Rating the Tour (by Hiking Standards)0. General:
925m to 2225m, exposition N and SE (upper slopes), very popular and nice ski tour. Avalanches danger below Jalovec couloir mouth and below Site and Travnik north walls.
1 - only walking.
2 - easy (moderate skiing technique, take care of avalanches).
1 - no difficulties.
is not a mountain for skiing. The ski descent from this steep, sharp-edged rocky pyramid over its SE roof is allowed only to extreme skiers. But from Planica valley two nice options for tour skiing end below its summit ridges. The first one is the tour through Jalovec couloir
and the second one is the tour from Kotovo sedlo
(saddle). Even in foreign guidebooks the Kotovo sedlo (in German: Kot Sattel) ski tour is recommended as one of Julian Alps classics.
In winter or spring, you will be able to drive into Planica valley only to the parking place at big ski flying devices (cca 925m). From there you continue towards Tamar hut (Dom v Tamarju, 1108m) either by the left road (for hikers, sledges etc.) or by the cross country track on the right. In any case, you will need for 200m of altitude approximately 1 hour.
On Kotovo sedlo
From Tamar hut you continue by the valley of Planica. After some 30 minutes you reach out of forest and you continue by the right side (looking upwards) over moderately steep slopes (gravel in summer). It's a steady tour - straight forward, or, when slopes are steeper, in turns upwards. On the left we see the giant vertical walls of Mojstrovke, Travnik and Site, on the right the slopes of Ponce - Vevnica - Kotova spica crest are a bit less steep. As the valley gets more narrow it gets also more steep. In many turns we are approaching the mouth of Jalovec couloir. If snow is not too hard or icy, we can do the whole ascent with skis. Before reachinj couloir the slopes on our right open wide and we ascend over them on a broad plateau below Kotovo sedlo (saddle). It's quite usual to stop a little by the big rock, which offers a modest shelter - to have a drink of tea or a beer. Now the final 200 meters of ascent are ahead of us. We choose the highest point in the middle of the broad saddle, slopes are a bit steeper again just below it, and so we reach the altitude of some 2225m (the saddle is 2138m). It's all we can do - choose the highest snow patch and prepare for a nice downhill.
We are skiing down by the same route - all the way down to parking place, which means some 1300 meters.
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