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Cortina early March?

 Poster: A snowHead
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Hi
I have never skied in Italy before and have managed to persuade my non-skiing partner to join me for a ski trip with our will be 9 month old son and 2 year 10 month old daughter in the first week in March 2020.

What I would like is maybe 4 hours on the slopes each day and the rest of the time to go site- seeing with with the others.

I realise you can't predict the weather but do you think I would get enough snow to ski without it being too bleak for the others if we went then? I want us all to have a great time.

Is there a better time or place to go which offers skiing for me and something for the non-skiers? My partner likes castles and interesting places.

Thanks all

Natalie
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The 1st week in March is the perfect time to go - bearing in mind of course that the weather can never be guaranteed.

Will you have a car?
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If your partner is to have an equally good holiday I think 4 hours skiing each day is rather ambitious, with two such young kids. Maybe, if you have 6 days there, have three days skiing and three days sightseeing? You'll need a car, really, to make the best of it. Corrina an interesting town but big and urban and trafficky. Not a lot for littlies, I'd have thought.
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A trafficky place wouldn't be great. We won't have a car.
Where would you recommend? Somewhere that is good to explore on foot would be better.
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@NatalieC, if you can afford to go to Switzerland, I would recommend Wengen. It's car-free, it's in the middle of the Jungfrau domain, and there are loads of lovely places to explore using trains. Furthermore it's easy for skiers and non-skiers to meet at lovely mountain restaurants.
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Hurtle wrote:
@NatalieC, if you can afford to go to Switzerland, I would recommend Wengen. It's car-free, it's in the middle of the Jungfrau domain, and there are loads of lovely places to explore using trains. Furthermore it's easy for skiers and non-skiers to meet at lovely mountain restaurants.


Thanks Hurtle. I will definitely investigate Wengen.
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NatalieC wrote:
A trafficky place wouldn't be great. We won't have a car.
Where would you recommend? Somewhere that is good to explore on foot would be better.


The whole of Cortina town centre is pedestrianised and has lots of interesting shops, all the well-known Italian designer labels have a showcase there, lots of ambience/atmosphere esp during the evening passegiata.

Not a bad choice for non-skiers, though it's going to be tough on your partner spending many hours without you.

I reckon you would need a car though as the Cortina ski areas are set apart. How are you going to get there, if not?
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reckon you would need a car though as the Cortina ski areas are set apart. How are you going to get there, if not?


There's a Bus between the 2 main areas.

Cortina Express direct from Venice airport I believe. I'm quite tempted by a quickie myself.
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@NatalieC, If Wengen/Murren within budget, do it. Not been myself (YET!), but Very nice by all accounts!
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reckon you would need a car though as the Cortina ski areas are set apart. How are you going to get there, if not?


There's a Bus between the 2 main areas.

Cortina Express direct from Venice airport I believe. I'm quite tempted by a quickie myself.


I guess there are bus options, as long as they coincide with your flights.

I rented a car from VCE when I went there, enabled me to stay in San Vito di Cadore where the hotels & ski hire are a whole lot cheaper than Cortina itself, drove up to Rio Gere to do the Cristallo area and up to Lake Misurina, also up to 5 Torri/Hidden Valley. Also did a daytrip north to Vierschach in South Tyrol to the very worthwhile 3Zinnen area.

I guess there probably are skibus options linking the areas, just quicker and easier with a car...and you can't miss it, like a bus! Laughing
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Cortina is one of the very few proper town.ski resorts. The is a lot to do for the none skier...
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March is the best month for European skiing.

Sunny and cold enough.

Cortina town is much bigger than Wengen and has more to do.
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Thanks all.
We could hire a car but I don't like the idea of my partner driving abroad with the children who could be full on crying which is really distracting.

The package I found in the travel agent included s transfer to the resort.

Merry Christmas.
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There are less loads of expensive shops in Corrina and opportunities to complete your collection of interesting art works but not a lot for a baby and a toddler. Depends what you want to do.
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pam w wrote:
There are less loads of expensive shops in Corrina and opportunities to complete your collection of interesting art works but not a lot for a baby and a toddler. Depends what you want to do.


True, I guess that's where the money is if you are a shopkeeper in Cortina. There is the posh Co-op department store which sells everything, literally!!

Which ski resort is set up for babies & toddlers? Not their target market unfortunately!

Unless you leave them in a creche, one parent is going to have to look after them...or do as the Italians do and bring Granny along as babysitter!! wink


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NatalieC wrote:
Thanks all.
We could hire a car but I don't like the idea of my partner driving abroad with the children who could be full on crying which is really distracting.

The package I found in the travel agent included s transfer to the resort.

Merry Christmas.


OK, so transfers are sorted, no worries there.

If the hotel is near the town centre and Faloria cablecar, you don't need a car...just thought it would give your partner something else to do while you're skiing, but no good if the kids are gonna give him hell! My kids always fell asleep as soon as you strapped them in the car.

The Parc Victoria was run by a UK tour op, that was a good location, close walking distance to town & Faloria lift.

There is the frequent skibus service to the Tofana lifts and less regular up to Cinque Torri & Misurina, if you've got more time and feeling more adventurous.

https://www.serviziampezzo.it/urban-bus/?lang=en

https://dolomitibus.it/it/linee-stagionali-invernali
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