The Haut-Jura is as endearing as its local accent, and is protected as a Regional Natural Park. At Les Rousses, the four-village resort, Alpine and Nordic skiing have pride of place and the atmosphere is friendly and lively.
Altitude : 1050 m to 1680 m
Les Rousses: 2 high mountain ranges (the Massacre and the Risoux forests), 1 valley.
35 pistes / trails in total (220 km of pistes/trails)
Risoux area: 3 slopes
Orbe area : 8 slopes
Sambine area: 5 slopes
Massacre area: 3 slopes
Lamoura – Serra area: 7 slopes
Zones of exploration in the Orbe and Lamoura – Serra area : Trails open to all (cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, walkers and dogs on leads); they are easy and accessible thanks to the Balade (Walking) and Nordic passes.
Franco-Swiss area : Les Tuffes, La Serra, Le Noirmont and La Dôle mountain ranges: 54 pistes / trails and 33 lifts.
Snowshoe hiking routes : 93 km of marked snowshoe routes in quiet areas which are not too busy.
“Freedom” zones : Free-of-charge, they have been groomed and are accessible to pedestrians, snowshoers, skiers and dogs on a lead. Find them on the border at Bois d’Amont, Fort des Rousses, Prémanon Village and Bas des Meures in Lamoura.
Exploration zones: Groomed trails for snowshoers, pedestrians and cross-country ski novices can be found at Platelet aux Rousses, Chalet Blanc in Prémanon and Combe Arbey in Lamoura. Accessible via the walking pass and all the Nordic passes.
Snowshoe trails with prepared areas (regularly groomed) and reception facilities for snowshoers, walkers and ski walkers. These secure and marked trails are accessible via the walking pass and all the Nordic passes.
Departure points: La Serra, La Frasse, La Darbella, Les Rousses and Bois d’Amont.
Snowshoe hiking routes : Not groomed, accessible via the walking pass and all the Nordic passes. Start at Lamoura, La Frasse, Prémanon, Les Rousses and Bois d’Amont.
Les Marmousets : An enclosed and secure space for an introduction to skiing, where students can have fun while they learn proper technique at various workshops, with guaranteed snow.
Safe toboggan runs in the villages of Prémanon, Lamoura, Bois d’Amont, and at the foot of the Alpine Ski Mountain Ranges of La Serra, Jouvencelles and Noirmont.
Skijoring at Les Rousses and Lamoura and huskies at the Lamoura and Prémanon resorts.
Trails connecting Morteau (25) and Giron (01), two routes through the Les Rousses resort.
Snowshoe hiking the GTJ : from Chapelle-des-Bois to Bois d’Amont (10.9 km), from Bois d’Amont to Les Rousses (9.6 km) and from Les Rousses to Lajoux, via the Chalet de la Frasse in the Massacre forest (20.8 km)
Cross-country ski the GTJ : from Bellefontaine to Bois d’Amont (11.5 km), from Bois d’Amont to Les Rousses (8.7 km) and from Les Rousses to Lajoux, via the Frasse Chalet in the Massacre forest (21.1 km)
In Rousses :
Arbez Sport : http://www.skimium.fr/store/arbez-sports-86
Berthet Sport 2000 : http://www.berthet.sport2000.fr/
Jean Prost sport / Intersport : http://www.intersport-lesrousses.com
Noirmont Sports : http://www.noirmontsports.com/
In Prémanon :
Balland Skis – skiset : http://www.ballandskis.com
Chalet l’Hermine : http://www.location-ski-chalet-lermine.com/
Jean Prost Sport / Intersport : http://www.intersport-lesrousses.com
Location de la Dole : http://www.lesrousses.com/ (03 84 60 04 95)
In Bois-d’Amont :
Risoux Sports : http://www.sports-jura.com/ (03 84 60 90 06)
Ski Vendel : http://www.ski-vandel.com/
In Lamoura :
Serra Sports : http://www.serra-sports.com/ (03 84 41 23 66)
Serra Sports (in the village of Lamoura) : http://www.serra-sports.com (03 84 41 21 67)
Internation Ski Schools (ESI): :
La boite à Montagne : http://www.la-boite-a-montagne-jura.fr
French Ski Schools:
ESF Lamoura : http://www.esf-lamoura.com
ESF Les Rousses : http://www.esf-lesrousses.com
Baladaski Baladaski cross-country skiing game : http://www.lesrousses.com (+33 3 84 60 02 55)
Souterrains Aventure (Underground Adventure) http://www.lesrousses.com (+33 3 84 60 02 55)
Lungaiak : http://www.chiensdetraineaux-jura.com/
Sentiers nordiques (Nordic Trails) : www.sentiers-nordiques.fr
Les Marmousets : http://www.lesrousses.com (+33 3 84 60 02 55)
(Tinguely Equestrian Centre) : http://www.centre-equestre-tinguely.com
Le Poney Cernaise : www.cheval-haut-jura.com (+33 3 84 41 25 67 ou 06 85 43 21 34)
At the Les Rousses resort : sports centre, ice rink (currently under construction), equestrian centre, underground adventure (the only one of its kind in Europe), games area, play area, and an introduction to telemark skiing and biathlon.
