We are in the Dolomites, earlier than we usually come. So many families still on vacation, mostly Italians. School is perhaps, starting later these days. One Italian mother told me school does not start in their town, Verona, until Sept 12. So much for il rientro right after Ferragosto (Aug 15).
It is not super crowded but it is busier than we have experienced in prior visits. Also, the last couple of years it seems the lifts are open a little later in the fall season. That is nice to see.