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.
Pralets lies at 1271m in a broad meadow along the main Marchairuz-to-Givrine
crosscountry ski track, between Le Vermeilley to the SW and La Bassine (1261m)
to the NE, at the top of the paved road from the village of Bassins. It's seen
here from the SW in a vigorous snowstorm on 4 January 2003.
Pralets hosts a cozy restaurant montagnard for hikers in summer and, in winter,
for skiers along the ski du fond trail -- though it's about 8 km up from the trailhead
at the Col de la Givrine and about 10km from the trailhead near the Col du Marchairuz.
Pralets, in addition to its specialties of fromage dishes, is also a working farm
in the summer, of course.
this day, 4 January 2003, the proprietor seemed just to have had himself driven
up the road in a 4x4 as the first serious snow of the winter began to close the
les Pralets, January 2003, having peeked in the window and given the proprietor
a bit of a startle apparently.
Les Pralets, January 2003; Mont Sala would be visible up to the right, if anything
away from Les Pralets towards the car, wherever it may be lurking some ways farther
down the hill.
from SwitzerlandMobility (http://map.schweizmobil.ch/?lang=en)
4 November 2009
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 19 January 2003, revised 11 October 2008, 9 September 2014.