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Farms of the Jura in winter

The Jura mountains run in a southwest-northeast direction along the border between France and Switzerland, from Geneva (Genève) to Basel (Bâle), holding at about 1300-1400 meters altitude (4350-4500 feet), and peaking in the range of 1650 meters (5450 feet). These photos of high alpage farms in winter are mainly from the southwestern end of that range, between the cities of Geneva and Vallorbe.

Pré du Four

The farm at Pré du Four (1394m) on a ridge line overlooking the Les Coppettes farm, with Le Noirmont mountain directly to the north (see map below).

Pré du Four, looking southwest, 13 January 2008

A sheltered spot, out of the wind, time for lunch? Seldom lonely here on a fine day in winter -- the new prepared snowshoeing tracks come out this way and open up the area to groups and lively individuals of nearly all stages of fitness.

Pré du Four on its outcrop, 13 January 2008

La Dôle from the Pré du Four

Pré du Four

Pré du Four, looking towards the south, La Dôle on the horizon

Marked snowshoeing tracks all over the place. And we've just been passed by a long line of lurching snowshoers with a guide reading out from some sort of printed guidebook. It's a wonderful thing that city folks can get out and experience this kind of beautiful nature, with a guide to point out the best features, but it does tend to make the terrain somewhat cluttered.

from SwitzerlandMobility (http://map.schweizmobil.ch/?lang=en)

The farm of Pré du Four from the north, 22 March 2015

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Farms of the Jura in winter

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