Getting prepared

1Snow info

Snow info

Inform yourself about snow conditions to know what each section of the GTJ skiing route is like. Snow reports are updated every morning during the week; please bear in mind, however, that in times of changing conditions (typically heavy snowfalls), tracks pressed in the morning may be covered quickly. So make sure you match that information with the weather forecast!

Here is a list of all the snow report phone numbers:

Morteau valley: +33 (0)9 80 08 63 49
Larmont: +33 (0)9 81 49 13 81
Switzerland: +41 900 556 162
Les Fourgs/Métabief/Mont d’Or: +33 (0)3 81 49 13 81
Mouthe valley/Chapelle-des-bois: +33 (0)3 81 69 15 15
Risoux forest/Les Rousses ski resort: +33 (0)3 84 60 05 08
Hautes-Combes: +33 (0)9 84 42 79 02

2Latest info

Changes since the 2013 issue of the GTJ skiing route topoguide:

The GTJ skiing trail is now pressed for both skating and classic styles all along the route.

Leg 3: The course around Les Fourgs has been changed to provide the best snow conditions. The length of this leg is thus reduced by 500 m and the difference in altitude is increased by 20 m, but the points of departure and arrival remain the same.

 

3Fee and marking

As a GTJ-ist, you have two options to ski along our route through the different cross-country areas:

– purchase a weekly cross-country ski pass named “Montagnes du Jura” (€43 per adult, €29 for children up to 16 years), which is advised for any stay of 5 days or more, or

– purchase a multiple-day pass named “Pass X jours” which is valid for 1 to 5 days (the price varies depending on the cross-country area) and allows you to ski through several areas during the validity period. When purchasing a pass, make sure you tell the representative you are a GTJ-ist so that he or she puts a GTJ sticker on your pass; otherwise you might not be allowed in areas other than the one where you purchased it!

Once you start, follow the orange marks! Those are the marks of the GJT.
At many intersections, they even come with a small vector showing the direction you are heading: “Sud” if you’re going toward Giron, “nord” if you’re going toward Meix-Musy.

GTJ signposts are also installed in the main villages, informing you where you are on the route.

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4Guides, maps and GPS

The “Guide pratique Ski” shows every leg of the route and contains a wide range of practical tips. A map of the cross-country trails will be a good addition. You can purchase a map of the different areas at the relevant departure sites. Alternatively, you can get all the maps in advance and prepare your hike: our “coffret carto” box contains maps of all the Jura’s cross-country areas and is available in our online shop.

If you have a GPS, you can download the route free of charge from this link:

GPS :La GTJ à Ski

5Difficulty level

Long-distance skiing requires greater exertion on the part of skiers. This is because your backpack is heavier than usual, which changes your body’s centre of gravity and requires correction of your posture. Make sure your take this additional weight into account in your plans: your skiing performance is not going to be the same as in the case of a Sunday outing. On the other hand, it offers one major advantage: going slow will let you enjoy the scenery to the fullest.

The trail is groomed for both skiing styles: skate (diagonal stride) and classic (walking on skis). If both skiing styles are possible, opting for the classic style and using skis with scales on the running side is best when snow conditions vary. The skate style is more demanding in terms of technique and/or physical exertion when the snow is frozen or after a heavy snowfall.

6Equipment

What you can’t do without:

  • Skis/poles/shoes;
  • A pair a gloves and a soft hat;
  • A rucksack (with rain protection);
  • Accessories: Sunglasses; cap; sunscreen lotion; flashlight; knife; identity documents; survival blanket and candle; maps and compass; lighter and whistle;
  • Food: make sure you take enough food for the day and a sweet snack in case you need an energy boost;
  • At least 1.5 litre of water per person per day;
  • First aid kit (containing gauze, disinfectant, physiological salt solution, elastic band, bandages, second-skin bandages, tick tweezers, a needle, paracetamol);
  • Mobile phone with charger.

What can come in handy:

  • GPS
  • Vacuum flask
  • Sleeping bag (if you’re planning on staying overnight in shelters);
  • Minimum toiletry items;
  • A pair of binoculars and/or a camera;