Located in the heart of the Jura Vaudois to 1’100 m altitude, the ski resort of Sainte-Croix – Les Rasses is prized particularly for its landscapes and its ideal skiing area for families and beginners. Since 2007, snow cannons, mobile ensure a good snow coverage of the slopes. The village of Sainte-Croix is also specialised in precision mechanics and famous for its music boxes and nickelodeons. A small museum dedicated to this craft, the CIMA, attracts some curious people.
The ski area of Sainte-Croix – Les Rasses extends over 8 hectares on the plateau from the Balcony of the Jura, between 1’150 1’580 m altitude. It includes 30 km of slopes, of which 20% green runs, 50% blue runs, 20% red pistes and 10% black slopes. The low altitude of the slopes makes it an ideal skiing area for beginners who can train safely. This is why the resort is popular with families with children that also benefit from splendid views of the Alps, the Mont-Blanc and the lake of Neuchâtel. Instructors from the Swiss School of Ski les Rasses offer courses for all levels. For cross-country skiers, the nordic centre of les Rasses offer 7 trails available for the cross-country skiing, an illuminated until 22:00 for practice at night center, a waxing, a locker room and showers. In total, there are 65 km of groomed trails, including a long of 9 km, open to skiers, accompanied by their dog! Several marked routes for snow-shoe hikes, of varying lengths and difficulties vary according to your physical condition, are proposed. The region also lends beautifully to the nordic walking. Finally, small and great lovers of slides can enjoy tobogganing on the slopes of the télébob of Mauborget or ice skating on the natural ice rink of “the Combe”.
Finally, the resort has good infrastructure for sports indoor. The Grand Hotel des Rasses offers a swimming pool, and Sainte-Croix, a sports centre awaits you with climbing wall, fitness room, room accessories and room for team sports (volleyball, basketball...).
You will find a few hotels and restaurants within the resort of Sainte-Croix – Les Rasses, as well as breakfast, accommodation, group, apartments or chalets and cottages mountain. In the surrounding villages, the amateurs of stays unusual will be able to sleep in a yurt at the Farm of Martalet, Démoret or on the straw. An unusual experience to try if you are not too demanding on comfort! It would be a shame to stay in Sainte-Croix – Les Rasses without a visit to the gastronomic specialities of the region! Please do not hesitate to give you a small tour of the Brewery Three Ladies of the Holy Cross (on appointment) and the cheese factory Tyrode (Gruyère AOC, vacherin Mont d'or AOC, tomme, cream...). Taste also the famous amandines, this delicious biscuit made of almonds and honey which is a specialty of Sainte-Croix!