Cortina d’Ampezzo

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Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026

Cortina d'Ampezzo

The "Queen of the Dolomites", with its timeless charm. From the Olympics in 1956 to today, great sport happens here

When El Ciampanin, the iconic white bell tower made of Dolomite stone, appears on the horizon, it means Cortina is near. The Becco di Mezzodì, Cinque Torri and Ampezzo Dolomites embrace the town in a fairytale atmosphere. Even the sunsets here have their own name, "enrosadira", from the Ladin for "turning pink".

This perfect alchemy between sun and rock, tinted in orange, reddish, pinkish and violet hues, heralds the arrival of evening. When the indigo sky of the day gives way to night, you might even see the northern lights, a majestic natural phenomenon whose colours fill the Paralympic symbol of Milano Cortina 2026.

This is how the "Queen of the Dolomites", recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site, appears to the eyes of the beholder. Monarchs and tycoons, actors and directors, sportsmen and intellectuals and even James Bond have been allured by these mountains.

The enchanted landscapes are complemented by the elegance of the buildings on Corso Italia, the heraldic coats of arms of the Ampezzo families, the smell of burning wood and stone pine. Everything is in harmony in a place that, after hosting the 1956 Olympic competitions, has seduced Italy and the world with its timeless style and breathtaking slopes.

Individual hiking along a snowy mountain trail in Cortina d'Ampezzo
a snow-covered aerial view of the Olympic Curling Stadium in Cortina
Interior view of the Curling Olympic Stadium in Cortina
Snowy mountain landscape with wooden fence in Cortina d'Ampezzo
Veduta delle Dolomiti coperte di neve durante l'inverno a Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Le dolimiti con una teleferik in primo piano
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Discover the history, curiosities and rules of the competitions planned for Cortina d'Ampezzo 

Olympic Winter Sports

Alpine Skiing
BobsleighCurlingSkeletonAlpine SkiingLuge

Paralympic Winter  Sports

Para Alpine Skiing
Para Snowboard
Wheelchair Curling
Para Alpine SkiingPara SnowboardWheelchair curling

People of Cortina d’Ampezzo

Competition Venues

Find out the details of where the competitions will be held
Internal view of the Cortina Sliding Centre
Cortina Sliding Centre

Bobsleigh, Skeleton & Luge

The new Sliding Centre in Cortina d’Ampezzo will rise on the track of the legendary slope named after Eugenio Monti - the "Flying Redhead" twice Olympic bobsleigh champion in Grenoble in '68 - already the venue of the 1956 Winter Olympics and of many historic exploits of Italian athletes. The Sliding Centre, which will host bobsleigh, skeleton, and luge competitions, revives and projects into the future the ancient tradition of the people of Cortina d'Ampezzo in sliding sports.

View of the slopes of the Cortina Para Snowboard Park
Cortina Para Snowboard Park

Para Snowboard

Located within the Tofane ski area in the Socrepes area on the historic San Zan slope, the Cortina Snowboard Park will be the ideal stage for the adrenaline-fuelled feats of Para snowboard athletes. Among obstacles, ramps, jumps, grabs, and spectacular rotations, 85 athletes will compete in eight medal events in one of the most picturesque locations in the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Aerial view of the snow-covered Tofane Alpine Skiing Center
Tofane Alpine Skiing Centre

Women's Alpine Skiing & Para Alpine Skiing

The complex is particularly famous for its majestic Olympia delle Tofane, one of the most iconic slopes in the world, with a long history intertwined with the Olympic Games. Following the success in Cortina in 1956, it became a regular stop on the Women's World Cup circuit for downhill and super-G races starting in 1993. In 2021, it hosted the Alpine Skiing World Championships. Between 6 and 15 March 2026, Cortina will host Para Alpine skiing competitions for the first time, with champions racing at full speed towards the highest podium.

Aerial view of the Cortina Curling Olympic Stadium
Cortina Curling Olympic Stadium

Curling, Wheelchair Curling & Paralympic Closing Ceremony

The Cortina Ice Stadium, the historic venue where the opening ceremony of the 1956 Olympic Winter Games took place, has been the stage for great sporting achievements, from Carlo Fassi's Olympic gold in figure skating to the Italian national curling team's world title in 2010. At Milano Cortina 2026, it will host the curling events and wheelchair curling competitions.

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