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Texas Ski CouncilWinter Expedition

Jan 26 - Feb 3, 2018

Cortina, Italy
Welcome Austin Skiers!


Staying at the Hotel Royal (3-star)
$1819 Full package
per person double occupancy.
Includes R/T air, lodging, Breakfast and
'7-Night Dine-Around' dinner package at local restaurants
ground transportation and all fees. 
Ground Package only at $975
7-day lift Ticket available for $300 (approx.)
Ski Rental NOT included

Due to overwhelming demand and limited openings,
Single Supplement will NOT be offered for this trip

Optional Post trip extension to Venice, Italy Feb 3-6, 2018 for $480 (Approx.)

Trip Leader: Rich Garza (Los Amigos)  (210) 602-2029

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Experience the Italian Alps.
The Town

Nestled high in the Dolomite Mountain Range in Northern Italy (Veneto Region),
Cortina d"Ampezza exists just to satisfy the ski crowd & offers some of the best mountain thrills in Europe.The Dolomites are located on the sunny southside of the Alpine Range just a couple of hours from Venice and Innsbruck.The ski area of Cortina d'Ampezzo comprises 3 mountain ranges connected by a "free-of-charge ski bus."The scenery is just jaw-droppingly wonderful! The town itself is ringed by dramatic limestone towers and cliffs, tinged pink at dawn and dusk. It is known as Italy's most fashionable ski resort. 

The first ski club was formed in Cortina in 1903 followed bythe first ski race in 1905 in Alpe de Siusi. Cortina was host to theto the 1956 Olympic Winter Games. Cortina is a sizeable town of about 6,000 residents that grows to about 50,000 during the height of ski season. They've playedhosts tonumerous World Cup, Nordic Skiing Championships, and race competitions of every type.The
FIS Alpine World Skiing Championship will be held here in 2021.

If you're a James Bond fan, you won't resist the chance to take selfies around the locations used for "For Your Eyes Only." (Roger Moore). There's the main square on Corso Italia, which is the heart of Cortina, where Bond takes care of a couple of motorcycle-riding assassins.

The Skiing

The skiing is diverse. Cortina Italy is as world renowned for its perfectly groomed piste (trail, slope, groomed run) as for its superb tree skiing and multitudes of expert only couloirs (narrow gully/steep gradient).The mountains surrounding Cortina are among the highest and most dramatic in the Dolomites. The slopes are comprised of 66 slopes for a total of 85Km (52 miles).It's serviced by 34 lifts: 5 cable cars - 26 chairlifts - 3 ski-lifts. The Cortina area has a vertical drop of 1,700 m from 2,924m to 1,224m or 5,577 feet. While some European ski resorts have statistics on the average snowfall per season, the majority don’t report this statistic. The snowiest part of Europe is along the high alpine spine of the Alps from France through Switzerland, Italy and Austria.

Cortina ski terrain is one of massive contrasts. Essentially broken up into three main ski areas and several minor ones, it wears many different masks. The 3 main areas are Tofana (access at the bottom of town - huge and brooding with some classic lines and tree skiing); Faloria (access via the center of town - gentler but still visually impressive, especially under Cristallo) and Falzarego/Cinque Torri (a bit of everything). All are linked via buses. The resorts throughout the Dolomites have invested heavily in snow-making equipment. Cortina (and the Dolomites in general) will get snow from storm directions when other areas will not. Ski Map of Cortina d'Ampezzo provides a PDF file, interactive and 3D views.

Color Code Rating System

Except for the US and Canada, the rest of the world relies on a "color code" system to designate ski run difficulty. Just as with ski areas in North America, European ski resorts may vary in how they assign the ratings to a "piste." They use
Green to designate trails for First time skiers;Blue for Easy (beginners), Red for Intermediate and Black for Experts. Cortina slopes break down as follows:41% Blue,42% Red and17% Black. It is worth knowing that the grading system will never get harder as you head down the mountain. If you are at the top on a blue run, you will always be able to make it to the bottom on either a blue or a green run. This is a golden rule of European piste grading.

