Grand Traverse of the Jura Ski Tour
France & Switzerland, Ski Touring, 8 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,750 (land only) - from $2,265 (land only)
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Your main baggage will be transferred each day between accommodation points. Luggage will be mainly transported in cars and small vans so we would ask that you keep both size and weight of luggage to a respectable limit of around 12 kg (and only one bag per person). You will be required to carry your own bag up and down from your accommodation each day and there are up to 4 nights in dormitory style accommodation with limited space for luggage. Note: winter cycling clothing is excellent apparel for cross-country skiing.
You must bring the following items:
Approach shoes / Snow boots or walking shoes
Rucksack 25 to 30 litres maximum*
Waterproof/windproof overtrousers. Sallopettes are not needed.
Thermal leggings or running/cycling long trousers
Thermal top long sleeved
Thin fleece top long sleeved
Gloves x2 1 thick and 1 thin
Scarf or buff for neck
Warm socks (like walking socks but not too thick or long like alpine ski socks
Comfortable underwear/sports bras for ladies (not wired)
Water container (1 litre) NB. Drinks tubes and bottles stowed on the outside of your rucksack usually freeze in winter
Toilet paper and small pack of hand wipes
Waterproof bag for documents
Head-torch with spare batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Slippers for your overnight accommodation
Clothing for use in hotels/chalets
Sheet sleeping bag (usually only needed for 1 night)
Ear plugs (especially if you are not the one snoring)
Lightweight pack towel
Swimming costume for sauna available in some accommodation
Basic First Aid Kit consisting of: throat lozenges, painkillers (anti-inflammatory), antiseptic cream/spray, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment/tape, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
Cross Country Ski Equipment*
Cross-country ski boots
The following items are optional:
Extra pair of warm mittens
Waistcoat fleece or wind stopper
Camera, media, spare batteries
Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
The ideal skis to use for this trip are track skinny skis, classic/fishscale style for cross-country (Nordic) skiing. We will not be waxing or using skins. The majority of the skiing will be on prepared trails. Ski boots should be comfortable, warm classic style to match your bindings. Boots with a high ankle are more comfortable for this trip than a racing-style boot. Classic length ski poles (which should sit comfortably under your arm pit once stood on your skis) are also required.
On this tour you will only need to carry a daysack whilst skiing. Ideally this should be large enough to stow any warm and bulky clothing which you may want to shed as you warm up. It must also have ski loops or ties with an extra couple of bungee cords or a ski tie/strap
Cross country skiing equipment, which includes fishscale classic skis (not skates or waxables), Saloman (or similar) boots and bindings, and poles, can be hired locally at the start of the traverse. The cost of equipment hire is €90 for the week (this includes the cost of returning the equipment to the hire shop at the end of the trek). You will make your payment direct to the guide (cash only). All equipment hire must be arranged in advance, as it will be necessary to pre-order correct sizes. Please contact our office if you wish to arrange equipment hire. 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.