Especially for children : In Les Rousses, Prémanon, Bois d’Amont and Lamoura there is a mini-crêche, day nursery, nursery and leisure centre.
In the centre of Bois d’Amont you’ll find the “Les Marmousets” recreational area. This play area has many regular visitors. This winter, families will be able to enjoy a toboggan run, a snowy play area and a Nordic trail made of artificial snow. Children and their parents will be delighted to enjoy this fun area in the heart of the village, offering great views of the Risoux forest.
Cross-country skiing at your own pace : “Baladaski”, a 13 km route through the Massacre Forest – ideal and accessible for the entire family. It combines exploring the environment and games in gentle surroundings.
A walk in snowshoes :A top-quality Nordic skiing area in the high part of the Massacre forest is now available thanks to a partnership between the Les Rousses resort and the area of Hautes Combes du Jura.
In Lamoura : The lapidary house (Maison du Lapidaire) in Lamoura, the Wood Museum (Musée de la Boissellerie) in Bois d’Amont, Skiing Museum and Rousselande traditions in Les Rousses and the Paul-Emile Victor Centre, dedicated to polar expeditions, Inuit culture and the Sami people in Prémanon.
The impressive and amazing Fort des Rousses, whose cellars house 40,000 rounds of ripening Comté cheese!
Wood turning, watchmaking, leather, pottery, lapidary, candles, jewellery and fine gemstone cutting handicrafts. Cheese dairies in Les Rousses.
Les Rousses resorts – la Darbella : http://m.webcam-hd.com/les-rousses/darbella
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Arriving in Les Rousses without a pair of trainers? Unthinkable! Everything here breathes sport. And not just in winter! The resort sits at an altitude of 1,100 m, at the foot of the Dôle Mountain whose peak rises to 1,677 m on the Swiss side and the Massif des Tuffes on the French side. This border resort has carved out a solid reputation among ski enthusiasts with its excellent downhill ski runs (40 ski lifts) and 220 km of cross-country ski pistes. With one ski in France and the other in Switzerland, you’ll experience all the fun of downhill skiing! However, rest assured, it is just the snow that melts away in the spring, the sporty atmosphere remains untouched. The wild and steep Les Rousses Resort is a concentrated centre of activity and energy.
To begin with, experience luxury, calm and greenery at the Golf du Rochat and Golf du Mont de Saint-Jean courses; two 18-hole courses amid relaxing Alpine scenery. Continue the ‘Zen’ attitude around the Lac des Rousses which offers 90 hectares of calm and crystal-clear waters from which all motorised engines are banned. In the village, there is always tennis, archery, miniature golf, cycling, horse-riding, skateboarding and rollerblading. In addition, in honour of the surrounding rocks, white water and waterfalls, Les Rousses also offers river hiking, canyoning and climbing. And there are even more thrills to be experienced in the adventure trails laid out in the Fort des Rousses. There are activities for all ages – in the trees or underground, sports and mystery. Games and sport work especially well together with the new “Balisé’Or” (Golden Beacons) concept, an orienteering course against the clock.
Adventure and sport can be a bit tiring. So, it’s a good thing there are restaurants, bistros and inns among the mountains, combining local produce, a friendly atmosphere and generosity. Leaving the table, this good Nordic mindset lingers as you discover the Musée de la Boissellerie (Wood Museum) in Bois d’Amont and the Centre Polaire Paul Emile Victor in Prémanon. This museum and resource centre will become the Espace des Mondes Polaires in 2015. With both sports and culture, the Resort of Les Rousses really has got it all!