The 10 best ski resorts in the Jura

Planning to put on your skis in the magnificent mountains of Franche-Comté? Choose from our selection of the 10 best ski resorts in the Jura!

With over 1,000 kilometers of ski runs, the Jura is an excellent destination for exploring snow-covered peaks. Whether you’re into downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, you’re sure to find THE resort for you. Let’s be honest! The slopes here don’t reach the scale of the big Alpine resorts. However, the family and village atmosphere of the Jura resorts is the perfect way to discover the region. Morbiflette, Vin Jaune, Comté, Vin de Paille… You’ll have plenty of time to sample the local specialities after a day’s sport! The diversity of the region’s ski areas means there’s something for everyone: small resorts ideal for learning to slide, dog sled rides for unusual experiences, breathtaking viewpoints…

To make sure your stay in the Jura mountains is just what you’re looking for, we’ve selected the 10 best ski resorts in the Jura.

1. The Jura Mountains

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The largest ski area in the region, the Monts Jura resort lies in the Haut-Jura natural park. Here, you’re sure to get some height. Indeed, the highest slopes in the entire massif are to be found here, culminating at an altitude of 1,680 metres. The resort is home to 49 downhill ski runs, 28 lifts and 60 kilometers of ski trails. The smaller resorts of Mijoux, Lélex and Chézery make up the Monts Jura. The scenery on the summits is breathtaking: the Écrins massif, Mont Blanc, Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps are just some of the breathtaking views you’ll be able to admire on a fine day. Cross-country skiers can enjoy over 140 kilometers of hiking trails, including the Vattay-Valserine ski area.

Other activities include toboggan runs, snowshoe trails, dog sledding, paintball and an indoor skating rink. The resort can be reached in 20 minutes from Geneva airport.

2. Les Rousses

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The Les Rousses ski area boasts almost 52 kilometers of slopes. Sometimes in France, sometimes in Switzerland, the villages that make up the area form a warm and welcoming whole that is a real hit with families. Les Rousses, Bois-d’Amont, Lamoura and Prémanon offer a wide range of runs for beginners. More experienced skiers can enjoy 5 black runs and 14 reds in the middle of coniferous forests. Sports acrobats will find boardercross and slide parks on the La Serra massif and at the Tuffes resort.

Nordic skiing is also in the spotlight, with 220 kilometers of dedicated trails. To help you discover the flora and fauna of the area, the resort offers a 13-kilometre circuit known as the « Baladaski ». Gourmets can combine physical exertion with a taste of Juraflore Comté on a tour of the Fort des Rousses maturing cellars. Not to be overlooked, Les Rousses has been awarded the Flocon Vert label for its respect for the environment.

And don’t forget: Les Rousses is one of the 14 most beautiful places in the Jura.

3. Métabief

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Easily accessible from Besançon, the Métabief resort covers 6 villages and offers breathtaking views of the Alps from the summit of Mont d’Or. Alpine skiers of all levels can enjoy 37 kilometers of snow-covered runs, ideally situated between 950 and 1,430 meters. The slopes are interconnected and varied, with 9 green, 12 blue, 11 red and 3 black runs. For hikers, there are 120 kilometers of cross-country ski trails and 56 kilometers of snowshoe trails. You’ll have the time of your life among the spruce trees! Dog-sledding, ice-skating, water sports and ski-joëring complete the range of activities on offer.

4. Les Plans d’Hotonnes

Want to ski without breaking the bank? How about Les Plans d’Hotonnes? This small, family-friendly resort in the Ain department is ideal for children and skiers wanting to glide at a leisurely pace. Located on the Plateau de Retord, it covers a length of 15 kilometers, with 13 red, green and blue runs. For cross-country skiers and snowshoers, 150 kilometers of trails provide access to the most beautiful landscapes with the strength of legs and poles. There’s even a fully equipped snowpark for snowboarding, at no extra cost. And that’s one of the major assets of the Plans d’Hotonnes resort: its affordable price! Here, the budget for accommodation and ski pass remains very affordable. The price of a daily downhill ski pass, for example, is €19 per adult in 2019.

During your stay, be sure to visit the artisanal cheese dairies of Brénod or Combe du Val. Discover the Lèbe observatory to admire the stars or visit the planetarium.

5. Les Fourgs

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A small ski resort in the Doubs region, Les Fourgs is home to 12 slopes, including 2 red runs with steep sections, such as « La Meuse ». Located not far from the Métabief ski area, it’s easy to alternate between this small, friendly family resort and more challenging runs. Every year, a sled dog race is held at Les Fourgs to the delight of the whole family. You can even learn to drive a dog team! Snowshoeing and Nordic skiing are facilitated by numerous trails. The ESF offers ski lessons for children aged 3 and over. The resort is ideal for beginners, for those staying with children or simply for a quiet break.

6. Les Gentianes

Would you like to learn to ski in a quiet, family-friendly environment? Welcome to Les Gentianes, THE ideal learning resort in the Jura! With 2 green, 1 blue and 1 red runs and around 15 ESF instructors, you’ll make rapid progress. The area is magnificent and ideal for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Since 2017, the site has been equipped with 3 tubing luge runs, which are a delight for young and old alike… There’s also a 200-space parking lot, equipment hire, a restaurant and a snack bar.

7. Foncine-le-Haut

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Like the Monts Jura, the small ski area of Foncine-le-Haut is located in the Haut-Jura regional nature park. The pistes are laid out on the slopes of the Mont Noir forest, near the charming village of Petit Pierre. The resort has 3 ski runs, one ski lift and 65 kilometers of snowshoe trails. There are also 85 kilometers of cross-country ski trails. Budget-wise, it’s one of the most affordable resorts in the Jura, with a daily cost of €13 (2019). Be sure to visit the village cheese factory, as well as the ecomuseum and Polar Park, both located between Chaux-Neuve and La Chapelle des Bois.

8. La Robella

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Cross the Swiss border and enter the charming resort of La Robella. Rising to over 1,400 meters above sea level, it offers guaranteed snow cover for longer periods of skiing, usually until April. At La Robella, there are 13 downhill ski runs covering a total length of 20 kilometers, from green to black. The area can also be explored on snowshoes, thanks to 5 marked itineraries for all levels, passing through the Val-de-Travers forests and the Chasseron massif. Along the way, you can sample local specialities over lunch at the Auberge de la Robella or Hôtel du Chasseron.

9. La Dôle-Saint-Cergue

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Still on the Swiss side, on the heights overlooking Lake Geneva nestle the pretty resorts of Saint-Cergue and La Dôle, with their breathtaking views of Mont Blanc. A playground for skiers and snowboarders alike, Saint-Cergue is also open part of the night. From Thursday to Saturday, 6pm to 9.30pm, try out the original sensations of night skiing! If you live in the area, this is the perfect opportunity to come and ski after a day’s work… At the top of the slopes, La Dôle opens onto one of the finest panoramas of Lake Geneva and the Swiss and French Alps.

Good to know: between the La Dôle massif and the Tuffes massif in France, a link gives you access to the whole of the largest Franco-Swiss Les Rousses ski area without having to take off your skis.

10. Hauteville-Lompnes

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Fancy a day on the slopes during your stay in the Jura? Stop off at Hauteville-Lompnes! This mid-mountain resort culminates at an altitude of 1,200 meters and is perfect for a day out with friends or family. The ski area is divided into two parts: the Terre Ronde site with its 10 downhill ski and snowboard runs, and the La Praille Nordic site for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. You can also try your hand at dog sledding in the wide open spaces of the Bugey region.