When all climatic conditions are met, a miracle occurs: Lake Joux freezes over entirely and turns into Europe’s largest natural “ice rink”. The site then becomes the focus of attention, welcoming skaters and walkers for a workout, a family outing or a romantic stroll. Visitors can access it easily from the villages of Le Pont and L’Abbaye as well as from the Rocheray beach in Le Sentier. Incidentally, small neighbouring Lake Ter also freezes over in winter. It is accessible from the village of Le Séchey.
Cross-country ski paradise
Cross-country skiers in action are a frequent sight around Lake Joux. Offering 135 miles of tracks, Vallée de Joux is the largest cross-country skiing area in Switzerland and central Europe. Stretching from the lakeshores to Risoud Forest, the well-maintained slopes guarantee the best possible conditions for children and adults. The lit trail of L’Orient with its night opening until 10 PM offers a unique experience in the region.