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December 10, 2018

BOHINJ – HEAVEN FOR SKI TOURING

Amazing options for experienced ski tourers. We recommend guided tours.

Avtor: Martin Šolar

Ski touring, the discovering of the so-called obscure mountain world on skis, is growing in terms of popularity and acceptance. Winter in the mountains, ski touring equipment and one’s determination are all interconnected to an endless circle of experiences offered by Bohinj in the winter time. In the winter months, when you get a view of the snow capped mountains above Bohinj, you get the chance to experience the mountainous terrain in a completely different manner.

The Julian Alps become a vast terrain packed with ski touring trails and the conditions here are simply the best. Bohinj is believed to be one of the cradles of ski touring in Slovenia and has a distinct advantage against other Alpine areas, due to its natural conditions. The ski touring skiing season both in Bohinj and Julian Alps is fairly long, as it starts in December and finishes in April or in the following months. Ski touring is best during peak season in March and April when the snow is compact, lit by the sun and there is no avalanche danger. The mountain range vistas start off with the foothills of Mt Črna Prst, Mt Rodica and Mt Vogel – the so-called Bohinj-Tolmin mountains. But one has to be careful nevertheless, and it is best to start at Vogel, a dedicated ski slope with ski lifts operating for more than 50 years, offering a great starting point for ski touring.

Bohinj’s Mt Komna probably offers the most picturesque and diverse ski touring area in the Julian Alps. This high plateau with an altitude of around 1,500 meters is a great starting point for touring in all directions. One can choose to take the easy and short ski touring trails, (Kal, Lanževica), short and difficult ones (Podrta Gora, Mahavšček), or the remote ones, such as Krn and Kanjavec.

Mt Komna has a mountain cottage open for public year round where one can get a proper night stay and suitable care. The pastures of Fužina north above Lake Bohinj provide areas of mountain pastures, quiet and secret forests which turn out to be a genuine piece of heaven for ski touring. The valley behind Kopica with Zelnarica, Vogel, Debeli Vrh and Ograda. Aspiring possibilities for ski touring, amongst which Kanjevec takes the number one spot – the longest ski touring trail around here offering 15 km of trails with 2000 meters difference in altitude. One can ski all the way to Stara Fužina if conditions are suitable.

The mountain range around Bohinj ends with peaks above the Pokljuka plateau. One can get to the plateau fairly easily (there is also public transport available) and the place itself offers numerous ski touring trails amongst which the steep Mt Viševnik and the wonderful snow pyramid Mt Veliki Draški Vrh are the most popular. There are really plenty of opportunities for ski touring in the mountains of Bohinj, and the more advanced and fit touring skiers can opt for the so-called Triglav Ski Touring Traverse – nearly all of it stretches at the mountain areas of Bohinj. The traverse starts off at Mt Vogel via Mt Komna to the Valley of the Triglav Lakes, then continues its route via Mt Hribarice all the way to Velo Polje pasture beneath Mt Triglav and only at the last part when going of from Kredarica to the Krma Valley leaves the area of mountains of Bohinj. These difficult 3-4 days ski touring expedition offers accommodations at mountain cottages open year round at Mt Vogel, Mt Komna, and Kredarica. In between, one can rest in the winter rooms or bivouac shelters in the Valley of the Triglav Lakes and at Velo Polje pasture.

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