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Mt. Turn pod Razorjem (2348 m) – a skiing pearl in the Mlinarica Valley

Ski Touring · Julian Alps
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  • On the shady side along the riverbed of the Mlinarica Stream
    / On the shady side along the riverbed of the Mlinarica Stream
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Towards the Griva Mountain rib
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Between Mt. Prisojnik and Mt. Razor
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Towards Mt. Turn pod Razorjem
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Less than an hour to Mt. Turn pod Razorjem
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / It is better to continue on foot due to the inclination of the slope
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / This always shady slope offers excellent skiing
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / When you are left speechless
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Pleasurable skiing
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Towards the last third of the slope
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / You could enjoy like this forever
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Through the forest back to the starting point
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
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The area between Mt. Razor and Mt. Prisojnik (Prisank) hides a valley named after the Mlinarica Stream which carved a wonderful gorge in the lower part of the valley, whilst the upper part of this valley offers some of the best ski touring conditions in the Soča Valley.
difficult
Distance 7.2 km
2:30 h
1,043 m
1,043 m
2,086 m
1,092 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. You will hike on soft leaves 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 where you are greeted by the sun. Not for long though. The sun actually never reaches the last section of the trail to Mt. Turn. After you overcome 300 metres of altitude difference you arrive to a ledge which is spacious enough for you to comfortably settle down and wait for the beautiful sight. If you want to enjoy in really exceptional views you have to leave your skis behind and ascend to the ridge on the left side of the ledge.

You should ski down the same trail you came from. Because of the high altitude you can choose your own direction of skiing. In good snow conditions you can ski down the snow tongues almost to the point beneath the roadmen house.

Author’s recommendation

Skiing in the Mlinarica Valley is most comfortable around 11:00 during the spring months when the sun comes from behind Mt. Razor and softens the snow surface.
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Ksenija Vogrinc
Update: May 18, 2021
Difficulty
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Highest point
2,086 m
Lowest point
1,092 m
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Safety information

It is unsafe 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 and hints

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. You should adapt the course to your abilities.

Start

Roadmen house (1080 m) along the road to the Vršič Mountain pass (1,092 m)
Coordinates:
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46.407455, 13.754619
DMS
46°24'26.8"N 13°45'16.6"E
UTM
33T 404277 5140073
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Destination

Mt. Turn pod Razorjem (2348 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, continue 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 here and ascend along the wide slopes beneath Mt. Razor. Keep close to the access trail. On the Griva Mountain pass, at an altitude of approx. 2000 m, turn uphill to the right towards the distinctive peak of Mt. Turn pod Razorjem. If the slope is hardened, put on your crampons and continue on foot because this will certainly make the ascent more comfortable. You have to overcome 300 metres of altitude difference to reach the ledge.

You should ski down the same trail you came from or choose between the left and the right side of the approach, depending on the situation. If the snow tongues are long you can ski quite far and almost reach the starting point.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

There is no public transportation available.

Getting there

Drive from the town of Bovec to the Vršič Mountain pass. At an altitude of 1080 m you will notice a decaying roadmen house on the right side of the road where you can park.

If you come from the town of Kranjska Gora or the Vršič Mountain pass, descend towards the village of Trenta.

Parking

The parking lot is very small. There is enough space for three cars next to the roadmen house. You can park vehicles with high chassis at the small area at a bend opposite to the starting point.

Coordinates

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46.407455, 13.754619
DMS
46°24'26.8"N 13°45'16.6"E
UTM
33T 404277 5140073
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Complete winter equipment.

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
  • Kit para bolhas
  • 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
difficult
Distance
7.2 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
1,043 m
Descent
1,043 m
Highest point
2,086 m
Lowest point
1,092 m
Out and back Scenic Refreshment stops available Insider tip
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Morning
1600 m 1800 m
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