One event not miss in particular is the historic Corsa dei Sestieri (19 February), a Nordic skiing relay race in traditional costume, between the six townships of Cortina.

But whenever you visit Cortina there are many other things to try.


For example the ‘new' ‘Slow Ski' movement is in town. A new mood of skiing, borne out of a general desire to slow down and savour the moment, has prompted the resort's Faloria ski area to designate its most scenic piste, the Vitelli - a fun slope immersed in nature, far from lifts and refuges - a slow ski area. The wide slope is equipped with relax zones where skiers can take a break to soak up the peace of the mountain and enjoy the incomparable panoramas offered by the Dolomites.


Or why not try the ‘Ski Tour La Dolce Vita' - an entire day dedicated to the sport of indulging your senses in the spectacular Dolomite mountains. Ski the most scenic slopes in the Alps, stop in traditional mountain refuges to enjoy breathtaking views and gastronomic specialties.


The brand new Ski Tour Dolce Vita, offered by Dolomiti Ski Rock across the areas of 5-Torri, Lagazuoi and Armentarola with a series of planned breaks, is organized entirely in the Slow-Ski mood. Coffee, aperitifs and gourmet mouthfuls along the slope allows participants to appreciate not only the spectacular panorama, but also to savour the culinary specialties of the valley. The tour finishes in style with a table reserved at the renowned Averau mountain refuge, a top spot for gourmet at altitude, where a mouth-watering meal awaits.


And the icing on the cake: a soak in outdoor hot-tub at an altitude of 2.137 meters by the Scoiattoli mountain refuge, sipping champagne under the stars. Indulge yourself - slowly. www.dolomitiskirock.com


Or if you want to keep active in the mountains but prefer a day with your skis off, thanks to the Alpine Guides, this year it is possible to enjoy Cortina's vertical dimension also in winter. Three equipped routes have been made accessible for winter excursionists: Col de Bos in Passo Falzarego, Cristallino d'Ampezzo, which crosses the famous bridge of the ferrata Di Bona, and the challenging ferrata Sci Club 18 on Mount Faloria (www.guidecortina.com).


Or there's the Alta Via of the Ampezzo Valley - five days and four nights of moving from refuge to refuge, circling the entire valley at altitude. This is the programme of the Alta Via (high road), a mountain trek with snowshoes, which offers a truly unique experience in close contact with nature in the silence of the Natural Park of the Dolomites and its marvellous flora and fauna.