Visitor reviews for Monts-Jura Ski Resort
February 24, 2014
Hi from England from United Kingdom
Monts-Jura is advertised as one ski area; the 3 alpine areas are far apart with no links. The skibus service that used to exist between the areas has been stopped. Monts-Jura is therefore three completely separate small areas, even though you have no choice but to buy a skipass that covers all 3. We stayed almost all the time at Mijoux. It's ideal for beginners and lower-intermediates. We stayed mostly at Mijoux. All the reds at Mijoux are easy. The solitary very short black is tricky as is the off-piste descent back to Mijoux if you go straight down rather than following the long winding blue. Snow conditions when we were there were better than we expected from the snow report and the views to Geneva and the Alps are stunning. It's a very pretty place to ski.
Overall: 3.2. Based on 4 votes and 4 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Monts-Jura.
Public Transport: 3.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Monts-Jura, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Monts-Jura, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 2.8
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.5
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Monts-Jura.
Ski in/Ski out: 2.5
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Monts-Jura, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Monts-Jura is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Monts-Jura relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at Monts-Jura, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Monts-Jura are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Monts-Jura is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.3
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Monts-Jura, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.5
(1) Monts-Jura usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 3.2
(1) The staff at Monts-Jura are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Monts-Jura are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.5
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 3.3
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.8
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Monts-Jura has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Monts-Jura, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 2.2
(1) Not even a kicker at Monts-Jura, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Monts-Jura, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Monts-Jura has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.0
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 1.7
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.2
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.2
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.5
(1) Overall, Monts-Jura is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.2
(1) Overall, Monts-Jura is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
November 08, 2011
B Sears from France
A very little known area very close to Geneva; you can see the main lift from the airport. There are two main areas Crozet/Lelex and Col de la Faucille, Crozet/lelex is only about 25/30 mins drive from Geneva as the cable car takes you up to the piste. La Faucille is a longer drive as you have to drive up the Jura via Gex about 35/45 mins. For me the Crozet area is better as it has some nice long runs with a couple of restaurants, is also good for most standards. La Faucille is very pretty and is not so exposed if the Bies is blowing as it's mostly in the trees.
If you're in Geneva on business or just fancy a quick ski weekend it's worth checking out.
January 27, 2006
Erik P. Bergh from Switzerland
The La Faucille area, which is a quick 30-35 minutes drive from downtown Geneva, is perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers. The pistes are perfectly groomed and last the whole day, even during weekends when there are quite a few people visiting. The queues are not long so you get to do a lot of skiing in a short time. Most of the pistes are in the forest area, which is nice since is protects you from the (once in a while) howling northerly Bies wind. Another advantage is that you will not get any avalanches there if you like to do off-piste.
In most of January and February, the Lake Leman (Geneva) and the lower lying areas up to approximately 900 metres above sea level, are covered in thick fog. But the Monts Jura area has lots of sunshine and the view to the Mont Blanc massif and the rest of the Alps is breath taking.
There are two or three hotels next to the pistes, so you will never live far away from the action. Check out the web-site www.monts-jura.com. Even though the area is in France, the border crossing with Switzerland is a piece of cake and does hardly slow you down.