Alternation of pastures wadding and forests of fir trees frosted. Of belfast to the imperial glazed-tile emerge from the villages to the houses of the robust built to withstand the cold. Welcome to the winter of franc-comtois, the one in the haut-Doubs, close to the swiss border, in the Jura mountains. A missing key lake to complete the picture. Here it is, offered, to an altitude of 900 m, lake Saint-Point, to 5.2 km2, one of the largest natural lakes of France. It is the landmark on the map, just below Pontarlier, materialized by a big blue line on a slope to 8 km long and barely 800 m wide. This elongated shape has an advantage: regardless of where we are, the opposite bank is clearly distinguishable.

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At the edge of lake Saint-Point, one settles for disconnect

in The summer, the lake is a spot of waterskiing animated. Desert winter – only if there is a risk of the skaters outside the law, it is a pure diamond. Except that it has some strange noises flow. Don’t panic, this is only the Doubs – the river runs through it — that makes the way in the water numb from the gel. A trail goes around the lake, 22 km to ride passable throughout the season. For a wide-angle is perfect, it is necessary to mount, on the right bank, up to the Belvedere, on the top of the village of Montperreux. But the local curiosity is on the left bank, in the town of Grangettes.

These, the ski area of Malbuisson Annie Barbaccia, Le Figaro

It is a village of huts to the edge of the wave. It dates from the Belle Epoque. A fisherman of the Sunday “Bar” of his nickname, which came regularly, Pontarlier, had had the bright idea to build a small house to store his equipment and his friends had imitated. The shacks have been handed down for by family heritage. Christened Port-Titi for posterity and photographed from every angle, this charming place is snoozing in the snow in the hibernation period.

At the edge of lake Saint-Point, one settles for a disconnect. The base Camp of Malbuisson, one of the six neighboring villages, where two 4-star hotels have opened in recent years. Housed in a former factory, the boats, the Workshop Donat is a boutique hotel of 8 rooms, with a restaurant, bar and veranda to the deco wood and metal licked.

Sliding show

As for the wilder Shores, a new building, it has the only relaxation area in the corner, with a cinq Mondes spa and a gorgeous indoor pool overlooking the lake. It has 16 suites, let’s say instead of apartments, consisting of one or two bedrooms and a living room with kitchen. It is spacious, comfortable, very practical as a family, but a little skittish side deco.

The Wild Shores, all the rooms have view on the lake. The Wild Shores

The reception closes at 20 hours and there is only a breakfast room. However, stays in half-board are available with dinner at your choice in other establishments of the owners, the family, Chauvin, heavy weight of the hotels and restaurants in Malbuisson for three generations. In the Restaurant of the cheese, the specialties of the county, mont d’or, morbier… are falling.

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Good news, in the hotels of the village, the getaway of two to three days is possible in full school holidays in February. Program: a touch of glide and a supply of images of magical landscapes, notice the “instagrammeurs”. Remains that a car is essential because at Malbuisson, there is no sports shop or ski school, or shuttle to get to the tracks…

The tourist office, however, has taken the initiative to rent snowshoes. To strap on the ski area premises. The These, it is his name, for a total of 13 km of snowshoe trails and 47 km of ski slopes, tracks and loops through woods and pastures.

a Few rare farms on the site of These. Annie Barbaccia, Le Figaro

The site is beautiful, just punctuated by the few old farms and four tanks with large roofs: a source of water for the cows in the summer. But not the lower stop-bar or any restaurant for skiers and hikers, that is to say, if nature reigns queen… The Jura is a mountain at altitude human. The king of the Doubs, the Mont-d’or culminates bravely to 1463 mr. It is suddenly easy to climb in snowshoes from the ski resort of Métabief, a dozen kilometers of Malbuisson.

this time, this is an area of alpine-style, the 37 km of marked trails between 1420 m and 900 m altitude. A field of gliding admittedly modest, but sufficient to complement the getaway of a few turns. All that at the top of the slopes, the show is insured by one of the most beautiful panoramas on the French and swiss Alps, Mont-Blanc up to the giants of the bernese oberland. Attention, it will “like” it.

View over the Alps from the downhill runs to Métabief. Annie Barbaccia, Le Figaro roadmap

GO TGV Lyria up to Frasne (27 km) from Paris and Dijon, By plane to Geneva (90 km) from the province, Attention, for a rental car in Frasne, if you book with an agency of Pontarlier.

STAY To the Wild Shores, 180 € the one-bedroom suite and 240 € the family suite. Well seen, breakfast (15 €) room service without extra charge. (Tel.: 03 81 38 74 37). The Workshop Donat, double room from 175 € per night. Tel.: 03 81 89 42 42.

LEARN Office of tourism, Malbuisson, phone: 03 81 69 31 21 and

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