Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites

Before Cortina I'd never been to a ski town. The thought of skiing never appealed to me when I was younger but over the last year or so I've started giving the idea more thought. Despite my new found curiosity for the slopes I didn't try my foot at it this time as I was only in Cortina for a weekend break, but I now understood why skiers and non-skiers alike are so addicted to the mountains.

Up through the atmosphere, up where the air is clear.... is not Mary Poppin's kite. No it's more magical than that. 

Riding up the side of the jagged Dolomites, the views of the town below expanded beyond the pine trees, revealing a panorama of dramatic, striking mountains.

Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites
Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites
Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites

Trails of white snaked lines trickled down each mount, the peaks of which hadn't yet been revealed through the streaks of cloud.

As we reached the top of our chosen ascent, accompanied by keen skiers in thick suits, the intensity of the clean fresh air stung like the first hit of morning light.

Trails of white snaked lines trickled down each mount, the peaks of which hadn't yet been revealed through the streaks of cloud. As we reached the top of our chosen ascent, accompanied by keen skiers in thick suits, the intensity of the clean fresh air stung like the first hit of morning light.

Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites

Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites

The sun was shining, reflecting on the white glistening snow as around us creatures in brightly coloured puffy suits slid down the mountain.

Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites

Reaching great speeds, we would freeze in fear of being pummelled into before the person in question would dramatically slide to a stop, causing a sneeze of white snow to explode around them.

Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites
Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites

Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites

Surrounding the competition are hills upon hills all leading down to the town of Cortina. Interrupted by wispy plains of cotton cloud, the peaks of the mountains can be seen from above, forests of tall pines scattered below.

Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites

Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites

It was universally peaceful. No rumbling of trains, honking of horns or grumble of crowds. No smoky city fog or grey exhausts. Just unlimited fresh clean air that filled my lungs with each deep inhalation.

Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites

Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites

Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites
Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites

Here 60 years ago, champions raced against the clock, each competing to win the gold medal of the Winter Olympics. Since then many famous skiers have returned creating historical moments on the 120km of slopes.

Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites

"The mountains are calling and I must go." 

- John Muir
Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites
Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites
Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites
Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites
Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites

At the foot of the slopes, we stopped for a warm drink, both choosing a thick creamy Italian hot chocolate. With the strong rays of sun beaming down on us, we could enjoy our steaming mugs in the outdoors, enjoying the beautiful views around us.

Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites 

Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites
Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites

With each sip I embraced the heat on my face and the refreshing slight breeze. The atmosphere was addictive, but sadly we couldn't stay here forever.

Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites
Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites

Instead we once again boarded the moving cable car down the slopes, desperately capturing the views of the mountain tops before we descended beneath the clouds.

Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites

The town of Cortina not only seduced me with its astonishing landscapes, but left me inspired. Perhaps I will come back again, this time wrapped in luminous layers, admiring the mountains as I fly down the snow covered slopes.

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14 Comments

  1. 25th January 2017 / 5:59 pm

    A friend of mine goes to the Dolomites every winter and it always looks so beautiful. I’ll have to add skiing there to my travel bucket list!

    Sher
    shershegoes.com

    • 1st February 2017 / 11:51 am

      I can understand why! Yes do 🙂

  2. 17th January 2017 / 11:06 am

    Wow, what a picturesque destination to have visited. All the photos look fantastic. Clearly some special memories created here. Thanks for sharing!

    • 19th January 2017 / 12:05 pm

      Thank you Jane!

    • 9th January 2017 / 4:54 pm

      Thanks Emma! Haha thats the way to do it 😉

  3. 3rd January 2017 / 6:05 pm

    Amazing photos!! I adore this post. Simple yet full of inspiring photography. The Dolomites are my dream, but I am a terrible skier. 😉

    • 4th January 2017 / 10:29 am

      Thanks so much Danielle! So glad you like it. If you love the mountains then I definitely recommend a visit. I don’t think I enjoyed it any less by not skiing.

    • 3rd January 2017 / 2:11 pm

      Oh thanks lovely! I do my best 😉 And hella yeah girl get on board! xx

  4. 3rd January 2017 / 9:55 am

    I’ve never been skiing but Mr S is trying to force me too!

    • 3rd January 2017 / 2:13 pm

      Haha give it a go Angie! Otherwise you can sit and watch whilst enjoying the sunshine and hot chocolate cough*champagne*

    • 3rd January 2017 / 2:15 pm

      Thanks Tanja! Oh no!

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