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Mountain pass beneath Mt. Prestreljenik (2,284 m)

Back-country skiing · Julian Alps
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  • Kanin Mountain range viewed from the valley
    / Kanin Mountain range viewed from the valley
    Photo: Andreja Križnič, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Route towards the Krnica Mountain pasture
    Photo: Andreja Križnič, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Krnica Mountain pasture
    Photo: Andreja Križnič, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Krnica Valley
    Photo: Andreja Križnič, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / View of the Krnica Mountain pasture and Prevala Mountain pass from beneath Mt. Vratni vrh
    Photo: Andreja Križnič, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / View of the Mountain pass beneath Mt. Prestreljenik from Mt. Prestreljenik: Mt. Grdi Vršič, Soča Valley and the Julian Alps in the background
    Photo: Andreja Križnič, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Start of the ski touring adventure
    Photo: Andreja Križnič, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Ski touring down Krnica Valley
    Photo: Andreja Križnič, Turizem Dolina Soce
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A beautiful tour in a wonderful environment where you have to overcome great altitude difference without major ascents. Skiing down the Krnica Valley and higher in usually still possible in late spring because the Kanin Mountain chain in exposed to heavy precipitation.
difficult
Distance 14.4 km
4:15 h
1,420 m
1,420 m
Ascend from Station B of the Kanin cableway past the Krnica Mountain pasture and continue along the valley with the same name to the Prevala Mountain pass. From here, cross the terrain beneath the peaks of Mt. Prestreljenik all the way to the Mt. Prestreljenik Mountain pass located between Mt. Prestreljenik and Mt. Grdi Vršič. You should ski down the same route you came from.

Author’s recommendation

In case of avalanche hazard it is safer to use the ski slope to ascend to your destination and later ski down this same ski slope. You can reach the ski slope by taking the left road at the junction above Station B of the Kanin cableway which leads to Station C of the Kanin cableway. There are numerous karst precipices along the ski slope, which is why you should ascend and descend along the ski slope and not next to the ski slope!
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Andreja Križnič
Update: August 31, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
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Landscape
Highest point
2,282 m
Lowest point
927 m
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Safety information

The tour includes several sections which can be slippery and dangerous for avalanches. You should only take this tour in appropriate conditions, in nice weather and with the use of appropriate equipment.

Tips and hints

You can check the current conditions on Mt. Kanin on webcams. The tour is long and overcomes a great altitude difference, which is why you should bring a sufficient amount of food and drinks.

Start

Station B of the Kanin cableway (935 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.343288, 13.507225
DMS
46°20'35.8"N 13°30'26.0"E
UTM
33T 385128 5133273
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Destination

Mountain pass beneath Mt. Prestreljenik (2,284 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

If the road was cleared of snow, start the tour at the parking lot of Station B of the Kanin cableway. Otherwise, start the tour sooner. Continue along the road from Station B of the Kanin cableway. When you arrive to the junction, turn to the right towards the Krnica Mountain pasture (the road to the left leads to Station C of the Kanin cableway). When you reach the mountain pasture, turn uphill to the left and continue through the thin forest to the beginning of the lovely Krnica Mountain valley. Ascend along the valley to the Prevala Mountain pass and continue left towards the mountain pass beneath Mt. Prestreljenik. You will reach your destination when you arrive to the highest point of the mountain pass. You should ski down the same route you came from.

Note


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Public transport

There is no public transportation available to the starting point.

Getting there

In the town of Bovec, turn left towards the Kaninska vas apartment village. From here, follow the road which soon turns into a gravel road all the way to Station B of the Kanin cableway. You can also reach the starting point by taking the cableway from Station A or by bicycle.

Parking

Parking lot is available at Station B of the Kanin cableway

Coordinates

DD
46.343288, 13.507225
DMS
46°20'35.8"N 13°30'26.0"E
UTM
33T 385128 5133273
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
14.4 km
Duration
4:15 h
Ascent
1,420 m
Descent
1,420 m
Out and back Scenic Insider tip High-altitude ski tour suitable for snowboards Forest roads Clear area Forest

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