There’s no “one size fits all” answer when choosing the best season for a Dolomites Italy elopement. You’ll need to consider the kind of weather you like, how keen you are to avoid crowds and what kind of activities interest you most. Generally, tourism peaks in July and August, so book things fast and early for the high summer season. Fall is quickly becoming a second wind for tourism though, so hiking trails can be crowded all the way until the end of October. Winter is absolutely incredible as well if you’re into skiing, snowboarding or other snow sports!
Spring is the only season I personally find least exciting, mostly because it’s a harsh “shoulder season.”
From March to late May, things are still pretty cold, wet and icy on the mountains. The huts and lifts are also down for maintenance and cleaning between March and June. It isn’t until mid to late June that things really start to warm up, thaw out and open up.
The below graph shows the monthly averages for rainfall, temperatures and hours of daylight (fahrenheit and inches). Please keep in mind this is for Cortina d’Ampezzo, which sits at an elevation of 4,000ft (1,224m). Higher elevations will have lower temperatures and quickly changing weather. Lower elevations will on average be warmer.
July and August are the warmest, sunniest months. June is often the wettest and has muddy ground conditions from the melting snow. Hopefully, this data helps you decide what is for you the best season for a Dolomites Italy elopement.
Activities: hiking, snow shoeing, skiing, sledding, apres ski, snowboarding, snowball fights, star and night photos
Locations: Cortina and other major ski areas (Dolomiti Superski)
Things to watch out for: icy roads and pass closures due to snow levels. Make sure to have snow chains.
Weather: below freezing, cold and snowy, but often dry and clear
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Activities: hiking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, kayaking, camping
Locations: all locations are accessible as long as there is no early, heavy snowfall (things are usually clear up until late September or October)
Things to watch out for: moody weather, cold nights/mornings, huts beginning to shut down for the winter season
Weather: prepare for a wild mix. Many early fall days in the Dolomites are sunny and warm, almost summer like. Other days can be chilly, windy and spitting rain. Sometimes it’s both in one day! Layer up smartly and come prepared.
Activities: hiking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, kayaking
Locations: Seceda UNESCO, Seiser Alm, Tre Cime and all higher passes and elevations
Things to watch out for: crowds, overbooked hotels and tours. Many higher elevations lakes dry out quickly (Lago di Sorapis and Braies tend to look pretty drained by the end of summer).
Weather: the sun is STRONG at higher altitudes this time of year. Wear sunscreen always. It can also be very warm, so plan for a range of temperatures if you’re moving up and down altitudes a lot. Summer storms can bring lightening, which is a no go on the mountains. Other than the occasional storm, weather in summer is ideal.
Activities: weather dependent; March/April can still offer great skiing, while hiking can be ideal as early as May or as late as June.
Locations: ski areas with operating lifts, and areas with open passes
Things to watch out for: late snowfall and delayed pass, lift and hut openings. Some passes and areas will remain closed until mid or even late June on years when snowfall is heavy. Remember, the weather in the valley is NOT the same as the weather 2,000 meters up! June may feel like summer where your hotel is, but once you start climbing elevation, things can change dramatically.
Weather: wet, chilly and unpredictable
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