Grand Traverse of the Jura
Grand Traverse of the Jura
Grand Traverse of the Jura
Grand Traverse of the Jura
Grand Traverse of the Jura
Grand Traverse of the Jura
Grand Traverse of the Jura
Grand Traverse of the Jura
Grand Traverse of the Jura
Grand Traverse of the Jura
Grand Traverse of the Jura

Swiss-French Jura Ski Traverse


Bespoke Grand Traverse of the Jura

The famous Grand Traverse of the Jura and Trans Jura Swiss, which attract skiers from around the world, is part of the folklore of cross country skiing. An area rich in history and tradition, the Jura mountains of France offer excellent terrain for these long distance ski journeys.

The Grand Traverse of the Jura (GTJ), which is mainly in France, was first made in 1976 and later came the Swiss Trans Jura crossing. All on linked by groomed tracks if it is peace and tranquillity and a true taste of authentic mountain life you seek, then look no further!

Starting at la Vue des Alpes in Switzerland and ending in Giron in France we are delighted to offer this bespoke 'grand traverse' offering the best that the Jura region has to offer.

Highlights

  • A stunning 8-day point-to-point ski tour across the Swiss - French Jura
  • Local English speak private guide
  • Prepared ski trails offering about 200km (124miles) of skiing
  • Cosy hotel accommodation, some with saunas
  • Private rooms available
  • We are one of the few operators offering this classic ski journey
  • All luggage transported - you carry just a day pack
  • Onward transfer included on the departure day

Sitting on the border of both France and Switzerland, the Jura, a limestone plateau, lies between Geneva and Neuchatel. 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.

Nearly all on prepared, pressed tracks our route offers superb views into the Canton of Jura and southwards towards the Alps and Neuchâtel. The trail sometimes feels very remote changing continuously amidst a beautiful landscape. Each night we arrive at our hotel to find our luggage waiting for us.

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.


Itinerary

  • accommodation
  • airport
  • train
  • meet in
  • transfer
  • Your guide will meet you at your accommodation at La Vues des Alpes this evening to brief you on the days ahead. Dinner will be a traditional Swiss Jura style menu.

    Please note that La Vues des Alpes is simply a hotel on the mountainside. Although there are shops along the trail you will need to arrive prepared with everything you need for the start of your trip.

  • We being our Swiss Jura traverse at La Vue des Alpes where on a clear day we are rewarded with views of the Jura as well as a stunning panorama of the Alps.

    The TJS trail starts from the hotel door. Commencing first with a fun descent we embark on skiing across the first of two valleys. We soon reach the pass of the Tete-de-Ran where on our right we have views down to la Chaux de Fonds, birthplace of the famous architect Le Corbusier. Undulating trails bring us to the valley of La Sagne. We aim to lunch here at the Som Martel auberge. We then climb up and over 'La Grande Joux' giving us views north to the Val de Morteau in France. We then drop into our second valley to reach La Chaux-du-Milieu. The last 10 kilometres (6 miles) heading towards La Brevine is on flat open trails winding their way through snow covered pastures.

    Ascent: 540m (1771ft) Descent: 790m (2591ft) Distance: 33km (20.6 miles) 

  • A shorter day today means we can enjoy a later start as we might need it as La Brevine, known to locals as Swiss Siberia due to the fact that it once recorded Switzerland's lowest ever temperature of an amazing -40 degrees! However we were told that this was a one off! We leave La Brevine with a climb through the woods then meander through small settlements and farmland as we leave the canton of Neuchatel. Our destination today is Les Cernets where the trails offer first class skiing as they are regularly used for both local and international cross country ski races. Upon arrival there will be time to ski further to explore these trails.

    Ascent: 570m (1869ft) Descent: 470m (1541ft) Distance: 19km (11.8 miles)

  • Leaving the hamlet of Les Cernets we ski across high meadows and commence a descent down to the French border at Les Verrieres-des-Joux, so don't forget your passport! We cross the village on foot and hike up a short way carrying our skis to rejoin well groomed trails at le Tillau auberge. We ski between open farmland and deep forests along the TJS & GTJ liaison trail to reach the French farming village of Les Fourgs where we stop for our lunch. Rejoining the trail we ski up and through woodland through les Hopitaux Neufs then on rolling terrain to Métabief, a small ski town and our destination for the day. Métabief is in France and has some shops including a pharmacy, bakery, supermarket, sports shop and an ATM. Due to limited accommodation here it is usually necessary to transfer to Malbuisson a neighbouring French village for our accommodation tonight.

