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Summer 2021: experiences on the Dolomites in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Also for the summer of 2021 the Alpine Guides of Cortina and Cortina Delicious offer a multisport adventure in the splendid nature of the Dolomites. Climb & Ride is a four-day journey to discover itineraries of rare beauty in the Parco delle Dolomiti d'Ampezzo, reaching some of the most famous peaks of the Ampezzo valley with via ferratas.

Riding your e-bike, you'll sleep every evening in a different shelter. A journey that will amaze with the beauty of the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites and the Fanes waterfalls, among the highest in the Dolomites. The days end every evening in one of the Cortina Delicious refuges, the area that extends between Pocol and the Falzarego and Giau passes in the Dolomites. The appointments are scheduled from June to September.

On June 24, at 5 pm, an extraordinary 20 km trail running race starts from Cortina, with an altitude difference of 1000m. The Cortina Skyrace Trail Running ring route starts in the center of the Queen of the Dolomites and continues uphill to the Forcella Zumeles, and then ends in the historic center of Cortina. Its 20 km and 1,000 m of elevation gain can be completed in a maximum of 4 hours.

On 25 June, at 9 am, the Cortina Trail 2021 starts, it's an extraordinary 48km trail running race, with a positive difference in altitude of 2,600m. The 48 km ring route begins and ends in Corso Italia in Cortina. The route includes enchanting areas, such as the Tofane, the Cinque Torri and the Croda da Lago and has a positive difference in height of 2,600 m. The 1,700 runners from all over the world will have 12 hours to complete the race.

The Lavaredo Ultra Trail, one of Europe's most important and the most anticipated trail race, will pass through the area 5 Torri and Croda da Lago on Saturday 26th June.

On this occasion, the team of Rifugio Croda da Lago organizes side events with live music on the banks of Lake Federa.

Supporters, friends and fans of the participants will have the opportunity to experience mountain pleasures and to attend the race from a privileged vantage point.

For this event the Rifugio has organized a shuttle service: +39 346 0825609.

Starting from 8 am, on June 26, the UltraDolomites 2021 takes place: an incredible trail running race of 80 km. Characteristic of the race is the different start every year, while the arrival point is always Piazza Dibona in Cortina d'Ampezzo. The first edition had Auronzo di Cadore as its starting point, while this year, for its second edition, the 80 km race will start from Sesto. The first of the 1000 athletes will reach the finish line around 3:30 pm, after having covered 4,100 m of positive altitude difference and crossed some of the most enchanting landscapes of the Dolomites.

The Queen of the Dolomites hosts the Cortina Trophy on 17 July 2021, an international competition that will bring thousands of MTB enthusiasts to the heart of Cortina for a breathtaking off-road marathon, with two routes: one marathon of 74 km and 2,900 vertical meters, one classic 43 km long and 1,700 meters in altitude. Not just a race but a weekend of initiatives: downhill and bike cross, slackline, yoga, bmx. A small sports village, in the center of Cortina, will be the beating heart of the event, where there will be music and gastronomy. Information and registration on the official website of the race.

A 24-hour walk through the area Delicious Cortina, located between the passes Giau and Falzarego,  accompanied by Cortina’s mountain guides  under a starry sky, when the only enchanting murmur is the sound of the forest…  reach high altitudes on the most beautiful trails of the Dolomites...  stop off in the refuges of the Delicious Trail Dolomiti, where the guests are also welcome at unusual times.... A very special and delicious hike in the most stunning mountain groups of Cortina.

The mountain guides of Cortina d'Ampezzo have organized a Slow Trekking which is to be understood as a path of self-reflection, as a way of sensual contemplation of creation from sunset to dawn and further on until the evening of the following day, walking through the most beautiful mountains.

A trekking tour in full safety, treated calmly with no timetable and with the accompaniment of the greatest experts in this area: the mountain guides of Cortina d'Ampezzo.

