Dwight Peck's farm photos

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.

La Trélasse

La Trélasse farm (1205 meters) is a working farm just 500 meters SW of the "little red train" rail station at the Col de la Givrine. [The Little Red Train runs from the small formerly-Roman city of Nyon on Lake Geneva up the mountain through the village of St. Cergue, over the pass at Givrine, and down into France at La Cûre.] 24 December 2005.

In winter, however, La Trélasse transforms itself into a fondue restaurant for the cross-country skiers, sledders, moonbooters and kiddy-walkers, and aimless Corps Diplomatiques foreigners up from Geneva on a sunny day (many of them without real drivers' licenses). This is 2 April 2006, the skilifts have closed down, the restaurant is fermé, and in fact the flag seems to be at half mast.

Seen from the south, 2 April 2006

And seen from the main road, from the north

11 December 2005 in the wind, the La Cûre-St Cergue road in the foreground

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

The little red train passing over the Col de la Givrine near La Trélasse, 2 April 2006.

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Farms of the Jura in winter

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