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Triglav Group Ski Tours

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Location: Slovenia, Europe

Object Title: Triglav Group Ski Tours

 

Page By: Vid Pogachnik

Created/Edited: Jan 29, 2007 / Jan 26, 2011

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Why This List

Routes can and should be described on separate pages, I know. But that is worth doing only for major routes, which need a description. However, there are many simple tours which are described on mountain or area pages with one or two sentences. But they might still be a goal for a nice day. So here I would like to name the majority of them on one place and give also some basic info about each.

Rating The Ski Tours

Normal Ski Tours


The rating scale for 'normal', non-alpinistic or recreative ski tours is the following one:

1 - Easy. Roads, less steep slopes, 'no' danger to get hurt.
2 - Medium hard. Medium steep slopes, good knowledge of skiing needed, falling or sliding still not fatal.
3 - Hard. Steep slopes, exposed places, very good technique of skiing needed. Falling or sliding could be fatal.
4 - Very hard. Slopes steeper than 40 degrees, exposed places require absolute reliability.

Alpinistic Ski Tours

The scale for alpinistic ski tours overlaps with the above recreative scale in the lower 4 categories. It has the overall rating and the rating of the hardest (specific) details. Categories can have the upper (+) or the lower (-) boundary.

a. Details Scale

S1 - Paths, roads, flat slopes
S2 - Medium steep, broad slopes
S3 - Up to 40 deg. steep, already exposed slopes
S4 - Up to 45 deg. steep, exposed slopes, hard passages
S5 - Up to 55 deg. steep slopes or less, if very exposed
S6 - Steeper slopes than 50 deg., exposed, very hard details
S7 - Extreme difficulties, jumps over rocks or ice cascades, steeper than 50 deg.

b. Overall Scale

I - Easy
II - Medium
III - Quite hard
IV - Hard (45 deg. couloir of 400 meters altitude difference)
V - Very hard
VI - Very hard also for the best alpinistic skiers
VII - Extremely hard

The Character of the Group

 
Skiing from Veliki Draski...
From Veliki Draski vrh

Triglav Group is the highest part of Julian Alps, which are famous by their wild, rugged rocky walls. But the southern and eastern slopes of these mountains are often also appropriate for skiing. The slopes above Krma valley, Velo polje and the mountains above Pokljuka plateau are very popular for ski tours.

In good conditions here is the list of all trailheads - when roads are cleaned of snow:
> Pokljuka, Rudno polje, 1347m,
> Pokljuka, Javornik alpine meadow, 1300m,
> Bohinj, Voje valley, 700m,
> Krma valley, 1000m,
> Kot valley, Lengarjev rovt (meadow), 900m,
> Vrata valley, Aljazev dom, 1015m.

Ski Tours List

Pokljuka crest

The NE (lower) part of Pokljuka crest offers a few nice, easy to medium hard ski tours. Due to good access - the road on Pokljuka plateau is almost allways cleaned - they are very popular. In addition the offer also great views on Triglav massif from the east. If roads north of the main Pokljuka road are not cleaned, you have to Javornik meadow additional 30 minutes of walk.

 
Pokljuka ski tours 2
 
 
Pokljuka ski tours 3
 

Summit/ Highest point
Ski Tour
Alt. diff.
Ascent hrs
Grade
Comment
Debela pec, 2014m
To Javornik meadow
720m
2:30h
2 - medium
Through woods to Lipanca, then a steep step and finally up and down by the crest.
Lipanska vrata, 1898m To Javornik meadow 600m 2:00h 1 - easy Through woods to Lipanca, then by a valley to the saddle (a steeper upper part).
Mrezce, 1940m To Javornik meadow 640m 2:00h 2 - medium Through woods to Lipanca, then a steep step and finally a perfect (S) roof to the top.
Debeli vrh, 1962m To Rudno polje 630m 2:15h 2 - medium By a forrest road, then through steep woods and nice upper (SW) slopes.
Debeli vrh, 1962m To Rudno polje 630m 2:15h 2 - medium From the valley between Selišnik and Debeli vrh you soon cross right around the SE ridge of the latter and then on top.
Veliki Selisnik, 1979m To Rudno polje 640m 2:15h 2 - medium Ascent below Visevnik (from the S), downhill through Solnice valley.

Alpinistic Ski Tours

> Debela pec - Brda: Grapa ob Trapezu (IV, one passage S5-),
> Zapiralka (V, details of S6, below S4),
> Zimski vihar (V-, places of S6-).
 
