Grand Traverse of the Jura: France - Cross Country Ski

Trans Jura French Cross Country Ski

  • Discover the stunning Jura mountains

  • 6-day point-to-point ski tour

  • Follow the famous Transjurassienne race route

Why Choose Cloud 9 Adventure

  • Fully qualified and expert guide

  • Authentic local accommodation

  • Full luggage support

Trans Jura French Cross Country Ski: Dates and Prices

Trans Jura French Cross Country Ski

The Trans Jura French is a challenging traverse of the beautiful Jura mountains. This route was first completed in 1978, and follows much of the route of the famous Transjurassienne ski race. The Jura mountains are still something of a secret, allowing us to experience true peace and tranquility and a glimpse of authentic mountain life. The rolling landscapes are quite different from the more jagged mountains of the Alps, and have a much more Nordic feel.   

What to expect

As this is quite a remote area the accommodation options are limited, but we have selected the most charming and authentic, where we can enjoy traditional local food, wine and hospitality. There is full luggage support, so we can travel light with just daypacks - our main bags will be waiting for us on arrival at our accommodation. 

Each day we will aim to cover around 20-30 kilometres of trails, with a fair amount of ascents and descents, so participants need to be able to ski for around 6 hours per day, at a good pace. This trip is suitable for those with previous cross-country or Nordic skiing experience, and a good knowledge of cross-country skiing techniques, particularly the snowplough for steeper descents. If you have any questions at all about whether this trip is right for you, just ask.

 

Which traverse of the Jura is right for me?

Both of our Trans Jura trips are for experienced cross-country or Nordic skiers, looking to cross the Upper Jura mountains on a point-to-point ski tour. 

The 'Trans Jura French' trip is perfect for a first cross-country ski trip in the Jura mountains. It covers roughly 146km of pistes, and 2600m of ascent/descent. We stay in charming small hotels and auberges along the way, with a night in Switzerland. Due to the nature of the acommodation there are limited single room options. 

The 'Trans Jura Swiss' trip spends the first night in France, before crossing the border to traverse the quieter Swiss route. It is more challenging than the traverse on the French side, with 154km of trails, and 3600m of ascent/descent. This route has higher elevations, sometimes above the treeline, and therefore has a more remote feel about it. We stay in hotels throughout, with more options for single rooms.

AT A GLANCE

 

7 nights

6 days' skiing

Luggage delivery

Group size 4-8

 

Price: £1695

 

Join: Sainte-Croix, Switzerland

End: Lancrans, France

Nearest airport: Geneva

ACCOMMODATION

5 nights in hotels

2 nights in gites/hostels

 

DIFFICULTY GRADING

8

Challenging

Trans Jura French Cross Country Ski: Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Arrival in Sainte-Croix 

We meet at the group hotel in the Swiss town of Sainte-Croix. We will meet the guide in the afternoon giving us time to organise ski hire, and any last-minute kit.

 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Day 2 - Sainte-Croix to Métabief

After breakfast we take a short transfer to Les Fourgs, where we can buy our ski passes for the week. After donning our skis we ease ourselves into our trip with some gentle trails through the pine trees and across snowy meadows. The undulating terrain leads us to Métabief, which will be our base for the night. 

 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Skiing: approx 3-4 hours

Distance: 12km

Altitude gain / loss: +170m / -300m

 

Day 3 - Métabief to Mouthe

Today we explore the 'Doubs' region, as we continue the trail from Métabief. We ski under Mont d'Or, which is the highest summit in the region at 1463m. We pass through forests and the high pastures that, in the summer months, are home to the cows that produce the milk for local cheeses such as Mont d'Or, Comté and Morbier. The meadows are much more peaceful in winter, with their blanket of snow. We take well-maintained trails up through the pine trees, before stopping for lunch. After our well-earned break we have a gentle downhill ski to Mouthe and La Source de Doubs.  

Accommodation: Gite/hostel, dinner included

Luggage access

Skiing: approx 6-7 hours

Distance: 29km

Altitude gain / loss: +600m / -450m

 

Day 4 - Mouthe to Chapelle des Bois

For the next three days we will follow the route of the Transjurassienne, which is one of the most important cross country ski races in France, and takes place over 2 days every February. We take a trail through a wonderful pine forest to Pré-Poncet, then head into Combe des Cives where we start a pleasant descent down to Chapelle des Bois. 

Accommodation: Gite/hostel, dinner included

Luggage access

Skiing: approx 7-8 hours

Distance: 23km

Altitude gain / loss: +300m / -300m

Day 5 - Chapelle des Bois to Les Rousses

We leave Chapelle des Bois on fabulous ski trails, and head towards Bellefontaine, enjoying beautiful views along the way. We arrive in Les Rousses, which is home to the French National Nordic Ski School and over 220km of cross country trails. It is also our base for the night, and we should arrive with enough time to explore in the afternoon. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Skiing: approx 5 hours

Distance: 17km

Altitude gain / loss: +300m / -350m

Day 6 - Les Rousses to Lajoux

We start by heading uphill to the forêt du Massacre, named after an historic battle, and home to  the oldest fir trees in France. After a steady climb we reach our highest point of the day, and the charming Chalet de la Frasse (1400m), where we can enjoy a lunch stop in the heart of the forest. We then descend to our hotel in the small village of Lajoux. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Skiing: approx 8 hours

Distance: 25km

Altitude gain / loss: +425m / -350m

 

Day 7 - Lajoux to Lancrans

This is the last day of our ski tour, but also the longest, as we ski through the Hautes Combes. We head to the village of Bellecombe on a winding trail up and along a limestone crest, with stunning views of the mountains and ridges. We reach our highest point just under Cret au Merle at 1448m, followed by a gradual descent through the forests to the end of the trail at Giron, where we can enjoy a well-deserved refreshment break. We then take a short transfer to our hotel in Lacrans, where we can have a final meal and celebrate the end of our epic adventure. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Skiing: approx 8-9 hours

Distance: 28km

Altitude gain / loss: +600m / -750m

Day 8 - Departure day

Our trip finishes after breakfast. 

Included

  • 7 nights' accommodation on twin-share basis

  • All breakfasts and evening meals

  • All transport in the itinerary

  • Fully qualified & experienced International Mountain Leader

  • Luggage access on all 7 nights

Not Included

  • Lunches

  • Flights

  • Airport transfers

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal drinks & snacks

  • Tips

Trans Jura French Cross Country Ski: Book Online

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