Snow, ice and cold but with clear skies and lots of sunshine
Arriving in the Val di Fassa in winter, perhaps just after a fresh fall of snow, is a unique experience. You will find yourself in the midst of an enchanted landscape that comes straight out of a fairytale. The fir trees are laden with snow, the peaks of the Dolomites seem to be sprinkled with icing sugar and the all of the scenery is pure white.
Consistent snowfalls begin in November, although it is not unusual to see the first flakes as early as September or October and these can seem like heavy snow, especially at higher altitudes. From November onwards, nighttime temperatures at the bottom of the valley are stably below zero. The three coldest months are December, January and February; in this period, minimum temperatures at the bottom of the valley can fall as low as -20°C, going on to reach even lower levels at high altitudes. On the coldest days the temperatures remain below zero; this is the ideal climate for “cold lovers” and winter sports enthusiasts. We should point out, however, that the low level of humidity means that the cold is much less biting than on the plains. Therefore, -10°C in the Val di Fassa is much more bearable than -1°C in the Po Valley.
During the winter season, days pass without snowfalls meaning that skiers are graced with clear skies and excellent visibility that allow them to enjoy the breathtaking scenery to the full.
Road travel in winter is guaranteed by snowploughs although, in any case, we recommend that you travel with winter equipment as chains and antifreeze.
And don’t forget that you can take a daily look at winter weather conditions and the list of significant snowfalls in the Val di Fassa on www.dolomitimeteo.com and that you can see live pictures of the Val di Fassa and its ski slopes on www.dolomitiwebcam.com.