From Le Mosses Plateau to the undulating hills of the Jura, there are some extraordinary locations for cross-country skiing within easy reach of Geneva. The Jura Mountains are just 45 minutes by car from Hotel d’Angleterre, meaning that guests who’d like to experience a new winter sport can easily do so. Prepare for pristine trails, stunning scenery and plenty of fresh Alpine air. Here are the best cross-country skiing locations near Geneva.
Vaud Jura Balcony
Under two hours’ drive from central Geneva, the Vaud Jura Balcony is one of the best spots in the region for cross-country skiing. Equipped with over 100km of clearly signposted trails, there are plenty of beginner-friendly routes and decent snowfall is almost guaranteed. Whilst making the most of the well-maintained trails, take a moment to appreciate the stunning scenery and wonderful views across the Vaud Jura plateau and Alps.
Les Mosses Plateau
A perfect landscape for cross country skiing, Les Mosses plateau is the biggest skiing area of its kind in the Vaud Alps and, towering at up to 1650 metres above sea level, it comprises 42 kilometres of trails. Thoughtful touches include areas of illuminated trail whilst skiers will also be treated to the charming surroundings of snow dusted Alpine forests and meadows.
Piste Amont, Leysin
Located below the popular and family-friendly ski resort of Leysin, the Piste Amont cross-country ski trail is highly regarded both for its varying route and panoramic mountain peak views. As you glide through idyllic Alpine villages, such as Crettaz and La Chevreie, enjoy a mountainous backdrop that includes the Mont d’Or and the Les Diablerets range. The trail itself is satisfyingly undulating, passing through rural fields and farms and the plateau above, which is something of a suntrap.
Piste d’Issalet, Les Pleiades
What the Piste d’Issalet lacks in height, it more than makes up for in breathtaking views. Positioned on a peak near to Les Pléiades and not far from the lakeside town of Vevey, the trail here is a great choice for all abilities as it combines gentle slops with flat tracks and moderate climbs. The unspoilt winter wonderland backdrop of snow blanketed meadows is enough to see you through the more challenging parts of the route.
A trail that wends its way from the mountainside village of Marchairuz to Mollendruz, this is a local favourite for good reason. A starting point at the Hotel-restaurant du Marchairuz affords some memorable views of Mont Blanc, before moving on to the peaceful woodland of the Haut-Jura and serene pasture meadows of Pré de Denens. Take a breather at Bon Accueil, a quaint mountain hut fashioned out of a disused bus, that marks the highest point of the route. Descend slowly down to the Chalet du Mollendruz before reaching the finish at the Col du Mollendruz.
After an exhilarating day on the slopes, enjoy a wonderfully relaxing massage in the comfort of your room at Hotel d’Angleterre.
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