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Juliana SkiTour 2a - Velika Mojstrovka (2366 m), the most beautiful ski tour above Vršič

Back-country skiing · Triglav national park
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  • Velika Mojstrovka iz Trente, drugi vrh iz desne
    / Velika Mojstrovka iz Trente, drugi vrh iz desne
    Photo: Janko Humar, The Julian Alps
  • / Vratca, izrazita škrbina v Grebencu
    Photo: Janko Humar, The Julian Alps
  • / Vratca
    Photo: Janko Humar, The Julian Alps
  • / Proti Veliki Mojstrovki
    Photo: Janko Humar, The Julian Alps
  • / Pogled nazaj - Prisojnik in Škrlatica
    Photo: Janko Humar, The Julian Alps
  • / Zadnji del vzpona pod značilno previsno skalo
    Photo: Janko Humar, The Julian Alps
  • / Vrh Velike Mojstrovke
    Photo: Janko Humar, The Julian Alps
  • / Čez Malo Mopjstrovko proti Špiku in Škrlatici
    Photo: Janko Humar, The Julian Alps
  • / Spust z vrha - zadaj Jalovec
    Photo: Janko Humar, The Julian Alps
  • / V dolino
    Photo: Janko Humar, The Julian Alps
  • / V družbi Prisojnika in Razorja
    Photo: Janko Humar, The Julian Alps
  • / V Drevesnico
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Velika Mojstrovka is a classic tour that offers all the features of a good ski tour: a steep ascent where winter mountaineering skills must already be mastered, extensive views of the surrounding mountains from the top, and a relaxed, open ski descent into the valley.
moderate
Distance 7.5 km
4:00 h
877 m
878 m

Vršič is a mountain pass that allows for a very comfortable entrance into the Julian Alps. The drive takes you up to 1611 m where 2000 m peaks are towering close by. Due to its easy access and stunning views, Mala Mojstrovka is undoubtedly the most visited peak above the pass,  both in the summer and in the winter. For Mala Mojstrovka’s senior neighbor, Velika Mojstrovka, it takes a bit more effort, but it is worth it. The view, which is already excellent from Mala Mojstrovka, widens even more on Velika Mojstrovka while also avoiding the crowds that are common place on her lower sister.

Skiing from Mojstrovka, one or the other, is a classic Slovenian ski tour which must be on the list of every winter visitor and ski alpinist. Both options are a first-class skiing experience. But the author of this description is still more inclined to Velika Mojstrovka, which adds a cherry on the top with its greater height and longer skiing.

Author’s recommendation

Both Mojstrovka mountains offer excellent ski touring. However, if it was necessary to choose, the author recommends the higher Velika Mojstrovka.
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Author
Janko Humar 
Update: August 24, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,366 m
Lowest point
Drevesnica, 1,450 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
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Safety information

The ski tour takes place in the highlands. It is recommended to attempt only in stable snow conditions, usually from mid-February onwards. This area is exposed to bigger avalanches, so do not go on a tour after a new snow event. There is often hard packed snow or ice in the couloir in front of Vratca v Grebencu, as well as further ca. 100 m high on Grebenc, which must be done on foot. Even the crossroad that leads to the valley between Mala and Velika Mojstrovka can be difficult and dangerous.

Tips and hints

Velika Mojstrovka is a classic and an easily accessible ski tour. A suitable choice if the goal is to present multiple ski options and qualities in an exciting surrounding to someone who is not acquainted with skiing in the Julian Alps.

Start

Park on top of the Vršič Pass (1611 m). If the pass is not plowed, the starting point is wherever it is possible leave the car. (1,613 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.433583, 13.743546
DMS
46°26'00.9"N 13°44'36.8"E
UTM
33T 403472 5142990
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Destination

Top of Velika Mojstrovka (2366 m) – Drevesnica (1495 m).

Turn-by-turn directions

If the road across the pass is not plowed, leave the car wherever you can and continue along the snowy road to the pass. If the road is plowed, leave the car in the parking lot below Tičarjev dom (1611 m).

Continue straight up the snowfield below Mojstrovka. At this point it is likely that you will find tracks made by previous tour skiers, as this is a popular ski tour. As you ascend the hill turn left towards the unmissable couloir which leads to Vratca (1983 m); a distinctive pass to the ridge of Grebenc. The snow in the couloir is often hard pack or ice. Be prepared to remove the skis and continue on foot with crampons to the saddle.

About 100 meters from the top of the couloir you must pass a steep and rocky section that is often without any snow. Here you can carry your skis on your backpack until you reach the large snowfields above. When the terrain opens back up, continue in the direction of the peaks above. Velika Mojstrovka is on the lookers left and Mala Mojstrovka is on the lookers right. For those whose goal is Velika Mojstrovka, cross the snow field diagonally towards the large distinct hollow between the two peaks.

Following the wide slopes, ascend further upwards to the left. Once the upper part is reached, there is a distinctive rock wall on the right side for orientation. Cross below the rock wall, continuing around to the top (2366 m).

Ski back in the same direction of the ascent to the hollow where our line merges with the descent from Mala Mojstrovka. Continue to the skier’s right edge of the wide valley and down to Drevesnica, following the snowfields all the way to the forest. ATTENTION: the area above Drevesnica is a quiet zone area where chamois overwinter and breed. When descending, stick to the far-right edge of the valley.

Just before the terminal of the snowfield, there is an indistinct path through the dwarf pine forest. Continue on and find a passage through the beech trees on the left until you reach an open plain, the former Velika planina (1595 m). On the opposite side of the plain, a road ascends back to the Vršič Pass road.

It is ideal to have 2 cars. Leave one on the road opposite an obvious snowfield where you will finish the ski tour, and continue with the other to the starting point of the ascent on the pass. In case you only have one car, the driver has to add another half an hour to the tour to pick up the car on the pass.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

There is no public transport.

Getting there

From the Gorenjska side: From Kranjska Gora along the only road to the Vršič Pass.

From the Primorska side: from Bovec head in the direction of Trenta and on to the Vršič Pass.

Parking

Park on the top of the pass. In case the road is not plowed, leave the car where you can and be careful not to obstruct others and road machinery.

Coordinates

DD
46.433583, 13.743546
DMS
46°26'00.9"N 13°44'36.8"E
UTM
33T 403472 5142990
w3w 
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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

Avalanche trio (avalanche beacon, avalanche probe, shovel), touring skis, bindings, ski boots; skins, ski crampons; ice axe, crampons.

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
7.5 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
877 m
Descent
878 m
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