From 31 August to 4 September, the Haute Route Dolomites arrives, the five-stage road bike event that offers the opportunity to ride on unique and legendary roads together with other cycling enthusiasts from over 40 countries. Cortina d'Ampezzo is the host city of this event and the starting point of the first and second stages. The Haute Route Dolomites covers a total distance of 400 km, touching legendary peaks and unforgettable climbs over 2000 meters and crosses iconic places such as Passo Giau, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and the Pordoi and Sella passes.

On September 5th the Cortina-Dobbiaco Run is back! 

If you're not familiar, it's a run along the route that retraces the route of the former railway that connected the two towns, Cortina d'Ampezzo and Dobbiaco, crossing landscapes immersed in unspoiled nature. It starts from Cortina d’Ampezzo in Corso Italia and, after 30 km, you reach Dobbiaco. The first part is slightly uphill, with passages in tunnels and bridges that seem suspended in the void.

The Dolomites' beauty will accompany you all the way, up to the brow of the Cimabanche Pass (1,530 m, maximum height of the route), which divides not only the two localities, but also two provinces and two different regions: respectively, Belluno in Veneto, and Bolzano. in South Tyrol. Continuing the route you go down to Lake Landro from where you can admire the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. After a few kilometers, you reach the wonderful alpine lake of Dobbiaco, finally coming out of the wood you can see the first houses of Dobbiaco, the last kilometer of the race.

The Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica L5T Sport is organising, for the 24th and 25th of September, the Dolomiti Delicious Festival, a sports, cultural and gastronomic event promising lots of sport and enjoyment, and with the aim of promoting the historical, natural, alpine and wine and food heritage of Cortina d’ Ampezzo.

The Delicious Festival Dolomiti, which follows on naturally from the Delicious Trail Dolomiti of 24th September 2016, is being organised by a team that has been working together for many years to bring about projects and events aimed to promote the attractions, unique worldwide, of the Ampezzo Valley.

During the Delicious Festival Dolomiti various events will take place, including the fourth edition of the Climbing Dolomiti, the fith edition of the Delicious Trail Dolomiti and the Short Trail Dolomiti, the  fith edition of the Mini Delicious Trail Dolomiti and the thourth edition of the event of the Chef Team Cortina involving the most enthusiastic restaurateurs of Cortina d’Ampezzo.

The inauguration will be held on Friday 24th September: the opening of Pala Delicious at Pocol (where the races will finish).

On the day of the contest, Saturday 25tth September, the chefs of the restaurants and refuges of te Cortina Delicious will serve their gourmet dishes in the pavilion Pala Delicious.

The evening program prevides a great party with music, entertainment and dj-set.

The pavilion Pala Delicious opens at 6 am.

The Delicious Trail Dolomiti is a trail race that is due to take place in one of Cortina d’Ampezzo's most beautiful and historically significant nature spots.

The roughly 44,2 km trail winds around Pocol, Croda Da Lago, 5 Torri, Nuvolau, Lagazuoi and the Falzarego Pass, passing through the open air museums of the largest Great War Museum testifying to the combat seen high up in the Dolomites: the 5 Torri and Lagazuoi open-air museums and the Lagazuoi mine tunnel. The war fought in these mountains between the Italian and Austro-Hungarian armies was indeed an incredible event.

There will also be a shorter trail particularly suitable for Trail neophytes.

What makes the Delicious Trail unique, however, is its emphasis on the eno-gastronomic aspect.

The high quality of the cuisine and the attention to service on the part of the organizers of the race ensure pride of place to the event in the area's tourist programme, with emphasis on the continual drive to improve structures, gastronomy and the safeguarding of the environment.

At the refreshment stands and at the final party to be held at Pocol (Arrival of both races) you will be able to sample special dishes prepared by the chefs of the restaurants and refuges involved. The dishes offered will be designed so as to have the same nutritional value as energy bars but will be tasty and tempting, and easily digestible for the athletes.

In the area of Pocol (Arrival of both races), there will be facilities dedicated to the very young and a kids' trail.