Trails eXtreme

Trails eXtreme

The extreme always makes an impression

Trails eXtreme


1994 is a new trail with a very prestigious pedigree – Slovenian cross-country cycling competitors raced along a very similar route back in 1994, hence the name. The trail has been completely renovated and adapted to the needs of so-called “all-mountain” bikers.

The trail offers two ascents and descents and connects the beginning of the Drčev rut Trail Park with the already established Kinder Surprise trail. Signs lead bikers to the trail from the crossroads at Jasna Lake, where the trail climbs uphill before a short but fun descent to the Drčev rut clearing. This is followed by a second ascent and an easy ride to the next descent, which provides a fun ride to a chute climbing toward a dirt road. The road then ascends to the last descent called Kinder Surprise.


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Kinder Surprise

Official MTB trail. Kindersurprise is the perfect name for this trail, it has it all (single trail, jumps, berms…) Whole circle is 10 km long and it would take about 90min to go around / the ascent is long 1,5 km.

At the top, the trail is more about a natural single-flow trail with some nice jumps and berms. After that terrain becomes steeper and more difficult. The trail is still half of a meter wide and flowy with two steep berms. After this steep part, the trail becomes flatter and more like in bike parks, with big berms and jump lines (small jumps and bigger table jumps and one step up). It is possible to roll over all jumps if you don’t want to jump them. After this section obstacles become smaller berms and waves. After the trail, you will need to cross a small creek and then you start descending on a gravel road. Later on, this gravel road crosses the asphalt bike lane. To return to Kranjska Gora you must go left and follow the bike lane.


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Robe Twist

This is the first official mountain cycling trail that provides maximum enjoyment for the entire spectrum of mountain bikers. The climb itself is something special, as it constantly rewards us with the view of the Julian Alps. From the beginning, the trail takes us through the picturesque Stan valley, past Podkoren, and towards the Wurzen Pass. A little before that, turn right onto a forest road that leads us to a gentle incline on the south side of the western part of the Karavanke ridge. The time spent cycling passes quickly, thanks to the beautiful view of the Julian Alps opening behind Brvoge, where a television tower stands. Keep crossing the slope, corroded by gorges, and observe the grassy strips of the Kranjska Gora ski slopes climbing towards the peak of Mt Vitranc. Just before we reach the Jurež pasture, we take a left turn, which is only 10 minutes away from the start of the descent. The descent is simply pleasurable and enjoyable for experienced bikers as well as those who still find such routes challenging. As the name RobeTwist suggests, you will twist, lean, and bend along the path, slowly descending towards the pastures in Robe. On the entrance and the route itself, there are informative boards laying out the rules of conduct, and warning signs that will help you on your first descent. The trail ends at the Srnjak restaurant in Galerše, where you can enjoy some refreshments and share your experience with friends. The way back to Kranjska Gora follows a macadam road


Ski Touring

Ski Touring


Ski Touring

Lake Jasna
Lake Jasna
Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Ski touring is becoming increasingly popular in Slovenia. There is always plenty of snow in the high mountain range, even when the ski slopes are short of it, and the ski season can be delayed almost until summer, depending on winter snow conditions. Skiing on untouched snow-covered slopes and ungroomed terrain is a special experience, but it requires a lot of skiing and mountaineering skills. If you are a mountain lover and you love skiing, ski touring is one of the most unforgettable experiences. You simply have to experience it.

The Vršič mountain pass is an extremely popular base for ski touring, as it offers easy access directly to many of the Julian Alps’ two-thousand-meter peaks.

Are you an adrenaline enthusiast?

Skiing on ungroomed but natural slopes is a combination of alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, and hiking. If you love peace and untouched nature, then perhaps ski touring is just what you need! If you want to go to the mountains in winter, you will definitely need all the necessary equipment for winter mountaineering and specially adapted ski equipment for the descent itself. Skis need to be light and have special flexible fittings for going uphill. They shall also be equipped with a special notch for attaching the skins to prevent slipping. Boots shall be light and flexible with a non-slip sole and a rough profile. You will also need telescopic poles, a helmet, first aid, and a set of avalanche protection equipment. It is particularly advisable to wear a locator beacon when ski touring in case you are caught in an avalanche.

