The Jura Mountains are a sub-alpine mountain range following the course of the France/Switzerland border, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Jura has hundreds of kilometres of prepared cross country skiing trails and is the spiritual home of cross country skiing in France.
Getting there : Glide Jura mountains experiences are easily accessed via Geneva Airport (less than an hour drive). We provide mini bus transfers from the airport to our base.
Glide offers clients 3 separate experiences in the Jura:
- The Grande Traversée du Jura (GTJ), a challenging 180km cross country ski trail north to south along the spine of the Jura mountains, covering 20 – 35 kms per day. The French Ski Federation grades the GTJ as ‘advanced’. Clients need to be confident on their skis and be able to ski over a variety of terrain and in varying snow conditions most of the day whilst carrying a day pack. Skiers should be at a very good fitness level and be able to ski circa 6 – 7 hours daily to cover the distance. The GTJ can be skied in segments or in its entirety depending on client’s time and ability.
- Winter Training Camps to prepare competitors for the Engadine Marathon. Camps vary from 3 – 5 days in length. Glide instructors teach a combination of skating and classic technique for both experienced and first-time skiers. We head out onto the trails for distance and interval training with a race on our final day.
- A Jura Experience. This trip is for all levels of skiers with FUN in mind and is a less difficult, diverse and enjoyable experience including Biathlon (skiing and shooting), an overnight stay in an unmanned cabin, an opportunity to go “mushing” with huskies/sleds, and, if you are keen on cheese, a visit to the local Comté cheese fort.