Grand Traverse of the Jura
Grand Traverse of the Jura
Trans Jura Swiss
Grand Traverse of the Jura
Grand Traverse of the Jura
Grand Traverse of the Jura
Grand Traverse of the Jura

Ski Traverse of the Jura


Cross country skiing in France

The Jura mountains of France and Switzerland attract skiers from around the world due to it's offer varied terrain and point-to-point cross country skiing experience. Ski the best of the Swiss and French Jura on this linked 132km (81 miles) ski journey. An area rich in history and tradition, experience two long distance ski journeys sampling both the Grande Traversée du Jura (or GTJ) in France and Trans Jura Swiss.

Each day we aim to cover approximately 17-30km (10-18 miles) of skiing all on prepared classic ski tracks whilst carrying a small day pack. Each night we arrive at our hotel or gite to find our luggage waiting for us.

Highlights

  • Tracks and Trails have over 10 years of Jura experience
  • 6-day ski journey all on prepared ski tracks
  • Best of Swiss and French Jura skiing
  • Ski the Grande Traversée du Jura (or GTJ) race route
  • Stay in characterful hotel accommodation
  • Combine the best snow of the TJS & GTJ on this unique trip
  • Single rooms available
  • All luggage transported for you - you carry just a day pack!
  • Onward transfer included on departure day

Our route starts in the Canton Vaud in Switzerland and finishes at Giron in the Ain département of France crossing the Jura and the Haut-Jura regional nature reserves. The ski route with it's varied terrain and beautiful landscapes won't fail to impress you. The local people take immense pride in their local produce and culture - and this journey offers a taste of it all.

Sitting on the border of both France and Switzerland, the Jura, a limestone plateau, lies very close to Geneva. Steeped in history, geology and gastronomy it also has mountains that go on for miles, but unlike the jagged peaks of the Alps it's of the 'Nordic rolling' variety. Despite its popularity, it's not unusual to ski all day without seeing any other skiers.

Transjurassienne

The Jura's natural rolling terrain hosts France's longest cross country ski race - the Transjurassienne. In the summer nordic walking, roller skiing and Transju'trail race also feature on the events list.


Loved the Jura experience. Good snow considering the warm weather. Emma was very flexible as the guide, recognising skiing experience in the group,

Julia was 100% professional in everything she did and demonstrated exceptional competence, calmness and strength at all times. She was also extremely careful to treat each person as an individual and get alongside them to offer appropriate technical guidance, motivation and technical support She was the life and soul of the group at dinner – which also requires energy - whilst setting out the brief for the following day – more professionalism. THANK YOU for leading me through this trip.

The trip was great fun. Pascal was a great guide, and the rest of the group was very nice company. There was a big range of skiing abilities, but I think we all coped with it very well. Some really good days, and a few fabulous days!

Simply excellent! It was a great challenge and our guide was awesome! My most memorable moment was a lovely ski up to Les Petite Chapelle.

Itinerary

  • airport
  • accommodation
  • meet in
  • pass
  • route
  • train
  • route
  • transfer
  • We meet in Les Rousses, which is in France. We meet here as the village is easily reached from Geneva airport, has good ski rental, and is not far from the starting point in Switzerland. This typical French farming town has ATM's, a tourist office, post office, sports shops, supermarket and pharmacy, useful for any last minute purchases. It is also well known in the cross country ski world for hosting one of France's most important races, the Transjurasienne. Close by are the towns of Morez and Morbier, renowned for their 300 year history in watch, clock, spectacle and cheese making.

    Your guide will meet you at your accommodation this evening to assist with organising any ski hire and to brief you on the days ahead. Dinner will be a traditional French Jura style menu.

  • We begin our journey with a short transfer to La Givrine, just over the Swiss/French border for two days skiing in Switzerland along the Trans Jura Swiss. At the trail head we will buy our ski pass for the next two days. It is useful to have cash in Swiss francs as quite frequently the credit card machine at the ski pass kiosk does not work!

