Close your eyes and dream
It’s February 1st 2021, you are at the Olympic Stadium. With you, over four thousand people take part in the Official opening ceremony of the Alpine World Ski Championships. For two weeks, Sunday to Sunday, almost one thousand athletes are ready to compete on “White Vertigo” and “Olympia”, the ski runs that made the history of skiing.
An event that will captivate the attention of the whole world
230 thousand visitors are expected to reach the Ampezzano mountains: half of them Italian and Austrian, but also a high number of enthusiasts and skiers from Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and even as far as America and China, grasping the chance of the World Championships to visit Italy, concentrating on Venice and the Dolomites.
Christof Innerhofer: “I want to be there”
“I will be 36, but I definitely want to be in Cortina. I live one hour away. I have been competing there since I was a teenager, always with good results. My wish is to end my career with the World Championships and the Olympics the following year” said the ski racer from Alto Adige.
A new Cortina
The Ski festival will cross all the streets of the city. The runs where the competitions of the World Ski Championships will take place will be better, with new infrastructures, and there will be a new arrival area.
The city aims at the 2021 world Championship for a full refurbishment of city squares, streets and places, and to carry out some works that had been planned for some time: swimming pool and airport in Fiames.
And then the dream: the Dolomite Train, connecting Calalzo and Dobbiaco.
The Queen of the Dolomites is only a little over 150 kilometres (94 miles) from the Veneto capital, a short two-hour drive on the A27 motorway (Venice – Belluno). It can also be reached from the Brennero A22 motorway (exit at Bressanone and then continue towards Dobbiaco and Cortina), which is better when coming from Lombardy and Austria.
The train stations closest to Cortina are Calalzo di Cadore (35 km) and Dobbiaco, linked to the Queen of the Dolomites by a bus service that runs in connection with train arrivals and departures. The “Grand Turismo” bus service that connects Cortina to the train stations of Venezia-Mestre is extremely comfortable and quick (only two and four hours respectively). A train-bus service also runs from Milan and Rome, with travel times of five and six hours.
During high season, there are bus services to and from the main airports, railway stations and capital cities of many Italian regions.
The best airports for visiting Cortina are Venice, Treviso, Verona, Bologna, Trieste and Innsbruck. Daily and seasonal connections link the Queen of the Dolomites to Venice Airport. Connections with the main flights are very good, and travel time is just over two hours, on extremely comfortable buses. During high season, there are also bus services to and from the airports of Treviso and Bologna.