Geneva, Jura groom slopes for European Cup stars

International sports, Women’s European Cup skiing

Shirley Curran writes the weekly Jura report for GenevaLunch’s weekend snow and winter sports feature

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Preparations are underway for this weekend’s big Geneva-Jura ski event, the FIS Coupe d’Europe (European Cup) women’s super-G and super-combined.

This is the first time the Jura resorts have hosted a ski event of this significance.

The city of Geneva is hosting the competition in partnership with France’s Ain department, a show of cross-border cooperation.

There is an astonishingly rich layer of snow thanks to the work, all through the month of January, of the resort’s staff and the massive accumulation of neige de culture: artificial snow.

Race preparations, Jura (photo, ©2011, Shirley Curran)

The nets are going up on both sides of the two race pistes and the tents are in place.

Young skiers from all over Europe are already training heavily.

Note for skiers and race fans: A one-day special, a €1 for the day ski pass is available from Crozet and Lélex Friday 11 February and Saturday 12 February.

Pedestrians will need to go up the mountain from the Lélex side, where there is still snow down to 900 metres.

Skiers have access via the Fierney telecabine and the Bergers chairlift from the Geneva valley.

The conditions are still astonishingly good but it is like spring skiing, as the daytime temperatures have risen during the last week.

However, the plans are to keep the resorts running all next week and as long as possible, even if that longed-for metre of fresh snow doesn’t fall.

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Race preparations, Jura (photo, ©2011, Shirley Curran)

Race preparations, Jura (photo, ©2011, Shirley Curran)

Race preparations, Jura (photo, ©2011, Shirley Curran)