Sainte Croix-Les Rasses Ski Hotel Guide - Ski accommodation

Sainte Croix-Les Rasses

Sainte-Croix and its tourist resort, Les Rasses, have been welcoming skiers for a hundred years. The ski area rises from 1,150 to 1,580m on the intermediate slopes, which are ideal for beginners and families. Ski tows can be found in 7 installations, including one for beginners. Built in the fifties, they have been progressively replaced by recent models. Today the ski area is equipped with snow cannons guaranteeing a given number of ski days even in winters when the snow is less plentiful.


The plateau of the Jura Balcony, from which the runs depart, offers an incredible panorama on the Alps, the Mont-Blanc beyond the sea of fog, or on Lake Neuchâtel.

By the bye, it was at Ste-Croix that the “kandahar” ski bindings were invented and manufactured. The product enabled the Reuge Company to compensate for the decrease in demand for music boxes.

At Sainte-Croix, in the heart of the Jura mountains, skiers are able to practise their favorite sport by night as well as by day.  The station is fully equipped with modern installations. Its ski-lift has a midway stopping point where beginners may descend. More advanced skiiers continue to the high alpine ski-runs in an enchanting mountain setting; one of the runs is lit at night, permitting night skiing under the stars.


The snowshoe trail departs from Les Rasses. There are over 24 km of marked paths that cross the untouched, magical landscape of the Jura mountains and lead up to the summit of The Chasseron (1607m), where hikers will find a sweeping view of the whole valley and the shores of the three lakes.

Whether you ski classic or skating style, you are sure to feel exhilarated. The Jura Balcony offers more than 100 km of marked trails for cross country skiers. Straddling two countries – France and Switzerland - the area is one of the most celebrated in central Europe.The trails that cross the plateau known as the Balcony of the Jura offer an incredible panoramic view over the Alpes and the Mont Blanc, stretching beyond the sea of mist or the Lake of Neuchâtel.

The Nordic Centre of Les Rasses is a paradise for cross-country skiing, whether classic or skating, and for snowshoe expeditions. There are 7 cross-country skiing trails, of which one is lit at night. Each year, the Nordic Centre hosts the famous and popular race known as the MARA. The Nordic Centre of L'Auberson is well-known for its trails, that wind through the wild countryside of the northern regions among forests, sunny plateaux and grazing-lands.


In the heart of the Jura mountains, everybody, young and old, can enjoy gliding down the slopes on a sled or bobsleigh. To go up the slopes again, one can sit quietly in one’s sled and be pulled uphill by a T-bar. In addition to the bob lift at the entrance to the village, a ski-tow and a refreshment stall are available nearby.


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