from snowboarding, panoramic climbing to frozen waterfalls – Exploring Slovenia

With the winter faculty break in sight and two children in tow bursting with vitality, it was excessive time to plan an honest household trip. We had virtually tried all ski resorts in Slovenia already and a few throughout the border in Italy and Austria as properly, however nothing actually appealed. Not with school-break crowds there anyway. Then it dawned on me. The Soča Valley, the lengthy valley of the emerald inexperienced Soča River in northwestern Slovenia with a high-mountain ski resort and numerous climbing trails, could be a tiny bit too celebrated in summer time, however is very neglected in winter! No crowds, simply lounging in perfection of the excessive mountains and expansive panoramas, climbing on empty sunny trails and exploring quite a few frozen waterfalls on this spectacular and secluded valley. 

Sounds idyllic, proper?!

I booked an condominium in Bovec, which might place us strategically for our deliberate winter enjoyable: 2 minutes away from the cable automobile to the Kanin Ski Resort, 5 minutes from two stunning and simple panoramic hikes, 13 minutes from the Nice Soča Gorge, and 13 minutes from the Loška Koritnica Valley, a valley of 100 waterfalls. Positive, Bovec doesn’t supply any spa resorts or every other means for idle pampering to be precise, however, truthfully, we weren’t even searching for that. Being surrounded with a lot magnificence and out of doors choices was sufficient for my household. 

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 Because the solar sparkles over the emerald inexperienced Soča River, which winds from its supply at 990 meters above Trenta all the best way to the Adriatic Sea at Italy’s Trieste, the encircling hills and mountains name for an journey. There are limitless choices within the Soča Valley and it will be incorrect to assume that one would solely go to it for the river. Whereas the Soča is actually spectacular and deserves our consideration, the Soča Valley is simply a lot extra; it’s interwoven with numerous climbing trails that convey us both excessive up into the Alpine world, or to hidden waterfalls, attractive lakes, mysterious stays of WWI, and even the highest-lying ski resort in Slovenia.

 Snowboarding in Kanin – Sella Nevea

Positioned at 2,300 meters, this joint Slovenian – Italian ski resort gives 30 km of finely groomed slopes of each problem. On the Slovenian aspect you’ll discover three sun-stroked slopes and a small meals courtroom which gives scorching canine, pizzas and desserts. All fairly fundamental but it surely offers that good house feeling, particularly if you end up sipping scorching tea and ploughing by way of little candy fried balls referred to as miške, whereas suntanning on a deckchair with stellar views of the snowy mountains. On the Italian aspect, you’ll discover extra slopes, which in most half are within the shade, however do take you all the best way right down to the valley from the place you possibly can take a fast gondola trip again up. Since Sella Nevea is at 1,200 m, you possibly can simply get a complete of 1,100 m of pure downhill pleasure. Each side of Kanin – Sella Nevea work hand in hand, so you will discover many suntanned Italians enjoyable within the sunny deckchairs on the Slovenian aspect, and lots of Slovenians driving the lengthy Italian slopes. I do need to admit that aside from the primary and final hour we additionally stored extra to the Italian aspect for the slopes, however at all times took a pleasant enjoyable break on the sunny deck. Good! 

Kanin – Sella Nevea is nice for household snowboarding too!
In the event you desire to go ski touring on groomed mountain slopes, Kanin – Sella Nevea does supply an ideal separate piste

Exploring Slovenia’s hottest guided treks:
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Soča Valley and the Alps
Triglav Lakes Trek
Krn Lake from the Soča Valley

Sundown hikes above Bovec

After lengthy hours snowboarding up within the Kanin mountains, the children sometimes launched themselves on a sofa as soon as again down in Bovec, however I as a substitute headed once more outdoors for one more brief solo journey. Both to simply stroll up the hillside above Bovec or drive a few kilometers for a hike on an empty gravel highway, at all times searching for a wonderful sundown spot above the Bovec Valley. 

