TOBLACH-CORTINA – SKIING ON THE DOLOMITES RAILWAY BY THE THREE PEAKS
Toblach-Cortina is one of the oldest long distance cross-country ski races in Italy and its history goes back to 1977. The race partially follows the original Tour de Ski track, run in the opposite direction, from Toblach to Cortina. The whole course lies in the Unesco Natural World Heritage, and it goes through the famous Nordic Arena and then continues on an old railroad, the so-called Dolomites Railway (“Ferrovia delle Dolomiti”).
After the arena, the course passes the Lake of Dobbiaco and the viewpoint of the Three Peaks, and finally reaches the highest point of the course Cimabanche (1,534 m a.s.l.). From there, the course goes downward to Cortina d’Ampezzo where the finish is located in the heart of the town.
Cortina is best known as the host city for the Olympic Winter Games in 1956. Still today it is a very famous winter sports resort. The main shopping promenade and the historical center are worth a visit.