The actual business of skiing plays second fiddle to the social sport of seeing and being seen in the elegant boutiques and antique shops that line the Corso Italia. And, of course, the scenery is so stupendous that it is hard to concentrate on anything else. Of the Italians who do come to ski, a high number prefer to book a private instructor rather than join a ski school class. Azzurra and Scuola Sci Cortina are both recommended by reporters. The others are Sci Cristallo, Cortina Dolomiti Scuola Sci and Happy Ski (+39 335 622 0229). Scuola Fondo Sci Cortina is based at the Fiames Nordic Centre and teaches cross-country. Boarderline is the snowboarding specialist.
For off-piste mountain guiding there are two organizations: Guide Alpine di Cortina d’Ampezzo (+39 0436 868505) and Mountain Guide – Dolomiti Ski Rock.
Childcare isn’t one of the resort’s strengths
As in most Italian resorts, specialist childcare facilities are minimal because Italians tend to take granny along on holiday with them. However, Gulliver Park Kindergarten (+39 340 0558399) in the Pocol sector cares for children aged from 0 to 11 years and the nursery slope there is a good one. Four other snowparks in the resort cater for children, including Adrenaline Park (+39 0436 860 808), which is in a 3000-sq-metre wood with 39 platforms fixed onto larches and as many suspended crossings. Babysitting is available through Facciamo un Nido (+39 0436 861 776).