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Best Season for a Dolomites Italy elopement, Year Round Inspo

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A couple wearing wedding clothes is running on a rocky trail in the Italian Dolomites. They are looking at each other. The Tre Cime mountain peaks on in the background, and dark clouds stretch in the distance.

When is the best season for a Dolomites Italy elopement?

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.

Overview of Seasonal Climate Data for Weather in the Dolomites

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.

Overview of Seasonal Climate Data for Weather in the Dolomites, in graphs

Overview of Monthly Temperatures and Days of Rain in Cortina d’Ampezzo

Overview of Monthly Temperatures and Days of Rain in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Winter Elopements in the Dolomites

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

A couple in winter wedding attire stand on a mountain top in the Italian Dolomites for their elopement. They are standing facing each other kissing. The sun is shining and the mountains are covered in snow.

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Best season for a Dolomites Italy elopement: Fall

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.

A couple stands near lago d'Antorno in the Dolomties during their fall elopement. The lake is still and the mountains are reflected. The leaves are golden and the woman is looking back over her shoulder at the camera.

Summer Elopements in the Dolomites

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.

A couple stands wearing wedding attire, doing a dip near Seceda in the Italian Dolomites. The grass is very green and there are small yellow flowers. The sun is shining.
A couple stands holding hands facing separate directions near Seceda in the Italian Dolomites. The mountains stretch in the background. They are wearing their wedding attire. The grass is very green and there are small yellow flowers.

Spring Dolomites Italy elopement

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

A couple stand under the Tre Cime peaks in the Dolomites during their spring elopement. There is dramatic fog between the peaks and they are holding hands and dancing.
This is a photo of a spring elopement photos at Cadini di Misurina in the Dolomites. The couple is standing looking to the left toward the light, smiling, with dramatic mountain peaks behind them.

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