The summit view in winter....
Debela pec
 
Javornik meadow
Javornik meadow
 
Below Debeli vrh. March 28th,...
Debeli vrh
 
Typical winter atmosphere on...
Mood

Draski vrhovi

Tosc, Veliki Draski vrh, Mali Draski vrh, Ablanca and Visevnik form a nice group of summits, which are very appropriate and popular for tour skiing. But downhills from all of them are not just easy, actually the hardest ones are already alpinistic descents. Rising immediately above Rudno polje (big parking place), Visevnik is most often ascended. But the most beautiful classics is the ski tour from Veliki Draski vrh.
 
Pokljuka ski tours 4
 
 
Pokljuka ski tours 1
 

Summit/ Highest point
Ski Tour
Alt. diff.
Ascent hrs
Grade
Comment
Visevnik, 2050m
To Rudno polje
700m
2:00h
2 - medium
By ordinary ski slopes, to the SE ridge and by it (at the end very steep) to the top
Visevnik, 2050m
700m
2:00h
3 - hard
Ascent by the SE slope, downhill over the ridge into the NE slope, back over Kacji rob.
Visevnik, 2050m
To Konjscica meadow
700m
2:00h
2 - medium
Ascent by the SE slope, downhill by the S slope to Konjscica and back (1 more h).
Visevnik, 2050m To Jezerce

700m
(+250m)

2:00h
(+1 h)
4 - very hard
Ascent by the SE slope, downhill by the NW ravine and back via Konjscica or Srenjski preval (250m up); or further to other goals.
Mali Draski vrh, 2132m To Rudno polje 800m 2:30h 5 - alpinistic Around the N face of Visevnik to Srenjski preval, 1959m (easy till here), up by the S slope (very steep, exposed!).
Veliki Draski vrh, 2243m To Rudno polje 950m 3:30h 2 - medium The route: Konjscica - Jezerce - Studorski preval - top. Very beautiful tour!
Ablanca, 2004m To Rudno polje 700m 3:00h 3 - hard Not a typical ski summit. We best ski down by the E ridge, ascent possible also from Studorski preval.
Tosc, 2275m To Rudno polje 1050m 4:30h 3 - hard Long, because we need to go over Studorski preval. Steep S ravine.

Alpinistic Ski Tours

> Ablanca: Gamsova grapa (IV-, one detail S5-),
> Ablanca: Južna grapa (S Ravine) (III, one detail S4),
> Ablanca: Vzhodni greben (E Ridge) (III),
> Mali Draski vrh: South slope (III+, S4+),
> Tosc: Direktna rokavicka (V),
> Tosc: Ravine in the E slope (III),
> Visevnik: Desna grapa (Right ravine) (III+, one passage S4),
> Visevnik: Central ravine in the S face (III+, places of S4+),
> Visevnik: North ravine (III, S4).
 
Skiing down from Veliki...
Draski vrh
 
Veliki Draski vrh (left) and...
Draski vrh
 
Millenium sunset
Uskovnica
 
Mali Draski vrh from...
Mali Draski vrh
 
Mali Draski vrh from east.
Mali Draski vrh

Krma valley tours


Krma valley is very long and flat in its bottom part. Between Rjavina massif and Draski vrhovi walls come close together - this is the area, which is in unstable conditions most dangerous for big avalanches. Above the eastern slopes of Triglav, Kredarica and Rz begin. They are very appropriate for skiing, although some parts are very steep. Also here you are not safe of avalanches.
Usually the road is cleaned to the altitude of 1000m, but it is often hard to find a parking place there. There are more at Kovinarska koca, 870m.

Summit/ Highest point
Ski Tour
Alt. diff.
Ascent hrs
Grade
Comment
Bohinjska vratca, 1979m
Krma valley
1000m
3:00h
2 - medium
By the bottom of the valley, then steeply up to the saddle.
Kredarica hut, 2515m
1520m
4:30h
2 - medium
Very popular, great ski tour! For Triglav summit you need a complete winter equipment. From Zgornja Krma you have 3 variants.
Dovska vratca, 2254m Into Krma valley 1250m 4:00h 2 - medium Very nice! Over this saddle you can come over from Stanic hut. Same ascent as fro Kredarica, above through Apnenica valley.

Alpinistic Ski Tours

> Rjavina (Mala Rjavina): SE slopes (IV, 40-45°, exposed).
 