The long-lasting Mt. Svinjak, additionally referred to as the Matterhorn of Bovec, on the left
The Bovec Valley and the encircling mountains for sundown

Mountaineering in Loška Koritnica Valley and to Fratarica Waterfalls

Surrounded by fifteen 2,000-meter peaks, amongst which the third highest 2,679-m Mt. Mangart and the sixth highest 2,645-m Mt. Jalovec, the picturesque Alpine valley Loška Koritnica can be referred to as a valley of 100 waterfalls. It received its title after many gorges (Slo. korito means a sink / basin) that the Koritnica River had carved on its strategy to the Soča River. 

The Loška Koritnica Valley

After an gratifying household hike within the serene sunlit amphitheater of the excessive mountains within the Loška Koritnica Valley, it was time to step over to the shaded aspect of the valley and delve into the fascinating world of frozen waterfalls and ice sculptures within the Fratarica Gorge. The gorge had been carved by the bustling Fratarica Stream, plunging down throughout the spectacular 5-km-wide and one-kilometer-high Loška Stena (Eng. Loška Wall) solely to type quite a few waterfalls starting from simply a few meters excessive to greater than 100 meters.

Looking for a method throughout the Koritnica River to begin exploring the Fratarica Waterfalls

Comfortably sufficient, the gorge started simply after crossing the Koritnica River in a small city of Log pod Mangartom, and we have been desirous to discover the frozen world of the Fratarica Gorge. The path led us from one waterfall to a different, revealing mind-blowing ice sculptures created by the mixture of the shaded place of this aspect of the mountains, the trickling water and ongoing freezing temperatures. It turned out, we have been extraordinarily fortunate to come back simply at peak time for the icy spectacle. 

The principle path up the forest to the Fratarica Falls was simple to stroll on and supplied (a bit distant) views of the frozen waterfalls from above, the paths to method them from up shut required a little bit of scrambling down icy and steep terrain
Curtains of lengthy icicles hanging from overhanging partitions on the Cathedral Waterfall

Take a look at extra waterfalls in Slovenia:
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Beautiful Krško: a land of hidden waterfalls, vineyards, connoisseur meals and wine
Better of: Bled’s must-go out of doors spots

The children simply beloved the Cathedral Fall!
The Parabola Waterfall plummets down a steep wall with the attractive view of the Loška Wall

Extra superb mountain hikes in Slovenia:
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Viewpoints of Lake Bled for an ideal postcard
Probably the most scenic tour to Triglav

A sunny path on the Stroll of Peace

The final day of our winter holidays within the Soča Valley referred to as for a straightforward household hike. The Čelo Outside Museum, whose trailhead is situated simply 5 minutes outdoors Bovec and its loop hike is an hour lengthy, promised a little bit of historical past, however principally heat sunshine and views of the Bovec Valley. The hike is definitely situated beneath Mt. Svinjak, an iconic pyramid-shaped mountain additionally referred to as the Matterhorn of Bovec, and is a part of the Stroll of Peace, which extends 500 km from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea and hyperlinks over 300 monuments alongside the historic websites of WWI.  

Overlooking the Bovec Valley the Čelo fort was constructed by the Austro-Hungarian military in 1914 for the needs of the Isonzo Entrance. It’s a 200-m lengthy trench with two positions for artillery, a kitchen, two residences, a watch tower, a shelter and embrasures
We have been greeted by this nosy and bossy goat on the Čelo Outside Museum and it turned out to be nice enjoyable for the children. After twenty minutes we did find yourself escaping the goat after she began to demand her share of sandwiches 😅

Nice Soča Gorge

Earlier than heading again house to the opposite aspect of the Julian Alps, our paths on this attractive valley introduced us to the divine Soča River and its Nice Soča Gorge. The emerald inexperienced swimming pools proceed right into a 750-m-long gorge, which is only some meters extensive and fifteen meters deep. It winds by way of a pristine forest that in spots reveals breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains we had skied down only a day in the past. The 2 worlds appear mild years aside, but so unbelievably shut – actually only a 13-minute drive and a gondola trip away.

The week within the Soča Valley handed at lightning velocity and right here I’m already planning the subsequent go to. The sheer number of routes on the market ready for us to lace up our boots, to not point out racing down freshly groomed slopes at Kanin, which, by the best way, can keep open till June! All there may be to say at this level – till subsequent time!

Our final cease in Kanal ob Soči, a cute little city with a bridge relationship again to the Roman instances

See mountain climbing concepts in Slovenia in spring:
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