A continuous cross-country ski traverse of the Swiss Jura Mountains
The Jura Mountains are one of the least explored pockets of the Alps. If it is peace, tranquility and a true taste of authentic mountain life you seek then look no further! Known colloquially as ‘le pays qui respire' (the country with breathing space), the inhabitants take immense pride in their local produce and the Trans Jura is not only great cross country skiing but also a memorable feast for all the senses. Our Trans Jura Swiss starts in La Cure on the Swiss Franco border and ends 153kms later at the aptly named 'Vue des Alpes'. The ski route, which was first completed in 1976, crosses the Haut-Jura regional park and is mosttly along prepared , pressed tracks.
Unlike the jagged peaks of the Alps, the landscape is more Nordic and rolling and each day we aim to cover 20 - 35kms of the trail, carrying only our daypacks, arriving at our overnight hotel or gite to find our luggage waiting for us. In this quiet corner of Switzerland, amidst a weather beaten mountain culture cut off for centuries from both France and Switzerland, it's not unusual to ski all day without seeing anyone else. This is a unique trip and a true journey on skis, where the enigmatic landscapes will captivate and reward even the most seasoned of traveller.
Ski Hire AvailableCross 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 total ski hire for the week is about 150 Euros per person (this includes the cost of returning the equipment to the hire shop at the end of the trip).