Cross-country skiing, Vallée de Joux ©Claude Jaccard - www.vaud-photos.ch
Patinage sur le lac de Joux Vallée de Joux Tourisme - Martin Arnet
Parc Jura Vaudois © Parc Jura Vaudois

Joux Valley in winter time

The large spaces, the high-altitude lakes and the wintry climate of Joux Valley lend themselves wonderfully well to the practice of Nordic winter sports. This truly authentic region reveals its gastronomic and watchmaking traditions all year round to all of those who know how to take their time…

The lovers of winter sports appreciate Joux Valley for its various downhill ski slopes, but especially its 220 km of cross-country ski tracks. Gliding along these large snowy spaces while contemplating the smooth surface of Lake Joux and Brenet is one of the best ways to enjoy the winter in Switzerland. On some days when it gets very cold, Joux Lake freezes over entirely and turns into Europe’s largest natural ice rink.

After this sports fun, the Combiers (this is how the inhabitants of Joux Valley are called) warm up with a typical cheese dish. They prefer Vacherin Mont-d'Or AOP baked in the oven to a fondue. Vacherin is a soft cheese specialty made in the Alpine chalets in the region.

To understand Joux Valley, one must also know how to read the time. In this cradle of fine watchmaking, the Espace Horloger Museum in Le Sentier reveals the secrets of this historic industry all year round.

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