    Ascent: 730m (2395ft) Descent: 800m (2624ft) Distance: 33km (20 miles)

  • Today is one of the longest days and requires a prompt start. We first transfer back to our trail where we left off in Metabief and pick up the TJS/GTJ shared liaison trail. After a warm up on undulating trails we then start to climb on good tracks 300m (984ft) up to the Mont d'Or nordic ski area. We branch off leaving the GTJ trail and continue on the TJS to reach the wonderful Auberge Le Petite Echelle deep in the heart of the woods where we plan to have our lunch. Beyond the auberge we pass an old unmanned border post and commence a 5km (3 miles) section of 'untracked' section in the forest where we make the trail under our own steam! The trail exits at Le Porteau back  on the French border to pick up groomed trails down to the village of Les Charbonnieres, named so from it's history of charcoal production. Another few kilometres on brings us to Pont for our overnight, once famous for it's 'ice-railway', as when the lake froze over jobs were created in cutting and shipping it's produce to the ice houses of wealthy family homes. The village has a small shop a rail way and an ATM.

    Ascent: 755m (2476ft) Descent: 740m (2427ft) Distance: 29km (18 miles) 

  • After breakfast by the lake in Pont we take a transfer across the French border at le Porteau to start our next section of skiing from Chez Liadet in the Forêt de Risoux - home to the famous wood used to make the stradavarius violins.

    The next three days of our journey take us in line with the race course of the world famous Transjurassienne ski race. The Transjurassienne is one of the most important cross-country ski events in France and is held in February each year. The course starts in Lamoura, and a variety of races traverse up to 76kms (47.5 miles) of hilly ski trails before the finish line in Mouthe. Thousands of skiers from across the world congregate to attempt the event which takes place over two days.

    Our journey takes us into fabulous pine woods and past summer meadows linking us first to Pre Poncet for lunch. 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 back into the Forêt Risoux. 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. 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 Laloux. 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 traverse. We leave Le Manon 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 'undulating' 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)

  • Today is departure day and the package ends at Geneva airport. 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 a 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

On all of our trips we aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, comfortable, characterful, family run accommodation. 

We take time to research, update and view the best options available to us on every trip. Detailed below are examples of our favoured venues and those we intend to use. If unavailable at the time of booking we will use alternative accommodation of a similar standard.

The trip fees are based on two people sharing a room. However on many of our trips single rooms are available on request for a supplementary fee.

Hotel de La Vue-des-Alpes

Hotel

Tonight we are on a high col which on a clear day offers amazing views of the Alps - hence the name! Once again it is right beside the ski tracks, and perfect for our overnight. The hotel is comfortable, and has sauna facilities. Dinner is normally traditional Jura fare, and breakfast is served buffet style. 

Built in 1840, the hotel was last extended and fully renovated in 1948. It has always played a major part in the route over this high pass in the Jura and for nearly two hundred years has welcomed travellers. 

Auberge au Loup Blanc, La Brévine

Auberge

Given that La Brévine is also known as Swiss Siberia it is good to know that our overnight is cosy! We stay at the 'white wolf', the Loup Blanc, where the dining room has a huge fire place where meat dishes are often grilled before us. The rooms are very nice, but do not all have en suite toilets and showers. As the number of rooms is limited we are just happy to have a characterful Auberge to stay in. Dinners are usually excellent. 

Hotel les Cernets

Hotel

This is a comfortable hotel in the heart of the Swiss Jura region, offering traditional dishes and expert ski tips from the owner and former Swiss cross-country ski team member Pierre-Eric Rey. After a long climb from the valley we are always happy to be here and enjoying the sauna! 

The bedrooms offer en suite facilities. Dinner is usually excellent with good local dishes. It is always a treat to chat to Pierre-Eric about the snow and trail conditions, and to benefit from his expert advice.

Hotel Le Lac, Malbuisson

A lakeside hotel tonight, in the small market town of Malbuisson. The owners run four hotels here; the Hotel Le Lac, Hotel Beau Site, Hotel de la Poste and Hotel Spa les Rives Sauvages and availability at the time of booking will depend on which of these we will stay in. All rooms are en suite, with modern facilities including wifi. Whilst staying at any of the hotels, and if time allows upon arrival, guests have access to the pool and spa at the Hotel Les Rives Sauvages for a fee of 25 Euros. Dinner will be eaten at a local restaurant La Fromagerie where we will enjoy a traditional meal, most likely cheese fondue or raclette.

We are either in the main building of the Hotel le Lac, or most likely we stay in one of the two accommodations adjacent. The accommodation is all owned by the Hotel le Lac, with the other two buildings known as the Beau Site and La Poste.  

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!

Chez l'Aime, Chapelle des Bois

Gîte

Our night at Chez l'Aime is always a memorable one and usually voted the best night on the trip! We ski in and out directly to this simple, but incredibly homely gîte. We are perfectly positioned here for the following day as we are on the doorstep of the Foret de Massacre. 'Coco' our host has run the gite for as long as we can remember and no visit is complete without sampling his homemade grappa after a hearty meal in front of the wood burner!

Enjoy the sunset and sunrise the views across the lake and valley of 'Chappelle des Bois' from this truly 'nordic' in the Jura accommodation.

 

Accommodation tonight is in 'dortoirs' or dorms, and is usually on a non-segregated basis. On most occasions we manage to secure one large private dorm for our group. 

