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Juliana SkiTour 1 - Pod Kriško steno (1950 m), a friendly ski tour into the heart of the valley of steep walls

Back-country skiing · Triglav national park
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  • Planina v Klinu
    / Planina v Klinu
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  • / Pod stenami Rakove špice, Rogljice in Dovškega Gamsovca
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  • / Pogled nazaj po dolini Krnice
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  • / Proti zaključku vzpona
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  • / Krnica pod Kriško steno
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  • / Pogled proti Dobraču (Avstrija)
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  • / Priprava na spust
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  • / Nazaj v dolino
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  • / Pod stene Dovškega Gamsovca
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  • / Čudovita pobočja zgornjega dela
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  • / Pršič med macesni
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  • / Nazaj na Planini v Klinu
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A great ski tour, surrounded by a precipitous rock faces on the north side, where powder is often found; not very common occurrence in the Julian Alps.
moderate
Distance 9.7 km
4:00 h
936 m
936 m
The Krnica Valley (dolina Krnice) is a deep valley above Kranjska Gora, enclosed between the steep walls of Prisojnik and Razor on one side and Škrlatica, Rakova špica and Dovški Gamsovec on the other.

The glacial cirque Pod Kriško steno, where the valley ends, is the highest point of the ski tour.

The ascent follows the well-travelled path past the Koča v Krnici hut, and further through the beech forest and increasingly sparse larch growths to the open slopes below Kriška stena. It is possible to ski back through any point in the cirque with the most common run following the east side of the valley.

Because the tour passes through the valley, the views are not as luxurious as on the ascents to the peaks, however, they are dramatic in a different way. Precipitous rock faces on both sides build a magnificent ambience and highlight the grandeur of the surrounding peaks.

Author’s recommendation

Skiing Pod Kriško steno is one of the few tours in the region that is possible soon after the first snowfall, provided that the amount of new snow is not too great.
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Author
Janko Humar 
Update: November 05, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Krnica pod Kriško steno, 1,950 m
Lowest point
Planina v Klinu, 977 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
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Safety information

Skiing Pod Kriško steno is one of the safest tours in the Julian Alps. There is no exposed terrain where a fall could happen, the slopes are a perfect gradient for skiing with no abundantly steep terrain, resulting in less frequent avalanches. However, the walls above the valley are very steep. Avalanches are common on the surrounding walls following a large snow fall. Use caution when there are large amounts of newly fallen snow.

Tips and hints

The ski tour Pod Kriško steno is also suitable for beginners if accompanied with an experienced guide.

Start

Each of the 50 turns of Vršič Pass are marked with unique ascending numbers. Park below the third switchback of the Vršič Pass (1018 m). (1,034 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.445695, 13.775390
DMS
46°26'44.5"N 13°46'31.4"E
UTM
33T 405940 5144297
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Destination

Each of the 50 turns of Vršič Pass are marked with unique ascending numbers. Park below the third switchback of the Vršič Pass (1018 m).

Turn-by-turn directions

Park the car by the road below the third switchback where a small dirt road descends to planina v Klinu (Klin Pasture)(1000 m).

From planina v Klinu follow the valley up to the Koča v Krnici hut (1113 m) and further through the beech forest. Soon above the hut the path emerges from the forest to a wide and open ravine. The path follows the obvious ridge line in the middle of the valley overgrown with increasingly sparse larch trees.

Across the wide upper slopes continue to the edge of the walls at the end of the cirque (1950 m).

From the top of the ascent, a view of the valley opens on the Austrian side. When the weather is nice, it is possible to spot Hochalmspitze (3360 m) with an unmissable tower at the top behind Carinthia's Dobrač.

Ski back freely within the valley. Most skiers are following the biggest open slope on the eastern side of the valley. In a stretched arc, circumnavigate the forest returning to the trail towards the end of the descent, somewhere between Koča v Krnici and planina v Klinu (1000 m).

The skiing is finished on planina v Klinu, where the trail heads back up the hill to the road where the cars are parked.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

There is no public transport.

Getting there

From Gorenjska side: from Kranjska Gora to the third switchback of the Vršič road.

From Primorska side: over Vršič Pass and down to the third switchback of the Vršič road.

Parking

Park along the road below the third switchback.

Coordinates

DD
46.445695, 13.775390
DMS
46°26'44.5"N 13°46'31.4"E
UTM
33T 405940 5144297
w3w 
///uncertainly.unwind.brainstorm
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Igor Jenčič: Veliki turno smučarski vodnik (Sidarta)

Author’s map recommendations

Triglav 1:25.000 (PZS)

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Equipment

Basic Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 pairs of Gloves: lightweight, breathable and windproof for going uphill, regular ski gloves for downhill
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
  • Additional warm jacket
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Lightweight wind- and waterproof ski pants
  • 20 to 28 liter rucksack, preferably backcountry type
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski touring boots
  • Ski touring bindings to fit boots
  • Ski touring skins to fit skis
  • Skis
  • Ski poles, preferably telescopic type
  • Avalanche safety equipment to consider: beacon, avalanche probe, avalanche shovel
  • Ski touring crampons
  • Crevasse rescue kit
  • Ski touring harness
  • Light ice axe
  • Ski touring ropes
  • Avalanche airbag backpack
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.7 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
936 m
Descent
936 m
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