    Our route begins with a short climb from a road pass at 1228m (4027ft). We soon link into a network of well pressed tracks through woodlands and mountain pastures. The trail undulates along a ridge, keeping at 1300m (4264ft) and winding it's way to the 'alp' and ski chalet of Les Pralets where we can stop for a picnic lunch. Continuing along rolling terrain we make the final climb to reach a mountain pass, the Col du Marchairuz at 1447m (4746ft) where we check into our first hotel for the night. We are also rewarded with the option of a sauna before supper.

    Ascent: 460m (1508ft) Descent: 230m (754ft) Distance: 21km (13 miles) 

  • Leaving the Col du Marchairuz we enjoy much of the skiing today in open countryside linking high pastures below the peak of Mont Tendre  which sits at 1678m (5503ft). In the summer, the cows produce milk for both Tomme and Gruyere cheeses. Well situated for our lunch break is the 'Refuge Bon Accueil' an old charabanc now offering an ideal mountain refuge at 1500m. A charabanc was a type of horse-drawn vehicle or early motor coach which was common in the early part of the 20th century. After lunch we begin a superb descent via the Chalet Mollendruz for coffee and cakes, before reaching the Col Mollendruz at 1200m (3936ft) where we finish today's ski. A taxi will transfer us down to 1100m (3608ft) to our accommodation by the Lac de Joux which is still in Switzerland.

    Ascent: 340m (1115ft) Descent: 700m (1607ft) Distance: 17km (10.6 miles)

  • Our journey today takes us first by taxi from the Lac de Joux back over the Swiss border into France to resume our ski. We will now ski along the French Grande Traversée du Jura (or GTJ) for the next four days. This 142km (89 miles) long-distance ski trail was first completed in 1978 and is nearly all on prepared, pressed tracks. From Chez Liadet, our starting point ,fabulous pine woods and past summer meadows link us first to Pre Poncet for lunch. From here we pick up the route of the world famous Transjurassienne ski race. Thousands of skiers from across the world congregate each February here in France to attempt events which takes place over two days. As we enter the Combe des Cives, the terrain angle eases for an enjoyable ski to a well earned cake stop and wood turners at the Chalet Anges. Another hour or so brings us to Chappelle des Bois and our accommodation for the night.

    Ascent: 390m (1279ft) Descent: 370m (1213ft) Distance: 26.5km (16.5 miles)

  • Chapelle des Bois in the Haut Jura boasts first class ski trails, and we quite often pass practising race teams here. We take to the trails once more today and initially ski towards Bellefontaine before starting to climb into the Forêt Risoux - home to the famous wood needed to make the stradavarius violins. Once our main climb is complete, we can stop at the Chalet Gaillard for a hot drink before skiing the well pressed trails all the way to Les Rousses for a second night in this delightful ski town. We aim to finish a little earlier today so there will be time to visit the local town for souvenirs, ski equipment or tea and cake. Or for those with energy to spare there's 220km's (138 miles) of pressed ski trails to explore!

    Ascent: 345m (1131ft) Descent 385m (1262ft) Distance: 17km (10.6 miles)

  • We leave Les Rousses and cross the meadows towards Premanon, the home to the French National Nordic Ski School and where several Olympic champions have come from. We enter the woods here to another popular ski location, often visited by many ski teams, the Forêt du Massacre. The forest houses some of the oldest fir trees in France and is named after an ancient battle in the area. Some first class skiing awaits, and on a clear day a view of the Alps. Our high point for the day is in the heart of the forest at chalet 'La Frasse', where we can enjoy a well earned coffee and cake stop before our rolling descent to the delightful village of La Joux. It is then only another 1.2km (0.7 miles) until we reach our overnight at the hamlet of Le Manon.