Hotel la Redoute, Les Rousses

Hotel

Tonight we arrive in the bustling village of Les Rousses. Our hotel in Les Rousses is run by Virginie who always gives us a warm welcome. 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, and there is a ski locker for storing our skis. 

 

 

Maison des Inuits, Le Manon

Gîte

Located at Le Manon just 1.2 km (0.7 miles) from the village of Lajoux in the Haute-Combes region the Maison des Inuits prides itself in being an 'eco-lodge' and for those wanting to be at the heart of nature it is run entirely on renewable energy. A sauna, cosy fireplace and living room await where we usually meet other like minded skiers on their ventures exploring the Haut Jura.

Accommodation is in 'dortoirs' or dorms, and is usually on a non-segregated basis. On most occasions we manage to secure one large private dorm for our group. 

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. 

 


  • Arrival

    The Jura is easily reached by road, rail or air.

    Buses to our starting point at La Vue des Alpes have become increasingly limited in winter. We therefore suggest a taxi transfer from the nearest train station, Neuchatel, which takes about 20 minutes.

    Once you have confirmed your travel arrangements please advise of your plans and we can assist in booking a taxi for you to the La Vue des Alpes from Neuchatel.

    The train journey from Neuchatel to Geneva airport takes approximately 1h40.

    Please refer to the Swiss Rail Website to make connections to Neuchatel. 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.

    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 a private 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 travel corresponds with these times. 

     

  • You must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity, including helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. We also advise you take out Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance in the event of you being unable to join the trip. The insurance referred to should only be purchased AFTER we have confirmed your trip is guaranteed to run. 

    The insurance clause set out in our 'Terms and Conditions' is below:

    Insurance: It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, cost of repatriation, and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. For tours taking place outside the United Kingdom you must ensure that your insurance covers rescue from the mountains, including helicopter rescue. It is the right of the leader to make a decision to call for helicopter rescue if such assistance is needed. Costs incurred by you, the client, due to an evacuation, rescue or other emergency shall be your responsibility. Any subsequent costs incurred for expenses, not limited to but including such costs as hotels, food, transport etc, shall be borne by you, the client. You are responsible for ensuring insurance cover is adequate for the particular needs of your chosen activity. You must be fully aware of the implications involved in arranging your own travel insurance and understand the limitations and exclusions of the policy. By agreeing to our Terms and Conditions you are authorising Tracks and Trails Ltd, or the person employed to lead the trip for Tracks and Trails Ltd, to instigate rescue and/or helicopter evacuation procedures without previously obtaining the permission of the company issuing your insurance policy. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time if we are not satisfied you have the necessary insurance policy covering your activity. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip then please contact us for specific details. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres (9840ft), except the Tour de Monte Rosa which reaches 3316m (10,877ft). You must bring all insurance documentation with you at the time of the activity. We also recommend your insurance covers you for trip cancellation and baggage loss/damage. Tracks and Trails Ltd are unable to accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any client equipment or luggage.

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

  • Winter mountain weather in the European Alps 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 Trans Jura Swiss 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. We have included 2 days of additional taxi transfers  for this or the use of the guides car to assist in making the best of your trip to the Jura.

  • 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.

  • After we have processed your booking we will send you a comprehensive clothing and equipment list that is appropriate to your trip and activity. There will be some items on this list that we strongly recommend and others which are suggested. Our list is based on our experience of what is needed for any particular trip, but it is not the definitive article! If you have items you like to use then do bring them, but be aware of over-loading your 'day' rucksack with items that are heavy and therefore making the trip more challenging.

    Please contact us if in any doubt about what to bring.

  • 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 walking, family, and snowshoeing trips your guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. For our running trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader, and an experienced mountain 'trail runner'.

    If you have booked on a cross country ski trip you will be with a fully qualified professional BASI Nordic Ski Instructor or equivalent. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    UK residents should obtain and bring with them the 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. 


Prices may vary depending on date.

2020

Full

What's Included

  • Fees and expenses of an English speaking, locally based Nordic Ski Instructor who is also an International Mountain Leader 
  • 9 nights half board accommodation in hotels and auberges: dinner, and breakfast. Based on 2 people sharing
  • Transfer from the trail head to Metabief to reach your accommodation and return the following day
  • 2 days of additional private taxi transfers if required in the event of bad weather
  • Daily luggage transfers (usually 1x bag per person) to each hotel
  • Taxi transfer from your final hotel in Giron to either Bellegarde-sur-Valserince or Geneva airport
  • Return taxi for the guide to reach La Vues des Alpes
  • Tracks and Trails memento; a gift to take home

What's Not Included

  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Transfer to our meeting point
  • More than 2 days of additional private taxi transfers in the event of poor weather
  • The GTJ/TJS weekly ski pass (approximately 45 CHF for 6 days)
  • Ski hire if required
  • Lunches & drinks
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At a Glance

From Price £3195
Holiday Type Cross Country Skiing
Duration 10 Days
Group Size 2
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 1500m (4920ft)
Countries Visited France, Switzerland
Meet In La Vues des Alpes, Switzerland
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