Summer and winter are the main tourist seasons, but spring and autumn also have their special charms, not least for the relaxing atmosphere that reigns both in town and on the mountain.
In autumn the opposite occurs. In early October, at around 6,500 ft (2,000 m), the first larch trees begin to change colour, slowly spreading its vivid shades of yellow, gold and red downwards, until the whole Ampezzo Valley is filled with an explosion of colour.
This is perhaps the most beautiful time of year to visit places like Lake Federa at Croda da Lago, the Larieto larch forest leading to Mietres, or the hiking trail from Ra Stua to the meadows of Lerosa.
Most of the lift facilities are closed in autumn, but many refuges are accessible by foot or by Jeep service.