    Ascent: 425m (1394ft) Descent: 340m (1115ft) Distance: 21km (13 miles)

  • Our final day, and one of the toughest to complete our 132km (81 mile) traverse. We leave Lajoux for the Bellecombe or 'beautiful bowl', which impressively lives up to its name. This open pasture winds it's way alongside the Haute Jura chain and limestone crest. We have plenty of opportunities for stops along the way, and after a series of ups and downs we reach a small gite for coffee and crepes just under the Cret au Merle at 1448m (4749ft). To complete this fantastic journey we make a gradual descent through the forest to the trail end at Giron, where a vin chaud and celebratory meal awaits!

    Ascent: 665m (2181ft) Descent: 740m (2427ft) Distance: 28.5km (17.8 miles)

  • Giron is a village approximately 40 minutes drive away from Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, a mainline TGV train station, and 1 hour 15 minutes from Geneva Airport. We will arrange and include ONE group transfer from Giron to Geneva Airport via Bellegarde. We aim to leave our accommodation at 08h15 and arrive at Geneva airport for 09h45. To make use of this service please ensure onward flights correspond with this arrival time. 

     

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation

We always aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, clean, characterful, family run accommodation. In most cases we have known the management for many years, and it’s like visiting old friends. Our suggested accommodation, listed below, is subject to availability at the time of booking. We have given details of our favoured accommodation and those we intend to use. If unavailable we will book alternative accommodation of similar standard.

Please note that on this trip accommodation is a mixture of hotels and French-style gîtes. The Grand Traverse of the Jura passes through sparsely populated territory and accommodation choices, especially for groups, are very limited. Facilities at each overnight stop will vary.

The term gîte originally meant quite simply a form of shelter, but today they are very comfortable and characterful accommodation. Technically, to be called a gîte, the owner must live close by in order to provide help, assistance, and a warm welcome to guests. Gîtes are generally old farmworkers' cottages or converted outbuildings and barns. Believe us, they are part of the adventure!

Our trip fees are based on two people sharing a room when in hotels. If you are travelling on your own your booking will be based on a twin bedroom sharing with someone of the same gender. 

However, there may be the possibility of single rooms at some of our hotels for a supplementary fee. We recommend booking as early as possible to secure a single room as these are always limited in number. Please contact us for details.

 

Hotel la Redoute, Les Rousses

Hotel

We meet to start our trip at our hotel in Les Rousses, France which is in fact only a few kilometres (miles) from the Swiss border. Our hostess Virginie always gives a warm welcome, and will direct you to the ski locker on arrival if you need to store your own skis. There is a little bar area, and the dining room is traditional and rustic.

Dinner will feature local dishes, and breakfast is buffet style. The rooms all have en suite facilities. There is also a 'meeting room' which we will use for our evening briefing and discussion of the trip which lies ahead. 

Hotel du Marchairuz

Hotel

This is a family-run hotel, well situated on the col du Marchairuz at 1471m (4824ft), offering comfortable and cosy rooms. The restaurant serves classic Swiss dishes of the region and it decorated by wood sculptures created by the owner. The bedrooms are en suite, and there is a sauna available for a small fee. 

The hotel is very traditional in terms of its cuisine and you should be prepared to sample some cheese, the aroma of which will normally be quite distinctive when we arrive!

Hotel de la Truite, Le Pont

Hotel

We are by the lakeside tonight in the Hotel de la Truite, in the village of Le Pont. This is a lovely old hotel with very nice bedrooms, which are all en suite. The bar has some great old photos of the activities on the lake in days gone by. In the past the ice was 'harvested' for use in hotels, and industry, and on a lighter note the lake as used for ice-skating. It claimed to be the largest natural ice-rink in the Jura. 

With a surface area of 9.5 km², it is the largest lake in Switzerland lying above 1000 metres (3280ft). Lac de Joux and the nearly adjacent but much smaller Lac Brenet have no surface drainage; the water trickles away underground and only comes to the surface again a few kilometres away near Vallorbe!

