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Crêt de la Neuve

a picturesque destination overlooking Lake Geneva



Mont Blanc, on the southern side of Lake Geneva -- at 4800 meters -- LOOMS over the lake.
Crêt de la Neuve, on the northern side of Lake Geneva -- at 1494 meters -- PEEKS over the lake.

Crêt de la Neuve pops up like a treeless zit on the Jura ridgeline halfway along the Chemin des Crêtes transjurassien hiking path between the Col du Marchairuz and the Col de la Givrine. A paved farm road leads up from the village of Longirod, past the farm of Petit Prés de Rolle on the Swiss side of the ridge and dead-ends at the farm of La Neuve facing over towards France. Viewed on 23 December 2001.

The eviscerated flag of the Swiss Confederation battered by exactly a year's relentless winds across the Jura -- it was whole on Christmas Eve 2000, 364 days earlier. Bits of red fabric can be found among all the cliffs that form a rampart along the southeastern side of the entire ridge.

The observation circle in great late-summer weather, 9 September 2006

The majestic Christian Cross, stuck up there in 1981 to signify . . . well, to signify Christians, I suppose.

But you don't have to be a Christian to find a celebratory cross on a worthy little summit a beautiful sight. Just a spare and delicate touch of humanity in an otherwise fairly natural scene.

One thing the Christian cross has got! -- simplicity. And symmetry. Two things the Christian cross has got! -- simplicity and symmetry. And aspiration, reaching always upward! Three things the Christian cross . . . . .

Crêt de la Neuve, 9 September 2006, looking out over Lake Geneva. The aspiring cross reaching upwards as ever, but sort of rotting out around the base. As with much of Christianity, a good coat of paint would work wonders.

A cute little observation deck, with panorama summit-finder lithography, built in 1993 -- today, however, the summits on the horizon are better seen on the lithographs than on the horizon.

This wide panorama of the horizon was installed on 12 September 1993 by the Association for the Interests of Longirod (the village just 600 vertical metres down the hill), with the financial support of just about everybody else. It's a work of art. The block of wood is there so that the little guys can admire it as well.

The observation deck and the summit behind it, 9 September 2006.

May 2005

Roundabout Christmas 2001, the perhaps-nondenominational cross with a light snow cover.

On 23 December 2001, Prof. J. J. Pirri stands proudly in the observation ring, with the summit cross peeking over his shoulder from behind, and recites unrelated verses from his first edition of Mary Howitt's Ballads and Poems (1823).

Never a fan of Mary Howitt, and especially not of her Ballads and Poems (1823), the narrator wanders away from the summit marker, munching things and awaiting surcease of ballads.

With the Christmassy weather darkening, it's time to stow both ballads and poems into rucksacks and vacate the area speedily. The view looks from the Crêt de la Neuve along the Chemin des Crêtes on the ridgeline in the direction of the Col de la Givrine and the village of St Cergue.

The Crêt de la Neuve, 24 March 2002, sans snow on the south-facing side.

One amongst many reasons why people fall in love with the Swiss Jura.

Christmas Eve 2000, Marlowe Peck and the Old Dad at the observation ring on Crêt de la Neuve.

Crêt de la Neuve: an introduction

Snowshoeing to Crêt de la Neuve, January 2003

Two visits to Crêt de la Neuve, April 2004

A short march to Crêt de la Neuve, December 2006


Feedback and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, . All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 25 June 2002, revised 10 July 2008, 8 January 2014.


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