Yearning for the mountains but don't fancy the big resorts? Dreaming of winter sports but without the crowds? Then the Jura Mountains are just what you need. Here, a covering of snow transforms the landscape into France's very own Scandinavia. Enjoy this Nordic atmosphere to the full in the tranquil plenitude offered by untouched nature. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skating across a frozen lake or riding in a dog sled, here the Nordic way of life takes many forms.

Elisa Detrez et Maxime Coquard - Bestjobers - BFC Tourisme
Ambiance hygge et nordique dans un chalet du massif du Jura

An alternative winter holiday

Looking for an alternative to Alpine skiing? Want to spend some energy in the mountains with activities galore that don't involve downhill skiing? Dreaming of that mindful Nordic way of life that puts you at one with nature? Then head for the mountains of Jura!

Alternative winter activities

Stéphane Godin - BFC Tourisme
Les plaisirs de la glisse nordique dans les paysages des Hautes Combes
Nordic activities

Cross-country skiing, so Nordic!

What better place than the Jura Mountains to try this dynamic winter sport in the great outdoors? Both techniques (classic or diagonal) can be enjoyed by most people. Above all, they are your chance to explore mile after mile of trails across an idyllic landscape.

Discover cross-country skiing

Ski jumping and biathlon, Olympic disciplines that anyone can try

Saut à ski depuis un tremplin dans le Jura
Nordic activities

Ski jumping: prepare for take-off!

Good news from the Jura mountains: here, you can even try ski jumping. You can have a go at this high-flying Olympic sport on the small jumps designed for children and adults of all levels. Your chance to enjoy a brand new and thrilling experience!

Behind the scenes of ski jumping
Gilles BREVET / Ain tourisme
Nordic Attitude

Biathlon, the rising star of Nordic sports

Biathlon is an increasingly popular Nordic sport that requires a combination of shooting accuracy and cross-country skiing technique. The biathlon boom began after the Turin and Vancouver Olympics...

Why not come and try out this activity in the Jura Mountains and follow in the footsteps of French champions such as Quentin Fillon Mailley, Vincent Defrasne and Anaïs Bescond? 

Biathlon, the rising star of Nordic sports

Backcountry skiing, the ancestor of downhill

How would you like to discover the ancestor of Alpine skiing? Backcountry skiing, or ski touring, is the perfect way to explore the snowy landscapes of the Jura mountains. This sport combines the joys of skiing with a sense of freedom and the discovery of fauna and flora. A merry concentrate of all that many Nordic activities have to offer! 

Discover backcountry skiing

Bestjobers / BFC Tourisme
Moment complice avec un huskie dans le massif du Jura
Nordic attitude

Dog sledding: spirit of the Far North

The thrill and (shared) excitement of meeting the sled dogs and that tremendous sense of freedom are the greatest joys you will experience on a dog sledding excursion. For your first ride on a sled or pulk, or to learn to drive a team of dogs, the important thing here is to go with the flow. Not forgetting of course to soak up the magnficent scenery straight out of a novel by Jack London.

A dog-sled ride in the great outdoors
Benjamin Becker - BFC TOurisme
Faire sa trace en raquettes dans les paysages immaculés du Jura
Nordic attitude

Snowshoeing, trapper-style

You soon get the hang of snowshoes and morph quickly into an explorer in search of virgin territory and wide open spaces in which to leave traces in the snow. Or, in a safer version, miles and miles of snowshoe trails offer a waymarked alternative to venturing off-piste. One thing's for sure, whichever style you choose, you're in for a real change of scene.

A snowshoe escape
Frozen pleasure

Skating on a frozen lake, a magical experience

Skating on a frozen lake is always certain to be a unique experience. You don't need to be a champion skater to have fun sliding across one of the many natural ice rinks offered by the massif's frozen lakes!

The setting, the tranquillity, the wide open spaces, the cold air on your cheeks... the magic operates as you imagine yourself in a scene from Disney's Frozen.

The best frozen lakes for ice skating
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