Hotel les Bruyères, Chappelle des Bois

In the centre of Chappelle des Bois, Marie-Pierre and Roland David will welcome you to their comfortable 2* Hotel les Bruyères. Enjoy a warm and friendly mountain style atmosphere, local cuisine in the regional nature reserve of the High Jura Mountains.

Hotel La Spatule, Lamoura

The 3-star Hotel La Spatule, Lamoura is at an altitude of 1154m (3786ft) in the heart of the Haut Jura regional park. Lamoura has a superb network of ski trails and is the starting point of the world-famous international Transjurassienne cross-country ski race.

Le Bellevue, Giron

Hotel

A 19th Century building steeped in history, Le Bellevue hotel is situated in the heart of Giron village. By 1990 the hotel was abandoned and in ruins before being lovingly restored by the owners in 2002. All the bedrooms are equipped with en suite facilities. It is a great place to spend our last evening. 

 


  • Any holiday taken during the Covid-19 pandemic may be subject to change and with little or no notice of that change. As the past months have proven no-one can predict the situation from one week to the next, however, we will do our very best to gauge the best response to any new developments. New restrictions or guidelines might affect where we eat out, which accommodation we can stay in, and potentially transport arrangements if the numbers in vehicles are restricted. 

    Itineraries may not be exactly as advertised due to new regulations or restrictions, for example, we may not be able to stop and have lunch at a mountain farm as stated in the itinerary, because the farm has had to react to new rules with regard to serving food and drinks. We imagine that there will be many scenarios which might lead to a change or adaptation in the itinerary.

    When booking a trip during the pandemic we ask that you keep an open mind and be willing to adapt and be flexible.

  • Arrival

    The Jura is easily reached by road, rail or air. The easiest way to Les Rousses is by rail to La Cure, just 3km (1.8 miles) away. The small tourist train climbs up from Lake Geneva to La Cure, which is the Swiss/French border, and offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Lake and the Alps with Mont Blanc behind. The nearest airport is Geneva which is just under 90 minutes by rail - you need to change once at Nyon. Once in La Cure local buses or a taxi can be arranged to Les Rousses. If arriving after 1830 hrs we can help organise a taxi on your behalf - but please advise us of this as soon as you know.

    Please refer to the Swiss Rail Website to make connections to La Cure. The rail ticket includes municipal travel around Geneva if you have time to spare. Advanced bookings are not necessary but tickets can work out cheaper when bought online in advance. For further details and a map on how to reach the resort please refer to the Les Rousses Tourist Office

    Departure

    On your departure day Giron is a village approximately 40 minutes drive away from Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, a mainline TGV train station, and 1h15 from Geneva Airport. We will arrange and include ONE group transfer from Giron to Geneva Airport via Bellegarde. We aim to leave our accommodation at 08h15 and arrive at Geneva airport for 09h45. To make use of this service please ensure onward flights correspond with this arrival time. 

     

  • When booking a trip we ask you to acquire insurance to cover you for the following:

    Mountain Rescue Insurance

    It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, mountain rescue, cost of repatriation and personal accident risks. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. The maximum altitude for any trip can be checked on the 'At A Glance' box on each trip page. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip, then please ask us for specific details.

    Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance

    You should also have insurance to cover trip cancellation and curtailment. Please note that your deposit and balance payments are non-refundable, unless it is Tracks and Trails who cancel the trip due to a failure to reach the required minimum numbers. In this case we will offer you a refund or the option of transferring to another trip if one is available. We also advise that you should have insurance which covers baggage loss/equipment damage as Tracks and Trails will not be held responsible for loss/damage to baggage/equipment.

    COVID-19 Insurance

    As well as medical cover, we recommend that you have appropriate travel insurance so that if you fall ill and test positive for COVID-19 prior to (or during) your trip, you will be financially covered for cancelling your trip. You should also consider booking a policy that covers you if you have to cancel or curtail your holiday because you have to self-isolate. If you choose to cancel, cancellation charges will be payable, but if the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. Please read the clauses below detailing trip cancellation and curtailment.

