Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
Five ragged peaks, the Cinque Torri, rise from the chic town of Cortina D’Ampezzo, giving it not only the appeal of superb skiing but of a beautiful setting as well. And after the Winter Olympics were held here in 1956, the beautiful people followed. The town is still filled with high-end labels and the shops that sell them, but skiing is still the big draw. For all its Olympic-grade steeps and high-altitude snowfields, about half the skiable terrain is intermediate and there is plenty of snow for beginners, too. Along with downhill skiing, Cortina offers miles of scenic cross-country ski trails, a bobsled run, and the Olympic rink for ice skaters.
Cortina is far from alone in the Dolomites, where a dozen resorts share a single Dolomiti Superski Pass that gives access to the lifts and trails of all of them. This includes smaller, more intimate resorts like Val Gardena, one of the several ski towns in adjacent valleys between the peaks known as the Gruppo del Sella. Trails and lifts link nearly 400 kilometers of interconnected skiing, including the Marmolada Glacier. The entire area has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.