550 Piste Marchairuz–Mollendruz
550 Piste Marchairuz–Mollendruz

Cross-country skiing

Piste Marchairuz–Mollendruz

Piste Marchairuz–Mollendruz

Col du Marchairuz–Col du Mollendruz

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Piste Marchairuz–Mollendruz

Piste Marchairuz–Mollendruz

The cross-country ski trail between Marchairuz and Mollendruz is a classic in the region. This elevated route heads across the magnificent combs of the Jura to the foot of Mont-Tendre, past various mountain pasture chalets.
After taking a moment to gaze at Mont Blanc from the Hôtel-restaurant du Marchairuz, just head down towards the Vallée de Joux to Fontaine Froide to find the trail heading east to the Col du Mollendruz or west to the Col de la Givrine.

The route between Marchairuz and Mollendruz winds through the wooded pastures of the Haut-Jura and past mountain pasture chalets only occupied in the summer. It then heads across the mountain pastures of Pré de Denens and climbs towards the Chalets of Les Combes, Grands Crosets-Dessus, Croset au Boucher and Racine, arriving at Bon Accueil, a unique little mountain hut, marking the high point of the route at 1,507m. Bon Accueil is an old bus turned into a hut. It’s really worth stopping here for a picnic or just to have a look.

From here, you start the long descent to Mazel, then the large combe of Pré de l’Haut. There’s just one slight climb left, then the trail heads gently back down to the Chalet du Mollendruz, popular with cross-country skiers and snowshoers in the winter. From here, it’s not far to the Col du Mollendruz; just let yourself glide over a short distance of one kilometre to get to the big car park and sports shop, Nordic Sport.
The cross-country ski trail between Marchairuz and Mollendruz is a classic in the region. This elevated route heads across the magnificent combs of the Jura to the foot of Mont-Tendre, past various mountain pasture chalets.
After taking a moment to gaze at Mont Blanc from the Hôtel-restaurant du Marchairuz, just head down towards the Vallée de Joux to Fontaine Froide to find the trail heading east to the Col du Mollendruz or west to the Col de la Givrine.

The route between Marchairuz and Mollendruz winds through the wooded pastures of the Haut-Jura and past mountain pasture chalets only occupied in the summer. It then heads across the mountain pastures of Pré de Denens and climbs towards the Chalets of Les Combes, Grands Crosets-Dessus, Croset au Boucher and Racine, arriving at Bon Accueil, a unique little mountain hut, marking the high point of the route at 1,507m. Bon Accueil is an old bus turned into a hut. It’s really worth stopping here for a picnic or just to have a look.

From here, you start the long descent to Mazel, then the large combe of Pré de l’Haut. There’s just one slight climb left, then the trail heads gently back down to the Chalet du Mollendruz, popular with cross-country skiers and snowshoers in the winter. From here, it’s not far to the Col du Mollendruz; just let yourself glide over a short distance of one kilometre to get to the big car park and sports shop, Nordic Sport.
15 km | 1 Stage
300 m | 480 m
classic+skating | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return Le Brassus, Combe des Amburnex
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Arrival / return Mollendruz, col
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Season

Winter season
The winter season is usually from 15th of December to 30th of March.

Hints

Ski rental and cross-country ski trail pass
More information about the local cross-country ski trail pass and the rental of cross-country ski equipment under:
www.myvalleedejoux.ch
Cross-country ski trails in Swiss parks
This trail is located in the Parc Jura vaudois.
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Contact

Vallée de Joux Tourisme
Rue du Centre Sportif 1
1347 Le Sentier
Tel. +41 (0)21 845 17 77
info@valleedejoux.ch
www.myvalleedejoux.ch

Services

Accommodation

Hôtel du Marchairuz
Hôtel du Marchairuz
St-George
Cabane du Petit Cunay, CAS
Cabane du Petit Cunay, CAS
Bière
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Places

Col du Marchairuz
Col du Marchairuz
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Places of interest

Over the Col du Marchairuz
Over the Col du Marchairuz
Jura Vaudois Nature Park
Jura Vaudois Nature Park
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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