    Travel Insurance covering COVID-19 is now available from a number of suppliers, Campbell Irvine, Trailfinders and Staysure. Please check their websites for the latest information on what is and isn't covered. It is likely that more companies will offer COVID related cover in the future.

    All of the above insurances are detailed in our Terms and Conditions

    If you are joining a trip in the UK helicopter/mountain rescue insurance is not required as this is a free service.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • Winter mountain weather in the Jura can vary considerably, and in this respect it is no different to any mountain environment where the terrain influences the weather and it can change from valley to valley. 

    In winter the weather can deliver everything from clear blue skies, and glorious sunshine, to heavy snowfall and strong winds. Essentially, as with all mountain journeys, you should be prepared for any eventuality.

    Temperatures vary depending on the month, generally December, January, and February are colder, but by March and April the temperatures are warming up and spring is on the way. 

    In December and January they can range from -10°Celsius (14°F) to 3°Celsius (37.4F), in February from -5°Celsius (23°F) to 7°Celsius (44.6°F), and in March from 0°Celsius (32°F) to 13°Celsius (55.4°F). 

    The above figures are a general indication only as the weather can vary considerably year on year for any given month.

  • We ski the Grand Traverse of the Jura at a time of year when the snow is normally at its most reliable. However, in the event of a poor winter season, the complete traverse may not be possible.

    If this is the case we will still have a great ski week but will ski in different locations each day using a vehicle to transfer us along the lower sections. Please note that we do not charge extra if this means hiring a mini-bus, we prefer that you enjoy your holiday and that we ski the best areas possible. 

  • Cross country skiing equipment, which in this case means 'fishscale' classic skis (not skates or waxables), Salomon  boots or similar, bindings and poles, can be hired at the start of the traverse. The total ski hire for the week is approximately 150 Euros per person (this includes the cost of returning the equipment to the hire shop at the end of the trip). We ask that you make your payment directly to the guide in cash Euros. 

    All equipment hire must be arranged in advance, as it will be necessary to pre-order correct sizes. Please make note of your equipment hire on our Booking Form. We will need to know your height, weight, normal shoe size (you must give us your everyday shoe size and not your personal adjustment for wearing boots) and the measurement of your height up to your armpits for ski pole hire.

    The guide will accompany clients to the hire shop and at the end of the traverse, will collect any hire equipment and organise its return.

    The ski passes are approximately 18 CHF and 30 Euros for the week. 

  • Your safety while skiing is our top priority. All skiers are requested to adhere to the Code of Conduct published by the International Ski Federation, or FIS. The aim is to make you, the skier, aware of how to avoid risks, take responsibility and act thoughtfully while on the cross-country ski tracks. 

    • Respect for others
      A cross-country skier must ski in such a manner that he/she does not endanger or
      prejudice others.
    • Respect for signs, direction and running style
      Trail marking signs must be respected on any trail marked with an indicated
      direction. A skier shall proceed only in that indicated direction and ski in the
      indicated running style.
    • Choice of trails and tracks
      On cross-country trails with more than one packed track, a skier should choose
      the right-hand track. Skiers in groups must keep in the right track behind each other. With free
      running style, skiers shall keep to their right-hand-side of the trail.
    • Overtaking
      A skier is permitted to overtake and pass another skier to the left or right. A skier ahead is not obliged to give way to an overtaking skier, but should allow a faster skier to pass whenever this is possible.
    • Encounter
      Cross-country skiers meeting while skiing opposite directions shall keep to their
      right. A descending skier has priority.
    • Poles
      A cross-country skier shall make the utmost effort to keep his poles close to his/her
      body when near another skier.
    • Control of speed
      A cross-country skier, and especially going downhill, shall always adapt his/her
      speed to personal ability and to the prevailing terrain and visibility and to the
      traffic on the course. Every skier should keep a safe distance from the skiers ahead. As a last resort, an intentional fall should be used to avoid collision.
    • Keeping trails and tracks clear
      A skier who stops must leave the trail. In the case of a fall, he/she shall clear the trail
      without delay.
    • Accident
      In case of an accident, everyone should render assistance.
    • Identification
      Everybody at an accident, whether witnesses, responsible parties or not, must
      establish their identity. 
  • When packing for a trip in the mountains it is important to have appropriate equipment and clothing. This kit list features items we believe are necessary for the weather you will encounter and accommodation you will be staying in. 