What is the charm of ski touring?

The peace, the connection with nature, and the feeling of unlimited freedom!

Ski touring is characterized by climbing a hill without a lift, unmarked slopes, experienced skiers, and untouched snow. It must be approached with great care, with responsibility for safety, and, above all, with the right equipment. The weather forecast and the level of avalanche risk are also important factors in deciding when and where to go on a ski tour. Special uphill skis can also help you get up the hill, but where this is not possible you will need to rely on snowshoes or crampons, an ice axe, and other mountaineering equipment. Both ascending and descending, you need to be constantly on the lookout for snow-covered caves and crevasses and be alert for avalanches, which can be fatal. The best time to go ski touring is in winter or spring, depending on snow conditions and air temperature.

On more difficult terrain it is best to ski with a certified and experienced guide, especially on unfamiliar terrain. Mountain guides have expert knowledge of the terrain and weather conditions, but a good guide will also help you improve your skills on icy terrain and achieve a higher level of ski touring knowledge.

A list of compulsory equipment that you can borrow in Kranjska Gora:

  • Ski touring skis
  • Ski bindings
  • Ski boots
  • Locator beacon
  • Probe
  • Shovel
  • Airbag for avalanches
  • Climbing skins
  • Ski goggles
  • Ski crampons

There are many opportunities for unforgettable wild skiing in the Zgornjesavska Valley. There are countless trails for beginners and steep slopes for experienced skiers who want to try the most extreme ridges in the Julian Alps. The most popular ski touring trails lead from Mojstrovka, the Kot mountain pass, the ridge behind Cmiro, and Dovska Baba. Skiing from below the Kriška Wall and from Kredarica to Krma is also fun.

V Zgornjesavski dolini priložnosti za nepozabno divjo smuko ne manjka. Poti je nešteto tako, za začetnike kot strmih za izkušene smučarje, ki so željni preizkusiti najbolj ekstremne grebene v Julijskih Alpah. Najbolj priljubljene turno smučarske poti vodijo iz Mojstrovke, Kotovega sedla, grebena za Cmirom in Dovške Babe. Zabavna je tudi smuka izpod Kriške stene in s Kredarice v Krmo.



Krnica Valley and Zatrep Krnice (1,920 m)

One of the most beautiful ski touring tours runs along the Krnica Valley to Zatrep Krnice (below the Krnica Wall – 1,920 m) in the shadow of the spectacular peaks of Prisank, Škrlatica, Križ, and Razor. The starting point of the tour is easily accessible as it starts just above Jasna lake, where you can also park. Just before the bridge over the Pišnica river, turn right into the Krnica valley and follow a fairly gentle path that continues along the river all the way to the Krnica lodge. If you are a beginner or you are going with younger children, the tour, of course, if you finish at the Krnica lodge, is really the ideal option for you. The trail is sloping and well-trodden, except of course right after a snowfall. The hut is open on weekends in winter, but you can also walk or sledge your way to the lodge.

From the lodge, continue along the valley on the forest path and follow the signs for Križ all the way to the forest boundary – when the forest turns to heath. Here the path becomes steeper and ends just below the Kriška wall. The area itself is avalanche-prone and is known for its numerous landslides, so be extremely careful. If avalanche warnings have been issued, finish the route at the Krnica lodge. Return to the valley in the direction of the ascent.

Vršič mountain pass (1,611 m)

Vršič is a mountain pass that provides direct access to the Julian high mountain range, making it a popular starting point for ski touring from the surrounding peaks. You can drive to the 1,611 m summit, where numerous two-thousand-meter mountains are practically in the palm of your hand. In winter, when there is a lot of snow, the road is often only partially plowed, so you have to park that much lower and walk to the top of the pass. If there is a lot of snow, the road is only cleared as far as the turn-off to the Krnice valley, just above Lake Jasna.

