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Best time to go to the Julian Alps
There’s no snow this year in Ljubljana, it's just too warm. They used to get constant snow in the capital from January to April but not any more. The Julian Alps are a different setting. They’re at a higher altitude and people can still expect snow there in the winter.
The winter season in the Julian Alps runs from December to April and turns alpine villages like Kranjska Gora into ski resorts. As the snow melts in May you can expect to find the Soca River flowing with more force (grade II and III rapids), whilst high above the wild meadows of the Pokljuka Plateau become blanketed in spring daffodils, dandelions and purple flowering crocuses. June to September is the best time to go hiking or cycling in warmer temperatures, although Lake Bled, especially, can get busy in the summer holidays, so it’s best to avoid there in favour of lesser-visited Bohinj.
The Julian Alps, month by month
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More about Julian Alps
Slovenia is a small, compact country. However, armed with a copy of our Julian Alps holidays guide, a whole new world of walking, cycling or skiing awaits.
One of Europe’s oldest national parks, Mount Triglav, forms the centrepiece to Slovenia's Julian Alps and despite some tourists believing that Lake Bled is the be all and end all, we beg to differ.
As soon as the thaw kicks in, Slovenians kick on their walking shoes; ski resorts return to being alpine villages and guest house hosts get ready to welcome walkers with home cooked breakfasts and packed lunches for the trail.
Single gravel tracks and tarmac rural roads in Triglav National Park are well-maintained and well-signposted, which adds up to a whole lot of love in Slovenia for cycling in the Julian Alps.
Cross country skiers, snowshoe shufflers and eager tobogganists are exploring the snow-covered slopes around ski resorts like Vogel, whilst photographers are making the most of an uncrowded Lake Bled.
Take your tripod, macro lens and polarising filter on a photography tour in the Julian Alps and you’ll return with more snaps of lakeside reflections and snow-capped mountain peaks than you ever thought possible.