    Equipment

    We use 'classic' style cross country track skis for this trip either ‘fishscales’ or ‘skintec’. You can choose to bring your own 'classic' track skis (non-metal edged), however, do check with us first to ensure they are suitable. 

    Skis, boots, and poles - can be hired at the start of the trip. The cost of hire is indicated in 'Trip Information'. If you are intending to hire you must inform us as soon as possible as equipment must be booked in advance. The type of ski supplied by the hire shop is provided in the 'Ski Rental' section of the Trip Information page. If in doubt about the suitability of your own skis please contact us.

    • Ski ties - to hold your skis together 
    • Rucksack - 25 to 30 litres with waist and chest strap. You need space to carry your kit, and an item of group kit. Ideally you should be able to strap your skis to your rucksack if we have to walk a short distance. See attached image at the foot of this item. 
    • Rucksack waterproof cover or liner to keep contents dry
    • Water container - 1 litre, drink tubes and bottles stowed on the outside of your rucksack usually freeze in winter
    • Whistle

    Clothing 

    • Waterproof jacket - essential, this must keep you dry during a day of continuous snowfall or at least as dry as any waterproof jacket ever keeps you!
    • Waterproof trousers - in case of heavy snowfall
    • Trousers - lightweight, windproof and warm 
    • Thermal top - long sleeves
    • Thin fleece - long sleeves
    • Waistcoat - fleece/wind stopper 
    • Gloves x 2 (one thick and one thin)
    • Over-mittens for colder days can be useful
    • Warm hat
    • Sun hat
    • Head/ear band 
    • Duvet jacket (or second warm layer)
    • Scarf or 'Buff' for neck
    • Socks - 2 or 3 pairs

    Comfort

    • Lip salve
    • Sunscreen - essential
    • Sunglasses - essential
    • Goggles - or Nordic Ski Visor
    • Snack bars/chocolate
    • Tissues - we recommend biodegradable bags to dispose of rubbish
    • Anti-bacterial hand wash

    Personal First Aid

    • Personal medication 
    • Blister plasters (e.g. Compeed)
    • Painkillers/anti-inflammatory
    • Glucose tablets/Energy gel
    • 2 x Rehydration sachets - eg Dioralyte
    • Throat lozenges
    • Antiseptic cream/spray

    Documentation 

    • Mountain Rescue/Ski Insurance documents - compulsory
    • Passport
    • Credit card
    • Cash - Swiss Francs (We briefly ski in France where they take Euros. If you have Euros bring them as our lunch spot this day does not take a credit card.)

    Additional Items

    • Slippers for use at accommodation
    • Clothing for use at accommodation
    • Hair dryer if required 
    • Travel Kettle if required 
    • Swimwear for when sauna is available
    • Camera/ Book/Music
    • Toiletries – soap/shower gel; not all accommodation supplies these
    • Ear plugs - if room sharing
    • Small thermos for hot drinks
    • Short gaiters for snowy days
    • Head torch - plus spare batteries 
    • Sheet sleeping bag 'liner' - essential for gite and dormitory accommodation. Duvets, and blankets are provided, but for comfort and hygiene a 'liner' is required. We have some for rent, but you must inform us well in advance if you require one
    • Lightweight pack-towel for use in the gites
    • Padlock - for luggage being transferred
    • 1 Medium sized - kitbag/holdall/suitcase

    Your luggage will be moved each day by a taxi driver. Please restrict yourself to one bag of approximately 15kg (33lbs) per person. Not all hotels have 'lifts' and you must be able to carry your luggage upstairs. There may be a charge imposed by the taxi company if you have more than 1 bag, and we would ask you to cover this. 

