slopes - this is Cortina.
This itinerary has been devised and offered by Cortina Turismo in collaboration with the Skipass Office in Cortina and Dolomiti Superski. This ski tour should visit the routes along which the games of the 1956 Olympiads were held: The Pista Olympia ( Stratofana ), the setting for the downhill. The Pista Vitelli, where the Giant Slalom was held. The Pista "A" Col Drusie, the venue for the Special Slalom. Recommended in the main for expert skiers, but when combined with alternative routes it may also be accessible for those who don't consider themselves Olympic champions but who would still like to take part in this unusual adventure.
The route covers the Dolomite Front and runs around the Col di Lana, the bloodstained hill which is a symbol of the Great War. The tour includes military emplacements, tunnels and slits built by Italian, Austrian-Hungarian and German soldiers during the First World War to take-on the enemy and cope with life at high altitudes.
The tour is open to everyone, adults and children alike, as well as snowboarders.
It lasts approximately seven to eight hours, including a stop for food, and usually departs early in the morning.
Those wishing to take the Great War Tour should buy a Superski Dolomite Skipass which gives free use of the skibus facilities. Taxi-buses and horse drawn sleds are chargeable.