Learn to ski in Cortina
Located in the northern Italian province of Belluno at an altitude of 1,224m, Cortina D’Ampezzo is one of the most renowned ski resorts in the entire Alpine arc. Known as the "Queen of the Dolomites" due to its central position within the Conca D'Ampezzo, Cortina D’Ampezzo is encircled by the Dolomites UNESCO heritage site and offers views of magnificent mountains such as Monte Cristallo, the Tofane, the Three Peaks of Lavaredo and Cristallino D'Ampezzo.
Three interconnected ski areas can be found within Cortina d'Ampezzo: Faloria-Cristallo, Lagazuoi-5 Torri, and the highest, Tofana, with peaks that reach up to 3,245m altitude. The local slopes offer 120km of skiing, with 50% being suitable for beginners. The resort is also part of the Dolomiti Superski, which is the largest skiing area within Italy and offers a total of 1,200km of slopes across 12 ski regions.
Cortina D’Ampezzo can be reached within under 2hrs drive from Venice Treviso and Venice Marco Polo airports.
Ski lessons for beginners in Cortina
The ski schools in Cortina offer ski lessons from age 4yrs. Group lessons last between 3-5,5hrs per day, depending on the ski school, and several ski schools in Cortina offer lessons for all ages with optional lunch care.
First-timer lessons generally start on the beginner slopes of the Socrepes area, which is close to the town. The wide, flat slopes here are ideal for learning how to snowplough, glide and brake. The ski schools in Cortina generally meet for lessons at the Roncato chair lift, which accesses the slopes of Socrepes directly from Cortina.
Once the first two moves have been well established, beginner lessons progress to slopes with a slight incline and the snowplough turn is introduced. Beginners who have previous skiing experience will be taken by the ski schools in Cortina directly to such slopes, to begin to work on parallel skiing.
Not only group but also private ski lessons are offered by the ski schools in Cortina. Private lessons generally ensure faster progress through focused instruction and can also be arranged to include a family or a group of friends, which makes for the perfect combination of learning to ski in company with the support of a dedicated instructor.
Kids’ ski lessons in Cortina
The ski schools in Cortina offer first-timer ski courses for children from 3yrs and lessons for more advanced little skiers from age 5yrs. Group ski lessons generally consist of 5 to 8 participants and several ski schools in Cortina offer group courses with a meal and lunchtime care included.
Some ski schools in Cortina additionally offer a pick-up service, in which skiers are collected directly from their accommodation. Children are accompanied directly to the slopes and brought back to the hotel or family residence at the end of the course.
First-timer lessons take place either on the designated beginner slopes of the Socrepes area or directly at the ski school camp slope, depending on the school. The youngest learners are playfully taught the first basics of skiing, sometimes with the help of a friendly mascot figure. Children who are more advanced than the rest of their group are moved into a higher level group that better suits their ability.
Young skiers with previous experience are taken directly to slopes that suit their experience, whether blue, red or black. Here, the ski schools in Cortina focus on improving the young skier’s technique and posture whilst introducing more challenging skiing styles.
Ski lesson prices in Cortina
The ski schools in Cortina offer a variety of group and private ski and snowboard lessons, from whole day skiing to lunchtime care, with equipment rental option to the pick up service. The rates shown are the lowest price per lesson within the season and do not include extras:
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The best ski schools in Cortina
Scuola di Sci Cortina
Founded in 1933 and also known as the Red School, the Scuola di Sci Cortina is the oldest ski school in Italy and has more than 130 ski instructors. The school offers group and private ski , snowboarding telemark and freeride lessons in English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Russian.
Next to the Roncato chair lift ski pass office.
CheckYeti customers reviews:
Beginner friendly, patient, reliable
Scuola di Sci Azzurra Cortina
Founded in 1979, Scuola di Sci Azzurra Cortina offers group and private ski lessons for all ages in English, Italian, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish & Russian.
The ski school office at Socrepes.
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Patient, experienced, beginner friendly
Scuola di Sci e Snowboard Cristallo Cortina
The highly motivated Cristallo team, supported by Fiocchino, the school's official mascot, offer group and private ski lessons plus private snowboard lessons in English, Italian, German, French & Russian.
At the ski school camp near the Baby Socrepes chairlift.
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Reliable, patient, experienced
What makes ski lessons in Cortina special
Having previously hosted the Winter Olympics of 1956, Cortina has once again been selected as the venue for the 2021 Alpine Ski World Championships and together with Milan as host to the 2026 Winter Olympics.
Winter in Cortina sees a wealth of events, from the Women's World Cup downhill event that takes place on the Olympia delle Tofane track, to the 3-day snow sculpture festival held in January. Also in January is the Dolomiti Balloon Festival week, which sees the skies filled with colourful hot air balloons as they fly over the Dolomites.
Not to be missed in Cortina is the unforgettable "enrosadira" spectacle, in which at sunrise and sunset the Dolomite peaks surrounding Cortina take on an array pink hues that gradually turn to violet.