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Cross-country skiing 2011

Really think that as cross-country skiing (langlauf/ski de fond) is so different and generally attracts a very different audience- it is better to have its own thread. Are any of you cross-country fans? Would love to hear about your experiences, advice and favourite haunts.
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Re: Cross-country skiing 2011

Just got back from a ski up at the Col du Marchairuz this morning and the conditions were great. Very nice to get back on the skates - especially after competing the Open track Vasaloppet (90km classic) in Sweden last weekend.
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Re: Cross-country skiing 2011

I would like to start cross country but still have not enough information about that sport. Went to the shop to try clothes for that and was shocked - they're so light!
As a beginner I wouldn't be doing long distances so I think I'll need something different to wear.
I would be pleased to get any recommendations where to start (not far from Zurich)?
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Re: Cross-country skiing 2011

well, this is something I have always wanted to do, does that count?
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wow - you are in a different league then, lol. For all those in the Nyon area, Le Col du Marchairuz is very accessible, and has a wonderful view of the Alps. The Jura imho is much better than the Alps, as you ski on the Crètes/tops and can link 100s of miles from near Geneva to near Basle. The pistes at our local centre, Les Cernets/La Brévine are also very well opened and the weather is gorgeous up here. If anybody comes to the area, would happily meet for a ski, a drink or a meal.

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The Jura imho is much better than the Alps, as you ski on the Crètes/tops and can link 100s of miles from near Geneva to near Basle.
I have been curious about the Chemin des Crêtes du Jura for a long time. I believe that it is a hiking itinerary in summer and a ski itinerary in winter. Is it skiable on narrow XC skis, or does it require randonnée equipment?

Just curious, I have no plans for coming to Switzerland in winter.
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Its actually called the GTJ - grande traversée du Jura - many maps/books are available, for hiking, cross-country-skiing, cycling or VTT (mountains biking) with all the restaus/hotels, etc. We are about half-way. The local pistes come from the Valléede Joux to France (Metabief/jougne) then over the ch border to us. Then east to La Brévine and beyond. We had friends from UK all last week and they skied in tracksuits and gaiters + fleece or anorak depending on the day. We have cross-country ski trousers which we wear over leggings/longjohns) and a normal anorak or outdoor hiking jacket. NO special clothing required really. Of course many of the locals belong to he lycra all in one suit brigade - and I suppose if I had long legs and a tight butt like them, I might join them. LOL!

Our local restaurant at Les Cernets is owned and run by Pierre-Eric Rey, a legend of Swiss cross country skiing in the 80s and an ex-member of the Swiss team (who regularly come to train here) and his partner Karine. They are right next to the pistes- have rooms and small dorms, excellent cuisine and very friendly + the do cross-country ski hire (boots, sticks and skis) at very reasonable rates. Look up www.hotel-lescernets.ch
We would gladly take people out if they are a bit nervous, or would like company. If you go to La Brévine- there is a great specialised cross-country ski shop, with very reasonable hire rates too- right by the pistes. Siberia Sport 0329351330. You can do about 4km to a great restaurant called l'Auberge desTaillères, by the lake of the same name, then return, all on the flat. Owned by a very eccentric French man from Montpellier area, who has worked in Yorkshire and speaks good English- The Auberge has a boat sticking out of the entrance.. the smoking area!

Beautiful weather up here and ideal conditions- hope to see some of you here soon.
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Re: Cross-country skiing 2011

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wow - you are in a different league then, lol. For all those in the Nyon area, Le Col du Marchairuz is very accessible, and has a wonderful view of the Alps. The Jura imho is much better than the Alps, as you ski on the Crètes/tops and can link 100s of miles from near Geneva to near Basle. The pistes at our local centre, Les Cernets/La Brévine are also very well opened and the weather is gorgeous up here. If anybody comes to the area, would happily meet for a ski, a drink or a meal.
Do you know if the pistes at Les Cernets are easily accessible by public transports? I love skiing in the Jura, but access (from Zurich) is always a bit of a problem.
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Take the train to Neuchatel, then Fleurier, and bus to Les Verrières (pm for the next few kms) or ask Karine or Pierre-Eric at Les Cernets - if you stay for a few days I'm sure they'll pick you up from Les Verrières. For La Brévine, bus from Le Locle or Fleurier.
Remember that if you do an itinerary search with sbb.ch you can request a destination where both train and bus are required.
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Take the train to Neuchatel, then Fleurier, and bus to Les Verrières (pm for the next few kms).
Thanks. SBB says it's about an hour from Neuchatel to Les Verrieres, but I don't know how long it takes to get to the pistes from there. [sorry, didn't see your last edit]
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Re: Cross-country skiing 2011

4 mins by car, no prob.
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4 mins by car, no prob.
Ok, that kind of answers my question: "no public transports"
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Well, just ask - or go to La Brévine. Tried to post the cross-country map for Neuchatel Jura, but could not import the file. just Google
Espace Nordique Neuchatelois.

Another brilliant, sunny winter wonderland day up here - pistes still OK, but some bare patches appearing and melting fast.

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