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25.01.2015 10:00 to 19:00
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City/Town: JU
Event Type: Sports
Meeting Point: Saignelégier, railway station

Snow has finally come so it's the highest time to start cross country skiing.
As I received some demands for sth doable by a total beginner, I'd propose to meet in Saignelégier (JU) where you can rent a ski set (25CHF/day: http://www.sportissimo.ch/ ) and buy a ski pass (5-10CHF).

When everyone is equipped, an short introduction to cross-country skiing technique will be given. Normally it takes about 30 minutes for an absolute beginner to learn the basic step which is enough for us.
Then we will ski altogether in the Jurassic spruce forest on the prepared tracks. The plan is to make a loop east from Saignelégier and return to the ski rental place. About 8km long in total. As always, the exact route and distance will be adjusted to the participants and snow conditions.

http://skidefond.ch/images/plans/plan01-02-03-04.pdf
After skiing we can have rest in the restaurant in Centre de Loisirs ( http://www.centredeloisirs.ch/ ), or in the spa/swimming pool there, depending on the individual preferences.

I'll have a car in Saingelegier o there will be a place to leave your heavier stuff (mainly boots).


Transportation to Saignelégier:

From Basel: 8:37, direction Porrentruy, change in Glovelier
From Neuchatel: 8:32, change in La Chaux-de-Fonds
From Biel/Bienne: 8:49, change in Delémont and Glovelier
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  • Odile - Not this time unfortunately. If you ever want to organise something similar at La Brévine, Les Cernets or Les Rasses- happy to join in and help organise.
  • adrianlondon - Unfortunately, I've got plans to be in Engelberg instead
  • debra - Would love to come another time, but will be in Engelberg tomorrow instead.
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This weekend doesn't work for me, unfortunately, but I'd love to try this another time if there's sufficient interest
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Re: Cross-country skiing, beginners, JU

Done.
At the end we were 19 people, divided into into two groups. The weather was really nice and the fresh snow was fantastic.
There are some photos:
http://www.meetup.com/Basel-Sports-C...hotos/25872775
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Re: Cross-country skiing, beginners, JU

Hi!

I'm planning on taking my family up to try cross-country skiing this week... We're all beginners, but fit! So we may need some input on technique to start...might the hirers be able to help here?

Will I be able to hire for 3 or 4 at the sportissimo shop? And just to clarify, is that in Le Noirmont or Saignelegier itself? The link hasn't been working, so not able to clarify...

Sorry, lots questions, but next time, now I'm a member, I'll try and join you all!

All the best,

Ben
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Old 27.01.2015, 01:01
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Hi!

I'm planning on taking my family up to try cross-country skiing this week... We're all beginners, but fit! So we may need some input on technique to start...might the hirers be able to help here?

Will I be able to hire for 3 or 4 at the sportissimo shop? And just to clarify, is that in Le Noirmont or Saignelegier itself? The link hasn't been working, so not able to clarify...

Sorry, lots questions, but next time, now I'm a member, I'll try and join you all!

All the best,

Ben

Its Snowup this Sunday (the same thing as Slowup but in the snow ..) which is a great chance for you to try out cross country/raquette etc. Here is the website

http://www.snowup-interjurassien.ch/...nowup-2015.pdf

Its based in and around Saignelégier but as I read in the Quotidien Jurassien that some 20 000 people are expected, it seems a better bet to take the train either from Delémont or park at Glovelier.

Lots of free attractions, and great even for families with very young children (bring your sledges to pull them along). Its been snowing alot up in Franche Montagnes (the downhill ski stations are open at the moment too) so conditions are ideal.
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Will I be able to hire for 3 or 4 at the sportissimo shop? And just to clarify, is that in Le Noirmont or Saignelegier itself? The link hasn't been working, so not able to clarify...

Sorry, lots questions, but next time, now I'm a member, I'll try and join you all!
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Here you can find the plan of the Franches Montagnes XC skiing area:
http://skidefond.ch/images/plans/plan01-02-03-04.pdf

And in general, http://skidefond.ch , section "Centres & pistes" is your friend.

Which link doesn't work?
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