La Vue des Alpes, Canton Neuchâtel. Photo/Foto: TES.

Winter sports in the Jura

Winter sports are not often associated with the mountains of the Jura. Even in German-speaking Switzerland, it is an unknown destination.

Yet this region offers many possibilities, skiing on smaller slopes, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or enjoying the many beautiful and well-maintained villages and towns.

The mountains have an altitude of up to 1,700 metres, but because of the location, snow is rather common. Brévine (canton Neuchâtel) is even the Siberia of Switzerland (Swiss Spectator 5 November 2020) at an altitude of only 1,043 metres.

The snow fun extends from the Vallée du Joux in Canton Vaud in the far west of the country near the border with France to the cantons of Neuchâtel, Jura and Bern.

The ski slopes of Bugnenets-Savagnières, for example, have seven lifts and are approximately 30 kilometres long.

This region is made for cross-country skiing, raquette (snowshoeing) because of the many meadows, forests and slopes.

In these times of lockdown, it is an ideal destination to pass the winter.