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.
Safety informationSkiing 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 hintsThe ski tour Pod Kriško steno is also suitable for beginners if accompanied with an experienced guide.
Getting thereFrom 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.
ParkingPark along the road below the third switchback.
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Basic Equipment for Ski Touring
- Ski Helmet
- 2 pairs of Gloves: lightweight, breathable and windproof for going uphill, regular ski gloves for downhill
- 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
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Ski Touring
- Ski touring boots
- Ski touring bindings to fit boots
- Ski touring skins to fit 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.