Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Italian Dolomites has announced an initiative by a dozen of the resort’s hotels in partnership with other businesses to offer free holidays to medical staff who worked long hours during the COVID-19 Coronavirus emergency in Italy, and in many cases still are doing.

The offer is for a free-of-charge long-weekend break in the mountains, in most cases this summer but in some cases next winter too.

The offer does not just cover accommodation but also things like mountain guiding services, ski school lessons, equipment rental, guided activities and restaurant lunches and dinners will also all be provided free-of-charge.

“Our gratitude to the commitment and courage of our friends, healthcare workers, doctors, nurses and other emergency staff gives us great pride and we are proud to make our contribution, albeit small compared to what we have received, and we welcome our special guests in Cortina d’Ampezzo with solidarity. You are welcome!” a message from the resort says.

Cortina d’Ampezzo was due to host the major alpine skiing event of the winter, the FIS World Cup Finals, in March before they had to be cancelled. It is due to host the bi-annual Alpine Skiing World Championships next winter and the first winter Olympics in Western Europe for two decades in 2026.