To many people the Dolomites are something of a secret anyway,
but word is getting out about this staggeringly beautiful region,
and its skiing (and summer holiday) potential. The
Dolomite super-ski area comprises some 800 miles of slopes,
including the Marmolada glacier, creating a network that rivals the
Trois Vallées in France.
Beneath the sheer faces of the Dolomite mountain range, Cortina
is the favourite destination for Milanese looking for a ski
weekend. Skiers are spoilt for choice as Cortina is part of the
enormous Dolomite super-ski region, but the après-ski and cuisine
are also a big draw, giving you the chance to wander the
boutique-lined streets looking as glamorous as possible.
Summer in the Dolomites
After the snow melts, the mountain landscape morphs into lush
green valley pastures and thick forests dotted with remote mountain
huts and isolated villages, all set against a backdrop of the sharp
rock formations of the Dolomites.
Mountain biking, trekking or climbing are the ideal ways to explore the
countryside and there are a wide range of routes to suit people of
all abilities and plenty of mountain restaurants to stop at for
long leisurely lunches. Stay in quintessentially Italian rifugios,
and get between them along trails, ladders and metal steps fixed
into the rock faces that allow the non-climbers to experience some
of the thrill of mountaineers in a much safer environment.