Jura Cross-country Ski Tour

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Point-to-point skiing in Switzerland and France through part of the Jura

Situated on the border of Switzerland and France, the Jura plateau is one of France's top cross-country skiing destinations. The plateau offers beautiful natural scenery, a remote setting and excellent conditions for cross-country ski touring. For this terrain we will use Nordic skis, a variation and ancestor to the cross-country ski, as they are perfectly adapted to the rolling hills of Jura and are easy to use. In order to fully discover the winter wilderness we will mostly ski off the tracks as well as spend two nights in remote mountain refuges.


  • Point-to-point skiing from Switzerland to France
  • Explore the Jura mountains
  • Overnights in beautiful remote mountain refuges
  • Track and off-track skiing

Key information

  • 5 days of cross-country skiing
  • Group normally 5 to 12, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs.
  • 7 nights hotels and mountain refuges
  • Cross-country skiing grade 3

What's included

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Geneva with British Airways, airport transfers (for group flights only)
  • 5 nights hotels
  • 2 nights mountain refuge
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners
  • 5 days of guided cross-country skiing
  • Ski hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation on 3 nights (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

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  • Day 1

    Arrive Geneva; transfer to Saint‐George

    Arrive Geneva and transfer to Saint‐George.
    Hotel du Marchairuz or similar

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Grand Cunet Hut

    For our first day we will familiarise ourselves with the Nordic skiing equipment by skiing from Col du Marchairuz to the Grand Cunet Hut. The route we follow has some gentle slopes as well as sections along forest trails. Along the way we will enjoy views of Lake Joux and the Mont Blanc massif. Please note that we will not have access to our main luggage at the hut so will need to pack a bag for this one night.

    Grand Cunet Hut or similar


    Alternative itinerary for the December departure: The main objective of the day is to reach Mont Tendre (1680m), a ridge that offers breath-taking views of the Alps and Écrins National Park.
    Hotel du Marchairuz or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Mont Tendre

    The main objective of the day is to reach Mont Tendre (1680m), a ridge that offers breath-taking views of the Alps and Écrins National Park. We will then ski back to the hotel where our luggage will be waiting for us.
    Hotel du Marchairuz or similar


    Alternative itinerary for the December departure: We leave our main luggage behind and we head to the remote mountain refuge which will be our accommodation for the next two days. We begin with a superb traverse to the Pralet hut where we pass through the Amburnex and Vallouse valleys. This is an ideal location for the Nordic skis and the variety of terrain is amazing.
    Pralet Hut or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    To Rochefort Hut

    We leave our main luggage behind and head into the beautiful Amburnex and Vallouse valleys. There will also be the option to climb Mont Sâla (1511 m) and Cret des Danses from where we will enjoy some fantastic views of the Vosges to the north, the Forez to the west as well as the Swiss Alps. We will then come down to the Rochefort hut where we will be rewarded with views of Mont Blanc and La Dôle, the second highest summit of the Swiss Jura.
    Rochefort Hut or similar


    Alternative itinerary for the December departure:We start with a morning climb to Mont Sâla (1511 m) and Cret des Danses from where we will enjoy some fantastic views of the Vosges to the north, the Forez to the west as well as the Swiss Alps. We will then come down to the Pralet hut where we will be rewarded with views of Mont Blanc and La Dôle, the second highest summit of the Swiss Jura.
    Pralet Hut or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    To Les Rousses

    Today we say goodbye to Switzerland and head to Les Rousses in France. Our route will take us down to the Girvine pass (1228m) and then onto the Coppettes valley and Noirmont mountain range. Along the way, we have a very good chance of viewing Chamois. We will then have a gentle approach to Les Rousses through its beautiful plateau. Our main luggage will be waiting for us at the hotel.
    Hotel la Redoute or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Free day

    Free day. Les Rousses is an authentic winter resort, rich in history and culture, but also good for shopping and local crafts. On this day we have the option of downhill skiing, visiting the museum of the explorer Paul Emile Victor or simply just relaxing.
    Hotel la Redoute or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Ski in les Rousses

    Depending on the local conditions we will further explore the plateau of Les Rousses and either cross the frozen lakes or tackle La Dôle. Alternatively, we can head to the gorgeous forest around the slopes of Mont Fier (1282m) which is located in Permanom, a historical place where Paul Emile Victor trained for his winter expeditions.
    Hotel la Redoute or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Geneva Airport.

    End Les Rousses.

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info



No visa required for British passport holders.


No visa required for British passport holders.



There are no specific health risks.


There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners included.

Breakfast ‐ typically continental with cereal, fruit and yoghurt available.

Lunch – picnics and sandwiches.

Dinner ‐ local mountain dishes including meat stew and pasta along with cheese and soup.

Vegetarian food available but limited options


The Jura is known for its cold winters and temperatures regularly go as low as ‐15ºC, with a wind chill that can bring them even lower. Days are often bright and sunny with approximately 8 to 10 hours of daylight. However fog is not uncommon and most precipitation come in the form of snow (which ensures great snow coverage most years). At all times of the winter you can hope for periods of clear bright weather and at times it can become surprisingly warm in the sun. Equally, at all times you need to be ready for the occasional stormy day.

Good snow conditions are likely throughout the season but some years the snow can arrive late and this might have an impact on the December departure. In the event that insufficient snowfall has occurred, it is possible that some days may involve trekking or that the itinerary might change to go to areas where the snow is.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is is accessible to anyone with intermediate (level 3) cross-country skiing ability. Previous experience of ski touring and using Nordic skis is not necessary however. Most of the days involve point-to-point skiing with sections both on and off tracks. There will also be sections that involve going up and down slopes so it is important that you know how to snowplough.

The difficulty and distances covered in this trip depend very much on the snow conditions but the routes are designed to be possible even in the heaviest snow. The average ascent per day will be approximately 500m and the average distance per day will be approximately 15km. Expect 5 -7 hours per day cross-country skiing. Therefore you should have a reasonable level of fitness.

This trip involves 2 nights in mountain refuges. During this time you will not have access to your main luggage and will have to carry your essentials in a backpack.

Grade 3 - Intermediates

A grade 3 week is ideal for those looking to push on, tackle some slightly steeper terrain and cover more ground each day. Typical groups will have a few weeks skiing behind them, be very comfortable with the basics and happy on longer day tours. There will still be tuition on these weeks, at the required level.


Hotels and mountain refuges

We usually spend the first two nights in a family-run hotel located on the Jura plateau. This hotel has a bar and restaurant and very comfortable dorm rooms. We then spend the next couple of nights at two different remote mountain refuges where you will be served local food and enjoy magnificent scenery. Rooms will be dormitories with shared facilities and sleep up to 8-12 people for the first four nights of the trip. The remaining three nights will be spent at a comfortable 3-star hotel in Les Rousses where we will use twin share rooms. Wi-Fi will be available in communal areas at the hotels.

Single accommodation on 3 nights (available on request)

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  • Reviewed January 2017
    Mark Glaisher

    Expert guidance on all aspects of the Jura

    A fine holiday, including walking and skiing, that gave a good insight of Jura region. The mix of 'moving on' and 'staying put' worked well.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    From one of the nice mountain refuges, there was a splendid view across Lac Leman to the Alps, where Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Jungfrau could be seen. With the experience and advice of our guide, we were able to get within 30m of a group of chamois, who remained oblivious of our presence.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Group Leader Stephane helped us with his really comprehensive knowledge of the Jura, both cultural and scientific. Identification of wildlife footprints and explanation of the anthills & their vulnerability added to my knowledge. His catering at the mountain refuges produced some lovely local dishes. He went out of his way to make the most of the trip, for us.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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