    **Supplementary snacks if you follow a gluten free or coeliac diet**

    Leaders are all first aid trained and carry their own first aid kit

    This image shows examples of how to attach your skis to your rucksack should we need to walk a short distance

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit and safety of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and usually just a case of sharing a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. For example on a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    If you are booking a trip in winter there will be a few additional safety items. These will be distributed in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • For each of our trips a minimum number of guests is required before we can confirm that your trip will go-ahead. The minimum and maximum number of guests on your trip is displayed in the 'At a Glance' box on the righthand side of the trip page. 

    We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.

  • When booking a holiday as a solo traveller a twin bedded room comprising of two single beds, is booked as standard. This will be with someone of the same gender unless you request to pay extra for your own room. Single rooms are often limited in supply so if you would like to pay a supplement for a single room we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible. This trip has a single supplement of £495. Contact us if you would like details of how many nights are possible on your chosen dates. 

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    Please note your guide/instructor has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment. 

    For our hiking trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader and on our running trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader who it also an experienced mountain 'trail runner'.

    For our snowshoeing trips your guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader and for cross country ski trips you will be with a fully qualified professional BASI Nordic Ski Instructor or equivalent. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors.

  • These holidays are designed for those who can confidently get on their skis and go! You should already have done multi-day journeys on cross-country skis and enjoy spending the day travelling from point to point while carrying a small daypack. We would expect you to be able to ski at a steady pace over a variety of terrain and snow conditions, including icy tracks when necessary. As a minimum we expect you to have good control of speed and direction, and have a very effective snowplough. You should be familiar with the colour coding system for trails, and be able to assure us you can ski ‘red’ tracks with confidence. On any point-to-point journey we can expect to deal with a variety of weather from heavy snowfall to strong winds, and for this reason we expect a degree of self-sufficiency in terms of keeping yourself warm, and dry. It is possible that these tours may encounter sections of 'untracked' snow or old prepared trails, therefore making the distance covered more strenuous. Further tuition will be given at these stages if required. You should be at a very good fitness level and be able to ski approximately 6-7 hours and cover 20–35 km (12.5-21.8 miles) per day.

     

  • On this point-to-point trip you will have luggage support which means your bags are transferred each day to the next accommodation and you only need to carry a small/medium sized 'rucksack' for items you might need during the course of the day. Please refer to the kit list for this trip for guidance on the size of rucksack required.

    As your luggage will be moved along the route by taxi we ask that you keep the weight to a maximum of 15kgs (33lbs), and ONE bag per person. Many of the taxi companies who move your bags impose a 15kg (33lbs) limit and restrict the number of bags simply because they have to unload and reload the vehicle many times each day. If you take more than one bag you may be asked to pay a supplement. Also with regard to weight be aware that you may have to carry your luggage to your bedroom, which may involve climbing several flights of stairs as not all hotels have elevators. Luggage on wheels is generally a good idea.

    An additional point to make is that there are some nights on this trip where you are in dormitory accommodation and there is little space in your shared room for large luggage bags; the smaller the better. 

  • We do not include lunches in your trip fee for various reasons. We have found our guests have particular tastes and requirements for 'trail' or 'hill' food and it is better you choose and buy what you require. Buying supplies and trying local specialities is a great way to inter-act with the local people and to practise your language skills. 

    Lunches on our trips are 'picnic' style lunches, in other words you take a packed lunch with sufficient snacks, food and fluid to sustain you throughout your day of activity. If there is the possibility of lunch being taken at a restaurant/farm/cafe beside the trail, your guide/instructor will advise you of this. 

