ApproachThis tour is described as an ascent. If you climb Kanjavec via any of other routes, you can ski down as described here. If snow lies down to Bohinj valley, you will be rewarded by more than 2000 altitude meters of continuous skiing (with some flat sections).
The tour starts in Bohinj valley, by the lake (525m) or in the village of Stara Fuzina (546m). From there follow the road towards north, in Voje valley. After 1500 meters the road branches. Take the left forrest road, which will take you into the Suha valley. Already in the lower part of Suha valley the road crosses the creek and proceeds over slopes on the northern side. Approaching the end of Suha valley the road gains with a few curves much of altitude and above the valley branches again. The left branch goes to Vogar, while we take the right branch and proceed by it till Planina Blato (alpine meadow), 1147m. In winter this road is not cleaned, so you can expect to drive up by car only if snow conditions are poor or in spring, when snow stays only on high parts of mountains. From Stara Fuzina to Planina Blato you need 2 hours.
Route DescriptionSome 200 meters before Blato a marked path leaves the road and goes towards west. After some 15 minutes of light ascent the path branches. The left branch (westwards) would bring you on Planina pri Jezeru. We shall take the right branch, which turns north, climbs over a steep passage and above it follows natural passages through woods. If you miss the route here (if in winter you don't find marks) you soon find yourself in wilderness, where it is very difficult to orient and also the proceeding is very difficult. Anyway, the direction is north, only later it turns slightly towards north-west. So you reach Planina v Lazu, 1560m, a beautiful, big alpine pasture among Kreda, Ogradi and Debeli vrh. From Planina Blato 1h 30min if snow is good for walking.
North of Planina v Lazu the broad Debeli vrh, 2390m stands. It is itself a tour skiing goal, but skiing from it's fore-summit is quite hard and good conditions are needed to do it. Our route turns slightly right, again we have the northern direction. The immediate goal is Lazovski preval, 1966m, the saddle between Debeli vrh (on NW) and Ogradi (on SE). From Planina v Lazu the terrain is almost open. We leave last larches, on the saddle there are only pine-trees. On Lazovski preval we must leave the marked path which continues towards north on Velo polje. We climb a steady slope, rising east of Debeli vrh, which will be ideal for skiing when we return. So we gain about 200 meters, reaching the edge, beyond which a great cauldron lies. From Planina v Lazu 1h 30 min.
Depending on situation we descend about 100 meters into the cauldron, or (if northern slopes of Debeli vrh are safe of avalanches) cross the slopes of Debeli vrh, losing only some heigth. On the other side of cauldron shallow carst valleys continue in northern direction, towards Hribarice plateau. This part of the route is again hard for orientation. In fog you will get lost here despite all GPS's or other gear! But technically the terrain in winter and spring is ideal for skiing. We are gently gaining altitude, just enjoying high mountain scenery. So we reach Hribarice plateau betwen the summit of Vrsaki (NE peak, 2448m) and Miseljski konec (2464m).
Approaching Hribarice the summit of Kanjaves rises more and more from the horizon. It has two almost equally high peaks. Crossing Hribarice is fast and we continue by a shallow valley between the both peaks of Kanjavec. In good conditions we still keep skis on feet, but the slope gets steeper and steeper. Careful turns, choosing best inclination and we reach the left peak, the summit of Kanjavec. From the edge below Debeli vrh 2h.
The whole ascent from Planina Blato will take you some 5 hours, very much depending on conditions. The height difference is 1400 meters, but below Debeli vrh we may lose 100 meters. From Bohinj we would need about 7 hours plus some rest (more than 2000 meters of altitude).
Skiing down is done in the very same direction. Don't dare to improvize on the upper parts of the route. If you get lost behind Debeli vrh nobody will find you the whole winter and spring (if you'd be found at all!). Also in woods below Planina v Lazu you should keep the marked path.
This route is great but I recommend it when conditions for tour skiing are the best in Julian Alps, so that at least on some parts of the route you will be able to follow the trails of other skiers. And don't go alone!
Essential GearNormal gear for tour skiing. There are no very exposed and steep slopes, the danger of avalanches is highest behind Debeli vrh and on slopes below Lazovski preval. But generally the highest danger is orientation. Take an ice pick with you, if slopes are icy, crampons might be useful. A good map is mandatory (see the main section).
Depending on the amount of snow, the best contitions on this route are from March to May. Earlier in high mountains is hard winter and days are too short, later you can not ski all the way down into Bohinj, but you can have the possibility of reaching Planina Blato by car.