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Juliana SkiTour 4 - Vogel (1922 m), from Gorenjska to Primorska

Back-country skiing · Triglav national park
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  • Planina Zadnji Vogel
    / Planina Zadnji Vogel
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  • / Utrujeni spomladanski sneg
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  • / Proti vrhu Vogla
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  • / Vogel, zadaj Rodica
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  • / Pogled čez Bohinj proti Triglavu
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  • / Čez Vrh Konte in Rušnati vrh proti Krnu
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  • / Žabiški vrh, zadaj Tolmin
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  • / Pomladno zelena Baška grapa
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  • / Spust proti planini Razor
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  • / Koča na planini Razor
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  • / Zaključek na planini Razor
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  • / Iz snega v pomlad
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Tura vključuje vzpon na Vogel, razgledni hrib, po katerem se imenuje smučarski center, in spust na primorsko stran. Če je dan lep in vidljivost dobra, bomo videli morje.
moderate
Distance 11 km
4:00 h
505 m
1,124 m
Vogel is one of the peaks that make up the Bohinj – Tolmin mountain chain, which borders the entire southern horizon above Vogel ski resort. From the upper station ski to planina Zadnji Vogel, and from there ascend to the top of Vogel. From the ridge ski to the Primorska side, to planina Razor, from where you can descend to Tolminske Ravne. Here transportation must be arranged to the valley.

Author’s recommendation

Vogel is a suitable tour to get a bird’s eye view of the region and to gain insight into the abundance of skiing opportunities offered by the Bohinj - Tolmin ridge.
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Author
Janko Humar 
Update: August 24, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Vogel, 1,922 m
Lowest point
Tolminske Ravne, 913 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
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Safety information

This tour is recommended only in stable snow conditions. After new snow, the risk of avalanches increases. In hard snow it is dangerous, as there is a high possibility to slip below the ridge. On the ridge you have to watch out for the ever-present cornices.

Tips and hints

If the mountain hut on planina Razor is open, it is worth to stop for a drink and try the excellent štruklji.

If you want to return to Bohinj, it is most appropriate to organize transport to the railway station in Most na Soči and return to Bohinj by train.

Start

The upper station of the Vogel cable car (1535m). (1,523 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.263646, 13.840715
DMS
46°15'49.1"N 13°50'26.6"E
UTM
33T 410661 5123994
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Destination

Vogel (1922 m) - planina Razor (1286 m) - Tolminske Ravne (913 m).

Turn-by-turn directions

Take the gondola to the upper station on Rjava skala (1535 m). Here you have a magnificent and open view of Lake Bohinj and the surrounding peaks.

Descend immediately in front of the hotel, at the log cabins, to the right down the ski slope which takes you to the true starting point - to planina Zadnji Vogel (1413 m). After the buildings, ski a few meters lower to the bottom of the valley, which ascends towards the ridge.

Follow the valley only to the first terrace above a longer plain. Across the steeper slope  on the right, find a passage to the neighboring valley. The steep slopes at the end of this neighboring valley are already the slopes of Vogel mountain. From here avoid the valley that opens up completely in front, on the right side. Instead look for passages to the rounded back (left side) which you are able to follow below the ridge. Continue towards the ridge line on the horizon. You will most likely have to finish the last steep ascent to the ridge with skis on your shoulders.

You reach the ridge in the area of ​​the saddle between Vogel and the neighboring mountian, Vrh Krnic. From the top of Vrh Krnic ski down to the obvious small couloir, which is enclosed on three sides by Vrh Krnic, Vogel and Žabiški kuk. From the end of the couloir, choose the best slope that takes you to planina Razor. The most suitable and well visible passage from the end of the couloir leads you through the beech trees on the right.

Ski across the mountain pasture all the way to its lowest point (1200 m). If the snow conditions allow, ski down the path to Tolminske Ravne (913 m). If there is not enough snow, descend on foot.

 

The tour can also be done in the opposite direction. The usual winter access to planina Razor passes along the well-travelled path from Tolminske Ravne. From the pasture continue straight up. Before the slopes start to climb steeper, look for a passage through the beech trees on the right side. Soon you are out on the clear again, the path leads towards the unmissable hollow below Vogel and Žabijski Kuk. From the hollow find the most suitable passage to the ridge between the two peaks and  ascend to the top of Vogel. Carefully slide to the saddle between Vogel and the neighboring Vrh Krnice, or even better – descent on foot. From the top and from the saddle you can already see the entire descent path - planina Zadnji Vogel, which is the goal, situated behind the ski resort. If the conditions are favorable, ski straight down the steep slope at the passage of the top of Vogel. A safer option is to follow the distinctive ridge along the left edge of the valley below the summit.At the end of the valley find a passage on the right to the next valley, which leads you to planina Zadnji Vogel. Ski further in the valley on the ski slope through Žagarjev graben.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

A bus runs to the lower station of the Vogel cable car every hour. You have to pre-arrange transport from Kneške Ravne to Tolmin. Buses run from Tolmin to the train station.

Getting there

In Bohinj and past the lake to the lower station of the Vogel cable car.

Parking

Parking is on the lower station of the Vogel cable car.

Coordinates

DD
46.263646, 13.840715
DMS
46°15'49.1"N 13°50'26.6"E
UTM
33T 410661 5123994
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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

Bohinj 1:25.000 (Sidarta)

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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
11 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
505 m
Descent
1,124 m
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