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Back-country skiing

Mt. Mali Razor (2191 m) – a little-known summit between Mt. Prisojnik and Mt. Razor

Back-country skiing · Julian Alps
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  • Roadmen house
    / Roadmen house
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Because of the hard surface it is faster and more comfortable to continue on foot
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / In the middle of the day the sun shines onto the slope beneath Mt. Mali Razor
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / On the mountain pass between Mt. Mali Razor and Mt. Prisojnik
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / View towards Mt Bavški Grintavec
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / View towards the Gorenjska Region - from Mt. Špik on the left to Mt. Škrlatica on the right
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Perfectly thawed slope
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Skiing towards the Griva Mountain rib
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Smučar in zadaj Jalovec
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Lower part of the valley
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / At the end of the snow tongue and crossing of the stream
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Along the hunting trail back to the starting point
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
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Regardless of your destination, the Mlinarica Valley is a wonderful valley beneath the mighty peaks which offers excellent ski touring conditions during the spring months. Its magnificence is a true delight for the soul and the body.
difficult
6.1 km
2:24 h
967 m
968 m
Behind the roadmen house (1080 m), located along the road to the Vršič Mountain pass, descend down the cart track and after approximately 50 m turn uphill to the left to a nicely routed hunting trail. Hike just above the riverbed of the Mlinarica Stream. During the spring months the trail is decorated with numerous Christmas-rose flowers. If the winter was generous with snow, you can soon find yourself in genuine winter conditions because you will have to wait until noon for the sun to shine into the valley. You hike more or less in the shade until you reach the Griva Mountain rib at the altitude of 2000 metres where you are greeted by the sun. Continue towards the well visible peak of Mt. Mali Razor which you will pass along the ledge at its foothills and continue to the mountain pass. Here, splendid views open towards Kranjska Gora, Mt. Špik and Mt. Škrlatica.

There is enough space at the mountain pass to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the view. Plan your descent in accordance with the conditions. If snow conditions are great, the slope between Mt. Prisojnik on the right and Mt. Razor on the left offers enough snow and several ski routes. The snow tongues sometimes allow you to ski almost back to the starting point.

Author’s recommendation

Until the end of March, the Mlinarica Valley is covered in shade most of the day which is why you should not hurry to make the ascent. In the middle of the day, you will enjoy the best spring skiing conditions.
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Ksenija Vogrinc
Updated: July 18, 2019

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Highest point
2063 m
Lowest point
1095 m
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Safety information

It is not safe to ski in this valley immediately after heavy snowfall because the slope becomes prone to avalanches.

The sun does not shine into the valley until the middle of the day which is why the surface of the snow is usually hard and slippery. We recommend you to make the ascent by using crampons and the ice-axe.

Tips, hints and links

You can choose the route of your ascent or descent according to your level of experience and quality of the surface because the inclination of the slope varies. Adapt the course to your abilities.

Start

Roadmen house along the road to the Vršič Mountain pass (1080 m) (1095 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.407562, 13.754856
DMS
46°24'27.2"N 13°45'17.5"E
UTM
33T 404296 5140085
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Destination

Mt. Mali Razor (2191 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Behind the roadmen house (1080 m), located along the road to the Vršič Mountain pass, descend down the cart track and after approximately 50 m take the hunting trail on your left which leads uphill through the forest. When you reach the junction, turn to the right. After approximately 30 minutes of walking you will reach the usually dry riverbed of the Mlinarica Stream. If snow conditions are good you can put on your skis already there and ascend along the wide slopes beneath Mt. Razor. Keep close to the access trail. When you reach the Griva Mountain rib at an elevation of approximately 2000 mwtres, turn straight uphill towards the well visible pyramid-shaped Mt. Mali Razor. If your destination is the mountain pass on the left side of the summit you should stop at the distinctive ledge at the foothills of the summit. Put on your crampons and take out your ice-axe because the slope to the mountain pass is very steep and it is more comfortable to make the ascent with skis on your rucksack. You can ski down the access trail or on the right side of the trail. During the spring months, the surface of the snow in the area on the left side beneath the wall of Mt. Razor is usually hard until the middle of the day because this side of the mountain lies in the shade. This area provides the best skiing conditions if you do not make your ascent too early.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

There is no public transportation available.

Getting there

From the town of Bovec, drive to the Vršič Mountain pass. At an altitude of 1080 m you can notice the decaying roadmen house on the right side of the road where you can park.

From the town of Kranjska Gora and the Vršič Mountain pass, descend towards the village of Trenta.

Parking

Small parking lot next to the roadmen house is big enough for three cars. If the road across the Vršič Mountain pass is closed you can also park along the road.

Coordinates

DD
46.407562, 13.754856
DMS
46°24'27.2"N 13°45'17.5"E
UTM
33T 404296 5140085
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
6.1 km
Duration
2:24h
Ascent
967 m
Descent
968 m
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