Mountains above the Krma...
In Krma valley
 
On a Triglav ski tour -...
Below Kredarica
 
Ascending Bohinjska Vratca...
Bohinjska vratca

Velo polje

Velska dolina (valley) stretches in the SW part of Triglav group in a E-W direction. It finishes above on the high plateau of Hribarice, cca 2400m. The highlight of this area is Kanjavec, the highest 'real' ski summit of Julian Alps. South of Velska dolina there is a similar Miseljska dolina - also appropriate for skiing, but less popular. Miselj vrh, 2350m, is not mentioned in the table. It can not be reached by skis to the top, the ski tour from its ridge would be very steep. Miseljski konec, 2464m, would perhaps be possible with skis (to Velska dolina), but this would be a pure alpinistic endeavor.
Remark: Coming down to Velo polje, you are not 'at home' yet. You need to find a passage down to Bohinj valley, or, most usual, over Bohinjska vratca, 1979m (see the table above), into Krma valley, where probably your car is waiting. So, altitude differences and hours in the table below are ment only from Velo polje.

Summit
Ski Tour
Alt. diff.
Ascent hrs
Grade
Comment
Kanjavec, 2569m
To Velo polje
850m
2:30h
2 - medium
By the valley to Hribarice plateau and on top.
Kanjavec, 2569m
Through Miseljska dolina
850m
3:00h
3 - hard
By Miseljska dolina to Hribarice plateau (very steep) and on top.
Dolic pass, 2151m To Velo polje 450m 1:30h 1 - easy Almost till the end of Velska dolina, then towards the N on pass
Za Planjo, 2556m
To Velo polje
850m
2:30h
2 - medium
2km by Velska dolina, then towards the N and around Smarjetna glava to the highest point.
Planika hut, 2408m
To Velo polje
710m
2:30h
3 - hard
1km by Velska dolina, then on Konjsko sedlo (saddle) and to the hut.

Alpinistic Ski Tours

> Kanjavec: Aerotik (VI-, detail S6+).
 
A cold, windy morning on...
On Dolic
 
Early morning on a ski route...
Miselj vrh
 
On the east summit ridge of...
Kanjavec

Kot valley


The shortest of the three northern valleys of Triglav group is also appropriate for tour skiing, but the tour is quite hard and less popular.

Summit
Ski Tour
Alt. diff.
Ascent hrs
Grade
Comment
Stanic hut, 2332m
Into Kot valley
1350m
4:00h
3 - hard
Up below the N wall of Rjavina. Above Stanic hut also possible to go on Zgornja Vrbanova spica.
 
At the end of Kot valley. The...
Kot valley

Vrata valley

Vrata is the most beautiful valley in Julian Alps. But in winter and spring the areas below the huge Triglav North wall can be dangerous. In the Triglav group there are not many ski tours, leading down to Vrata. Actually, only the tour through the valley behind Cmir is in the top rank. Over the North face of Triglav, through Slovenska grapa (ravine), skiing was also done, but it's a pure alpinistic endeavor. And so, I must mention also that Triglav himself has been done with skis - the biggest problems are on the summit ridge, but also the descent from the shoulder on Triglav glacier is very steep and exposed above. Again only for alpinistic skiers!


Summit
Ski Tour
Alt. diff.
Ascent hrs
Grade
Comment
Luknja pass, 1758m
To Aljazev dom
750m
2:30h
2 - medium
Below the N wall of Triglav. Ascent possible also by the northern trail.
Kredarica hut, 2515m
1500m
4:30h
2 - medium
Through woods into Za Cmirom valley and up by it (steep at the end). Then below Rz to Kredarica. Nice tour!
To Stanic hut and Za Cmirom
1450m
4:00h
4 - very hard
The top 20 meters are extremely exposed!
Cmir, 2393m
Into Za Cmirom valley
1390m
3:30h
4 - very hard
On dangerous, slanted plates there's a big danger of avalanches!

Alpinistic Ski Tours

> Cmir: Uroševa grapa (Uros Ravine) (IV+, details of S5),
> Mali Triglav: Južne vesine (S slopes) (V-, 45°, passages 50°, exposed),
> Triglav: Gorjanska (VI),
> Triglav: From the summit on the glacier (V, one place S6),
> Triglav: From the summit on the glacier - to Kugy's ledge start (V, one place S6),
> Triglav: NE face, from the ridge on glacier(IV+, places S5),
> Slovenska smer (Slovenian Route over the N face) (VI),
> Triglav: From the summit on the glacier and over Prag route in Vrata (V, one place S6, passages S4),
> Visoka Vrbanova spica: Into Za Cmirom basin (III, one place S4).
 
The view from Kredarica
From Kredarica
 
Rjavina from west, Kredarica
Rjavina
 
The valley behind Cmir....
Za Cmirom

External Links

1. Marijana & Marko personal page

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