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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Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing


Cross Country Skiing

Lake Jasna
Lake Jasna
Planica Nordic center
Indoor hall / 800 m
40 km of trails
800 m - 1100 m altitude
Daily maintained
Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

The fairytale winter landscape around Kranjska Gora is the perfect terrain for recreation and enjoying the outdoors, with around 40 km of well-maintained cross-country ski trails running from the Martuljek Forest to Planica and Tamar. The trails have several levels of difficulty and are suitable for beginners, families and the more experienced. If you are going to get on cross-country skis for the first time, we recommend that you follow the cross-country ski courses offered by the local ski schools. Equipment is also available for rent at the many ski rent shops in the area.

In Planica, you can ride through the world-famous cross-country skiing events that take place every year in the beautiful valley below Ponce Mountains. The events are renowned for their good organization and a large number of visitors, which was instrumental in winning the Nordic World Ski Championships in 2023. The Championships have made history as one of the biggest sporting events in the whole of Slovenia.

Nordic skiing in Planica has been developing continuously since the beginning of the last century, culminating in the complete renovation of all ski jumps and the construction of a modern Nordic Centre, which Planica really deserves. The sport is also the lifeblood of the locals and of the nearby village of Rateče, where tourism has recently been strongly developing.

Cross-country skiing is becoming increasingly popular

In recent years – it has become a leading discipline alongside ski flying, as more and more attention has been focused on building new cross-country skiing trails and maintaining the quality of the existing ones, as the unspoiled nature and the backdrop of the mighty mountains of the Julian Alps – Ponce Mountains – have led to a huge increase in the number of visitors every year. Efforts have also been made to ensure an adequate number of car parks, which are a growing problem due to the high number of visitors.

Suitable for beginners and professionals alike the slopes from Kranjska Gora past Podkorn to Rateče are mostly sloping and run along a cycle path just below the ski slopes. There are a few short breaks due to the crossing of roads and ski slopes, and from Rateče to Planica it runs through forests, meadows, and forest glades in the back part. From Planica onwards, there are groomed trails all the way to the end of the picturesque Tamar valley (from Rateče to the Tamar lodge, the trail is about 7 km long and is a bit more challenging due to the 260 m ascent). In Planica itself, there are over 25 km of groomed cross-country skiing trails at an altitude of between 800 and 1,100 meters.

If there is enough natural snow, there are also trails in the Gozd Martuljek, Mojstrana, and Zgornja Radovna. You can also go for a recreational run in the evening, as there is a circular track behind the Hotel Kompas, which is illuminated with floodlights. The Planica Nordic Centre also has an underground hall with artificial snow on which cross-country skiing is possible even in summer.

Scheme of the cross-country skiing trails

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For winter sports fans

Skiing in Kranjska Gora

18 Ski slopes
13 Drag lifts
6 Chairlifts
20.000 skiers per hour
Snowboard park
40 km crosscountry ski trails
Night skiing
1.636 m highest point
813 m lovest point
Take advantage of the Reset Apartments ski-to-door access!
The ski terrains are literally on your doorstep.

Ideal for families with children!

Kranjska Gora is a famous ski center with an extremely long history. It lies on the outskirts of the Triglav National Park, with wonderful views of the Upper Sava Valley and beautiful mountain peaks of the Julian Alps and Karavanke mountain range. The place is easily accessible by car from practically all sides and is known as one of the best family ski resorts in this part of Europe due to its extraordinary location right next to the ski slopes and its position near the Austria and Italy border (triple border). Unlike other ski resorts, you don’t need a long drive with a gondola to access the ski terrains. The ski resort is only a few minutes walk from the center of the village, so you will always have everything at hand, from your accommodation, shops, swimming pools, ice rinks, wellness centers to countless inns and restaurants.

The ski season in Kranjska Gora usually lasts from mid-December until mid-March. Skiing and related activities are the lifeblood of the whole town, as Kranjska Gora offers plenty of fun and everything you’ll need on your winter break. The ski resort itself is home to the headquarters of renowned ski schools, and you can rent quality skis and equipment from one of the many ski rental shops located practically on the ski resort itself.

Ski terrain

The ski area is between 813 and 1600 m above sea level and is almost entirely covered by artificial snow, so the pistes are always fresh and well-groomed. In total, there are more than 30 km of pistes. The terrain is suitable for all levels of skiers, with only 2.5 km of pistes marked as “difficult pistes” – mostly competition pistes in Podkoren for professional skiers.

So whether you’re a beginner, recreational skier, or snowboarder, you will find something for yourself amongst the many terrains. If you’d like to take on more challenging slopes, head to the Podkoren side, which has been hosting the Alpine Ski World Championships for more than 50 years. In 2023, a new double chairlift, Vitranc 2, is under construction, which will take you to more than 1,600 m above sea level, but be warned, the terrain from the top of Vitranc is extremely steep and requires more skiing skills.

The capacity of the lifts is large and the slopes are very wide, so the crowds on the slopes themselves are not too bad. The biggest crowds are usually at the snow beach, where most people hang out, a little less on the Vitranc 1 chairlift, and the least crowded are usually on the Podkoren side, except for Velika Dolina, where the terrain is much more challenging. All in all, there are 4 four-seater lifts, two-seater lifts, and 13 different lifts in operation, with a total capacity of around 20,000 skiers per hour.

