Tour to Mt. Matajur is a safe option to choose when there is great danger of avalanches in high altitude mountains. It is an appropriate destination for morning or afternoon skiing and an excellent tour to a magnificent sightseeing hill.
Distance 7.4 km
Highest point1,650 m
Lowest point991 m
Park your vehicle above the village of Montemaggiore and follow the trail past the former pastures and the mountain hut of the Benečija Mountaineering Society to the chapel located on the highest point.
Ski along the friendly slopes on the other side of the mountain until you reach the Italian Pelizzo Mountain hut and continue along the road until you reach the village. If there is enough snow you can shorten the bends by taking shortcuts across the meadows.
Ski touring from Mt. Matajur is undemanding but always pleasant and fascinating in the weather is fine.
The author prefers afternoon ascents with the chance to enjoy in splendid views from the top and to wait for the sunset which provides just enough sunlight for a safe descend back to the vehicle.
Update: May 16, 2019
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There are no objective dangers along this trail and the chapel on the top of the mountain provides shelter. The biggest problem can be the occasionally icy road from the Pelizzo Mountain hut back to the village.
Tips and hints
Mt. Matajur is a ski touring destination appropriate also for ski touring beginners.
Park your car along the road above the village. Just above the first bend, a hiking trail turns uphill to the left and is usually already waded or includes ski tracks.
Continue across the hay-fields and through the forest to the first mountain pasture and along the open area and the sightseeing ridge past the mountain hut of the Benečija Mountaineering Society to the top of the mountain.
Ski down the wonderful and gradual slopes to the road which ends at the Pelizzo Mountain hut. Continue skiing along the road to the starting point. If the weather conditions are nice, skiing is even more enjoyable if you cut the bends and ski across the meadows.
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There is no public transportation available.
In the village of Idrsko, in the vicinity of the town of Kobarid, leave the regional road Kobarid – Tolmin. Continue across the mountain pass and through the village of Livek to the Italian side of the mountain. Behind the village of Čepletišče, turn towards the village of Montemaggiore.
Park your car along the road just above the village. The road continues to the Pelizzo Mountain hut, but you will usually come across a stop sign just above the village.