Quick facts about the Crêt de la Neige in the Jura

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Crêt de la Neige is the highest mountain of the Jura Mountains and oversees the Pays de Gex and Lake Geneva.


The Crêt de la Neige in the Jura mountains

Salève mountain Jura

The Jura mountains seen from the Salève mountain © French Moments

The mountain is situated between the communes of Lélex and Thoiry in the département of Ain (Rhône-Alpes). It rises 1,720 m above sea level but 1,348 m above Lake Geneva.

It names literally means ‘Snow Crest’ for even in the hottest summers, pockets of snow can still be present on its summit.

Crêt de la Neige is part of a range called Monts Jura that forms a ridgeline between France and Switzerland from the Givrine pass in the North to Bellegarde sur Valserine in the South. It borders Lake Geneva to the East and looks like a natural rampart from Geneva and Nyon. The neighbouring summits of Crêt de la Neige includes Le Reculet (1,718m), Grand Crêt (1,702m), Colomby de Gex (1,688m), and La Dôle (1,677m).

The Monts Jura are included in the Jura Mountains Regional Natural Park and the Natural Reserve of the Haut Jura Range.

The summit of Crêt de la Neige offers a 360 degree view to the region of Gex, Lake Geneva, the Valserine Valley, Mont-Blanc and the Alps.

Crêt de la Neige

Crêt de la Neige in Winter © Pmau – licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

Crêt de la Neige is crossed by the GR9 long-distance walking route which connects Saint-Amour, Jura to Port Grimaud on the French Riviera.

Crêt de la Neige

The pastures at the summit © Juraastro – licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

Crêt de la Neige

The view over the Jura mountains © Tom Corser – licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

Crêt de la Neige

The view from the top on Geneva © Tom Corser – licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

The Crêt de la Neige and the Monts Jura are best seen from the Salève mountain:

Salève mountain Monts du Jura

The Monts Jura seen from La Croisette (Salève mountain) © French Moments

Salève mountain Jura

The Monts Jura seen from the Salève mountain © French Moments

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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