Introduction to classic cross-country skiing in the Jura
Give a try to cross-country skiing, discover the wild and stunning Vallée de Joux and Col du Marchairuz in the Jura, and enjoy an overnight with a fun group of people in a charming mountain hotel! The cross-country skiing paradise in the area of the Swiss-French border is among the most extensive ones in Central Europe.
This trip is led by one of our Touring Monkeys international mountain leaders and ski instructor, Edouard Gaudefroy.
What’s the plan?
We meet our guide at Le Marchairuz, col at 10:15 on Saturday. We check the equipment, get ready, get a shuttle to the cross-country skiing trail and start the introduction course in the beautiful and unspoiled area around the famous mountain pass. We have a picnic break for lunch and keep skiing in the afternoon. On this first day, we do a lot of exercises to improve our technique and balance. Return to Col du Marchairuz at the end of the day, where we enjoy the evening at Hotel du Marchairuz. Dinner and night at the hotel.
After a nice breakfast at the hotel, we put the skis on and go out for a long tour all day. We ski through the forest and through more open areas, and if the weather permits we can get some gorgeous views of Lake Geneva and the Alps in the background. After another long day out, we make our way back to the hotel where we can catch the bus back home. On both days, you have the possibility to leave some of your bags or personal items at the hotel or in the vehicles.
To join this event, you need to have a good fitness level. No previous cross-country skiing experience needed.
Day Clothing Essentials
-Leggings or skiing trousers
-Small backpack (20-30L)
-Waterproof backpack cover
-Waterproof inner bags or bin bags
-Cross-country skiing boots
-Cross-country ski poles
-Thermal bottle for tea
-Sun screen and lip protector
-Plasters and basic medicine
-Face mask and hand disinfectant
You have the possibility to rent skis, ski boots, and poles for an additional CHF 40.
How to get there?
If you are traveling from Zurich by public transport, we recommend you to take the following transportation.
Zurich HB 06:32 – 10:10 Le Marchairuz, col (via Lausanne and Allaman)
Le Marchairuz, col 16:47 – 20:28 Zurich HB (via Allaman and Lausanne) – depending on what time the event finishes
If you are traveling by car, you can park at Col du Marchairuz car park.
The price of the event is CHF 400.
Included in price
– 2 days of guided cross-country skiing with a certified instructor in a small group (max. 6 participants per instructor)
– Shuttles between the hotel and the cross-country skiing trails
– Access to the cross-country trails
– 1 night of accommodation in a shared room at Hotel du Marchairuz
– Dinner on Saturday
– Breakfast on Sunday
Not included in price
– Transport to/from Le Marchairuz
– Skiing equipment (skis, boots, poles) – can be rented out for an additional CHF 40
– Packed lunches
Minimum number of participants: 4
Maximum number of participants: 12
By signing up for this event, you agree that you have read, understood, and will adhere to our Terms and Conditions.