Grand Traverse of the Jura Ski Tour
- A fantastic journey across the Jura Mountains on cross-country skis
- Characterful accommodation and hospitality in gites and hotels
- Fabulous French food and wine
- Luggage transfers included - no heavy bags!
- Easy access from Geneva Airport with many flight options
The Jura Mountains are France's best kept secret, and one of the least explored pockets of the Alps. If it is peace, tranquility and a true taste of authentic mountain life you seek then look no further! Known colloquially as ‘le pays qui respire' (the country with breathing space), the inhabitants take immense price in their local produce and transjurassienne travel is a memorable feast for all the senses. Straddling the Franco-Swiss border, the Jura Mountains extend for a 250km arc from the Rhone to the Rhine. The Grande Traversee du Jura (GTJ) starts in the Val de Morteau in the Doubs department of France and ends 180kms later at Giron in the Ain department. The ski route, which was first completed in 1978, crosses the Haut-Jura regional park and follows much of the route of the world famous Transjurassiene ski race. Unlike the jagged peaks of the Alps, the landscape is more Nordic and rolling and each day we aim to cover 20 - 30kms of the trail, carrying only our daypacks, arriving at our overnight hotel or gite to find our luggage waiting for us. In this quiet corner of France, amidst a weather beaten Gallic culture cut off for centuries from both France and Switzerland, it's not unusual to ski all day without seeing anyone else. This is a unique trip and a true journey on skis, where the enigmatic landscapes will captivate and reward even the most seasoned of traveller.
Is this holiday for you?
At 180kms, the complete Jura Traverse is a long, sustained journey across remote, undulating and hilly terrain and is only suitable for those who have previous cross-country ski or nordic ski touring experience. Distances covered will vary from 20 to 30kms per day, on a combination of mainly groomed but some unpressed trails also. Skiers should have good knowledge of cross-country techniques (they must have fully mastered the snow plough) and be of good fitness. Technique coaching will be included, but you should be able to ski for 6 to 8 hours each day. Note that your guide will try to fulfill the itinerary, but this is dependent on weather/snow and track conditions. We run this tour at the time of year when snow is most reliable and the tracks are well-maintained in preparation for one of France's most important ski races, the Transjurassienne. In the event of bad weather or poor snow conditions, alternative skiing will be arranged visiting the highest Nordic ski areas locally, offering comparative distances each day.