Cortina d'Ampezzo is part of Dolomiti Superski, one of the world’s largest ski circuits with 1,200 km (745 miles) of slopes across 12 ski regions, accessed with a single ski-pass.


Lodging:  Staying in the heat of Cortina

The Royal is a cozy 3-star with bed and breakfast, located on the pedestrian area of Cortina in a central location 100 meters from the bell tower, and 300 meters from the nearest ski lifts, the most important sporting and base ideal base for an unforgettable holiday in the Dolomites. Conveniently served by public transport with stop at 50m. Includes baggage handling and 7 night dine around for dinner at local restaurants.

Ancient house in Venetian style of the 1700s, owned by the Menardi Demai family, in the forties has been transformed into a modern family hotel. The owner of the Marcello, ski instructor and expert mountaineer Squirrels Group will be happy to advise you in winter sports activities in Cortina.

Optional 3-day Post-Trip extension to Venice

Extend your Northern Italy vacation by opting to visit Venice before heading Home.  Venice is a beautiful city located in northeast Italy that is famous for its intricate transport system of interconnected canals. A perfect setting for a magical Valentines break. It has been described as the most beautiful city built by man and one of Europe’s most romantic cities. Venice is also known for its art, architecture and culture. So you’ll never be short of something to do in the “City of Bridges”. First, do a bit of sightseeing by taking a romantic sunset gondola ride down the Grand Canal that will take you through the heart of the city and let you soak up the relaxing atmosphere.

The canal is lined with beautiful buildings and churches some of which date back as far as the 13th century.  You’ll also see the Rialto Bridge that was the only bridge to cross the canal until the 19th century and was mentioned in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”. You could also visit Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari which is one of the greatest churches in Venice. It has Gothic architecture and a beautiful red brick exterior and also houses many excellent examples of Renaissance art, including Titian’s Madonna di Ca’ Pesaro.

In the evening, immerse yourself in culture by going to Musica a Palazzo, a Venetian Palace from the 15th century which holds intimate opera performances of various operas such as La Traviata. As the opera progresses you also get a tour of the house as each act is preformed in a different room. This unique take on opera is a must see for both first timers and opera fanatics. The setting of the vintage palace makes it all the more romantic.

Treat yourself to dinner in the Trattoria alla Madonna, Michelin starred restaurant in the centre of the city serving traditional Venetian fair and specializing in seafood. All ingredients are fresh as they are sourced from the local markets each morning. The restaurant is also decorated with paintings by contemporary Italian artists and as it’s a family run restaurant it has a very welcoming yet romantic atmosphere. The family who own the Trattoria are committed to conserving Venice and have undertaken the restoration of a fountain in central Venice.

Located in historic palazzo on Venice's Grand Canal promenade.  Facing Venice's Grand Canal, this hotel occupies a restored 18th-century palazzo and is 400 meters from Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari basilica and 500 from the Museum of Natural History. Guests receive a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning and can later enjoy snacks, espresso, and cocktails in Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal's bar; the hotel staff speaks fluent English. Rooms feature 18th-century-style Venetian decor, including damask wall coverings with matching drapes and bedspreads; amenities include safes, mini-bars, and satellite flat screen TV. WiFi is free.

* Price is per person, ground only, double occupancy. Single supplements extra. Does not include ski rentals. Breakfast and 'Dine-Around' dinner Package  is included in the Ground Pricing.  Please contact the club or trip leader for detailed information, including our refund policy. We encourage anyone signing up for this trip to purchase travel insurance for their own protection. Los Amigos is a non-profit organization and our trips are run by volunteer members.

Cortina Stats:


9809 ft.


4016 ft.

Vertical Drop:

5793 ft.

Skiable Acres:

12 resorts
(1200 km of trails)

Beginner Runs:








Terrain Parks:


Longest Run:


Snow Base