Vršič is known for its avalanche danger, so in winter, before you set off, be sure to check the weather forecast and the avalanche danger level.

When there is a large amount of snow and the road is not cleared, you can take a tour to the pass directly from Kranjska Gora along the road itself and the many road cuts that intersect the Vršič serpentine. If the path is already trodden, the tour itself is not difficult, but it is quite lengthy. You can stop at Miha’s home or the Lodge on the Forest, which are also open in winter, and of course at the top of the pass itself, at Tičar’s home, Erjavec’s lodge, or the Postman’s home.

From Vršič to Mala (2,333 m) or Velika Mojstrovka (2,366 m)

Mala Mojstrovka

Skiing from Mala Mojstrovka is one of the most popular ski touring destinations in Slovenia. The view from the top, which is located at 2,333 m above sea level, is fantastic on all sides and repays all the effort put into the climb. The starting point of the tour is at the top of the pass at an altitude of 1,611 m (provided, of course, that the road is clear and passable). The ascent begins to the west, along a steep avalanche scree slope towards the mountain saddle of Vratca (the mountain saddle between the two Mojstrovkas), where you turn right and continue along a ridge that you must follow all the way to the top.

The route is steep but not too difficult. Basic winter mountaineering skills, an ice axe, and good quality ice skis are a must as the path along the ridge, especially in the exposed narrow part, is often icy and dangerous for slipping. Caution should not be overlooked.

The descent follows the direction of ascent, but extreme caution is required in the narrow part of the ridge above the Vratca mountain pass. The descent ends on the avalanche scree ‘Plaz’, after which you ski back to Vršič.

Velika Mojstrovka and Župančič’s gorge

Velika Mojstrovka is less visited, probably because it requires a little more effort to climb. It is also slightly higher than its smaller cousin, Mala Mojstrovka, as the summit is located at 2,366 m above sea level, but it offers even better views of all the major Slovenian two-thousand-meter mountain peaks in the Julian Alps. There are several routes leading to the summit.

The ascent up the Župančič gorge requires a bit more mountaineering skills and, just like the ascent up the Mala Mojstrovka, it starts at Vršič and follows the scree in the direction of the Vratca mountain pass, where you turn straight towards the rocks and later right into the Župančič gorge, where you continue all the way to the ridge of the Mala Mojstrovka. Above the first protected section, we turn off towards the basin between the two Mojstrovkas. In a slight ascent, cross the slope below the Velika Mojstrovka wall, continue to the right, and climb to the left of the rock jump to the summit.

Descend southeast, keeping to the left, to reach a small valley descending from Mala Mojstrovka and leading back to the Vratca mountain pass. The descent also ends on the avalanche scree ‘Plaz’, where you slide back to the Vršič Pass.

Tamar Valley and Kot mountain pass (2,300 m)

Tamar Valley

If you are a beginner or have a family with younger children, the Tamar trail can be one of the best experiences of your holiday.

You don’t need any mountaineering equipment other than ski crampons to get through the valley to the lodge in Tamar. Park at the Planica Nordic Centre and set off on foot, sleds, or ski touring skis along the Tamar Valley towards the Tamar lodge. The trail is moderately steep but well-trodden and fortified with snowmobiles as it is an extremely popular tourist destination. The valley is surrounded by the Ponce mountain range, which offers fascinating views and is well worth the effort. If you want to avoid the crowds, which are quite heavy, especially at weekends, we recommend that you set off in the evening, under a full moon, with headlamps. Dress appropriately due to the low temperatures in the valley. The risk of avalanches is extremely low up to the lodge in Tamar.

The Tamar lodge is open throughout the week in winter. We recommend you try their homemade dishes or refresh yourself with some excellent mulled wine. This is definitely a must-stop or destination on your itinerary.

