The “Dolomiti No Cars” project
The “Dolomiti No Cars” project has been planned for years and involves the connection of three of the most important ski areas in the Belluno area: Cortina, Civetta and Arabba.
Connecting the Sella Ronda, Civetta Ski area and Cortina with 1,300 km and 500 ski lifts, the dream is now closer to reality
This enormous project will unite the ski areas of the Sellaronda, which connects the valleys between Alto Adige, Veneto and Trentino with the seven ski areas of Cortina d'Ampezzo, and the Giro della Grande Guerra, with the mountains of Civetta, Pelmo and of the Tofane.
To date, it is only possible to connect all these skiable areas - from Cortina to Alpe di Suisi to the other end of Val Gardena - by road covering about 72 km of Alpine passes.
It would be the largest ski area in the world, interconnected with slopes and ski lifts. The project would reach 1,300 km of slopes and should be ready for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games.
This would mean that the Dolomites Superski area will be the largest ski area in the world, currently the largest is Les 3 Vallees, France, with 600 km of slopes between Meribel, Courchevel and Val Thorens.
Today the Dolomiti Superski has 1,200 km of slopes, but is divided into 12 stations in the provinces of Trento, Bolzano and Belluno.
Once the entire project is completed, it will allow to reach over than 1,300 km on skis with the same ski pass, without the need to use other vehicles but only ski lifts to arrive from one valley to another.
New cable car connection Tofane 5 Torri:
This is the first step of the project, scheduled to be completed in 2021.
The project has strategic importance because it brings Cortina closer to the Sella Ronda.
The new connection will have two sections, linking the Pocol cable car with the Cinque Torri through an intermediate station in Cianzopè.
The investment is in the order of 15 million euros and the funds will be allocated by the Italian government as improvements to the infrastructure due to the 2021 World Ski Championships.
It is expected that this new cable car will contribute to the decongestion of the traffic between Cortina and the Falzarego Pass.
Civetta Ski connection with Cortina
The Civetta-Cortina connection will be developed entirely in Veneto region through the Giau pass area with cableway connections and without new ski slopes.
It would start from where the Fedare-Nuvolau chairlift arrives from which a new cableway would start towards Selva di Cadore in Val Fiorentina. From here a second lift would rise towards Cima Fertazza thus completing the connection with the Civetta Ski.
Cortina to be connected with Arabba
The last component of this project is the direct connection of the Sella Ronda with Cortina, this will link the Falzarego Pass with Andraz via a ski lift.
From Andraz two other lifts will be built between the Col di Lana and the Setsas which will connect with Malga Crepaz where the La Vizza and Masarei chairlifts are located, thus connecting with Arabba and Corvara and the Sella Ronda.
This connection will be the most scenic of all, a number of new, panoramic ski slopes will be developed at high altitude and with far reaching views.
Expanding the Superski Dolomites, to become the largest ski area in the world- would limit the use of cars on mountain roads and this area of Norther Italy rich in heritage, culture, customs, natural beauty would certainly benefit from the lower emissions.