This is a difficult ski tour (AD, up to 40 degrees). Some parts are steep and exposed. The tour should not be done in hard snow. In the Javornik ravine there's a big danger of avalanches. In good conditions the tour offers a great experience!
0. General. From 650 m to 2132 m, exposition SW. Below 600 m of light forests, above a steep, broad ravine and an airy summit slope.
1. Effort. 1500 m, 4-5 h for ascent
2. Power. 3 - walk-up with skis and on foot
3. Psyche. 4 - hard. Exposed and steep (ca. 35+ deg.) upper part.
4. Orientation. 3 - medium (to Javornik), above it's easy.
See the main page how to reach the Povlje village. In winter and spring we need to park in the village, while in summer and autumn a forrest road ascend some 100 m higher. The parking place (700 m of altitude) is on the crossroads, where the asphalted road turns right (towards weekend huts) and a weaker cart-road continues straight-left.
From Povlje we follow the steep asphalted road, ascending towards the north. On the crossroads (parking place there) we leave it, following the marked path straight towards Velika Poljana and Javornik. After some 20 minutes also this marked path branches. We choose the right path (left goes to Velika Poljana meadow). Ascending through a light forrest we cross the slopes more and more towards the right (NE). After 1 h 30 min we come out of athe forrest. Left above us we see the hut on Javornik meadow.
(As this description is useful also for the summer tour, let's mention that Javornik meadow can be also reached from Velika Poljana, the meadow more towards the west. Two trails are crossing the slopes: the upper one is a comfortable ex cart-road, the lower one is a usual marked trail.)
From Javornik meadow we follow the valley (ravine) all the time towards the north-east. Orientation is simple, but we need to take care of avalanches. In case of an unstable snow everything goes down into this ravine. Ascending is also steep. We can do it with skins, but higher, we continue with skis on rucksack. So we reach the summit rocks of Storžič. The terrain turns us right and gets even steeper. We are heading towards a small saddle in the S-SW ridge (the ridge, running on our right).
From the saddle in the SW ridge we ascend towards the summit, but must soon start crossing the slopes on the right, eastern side. These slopes are exposed to the sun, but are very steep. After crossing them, only the last meters to the highest point must be done.
The complete gear for tour skiing. In harder snow crampons and ice axe mandatory!