Peck's farm photos
of the Jura in winter
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.
of Joux de Bière lies along the cross-country ski trail down the Combe
des Amburnex on the far side of the Col du Marchairuz, and a spur of that
trail passes up by the farm to carry on down a parallel combe
for a ways. 27 December 2011
Sneaking up on the Joux de Bière from the forest, 13 March 2004
There it is, spied from amongst the trees on a little ridge to the north.
"Joux", according to Henri Suter, comes from a medieval Latin word for a high forest in the mountains, and presumably the pastures here belong to the commune of Bière down the hill.
The farm of Pré de Bière, the 'meadows of Bière', is over on the northern side of the Marchairuz road.
One of the main cross-country ski tracks runs along that combe in the background, and a spur or loop of it comes up right on the far side of the farm building.
Now we'll clamber down off this little ridge and investigate a little more closely.
Still from the northeast side
And now from the southwestern side
From the northwest
From due west. The Col du Marchairuz is completely invisible up the hill behind it.
13 March 2004
from SwitzerlandMobility (http://map.schweizmobil.ch/?lang=en)
Joux de Bière farm, March 2010
The farm of Joux de Bière and the ski du fond piste passing nearby on the right, 22 December 2013
The family that cross-country skis together . . . (Mom pulls the kids, Dad watches for stragglers)
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 29 March 2004, revised 19 March 2012, 3 March 2014, 21 January 2020.