Weather & climate
Alta Badia, the sunny side of the Alps
South Tyrol's favourable location at the south side of the Alp's main chain provides a particularly pleasant climate with a lot of sunshine at an average of 300 sunny days annually. Cold northern winds are being blocked by the natural barriers of the Ötztal (Ötz valley) Alps, the Zillertal (Ziller valley) Alps and the Hohe Tauern range. The Mediterranean area with its humid air provides the necessary precipitation.
The weather in South Tyrol can vary from area to area.
In summer, the cities of Bolzano, Merano and the lowlands experience warmth and a Mediterranean climate. In the mountains and especially in the Dolomites, the air is pleasantly dry in summer and the sun shines between 13 and 16 hours per day. Average temperatures in summer range between 18/20°C (64/68°F) during the day and 10°C (50°F) at night.
The mountain weather is most stable in September, when it's mild with a lot of sunshine. Due to its beautiful, clear days, September is also referred to as "hiker's month". In autumn, Alta Badia's climate gradually gets cooler and the first snow starts to fall in October.
Alta Badia's winter weather is downright perfect for skiing. Southern currents bring lots of snow, it is cool and the sun shines often. 100 days of sunshine are recorded between December and March.
Alta Badia's pleasant climate invites one to spend a lot of time outdoors and enjoy physical activities in both summer and winter.