The ski slopes end with the ski terrain in the Velika Dolina (Podkoren), which extends almost to Rateče. Here you will find sunnier and, above all, more gentle slopes, which are extremely suitable for children and beginners. The ski slopes are well connected, so you should take your time and explore the whole ski area.

For beginners

If you are a beginner, we strongly recommend you take one of the ski courses offered by the many ski schools in the area. We particularly recommend these courses for children who are new to skiing, as the first steps are very important. It is necessary to overcome fear and, of course, to learn the correct technique, which is much easier when you are with your peers and under the supervision of professional teachers. For those who would like to improve their existing skills, we recommend individual ski lessons.

Families with younger children

We recommend families with younger children to go to Velika Dolina – at the end of the Podkoren part of the ski resort, where you will find the most gentle slopes and lifts that are most suitable for children and skiers whose skiing skills are not yet suited to the steeper slopes. The terrain at this end of the ski area also enjoys long periods of sunshine and is usually less crowded than in Kranjska Gora.

Snow beach

At the foot of the ski slope in Kranjska Gora is the so-called snow beach, which is the venue for many events and activities. The gastronomic offer is varied, as most of the cafeterias and restaurants are located here and will make sure you don’t go hungry or thirsty. Buffet lunches, home-cooked meals, snacks, grills, fast food, desserts, or various snacks are always available, and you can also warm up with a hot cup of tea or mulled wine.

The snow beach is particularly attractive for children, who will find numerous playgrounds, baby ski lifts for the little ones, and a number of fun events and activities for them to join in. There is also a “snow” kindergarten, where they will take care of them so that you can enjoy a carefree ride on the snowy slopes of Kranjska Gora.

Night skiing

The view of Kranjska Gora from the top of the ski slope is spectacular at night, as almost the entire part of the ski slope above the winter beach is well-lit, which allows for quality skiing as the crowds are much smaller at night and the ski terrain is always fresh and newly groomed before night skiing. The Dolenčev Rut and Kekec chairlifts, as well as the Mojca 2 lift, are illuminated, as are the sledding track and the cross-country skiing track, which are located in the immediate vicinity. Depending on the number of skiers, the chairlifts operate alternately or both together.



Temperatures are usually much lower at night, so dress accordingly for night skiing.

Snowboard park

Freestyle skiing and snowboarding are becoming increasingly popular around the world, especially with younger people. The Snowboard Park is located on the left side of the Kekec chairlift and offers plenty of fun for all those who like to get into mischief in the snow – just make sure you’re properly equipped and protected…


Sledding is a favorite with the youngest children. There is a groomed sledding track next to the Kekec chairlift, but you can also go sledding in Gozd Martuljek, where, by prior arrangement, they offer night sledding on a 5-kilometer track, which is not difficult and is suitable for families. Snow banks are provided for safety and torches are lit to indicate where to slow down.

Night sledding on the Tamar trail is also extremely popular, especially at night when the full moon lights up the trail. If you’re up for an adventure, snowshoes and a good head torch are almost essential. The descent from Tamar is also suitable for families with younger children, provided the snow conditions are suitable. If the trail is too icy, we advise against sledding from the Tamar.

Vitranc World Cup

The Vitranc Cup is an annual alpine skiing competition for men in Kranjska Gora for the FIS Ski Cup, held on the so-called Vitranc slope or ‘Poligon’ in Podkoren. The Vitranc Cup is one of the so-called classic, traditional events, which is held every year in the World Cup competition at the peak of the ski season. The competition has been held since 1961, is a two-day event, and features two disciplines, first the slalom on Saturday and then the giant slalom on Sunday.

Since 2023, however, the Women’s Ski World Cup has permanently moved to Kranjska Gora from Pohorje, mainly due to the annual lack of snow, under the name of the “Zlata lisica “ (Golden Fox Race).

Other activities

Kranjska Gora caters to all non-skiers, with many other activities on offer. If you prefer ice skating to ski, you will find a small ice-skating rink in the center, and in very cold winters you can skate on the Jasna lake or on the frozen swamp in Rateče.

You can also go cross-country skiing on the well-maintained cross-country ski trails, or simply enjoy a relaxing walk to Lake Jasna, the Krnica lodge, and the Tamar lodge, or pamper yourself in the numerous wellness centers, saunas, or swimming pools.

For kids and adults

Ski Schools in Kranjska Gora

Many children make their first turns on their skis right here in Kranjska Gora. Many renowned ski schools have their headquarters here and they provide quality care for future ski champions – both adults and children. You can also hire a personal trainer who will make sure that you can carelessly ski down the slopes in the shortest possible time.


No excuse for staying at home

Ski Equipment Rental

Buy or rent? There are a multitude of factors to consider: How much will it cost? Does my skill level matter? Will I be able to rent equipment in good condition? Is the cost of getting my own setup worth it? Renting is often best for beginners, people who don’t ski often, those who are still testing the waters, or who are on the fence about investing in the sport. In recent years, the quality of ski equipment for rent has increased greatly, so we definitely recommend it.


Let’s go shopping

Winter Gear and Clothing shops

Long gone are the days when resorts were just somewhere to hit the slopes. Who cares about skiing when there are a ton of Mountain boutiques and shops full of the latest trends. Whether you’re a non-skier accompanying your family on a winter sports holiday or just a skier who likes to shop a bit in their free time, choosing a ski resort with attractive shopping options can make your ski holiday even better.


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