Kot saddle

Kot saddle is a ridge connecting the Jalovec and Mangart mountains. Due to the extremely unstable and avalanche-prone slope, the time to go ski touring from Kot mountain pass is usually in spring, and in more stable conditions also in February and March. The tour starts behind the lodge in Tamar, where you will pass under the walls of Travnik and Šit. The valley we climb becomes steeper and narrower until we arrive just below the magnificent Jalovec mountain, where we turn onto the vast slopes on the eastern side with a great view of the Loška Koritnica alpine valley. Continue along the ridge until the point where it is no longer possible to continue on skis. This is also the final destination of the tour.

The descent from the Kot mountain pass is in the direction of the ascent. Due to the excellent views and the good altitude difference, it is one of the best and most beautiful ski tours in this part of the Julian Alps.


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Ski Jumping

Ski Jumping


Ski Jumping

Lake Jasna
Hill Record: 252 m
2 Youth ski-jumps
Nordic center
1 Flying hill
3 Junior ski-jumps
Must see
2 Giant ski-jumps
Planica museum
950 m of elevation
Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

The legendary winter sport of the Slovenian “Eagles” has its roots in Planica – in the world-famous valley below Ponce Mountains! The place has gained a reputation for its exceptionally well-run major sporting events and competitions, with an ever-growing number of fans and spectators from all over the world. The traditional Planica Summer Festival is a sport that all Slovenians are passionate about, with 20,000 to 40,000 spectators gathering in Planica over the course of three days.

The ski jumping hills in Planica are considered the pride of all Slovenians, while the competitions are almost a national holiday. National pride is understandable as Slovenians, as a relatively small nation (approx. 2 million), have become a world superpower in ski jumping and flying.


The history of ski jumping in Slovenia dates back to 1921 when the first Slovenian ski jumping hill was built in Bohinj, where Jože Pogačar set the first Slovenian and at the same time Yugoslav national record with 9 meters.

The Bloudek Giant, which for 16 years was considered the largest in the world, was built in 1934. In 1936, it became the first place where a man jumped more than 100 meters in history. The record was set on 15 March 1936 by 18-year-old Austrian Sepp Bradl, who landed at 101.5 meters and became world famous for his record-breaking jump. Over the years, 13 world records have been set on the hill.

The largest flying hill, the ‘Flying Hill of Gorišek brothers’, was completed in 1969 to the designs of brothers Lado and Janez Goriška. This hill also opened up new dimensions for the jumpers, who set 28 world records, including the first-ever flight over 200 m. The record was set on 17 March 1994 by Toni Nieminen, who became the first man in history to fly over the magic 200 meters mark. Planica thus became the cradle of a new Nordic discipline called ‘Ski Flying’.

A new milestone was also set in 2014 when Planica hosted the first-ever women’s World Cup competition.

Ski Jumping and Ski Flying are held every year. So far, only the competition during the COVID-19 epidemic has been canceled, as the World Championships were moved by 9 months from March to December 2020 and held without spectators. As a point of interest, Planica is also the venue for the last World Cup ski jumping and ski flying competition each year.


The sport of ski jumping in Planica has developed with the renovation and construction of the modern Nordic Centre. With the exception of the Flying hill of Gorišek brothers, the rest of the flying hills are covered with plastic, allowing events and training all year round. In addition to the ski jumping hills, the infrastructure for cross-country skiing has been improved, and as an attraction, a zip line with a giant hill, a wind tunnel for simulated free-fall, an underground snow-covered hall for cross-country skiing, the Alpine Museum, and a disc golf park have been built.

List of ski jumps:

  • Junior ski jumping hill (HS 15, 30 and 45 meters)
  • Youth ski jumping hill (HS 61 and 80 meters)
  • Bloudek Giant (HS 104 and 139 meters)
  • Flying hill of Gorisek brothers (HS 225 meters)



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