Tracks and Trails / Booking & Info / Blog and Chat

The best part about my job - on quiet days getting away to explore a new area! NEW for winter 2010 - visit the Jura!

Sitting on the border of both France and Switzerland, the Jura, a limestone plateau, lies very close to Geneva. Steeped in history, geology and gastronomy it also has mountains that go on for miles but unlike the jagged peaks of the Alps it's of the 'Nordic rolling' variety. Therefore being ideal for so many activities; walking, Nordic walking, biking, snowshoeing and of course cross country skiing! Consider this….175km of cross country skiing as a continuous journey! In 1978 the Grandes Traversees du Jura, GTJ, was completed and is a long distance trail for all these sports! Along the way you can travel by which ever means from hotel to hotel or auberge with a small pack covering 20km per day or more!

Cross country ski enthusiasts will always quite rightly recommend the Scandinavian countries multi-day journeys. The Jura, however, also has a great deal of ski potential to offer. So much so you can easily ski for 30km or more without seeing another soul! It’s all track skiing for both skates and classic styles. The holiday potential for exploration is endless, with hundreds of km’s of other track skiing along the way not to mention the snowshoe potential.

In February I completed the ‘Tranjurasienne’ 54km skate race – a great way of seeing some of the route! And my Mum (very apt nearly being Mother’s Day!) needs to be congratulated on her first ever ski event finishing 1st in her age group in the 10km classic!

The GTJ will soon feature on our ski pages for 2010 as both a Scheduled Departure, traversing the region in 7 days, or as a Bespoke holiday.

The week long snowshoe trip in the Valais region of Switzerland is in full swing. We have had the best week of the winter so far in terms of weather; absolutely scorching sunshine, blue skies, and very little wind. Our team have had some great days in the mountains with trips so far this week to Vicheres, Swiss Val Ferret, Mont de l'Arpille, and the Grand St Bernard Monastery. The Monastery was, as always, a wonderful experience and a real haven of peace and reflection in the mountains. For nearly a thousand years the monks of the world famous hospice have offered hospitality and respite to weary travellers, and our team was no exception! The sweet tea served by Brother Frederick on arrival was especially welcome after the long climb and the heat of the day. I think the views we have had this week have been just incredible with some wonderful ascents of Cols and summits offering Mont Blanc, Mont Velan, the Grand Combin, the Grand Jorasses, and the Gran Paradiso to name just a few. With a day still to go the team are already looking to return next year. If you are interested in joining us get in touch!

3 countries walking alpine trail running Alps Alta Via aosta apps for hikers apps for the outdoors Austrian Alpine Club autumn bare foot running BBC BBC radio ben arogundade Ben Lawers Berghaus Trail Team biathlon Cairngorms Cameron McNeish CCC Chablais Chablais Snowshoe chamonix Chamonix 10k chamonix adventure Chamonix Cross Chamonix Marathon chamonix snowshoe and ski chamonix trail running Chamonix walking Champex christmas cogne core work Creta de Vella cross country skiing cross country skiing in the alps cross country skiing in the obergoms cross country skiing italy cross country skiing italy weekend breaks Dolomites eRide Grip trainers Scott everest marathon everest trekking family holidays fells Finse Flying Tandom france garmin forerunner Geilo Glaciers Glencoe Grand St Bernand Grand St Bernard Monastery green travel green travel company GTJ guardian travel list 2010 High Atlas hiking Hospice IML italian ski weekend italy Jura kenton cool Kilimanjaro kintail late winter holiday availabilty & merry christmas Lindsay Cannon lizzy hawker marathon Mark Stephen Mer de glace Mont Blanc mont blanc marathon Mont Blanc snowshoe week Morocco mountain marathon mountains multi activity weeks for families nordic ski nordic ski training nordic skiing nordic walking nordicfest Norway ski touring nutrition nutrition for skiing nutrition for winter activities outdoors Paragliding peak district Peru Trekking Photo: Vasaloppet Photography: wildlife Pole Test pyrenees Radio Scotland rafting rebecca dent road biking rodellar routes des grandes alpes Run Training Running Running or Walking Running Poles running spikes Scenic runs scotland scott sport running clothing scott trail running shoes skate ski SkiFit Skye skylines Snow snowshoe snowshoe alps snowshoeing St Bernard stella magazine summer hiking walking sustainable tourism swiss snowshoeing switzerland telegraph Telemarking The Adventure Show thermal baths Toubkal Tour de Matterhorn tour des dents du midi Tour du Mont Blanc Tracks and Trails trail des aiguilles rouge trail running trail running alps Training transjurassienne Triathlon Tuscany Uhuru Peak Trek ultra running Ultramarathons UTMB val ferret Verdon Gorge Vicheres VO2 Max Walking Walking Poles wellbeing winter strength training winter trail running

Our messages from the mountains

Tags

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
            1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31