Cross-Country Skiing Guided Holidays
"Best of Jura Franco-Swiss"
The Week’s Program Program Description
Saturday: Travel and transfer
Individual journey to Bois D'Amont (Cure or Le Brassus train station 10-15 minutes away). Check-in of your rooms at the Hotel Club du Risoux. Welcome aperitif and first meeting on the week's activities followed by a meal together. Preparation of the skis for the next day. Well-deserved night.
Sunday: Day on the site of the Vattay, 25 to 35 km depending on the course.
The site of La Vattay located at 1260 meters of altitude is 25 minutes from our hotel which we will join with our minibuses. La Vattay's piste network offers pistes for all levels. Some of them, such as the "Noire de Divonne" or the "Sonnailley", give a superb view, while the "Louvatière", which is in the forest, is appreciated in snowy weather! Lunch break at the Nordic Centre before a second loop of your choice in the afternoon. Return at the end of the afternoon to the hotel for an ultimate sauna and swimming pool.
Monday: Day at the Lajoux site, approx. 25 to 35 km depending on the route
Breakfast then transfer by minibus to the departure of the GTJ in Lajoux. We will be immediately rewarded with magnificent views towards the place called "Les Trois Cheminées" on the high peaks of the Jura mountain range. A little extra on the "Simard" track before leaving for the lunch break at the "Collège", a superb gîte-restaurant located right on the edge of the slopes. Two alternatives are possible in the afternoon to reach Lajoux, either via the combe de Laisia or in direct line through Les Platières. A little extra without any other possible option in Lajoux for the more enduring before returning to our accommodation in Bois d'Amont for recovery and relaxation in the hotel's Spa with its heated swimming pool and sauna. Preparation of the skis for the next day's stage then evening meal and meeting and presentation of the next day.
Tuesday: Day in the Massacre forest, approx. 28 to 35 km depending on the itinerary
Copious breakfast then short transfer by minibus to the small village of Prémanon. Departure of this day in the direction of the combe Sambine via the Bois de Ban track then to the lunch break at the chalet de la Frasse. The afternoon's route will pass through century-old forests by the combe à la chèvre, the Tuffes track before returning to Prémanon. On the way back, visit the Fort des Rousses, which is none other than a former military fort now housing the maturing cellars of around 140,000 wheels of Comté cheese (allow 1h30 and warm clothes as it is cold!). Return at the end of the afternoon to the hotel where the heated swimming pool and the sauna await you. Lunch together followed by the presentation of the next day.
Wednesday: Day in the Risoux massif, 25 to 35 km depending on the route
This third day starts in front of our hotel and partly follows the route of the famous Transjurasienne (the only French event registered on the Worldloppet race circuit). There are several routes to choose from, either by leaving in the direction of the village of Les Rousses through a particularly pleasant peat bog landscape or in the direction of the village of Le Brassus on Swiss territory or directly starting with a long climb towards the Risoux forest up to the crossroads of the chalet des ministres in the middle of the forest, which practically corresponds to the summit of this imposing forest massif. Lunch break organised either at the Gaillard chalet or other possibility at the Lodge in Ponard above Les Rousses depending on the group. Superb tour in the state forests in the afternoon before returning to Bois d'Amont to our hotel. Heated swimming pool, hammam and sauna for resting then meal with local specialities in the evening.
Thursday: Day at the Col du Mollendruz - La Givrine site, 28 or 35 km depending on the route
Today's stage starts at the Col du Marchairuz in Switzerland which we will reach from our accommodation with a short transfer by minibus of about 20 minutes. Today's magnificent itinerary takes us over open ground, towards the Col de la Givrine before reaching the Vermeilley refreshment bar where we will have our traditional break in the early afternoon. Second part with the possibility of extras in the direction of the Givrine for the most enduring then return for 13 kilometers to the starting point and mini-transfer to finish the day to our hotel where the sauna awaits you and will be hot! Lunch together then presentation of the last outing.
Friday: Day on the site of Chapelle des bois, 25 to 30 km depending on the route
A hearty breakfast and then we will reach the small village of Chapelle des Bois at the foot of the "Mont Noir" by minibus. The Nordic site of Chapelle des Bois located at 1085 meters of altitude is known for its dynamism and its network of well-maintained slopes in both classic and skating styles either in the direction of Bellefontaine passing by the Lac des Mortes or on the side of the Pré Poncet or in the direction of Foncine-le-Haut. Several alternatives to choose from for this day with a lunch break along the way depending on the group (Pré d'Haut or Chez Valentin refuges). Return at the end of the afternoon to your accommodation for the traditional sauna with swimming pool. Last festive meal together.
Saturday: Breakfast and then individual return trip.
Important: The order of the days is purely indicative, the program can be carried out in a different order and some adaptations are possible depending on the weather for example.