Cross-Country Skiing Guided Holidays
In one week through the Jura Mountains | 2020
The Week’s Program
Sunday: Travel and Transfer
You will be on your own in terms of getting to the village of Lajoux, which is 20 minutes from La Cure train station and 40 minutes from the Bellegarde train station. You will check in at the Hotel La Haute Montagne, which is located in Lajoux. That first evening we will have a welcoming aperitif and you will find about how the following week is planned, followed by a dinner together with the whole group. You will prepare your skis for the next morning.
Monday: Going from the Village of La Pesse to Lajoux, 30 to 35 km
After a hearty breakfast, your mini bus will take you to La Pesse, which is about 20 minutes away. During the day, you will pass near the Crêt au Merle, where you will see some magnificent vistas of the highest summits of the Jurassienne Mountains-- Le Crêt de la Neige—which rises to 1,720 meters. Then you go toward Molunes, where you will have lunch at the “Collège” which is a superb restaurant situated right along the cross-country ski trail. You will have two choices for returning to Lajoux. You can go through the small Laisia Valley or directly through the Platières. Either way you will do between 32 km and 34 km for this first day. At the Haute Montagne, take a beer, but remember to prepare your skis for the next morning. Then dinner.
Tuesday: Lajoux to Les Rousses to La Cure, 30 to 35 km
After a copious breakfast, you will have the chance to visit the Park Museum “Maison du Parc du Haut Jura” and then we go out for your second day of skiing. You will be headed toward the Massacre Forrest. There will be a short coffee break at the Frasse Chalet before you continue toward Darbella for lunch. In the afternoon, you will go through the Village of Prémanon as far as La Cure, quite close to the well-known ski resort of les Rousses. There you will stay at the French/Swiss hotel of L’Arbezie. The hotel lies directly on the border—one side you come in is French; the other side is Swiss. So, take your pick—eat in France or eat in Switzerland, in the same dining room! The same is true for the bedrooms that you choose to sleep in. This is a unique establishment, symbolizing in and of itself why we call this trip “without borders.” Bérénice and her staff will offer you her locally famous cuisine.
Wednesday: La Cure to Chapelle-des-Bois, 25 to 35 km
The third leg of your trip will be mainly on the famous Transjurassienne trail, which is the only French race that is part of the Worldloppet. For those of you who don’t know, the Worldloppet unites 16 of the best cross-country courses in the world. As you leave the Rousses village, you will see scenery all around you as you move on toward the village of Bois d’Amont (first 10 km by bus possible). This is truly a Nordic ski town which is famous for having been the home of a number of Nordic ski champions in France as well as those who have won races in the category combined Nordic skiing. A long uphill goes towards the Risoux Forest where you will have lunch at the Gaillard chalet, which is right before the Chalet des Ministres in the middle of the forest. You won’t be far from the summit of this imposing place. Then a long downhill into the Bellefontaine Valley during the afternoon and further to our next overnight stay in the Club Hotel le Risoux. In the evening, dinner will consist of local specialties and in hotel also awaits you a heated indoor pool, hammam and sauna for your relaxation after a copious skiing day.
Thursday: A tour around Chapelle-des-Bois, about 20 to 40 km
One good point to remember for this day is that you don’t have to pack in the morning because we are going to spend a second night at the same hotel. Today's stage starts with an ascent towards the forest landscape around Risoux up to its imposing peak. For the second part, various options are planned, a longer descent to the Bellefontaine and Chapelle des Bois for ambitious athletes or a loop to the Risoux massif for connoisseurs. On the way, lunch will be organized for both groups. Arrival in the late afternoon after a stage of 20 to 40 kilometers, depending on the option chosen. Swimming pool, sauna and dinner.
Friday: Col du Mollendruz to La Cure, 45 km or 25 km
You will start this glorious day at the Col du Mollendruz in Switzerland after having been driven in a mini bus from your hotel in Chapelle-des-Bois. Plan on about a 30-minute drive. The magnificent itinerary today will allow you to explore wonderful terrain starting from the foot of the Tendre Mountain whose peak is at 1,673 meters. You will pass through the Bon Accueil refuge and go all the way to the Col du Marchairuz that you will discover after about 18 km of skiing. The track cross the road and continue in the general direction of la Cure where on the way you will stop at La Buvette des Pralets where we will take a break for lunch. Only 13 km to go in the afternoon to get to our hotel L’Arbezie, the same French/Swiss hotel that you were in on Tuesday. Before arriving at the hotel you will go through Baronne. Start at Col du Marchairuz for the short distance of 25 km.
Saturday: La Cure to les Rousses to Lajoux, about 25 to 30 km
Another hearty breakfast in the morning before the last stage of your trip. You will be going toward Lamoura, well-known for those who participate in the Transjurassienne races. You will go through the superb Combe Sambine. Lunch break at La Serra before you continue on to Combe du Lac and finally back to the village of Lajoux. There you will stay in the same hotel La Haute Montagne as the first two evening. Last meal together.
Sunday: Breakfast and individually journey back.