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Slovenia - snow conditions

Postby Ski Mountaineer » Thu May 25, 2006 9:45 pm

Hi!

Does anybody know how much snow is still laying on Triglav or other high Slovenian peaks? We might head to Slovenia on Sunday should the weather be bad in Austria (the forecasts is getting better though).
Also - any ideas about harder (50-55°) ski descent that still might go?

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Postby Vid Pogachnik » Fri May 26, 2006 12:56 pm

Hi, T.A.,

On Kredarica, 2515m, there's still some 330cm of snow, on 1500m there's no more snow. So, in Julian Alps only a few couloirs would still be recommendable, but also for them you need to carry skis for some 1-2 hours. Perhaps Jalovec couloir would still be possible, people are reporting the snow there is covered with debris. Jug's couloir in Martuljek group or any other there would be possible, but you need almost 2h to get to 1500m of altitude. I didn't see reports for Vis group (Moses Scharte and Skrbina Prednje Spranje). But it's more or less over here. These days it's better to go somewhere in Hohe Tauern, if weather is ok, of course.

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Postby Ski Mountaineer » Fri May 26, 2006 8:17 pm

Vid,

thank you for your reply!
Can you perhaps tell me what the weather forecast for Triglav region is for Sunday? The forecast here has changed again rain all over the Austrian Alps main chain.
The forecasts I could find for Slovenia look similar, but I do not know how good they are. I guess a local Slovenjian one would be better!?

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Postby Vid Pogachnik » Fri May 26, 2006 9:50 pm

Hi, Peter!

The weather forecast for Slovenia is not quite something which would be worth driving a long way down here - to do skiing, I mean.

Over this night and tomorrow it will be clear, and time to time more cloudy. Tomorrow in the afternoon in mountains short periods of rain can occur. Lowest morning temperatures 8 to 14, highest daily 22 to 27 degrees C (for Slovenia, not for mountains, of course).

In Sunday in the morning it will still be mostly sunny and warm, in the afternoon from the North rain and storms will start coming. Only on the coast region it will stay dry.

So, ja, early in the morning... :-)

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Postby Ski Mountaineer » Fri May 26, 2006 10:50 pm

Hi!

Thanks again!
Any steep (50°ish) skiing lines on Triglav?

Thanks!
In any case, I will come to Slovenia to ski some day!

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Postby Vid Pogachnik » Sat May 27, 2006 9:14 am

50 degrees? Yes, of course. Some very good skiers do the Slovenian ravine (Slovenska smer, Slovenska grapa =ravine) with skis. In summer it has steps of UIAA III, but in spring they are more or less under snow. Perhaps it would be possible still now. When you exit from the Triglav North face, you can continue on top. From the ex glacier there's a very steep slope (don't know how many degrees, about 50, I guess), which brings you on the summit ridge.

This is when there's not much snow, North face is on the right:

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Postby Ski Mountaineer » Sun May 28, 2006 9:50 pm

Hi!

We ended up going to Marmolada in the Dolomites, as the weather looked good there and we had more information. Skied the north face of Marmolada.
Slovenjia is on my list for next year, after a good amount of reasearch!

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Postby Vid Pogachnik » Mon May 29, 2006 2:40 pm

Great!

I hope you'll post stuff on Marmolada page. The ski route is not yet there. I guess it's not the best option to ski down by the normal ascent, because of that short rocky passage. Does it go more towards the west? There's glacier all the time - but steep.

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Postby Ski Mountaineer » Mon May 29, 2006 10:19 pm

Hi Vid!

The route you are refering to is the NW flank. We skied the direct north face (450 m, 50°). In the picture below the north face is the left route, the NW flank the right one. The NW flank is a popular ski descent, and probably indeed better then the normal route, as you can ski from the summit to the bottom.

Sorry for the bad quality, something is wrong with my friends digital camera. I will wait for my slides to be developed, then I will add a route page.

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Postby Ski Mountaineer » Sun Jun 11, 2006 10:54 pm

Vid,

since you asked - another picture of where we skied. It goes slighlty to the left where people usually go (you can see ski tracks to the right) when they ski the north face.

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Postby Moni » Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:18 am

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Postby Vid Pogachnik » Mon Jun 12, 2006 9:08 pm

Aha, so this part is steep on the upper part. Thanks for info. We really need a route description :-)
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Postby Ski Mountaineer » Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:00 pm

Hi! I will put one on the Marmolada page as soon as my slides are developed, and my exams are over.

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