Jura Highlights Weekend
Following the success of our Grand Traverse of the Jura (GTJ) we have created a 'Jura Highlights' cross country ski weekend. Considered as one of the oldest winter sports, cross-country skiing continues to gain popularity.
We have based our weekends in Vallée de Joux, close to Geneva, to ensure it's easy to access and that we are on the doorstep of some of the region's highest cross country ski locations. The Jura's forested limestone plateau makes for perfect 'Nordic rolling' terrain. The different tracks in Vallée de Joux suit both beginners and experienced skiers. The region is very proud of both its traditions and sports and is steeped in history, geology and gastronomy. Making it the perfect weekend get away!
- Advance your ski skills with this long weekend
- Ski lakeside trails, on high passes & through deep forests
- Gorgeous views of Lake Geneva and the Alps
- 3*** Lakeside accommodation
- Enjoy tasty local cuisine
We have graded this trip as Introductory to Intermediate making it the perfect progression for those wanting to move on from our Italian Ski Weekends. This weekend will give you the opportunity to re-visit some of the basics, practice travelling techniques, downhill skills and progress to enjoy longer journeys. We aim to ski about 15km per day.
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Our base is in the Vallée de Joux, in the Jura mountains in the Swiss canton of Vaud. Surrounded by limestone cliffs, the region boasts one of the largest cross country ski domains in central Europe with some 220km's of ski trails situated between 1000-1400m above sea level. During our weekend we will visit a number of these different ski locations. Choose from the Cols of the Mollendraz and Marchairuz, numerous forest like the Grand Risoud or lakeside trails. Our multi-day Trans Jura Swiss ski route also passes near these locations so it's an ideal way on this holiday to find out what this longer trip would entail.
The Jura is well known for its traditions and crafts. Great food is high on the agenda - especially the cheese, wine and liqueurs! Farming traditions continue today and historically in the winter months farmers became craftsmen working in wood and leather. The Vallée de Joux is, along with Neuchatel, the birthplace of Swiss horology and it is still the home of the most famous Swiss watch factories.
Download here the ski trail map for the Vallée des Joux
Bespoke Jura Trips
This trip can also be organised as a bespoke holiday where the itinerary can be changed to suit the quantity of days, ski locations and distances to suit the requirements of your group. Please contact us if you've any questions.
Day 1 Meet in the Vallée de Joux
Your guide will meet you at your hotel in Le Brassus at 6.30pm to brief you on the days ahead and answer any questions.
Accommodation:Hotel le Lande
Day 2 La Thomassette - Lac de Joux
After organising our ski hire locally (where we will be renting fish scale skis), we start our weekend by finding our ski legs along the local trails starting the Lac de Joux to Brassus at 1021m. We plan to then tour through the forests of La Thomassette. The terrain is ideal for practising our travelling technique and revisiting skills such as downhill practice along whilst enjoying skiing some kilometres.
Day 3 Crest of the Jura
High up on a limestone plateau we have access to a variety of ski trails including a taster of the Trans Jura Swiss style trails. We plan to start on the plateau itself and head out onto the snow covered meadows below Mont Tendre, 1678m. We then head up higher through the woods to a superb 'point de vue'.
Day 4 Col du Marchairuz and View of the Alps
For our final ski day we will head up from the valley to the mountain pass known as the Col du Marchairuz which links Aubonne, close to Lac Léman with Le Brassus. The pass summit, altitude 1447m, is in the middle of the Parc Jurassien Vaudois. Here we find reliable conditions and a variety of ski trails which are always well tracked and groomed, we have many options to lengthen or shorten our day. We plan to have lunch out today and enjoy views from this fabulous vantage point across to Lac Geneva (Léman), the Savoyard Alps and Mont Blanc.
Departure can be arranged today, if you'd prefer.
Day 5 Departure
Today is departure day and the trip ends after breakfast.
Included: The price includes half board accommodation for 3 nights, and bed and breakfast on the last night, based on two people sharing in a 3* hotel, transport between ski venues and 3 days of instruction by a fully qualified Nordic Ski Instructor.
Not included: Insurance, flights and transfers, lunch and drinks, ski hire (approximately 55 CHF for the 3 days) and ski passes (approximately 24 CHF in total), any uplifts which may be used as an alternative in bad snow conditions. Dinner on the last night is not included.
Please note that you must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity. You must be covered for helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. With regard to this please be sure you have read the insurance section in our Terms and Conditions.
This trip requires a minimum of 4 clients to run. We take a maximum of 8 clients. We may run this trip on less numbers, but it will incur a price increase. We advise you to not make your travel arrangements until this trip is guaranteed to run.
Upon booking a full list of the necessary suitable clothing will be provided. For this trip you will need Swiss Francs.
If you would like to extend your trip we would be happy to help arrange extra nights accommodation for you. You may wish to enjoy exploring more nordic ski trails or perhaps some alpine skiing.
We run our Jura trips at a time of year when the snow is most reliable and the tracks are well maintained. However, in the event of poor snow conditions, we will offer an alternative Jura ski itinerary visiting the highest nordic ski areas offering the same quantity of kilometres per day.
Upon early booking we intend to use the charming 3 star Hotel le Lande. Close to the lakeside the Hotel le Lande is easy to reach by train and well located for both the skiing and après ski time too. The Hotel de la Lande*** is a former post relay built in the 19th century, then fully renovated in 2009 then autumn 2012. The hotel has a restaurant offering tasty local cuisine, afternoon tea and a bar. The hotel also has is well known for it's love of classic cars!
Hotel le Lande is also a member of the Valpass card, and available immediately upon your check in, this free pass grants you free transportation on the train Le Pont-Le Brassus, on the bus line Le Pont-Le Sentier, as well as on the boat Caprice II. Furthermore, you enjoy a 50% discount at the local cinema, at the espace horloger (watch) museum, the public swimming pool and ice skating hall situated at the sports centre.
Getting to La Vallée de Joux
The Jura is easily reached by road, rail or air. The easiest way to arrive to Vallée des Joux is by rail (from London 5.5hrs, Paris 3.5hrs and 2hrs from Geneva, the closest airport). The small tourist train climbs up from Lake Geneva to the valley and offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Lake and the Alps with Mont Blanc behind. Rail tickets includes municipal travel around Geneva if you have time to spare. Please refer to the Swiss Rail website to make connections and our Travel pages for low cost airlines and international rail & coach services.
For further details and a map on how to reach the resort please refer to the Vallee de Joux tourist office website.