A 180km trail from Villers-le-Lac to Grion, crossing the three French departments of Doubs, Jura and Ain. The recommended average distance to cover per day is 20 to 30km.
An itinerary to discover when the ground is thick with snow
In the Jura winter, cross-country skiing offers a total immersion in the Nordic atmosphere. Along the 180km Grande Traversée du Jura trail, cross-country skiers are at one with nature and the Nordic skiing spirit. Skate-skiing or classic style, it makes no difference to the objective: to spend an immersive few days in the wilderness and get back to basics. Crossing the forests of the High Valleys, admiring the Crêt de la Neige, stopping at a mountain refuge and devouring a baked Mont d'Or cheese...
Your pace will depend on your physical condition and preference. Meditative skiers will take a short section or follow a loop for their first experience on a long-distance winter trail, while keen athletes will take 6 to 8 days to cover the entire 180km.
Whatever your level, you can make an overnight stop as there are plenty of accommodation solutions along the GTJ itinerary.