Mala Mojstovka was our initial objective and it came as a bit of a shock, especially to those used to cruisy skinning in the ultra-light powder of Japan. Here it was hard, icy and steep straight from the car; some wondered what they had let themselves in for. Mala M is a magnificent ski peak with extraordinary views and great run down, albeit on character building snow. The tone was set for the rest of the visit.
The ladies of the Pri Martinu looked after us handsomely and with an ever present smile. Fortified by portions of schnitzel the size of small wheels, dumplings, and mountains of apple strudel we had to ensure a minimum of 1000m per day. Thankfully this was achieved.
The Julian Alps of Slovenia are steep and one understands why the hardest route on many of the world’s big mountains is ‘The Slovenian Route’. The ski touring terrain lies between impressive peaks and is also steep, requiring good conditions and technique to be enjoyed safely. We were lucky in having those conditions and the weather to enjoy them.