Jura cross country ski touring, France & Switzerland

“Not for absolute beginners, this cross-country ski adventure takes you right into the heart of the Jura region, skiing off the tracks and spending two nights in remote mountain huts”


skiing from Col du Marchairuz to the Grand Cunet Hut | Mont Tendre | Amburnex and Vallouse valleys | Mont Sâla and Cret des Danses | Girvine pass | Coppettes valley | Les Rousses

Description of Jura cross country ski touring, France & Switzerland

This week long fully guided Jura cross country skiing holiday takes you to the Jura plateau on the border of France and Switzerland. It’s one of the region’s most popular cross-country ski destinations and the remote setting presents a wonderful chance to keep active outdoors amongst some beautiful snow-covered scenery.

Using Nordic skis, which are perfectly suited to the region’s undulating hills, you’ll spend most of your time off the tracks in order to do some true exploration. A couple of nights are spent in remote wilderness huts, enabling you to get up in the morning and straight out into pristine snow-covered landscape.

You’ll need to have some previous experience of cross-country skiing, as well as a good level of fitness, though you don’t need previous experience with Nordic skis. Average daily ascents are 500m, with five to seven hours of skiing daily.

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29 Dec 2018
£ 1579
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Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Jura cross country ski touring, France & Switzerland

Accommodation and Meals:
Throughout the week we use a combination of mountain refuges and hotels, each offering something unique. The accommodation is locally staffed, providing valuable employment in the tourism industry on which the region depends. Fresh produce (such as cheese and meat) is sourced locally as much as possible. Picnic lunches (cold meats, cheese, bread etc.) are sourced at locally supplied stores and evening meals are either taken at our accommodation or local, family-run restaurants. Clients are encouraged to stop at local cafés or shops when possible, - local cafés are often seasonal and dependant on tourism for their livelihood, while providing valuable employment in areas where tourism is the principal, or only, employment option, particularly for younger people.

We use local leaders to help preserve the way of life in their area and offer regular training so they can also educate our travellers on how to be more responsible. Nordic skiing requires no ski lifts, groomed pistes and leaves no impact apart from tracks in the fresh snow. By visiting this remote area, we offer mountain communities alternative low impact forms of winter tourism. Our groups will visit remote mountain huts for cake and drink stops helping to support the economy of this remote community.

Water is a really important issue with active trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Water can be provided for clients on all trips and water receptacles are recycled or reused where appropriate. As tap water in the region is drinkable, clients will be encouraged to use tap water and to reuse plastic bottles, rather than buying bottled water.

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked to reduce our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group size
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.

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