skiing in the juras
5 Best runs
Les Lys (piste M) A long, meandering green trail that winds through the forest from the top of the Lélex-Crozet cable car to the bottom, giving way to a steep black that will be sure to get the legs working. Les aneMones (piste n) Beginning at the Monthoisey look-out point (bring your camera), this run starts as a gentle green piste and turns into a long, cruisy red that cuts around the back of the mountain and is often deserted – perfect for an early-morning run. Les pins (piste a) A short, unpisted black run that – depending on the time of year – can have fun moguls to play on. Les rhodos (piste i) This red run starts at the Monthoisey summit, and turns into the red Les Eillets piste – home to the snowpark. Just the place to work on your spins (or spills). Les gentianes (piste k) If the snowpark has given you a taste for adrenaline, head to this easy blue which starts at the Monthoisey summit. It takes you past the boardercross course, which features turns, jumps and drops, and is a lot of fun.
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Above, luxury and one heck of a spa, at the Jiva Hill Park Hotel.
rental car to the hotel, a ten-minute drive away. We are staying at the Jiva Hill Park Hotel, on a private 70-acre estate near Crozet, with 28 rooms and six private lodges. With deep pile carpets, subtle downlighting and funky furnishings, the hotel epitomises après-ski luxury. Okay, so it isn’t the cheapest of hotels, but we figure that with all the money we are saving on our Jura ski pass (which is around half the price of many mainstream French resorts), it is worth pushing the boat out for a
few nights. Plus, it has one of heck of a spa, and that’s priceless after a day on the slopes. I’m not sure if it is the pool, sauna, hammam or my full-body aromatherapy massage, but by dinner my achy post-ski limbs feel as good as new. Jiva Hill’s restaurant, Shamwari, is one of the finest in the Jura. Tempted as we are by the five-course set menu, we settle for the scallops with walnut wine followed by the orange and Grand Marnier soufflé from the à la carte menu. Both are divine but, with the
the Crozet telecabine (+33 450 410 254; GET EQUIPPED AT ... Looping Sports at .fr) rt outlet (+33 450 209 196; intersport-lelex loopingsports.com) or the local Interspo s €23 per adult, €18 per child. from €16 a day. A Mont Jura ski pass cost