    Each evening you can choose to order a picnic or a sandwich from the hotel, or your guide/instructor will advise you of other options such as a local shop or market and whether you need to purchase items in the evening or if the shop/market is open early enough the next morning not to delay your start. In all cases we would always ask you to settle any 'bill' for lunch or drinks in the evening before you depart, and not on the morning of your last day when there may be a queue.

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will only accept payment in the local currency in cash.

  • Food

    On our trips we encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for the traditional food of the region. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance to a certain food type which will make you ill the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free.

    If you are vegetarian then this is not a problem as the hotels/refuges are used to being asked for vegetarian meals. Our accommodation will try to cater for those with vegan diets but in remote refuges in the mountains this is more difficult. If you would like to discuss the suitability of a trip for a vegan diet please contact us. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but we would advise that you bring along some gluten-free snacks for your breakfasts and lunches.

    If you have a 'special' diet which is NOT because of an allergy or intolerance, and is not 'veggie' then we apologise, but we cannot cater for this. The accommodation on the popular routes will be catering for many people each evening, in some cases up to 70/80 meals per night, 7 days a week, and realistically they cannot produce many different meal options unless the food will result in illness.

    Water

    The countries we visit all have tap water which is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water. At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly. 

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU, such as Norway. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.  

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your  departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.

    For UK residents travelling to an EU country you should obtain and bring with you a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance. Also note that if/when the UK leaves the European Union that the EHIC card may no longer be valid. Please check this before departing. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number. 

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.

  • Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case. 

  • Due to the specialised nature of our holidays, we co-sell a number of trips with 'partner' companies. These are carefully selected to ensure they reflect our ethos and standards in terms of the service we offer our guests. By encouraging other companies to sell our trips it means that your chosen holiday may reach its 'minimum' number earlier, allowing us to guarantee the trip and to give you the go-ahead to book your travel arrangements.

    There may be occasions when our partners have helped book your accommodation and organise the logistics for your trip. On these occasions your hotel may have recorded your room reservation in the name of one of our partners. 

    We guarantee that companies with whom we work will offer the same package as Tracks and Trails Ltd. The price will be the same, though occasionally they may be operating in a different currency. Your itinerary and the items that are included, or not included in your trip fee, will also be the same. 

    We believe in team work, and enjoy working with other small high quality companies. If you have any questions about this policy please contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you. 


Prices may vary depending on date.

2021

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What's Included

  • Seven nights half board accommodation: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
  • The services of a qualified Nordic Ski Instructor, who is also an International Mountain Leader
  • Group transfer from Giron to Geneva Airport via Bellegarde train station
  • Daily luggage transfers (1x bag per person)
  • Tracks and Trails memento; a gift to take home

What's Not Included

  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Arrival transfer
  • Ski hire & ski pass
  • Drinks
  • Lunches and snacks

Loved the Jura experience. Good snow considering the warm weather. Emma was very flexible as the guide, recognising skiing experience in the group,

Julia was 100% professional in everything she did and demonstrated exceptional competence, calmness and strength at all times. She was also extremely careful to treat each person as an individual and get alongside them to offer appropriate technical guidance, motivation and technical support She was the life and soul of the group at dinner – which also requires energy - whilst setting out the brief for the following day – more professionalism. THANK YOU for leading me through this trip.

The trip was great fun. Pascal was a great guide, and the rest of the group was very nice company. There was a big range of skiing abilities, but I think we all coped with it very well. Some really good days, and a few fabulous days!

Simply excellent! It was a great challenge and our guide was awesome! My most memorable moment was a lovely ski up to Les Petite Chapelle.

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At a Glance

From Price £1795
Holiday Type Point to Point Track Skiing
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 4-7
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 1148m (3765ft)
Countries Visited France, Switzerland
Meet In Les Rousses, France
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