335 Piste du Mont-Racine
335 Piste du Mont-Racine

Cross-country skiing

Piste du Mont-Racine

Piste du Mont-Racine

La Vue des Alpes–Mont Racine–La Vue des Alpes

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Piste du Mont-Racine

Piste du Mont-Racine

As a reward for the effort you have already made, the Mont Racine Trail offers a magnificent panoramic view over the Alps – but only after the seventh kilometre. In good conditions, you will have the impression you are skiing in paradise.
Starting from the La Vue des Alpes Trails the choice is vast - but the Mont Racine Trail is recommended mainly because of its location which guarantees a good depth of snow for most of the winter. Many Neuchâtel natives undertake this trail on 1 March in preference to the more popular one between La Chaux-de-Fonds and Neuchâtel.

You will be enchanted by the variety of the route and after admiring the valley of La Sagne from the Bosse des Neigeux, the trail enters the forest until you arrive at the plateau of Les Pradières almost 1,400 metres above sea level. When the winds are high, this plateau is a favourite place for snowkiting. Many snowshoe hikers also favour this route because the crossing from the Tête de Ran to La Tourne via the summit of Mont Racine is a classic of the region.

At the end of the route, take a break at the Club Alpin refuge “Le Fiottet”. This private cabin is manned on weekends by club members but they will be happy to offer you a cup of tea or a bowl of soup as you go by. After this welcome break, you double back for a kilometre and then go around Mont Racine to the North. Another hill, another landscape with to the West, a view over the Creux du Van. From Grande Sagneule the return to Vue des Alpes is enjoyable - but remember to keep some energy in reserve to climb the Combe des Neigeux.
As a reward for the effort you have already made, the Mont Racine Trail offers a magnificent panoramic view over the Alps – but only after the seventh kilometre. In good conditions, you will have the impression you are skiing in paradise.
Starting from the La Vue des Alpes Trails the choice is vast - but the Mont Racine Trail is recommended mainly because of its location which guarantees a good depth of snow for most of the winter. Many Neuchâtel natives undertake this trail on 1 March in preference to the more popular one between La Chaux-de-Fonds and Neuchâtel.

You will be enchanted by the variety of the route and after admiring the valley of La Sagne from the Bosse des Neigeux, the trail enters the forest until you arrive at the plateau of Les Pradières almost 1,400 metres above sea level. When the winds are high, this plateau is a favourite place for snowkiting. Many snowshoe hikers also favour this route because the crossing from the Tête de Ran to La Tourne via the summit of Mont Racine is a classic of the region.

At the end of the route, take a break at the Club Alpin refuge “Le Fiottet”. This private cabin is manned on weekends by club members but they will be happy to offer you a cup of tea or a bowl of soup as you go by. After this welcome break, you double back for a kilometre and then go around Mont Racine to the North. Another hill, another landscape with to the West, a view over the Creux du Van. From Grande Sagneule the return to Vue des Alpes is enjoyable - but remember to keep some energy in reserve to climb the Combe des Neigeux.
20 km | 1 Stage
520 m | 520 m
classic+skating | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Vue-des-Alpes
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Season

Winter season
The winter season is usually from mid-December to mid-March.
Snow report
For the latest information on the snow situation see category «Ski de fond»:
www.neuchatel-snow.ch

Signalization

Direction of the signposting
This route is only signposted in clockwise direction.

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Amended routing, Piste du Mont-Racine
Duration
until further notice
Reason
Amended routing
Please note the amended routing and follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office

Hints

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 and shower facilities under:
www.neuchateltourisme.ch

Contact

Neuchâtel ski de fond
Treyvaux 8
2014 Bôle
Tel. +41 (0)79 446 21 90
info@services.touristiques.ch
www.services-touristiques.ch

Services

Accommodation

Amis de la Nature section La Chaux-de-Fonds
Amis de la Nature section La Chaux-de-Fonds
La Serment
Hôtel Restaurant de la Vue-des-Alpes
Hôtel Restaurant de la Vue-des-Alpes
La Vue-des-Alpes
Métairie La Grande-Sagneule
Métairie La Grande-Sagneule
Rochefort
Hôtel von Bergen
Hôtel von Bergen
La Sagne
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Places

Vue des Alpes
Vue des Alpes
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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