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Re: Cross country skiing (langlauf) in the Jura 2012/13

And close to Geneva you've got the beautiful site of La Vattay, in the French Jura.
http://www.monts-jura.com/fr/la-stat...valserine.html

I can't promise Odile's welcome as I live 50km away, but I hope to take some afternoons off from work and get on the piste there.
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Re: Cross country skiing (langlauf) in the Jura 2012/13

At last- the snow is back. La Brévine, Les Cernets, etc (NE Jura) and Les Rasses-Les Cluds (VD Jura) all open and ready for you. If anyone needs advice about accom, rental, etc, don't hesitate to ask.
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Re: Cross country skiing (langlauf) in the Jura 2012/13

Sadly I will not be able to come and cross-country ski in the Jura again for another season

I broke my foot and it will be April before I can put weight on my left foot...so skiing is out
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Re: Cross country skiing (langlauf) in the Jura 2012/13

Ouch I am so so sorry to hear that. Well, I'd be happy to take any beginners on the flat around here- but with a knee replacement on the cards for March- I'll take it easy too. Happy to do B&B here (with kitchen and separate bathroom available- 2 double bedrooms, + 2 if required with very modern bathroom) or recommend small Inns and Hôtels for all budgets, and hire. And of course happy to join anyone for hot chocolate or a meal, fondue, etc- oh, and some local absinthe, of course

In La Brévine, there is a nice Hôtel with excellent food, called Auberge au Loup Blanc- and excellent cross country ski hire and equipment shop nearby and on the pistes (well marked every day- 2 classic trails on either side of a wide skating trail) with nice restaurants all the way for hot chocolate or a decent meal. The hire shop is called La Siberia.

www.loup-blanc.ch

www.siberiasports.ch

A tip- go at about 11.40/45- and ask for afternoon ski hire. It normally starts from 14.00- but if you go just before 12.00- she will start your half-day hire from then on- gaining 2 hours! Great shop too for skis, poles, shoes, waxes, clothes, gloves and hats, etc- you can buy your pass from there. Nobody checks if you have it- but I believe it is fair to pay a little contribution towards the maintenance of the pistes, and not expensive.

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Re: Cross country skiing (langlauf) in the Jura 2012/13

Time to revive this thread as the Jura has had about 1ft of snow since yesterday. Not sure I'll be able to ski this year- but will give it a go on the flat soon. In the meantime- those who love langlauf/crosscountry skiing - the Jura season is opened

I live in the middle of the TGJ - Grande Traversée du Jura- a very long trail on the tops of the Jura from Geneva to Basel - so happy to give advice if required.

http://www.gtj.asso.fr/differentes-f...i-de-fond.html
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Re: Cross country skiing (langlauf) in the Jura 2012/13

Jealous! I can't wait to get my cross country skis out, but not enough snow here yet.
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Re: Cross country skiing (langlauf) in the Jura 2012/13

Wow I am surprised - there is loads of snow even in Villars - so surprised there is none where you are
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Re: Cross country skiing (langlauf) in the Jura 2012/13

It's a winter wonderland up here in the Neuchâtel/Vaud/France Jura and many of the cross-country ski pistes are opened, on both sides of border:

http://www.skidefond.ch/etatPiste.php?lang=en
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Re: Cross country skiing (langlauf) in the Jura 2012/13

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Wow I am surprised - there is loads of snow even in Villars - so surprised there is none where you are
We had some snow over the last few days, but our langlauf tracks haven't been prepped yet... not a priority I guess. Can't tell if Obergoms is open, their website info is not working.
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Re: Cross country skiing (langlauf) in the Jura 2012/13

Never tried ski de fond but would like to this winter. From Jan-Feb I'll be taking my son to his first lessons in Les Paccots but during the school holidays of Feb this sounds interesting to stay for a week.

My son is only 6 so is there anything else to do? I'm guessing he'll only get 1-2 hours of skiing
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Re: Cross country skiing (langlauf) in the Jura 2012/13

I have a few questions to add to this thread. I'm a wilderness amateur, so I hope they aren't stupid things to ask.

- Is it possible and permitted to snowshoe trek near the langlauf tracks/areas? I wouldn't want to be breaking any official or unofficial rules or getting in anyone's way, and being scolded in French or German is something I really try to avoid.

- Any advice for getting cross-country skis, either rentals or very cheap used gear? It's probably not realistic for my budget in any case, but I have wanted to learn for awhile, since I like snow but am pretty frightened of slopes.
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Old 27.11.2016, 22:22
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- Is it possible and permitted to snowshoe trek near the langlauf tracks/areas? I wouldn't want to be breaking any official or unofficial rules or getting in anyone's way, and being scolded in French or German is something I really try to avoid.
Near them shouldn't be a problem, but don't snowshoe/walk on the pisted/prepared tracks, as putting holes in the smooth tracks will not go down well

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- Any advice for getting cross-country skis, either rentals or very cheap used gear? It's probably not realistic for my budget in any case, but I have wanted to learn for awhile, since I like snow but am pretty frightened of slopes.
Try rental shops as they may have old rental stuff to sell. Don't buy random stuff just because it's cheap, as with cross-country skis you need fitting based on your weight, or they won't work properly. You need to decide between Classic and Skate equipment too.

With cross country skiing you will come across "slopes" ... not as steep as in alpine skiing, but far more terrifying, because you have far less control going downhill on cross country skis than on alpine skis.
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Re: Cross country skiing (langlauf) in the Jura 2012/13

How is the Jura looking now? I was planning on heading to Obergoms this week, but it got warm, rained and now there is no snow
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How is the Jura looking now? I was planning on heading to Obergoms this week, but it got warm, rained and now there is no snow
Hasn't been any snow up around this area for well over a week now. I would guess it to be the same everywhere. There is no snow forecast for the next week or so either but it looks as though it's going to be pretty cold.
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With cross country skiing you will come across "slopes" ... not as steep as in alpine skiing, but far more terrifying, because you have far less control going downhill on cross country skis than on alpine skis.
Thank you very much for the advice!

With "slopes" I'm more concerned about my lack of avalanche knowledge than crashing. Hopefully I will find myself an avalanche safety course soon. But even with more knowledge I think I'll be too scared of backcountry alpine, since I assume every snowy mountain is out to get me.
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Thank you very much for the advice!

With "slopes" I'm more concerned about my lack of avalanche knowledge than crashing. Hopefully I will find myself an avalanche safety course soon. But even with more knowledge I think I'll be too scared of backcountry alpine, since I assume every snowy mountain is out to get me.
Oh me too, I've done the courses, but not one for the back-country. Not much danger of avalanche on tracked cross country skiing.
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How is the Jura looking now? I was planning on heading to Obergoms this week, but it got warm, rained and now there is no snow
This is the Chasseral this morning. I think you'll agree there isn't any snow up there.
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