The mountains around Métabief offer ideal conditions for budding champions. Fabrice Guy (Nordi combined), Vincent Defrasne, Florence Baverel and Célia Aymonier (biathlon), Alexandre Rousselet and Anouk Faivre Picon (cross-country skiing) and others have all made dazzling performances in France and abroad, placing the resort under a powerful spotlight!
Watched over by the Mont d'Or, Métabief Resort reaches an elevation of 1,463 metres. This exposed resort generously offers an outstanding panoramic view over nearly 300 Alpine peaks. With trails through the trees, relaxing family skiing, and sporting challenges on mogul-dotted slopes, it makes the ideal playground for winter sports addicts of every kind. History fans and food lovers will also find plenty of local produce and heritage features to visit or to savour. A whole host of experiences just waiting to be shared.
Skiing with views of the Alps
From the summits, the stunning panoramic view stretches from Berner Oberland to the Mont Blanc mountain range.
Three fully interconnecting Alpine sectors (Métabief, Piquemiette and Superlongevilles) offer a vast ski area featuring 10 green slopes, 13 blues, 12 reds and 6 blacks.
From the top you'll experience a whole array of emotions, with a breathtaking 360° view, slopes descending through the forest, stretches of untouched snow winding through the pines, and slopes dotted with moguls. Here, downhill skiers are spoilt for choice, whatever their level.
Métabief is not only a family favourite, but also a choice destination for riders eager to go off the beaten track. The resort's forest ski slopes and technical descents that slalom through the pines will appeal to downhill skiers, telemarkers and snowboarders alike.
The Nordic area around Métabief
For those who prefer cross-country skiing to downhill, there are nearly 167km of waymarked trails around the resort, for both beginners and experts. Classic or skate-style, you'll snake across the snowy mountain pastures and pine forests. Simply magical! To prolong the pleasure, you can even take to the lit-up slopes of "Coupe aux Fourgs" and "La Seigne" at night.
If you're up for a sporting challenge you can head for the Grande Traversée du Jura (GTJ) trail for a magnificent 180km escape on an exeptional training ground in the Jura Mountains. From the resort, you can reach the GTJ via the slopes of Les Fourgs.The best Nordic sites for cross-country skiing
Snowshoeing, sledging, ski touring...
In Métabief, you can enjoy the pleasures of the snow in every form, with or without skis. Besides the sledging slopes and fun areas around the village, you can also discover the joys of snowshoeing and ski touring.
The 58km of snowshoe trails include bypaths between the villages and houses. A ski touring excursion will give your calf muscles a workout as you climb the Mont d’Or, and the waymarked forest trails and secured off-piste sectors will widen your scope of terrain to explore.
Métabief, a land of champions
Experiences to be savoured
When you stay in Métabief you also get to enjoy the local culinary and cultural gems. You'll be able to sample generous helpings of salted meats, absinthe, Comté and Mont d’Or cheese, and honey. The range of local expertise is legion and the mountain-dwellers of Jura reserve a very warm welcome.
Here, nature and history have a wonderful partnership. Joux Castle appears to blend into the rocky spur on which it stands. In Labergement-Sainte-Marie, the Maison de la Réserve showcases the wealth of fauna and flora that inhabits our mountains, while Fort-Saint-Antoine has been transformed into a cheese-maturing cellar. All around, the smokehouses and farms of Franche-Comté fill the air with woody aromas as nature tells her many stories.
Original activities galore
What sets the Jura mountains apart from the rest is that, in winter, you can enjoy a host of different activities that make a real change from the somewhat classic downhill skiing! Between skating on frozen lakes, dog sledding, ski jumping and much more, you'll be spoilt for choice!