133 Piste de Prés-d'Orvin
133 Piste de Prés-d'Orvin

Cross-country skiing

Piste de Prés-d’Orvin

Piste de Prés-d’Orvin

Les Prés-d'Orvin–Jobert–Les Prés-d'Orvin

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Piste de Prés-d’Orvin

Piste de Prés-d’Orvin

On the Chasseral ridge, high above the lakes, this cross-country skiing track leads through varied scenery that is very typical of the Bernese Jura. It boasts fantastic panoramic views of Lake Neuchâtel, the plateau and the Alps.
Starting from the cross-country skiing centre, the track leads you first to "Place Bison" at 1200 metres. If you make a small diversion, you can admire a big herd of North American bison at close quarters. They belong to the local Bison Ranch. After a gentle climb of just over two kilometres, you reach the area called Zentralplatz at 1288 metres. This highest point on the route is also a real highlight: from here, a good six kilometres east of the Chasseral, in clear weather you can enjoy wonderful panoramic views of Lake Neuchâtel, Lake Murten and the Alps.

Then you come to the «Pässli» («little pass»): the track goes gently downhill on the north side of the ridge which forms the easternmost tip of the Chasseral. It passes the Métairie de Gléresse and the Métairie de Jobert, two authentic mountain inns typical of the Chasseral area. On this flat, easy stretch of the route, cross-country skiers are surrounded by amazing, almost "Scandinavian" scenery. The snow conditions here are particularly good, generally better than on the south side of the ridge. At "East Point", the easternmost point, the route turns. Heading westwards now, you first follow a forest track gently downhill and then go briefly up again to the Alp Pré-Carrel. Once again, some wonderful views of the Alps await you.

The last section of the trail is quite long and passes through very varied scenery: going mostly downhill, it takes you past the Métairie d’Evilard (Leubringenberg), and back to "Place Bison" and your starting point. As you go, your gaze is irresistibly drawn across the plateau to the mighty Chasseral with its towering summit.
On the Chasseral ridge, high above the lakes, this cross-country skiing track leads through varied scenery that is very typical of the Bernese Jura. It boasts fantastic panoramic views of Lake Neuchâtel, the plateau and the Alps.
Starting from the cross-country skiing centre, the track leads you first to "Place Bison" at 1200 metres. If you make a small diversion, you can admire a big herd of North American bison at close quarters. They belong to the local Bison Ranch. After a gentle climb of just over two kilometres, you reach the area called Zentralplatz at 1288 metres. This highest point on the route is also a real highlight: from here, a good six kilometres east of the Chasseral, in clear weather you can enjoy wonderful panoramic views of Lake Neuchâtel, Lake Murten and the Alps.

Then you come to the «Pässli» («little pass»): the track goes gently downhill on the north side of the ridge which forms the easternmost tip of the Chasseral. It passes the Métairie de Gléresse and the Métairie de Jobert, two authentic mountain inns typical of the Chasseral area. On this flat, easy stretch of the route, cross-country skiers are surrounded by amazing, almost "Scandinavian" scenery. The snow conditions here are particularly good, generally better than on the south side of the ridge. At "East Point", the easternmost point, the route turns. Heading westwards now, you first follow a forest track gently downhill and then go briefly up again to the Alp Pré-Carrel. Once again, some wonderful views of the Alps await you.

The last section of the trail is quite long and passes through very varied scenery: going mostly downhill, it takes you past the Métairie d’Evilard (Leubringenberg), and back to "Place Bison" and your starting point. As you go, your gaze is irresistibly drawn across the plateau to the mighty Chasseral with its towering summit.
17 km | 1 Stage
380 m | 380 m
classic+skating | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return Les Prés-d'Orvin, Le Grillon
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Ski rental and cross-country ski trail pass
More information about the local cross-country ski trail pass, the rental of cross-country ski equipment and changing facilities under:
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Cross-country ski trails in Swiss parks
This trail is located in the Parc régional Chasseral.
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Contact

Société des pistes nordiques Les Prés-d’Orvin – Chasseral
Route de la Métairie de Prêles
2534 Les Prés-d'Orvin
Tel. +41 (0)32 322 66 26
info@loipen.ch
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Services

Accommodation

Bison Ranch
Bison Ranch
Les Prés-d'Orvin
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Places of interest

Chasseral Nature Park
Chasseral Nature Park
The Anabaptists' Bridge
The Anabaptists' Bridge
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Signalization

Signalization
For cross-country skiing, follow the logo indicated on the turquoise signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization