Grand Traverse of the Jura Ski Tour
France & Switzerland, Ski Touring, 9 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,555 (land only) - from $2,135 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at approximately 6pm in the group's accommodation in the small French town of Morteau. Your guide will give a briefing on the days ahead, help organise ski hire and answer any questions.
Day 2: We begin by transferring to the trailhead at Le Gardot and take it easy to start with as we find our ski legs. We journey through pine forests and cross snow-covered meadows to reach Les Cernets, which is in Switzerland. Ski distance: 22.8 km, Ascent: 521m, Descent: 479m, Approximate time to complete the day's skiing: 7 - 8 hours.
Day 3: We begin with a descent to Les Verrieres de Joux where we cross the border back into France and onto the next section of trail. Climbing through the woods, we reach the rolling terrain that takes us to the small ski resort of Metabief. Distance: 29.5 km, Ascent: 527m, Descent: 716m, 8 - 9 hours.
Day 4: Leaving Metabief we rejoin the trail that takes us back off the beaten track. we ascend through pine forest on good trails and after lunch, we ski gently downhill to Mouthe and La Source du Doubs. Distance: 28.8 km, Ascent: 630m, Descent: 494m, 6 - 7 hours.
Day 5: The next three days of our journey take us along the race course of the famous "Transjurassienne", France's longest cross-country ski race, to Pre Poncet. As we enter the Combe des Cives the terrain angle eases for an enjoyable ski down into Chappelle des Bois. (26.5kms)
Day 6: Chappelle des Bois in the Haut Jura boasts first class ski trails. From here we ski via Bellefontaine for superb views, to reach Les Rousses for the night. 29kms.
Day 7: Today we head up to the Foret du Massacre, from where there are excellent views. Our high point of the day is in the heart of the forest where we rest before continuing to Lajoux. (26.5kms)
Day 8: Our final and longest day completes the traverse! Winding our way up to Bellecombe we reach the rocky crest of the Jura from where there are fabulous views. Descending to Giron we meet our transport to the village of Lancrans for a celebratory dinner and final night. (28.5kms)
Day 9: KE package services end after breakfast.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.