Foncine-le-Haut is a village in the Jura region in Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, 55 km east of Lons-le-Saunier.
Limitrophe of the Doubs, situated in the middle of the mountain (its altitude varies from 750 to 1212 m), the village has a little more than 1 000 inhabitants. Until the nineteenth century, the population was dispersed in many hamlets. In a green natural setting, its traditional agricultural activity (breeding and dairy producing county) and craft (woodworking) has doubled since the 1980s of a tourist reception centered on winter sports (cross-country skiing and Alpine skiing). In summer, hiking enthusiasts are spoiled.
Foncine-le-Haut was also once famous for its craftsmen and craftsmen specialized in watchmaking and diamond cutting, but these activities could not last.
Its historical heritage, its remarkable natural environment and its facilities and sports and leisure facilities make the small town a popular holiday resort in all seasons.
Be careful not to confuse the village with Foncine-le-Bas, bordering town of about 300 inhabitants separated by the valley of Saine.
Before exploring the ski resort or the natural surroundings of the village, a first visit to Foncine-le-Haut may include some built heritage features.
This is the case of the church of Saint-Léger (15th century), in the village, whose remarkable pulpit would come from the abbey of Bonlieu where it would have been bought during the Revolution. Numerous chapels and oratories also mark out the territory which has many hamlets whose inhabitants were sometimes isolated in the past. The chapel dedicated to Saint-François de Sales (XVIIIth century), in the hamlet of the Ruines, the Saint Roch oratory (17th century), or the Saint Joseph's Oratory built in 1675 by grouped woodworkers In the brotherhood of Saint Joseph. To see again, the monument of the Sacred Heart, 7 meters high, surmounted by a statue of Christ who seems to extend his arms over the country. This astonishing construction was made with pierced stones typical of the geology of the places.
Always before going on the trails... or hiking trails, we will stop at La Chevry to observe a menhir, on the right bank of the Saine, striding a few steps by a bridge of Roman origin.
The site of the split rock is also worth a visit: a 100 m high cut due to erosion, which distinguishes hard white limestone beds and an accumulation of bluish marls. Finally, we will not forget the source of the Saine, at the foot of the Bayard, dug in the mountain.
As far as winter sports are concerned, the resort offers a hundred kilometers of pistes of all levels on four sites. Daily pass: 4 to 8 euros. Ski rental at +33 (0) 3 84 51 95 30. Information on the snow conditions and the slopes open at +33 3 84 51 93 11 or +33 3 84 51 90 77.
For the practice of snowshoeing, 40 km are arranged on Different sites. Daily pass: 2.50 euros, free for children under 25 years old. Information on +33 3 84 51 93 11.
Lastly, for alpine skiing, there are 3 slopes with 3 ski lifts for amateurs. Half-day pass: 6 to 9 euros. For the beginners, but also to discover disciplines such as biathlon or to pass approved tests (flakes, stars...), the school of ski is Reachable at +33 6 47 38 40 14.
In the summer, it is the lovers of hiking that are at the party. Many marked trails have been set up with variable difficulty. It is obviously better to learn before engaging in average mountain. Contact the +33 3 84 51 93 11 or the association Grandes Traversées du Jura at +33 (0) 3 84 51 51 51.
Note that from the village, a thematic path "botanique" and a "sportive" course are also accessible.
For those who prefer mountain biking, some 200 km of suitable tracks and courses are available at the start or including Foncine-le-Haut. A special guide is available at +33 3 84 51 93 11.
A boulodrome is also available for holidaymakers or visitors, as well as tennis courts (reservation on +33 6 74 40 96 67).
Finally, the village is known to trout fishing enthusiasts, in the river Saine (from the second Saturday of March to the 3rd Sunday of September). Cards on sale at +33 (0) 3 84 51 94 04.
In a completely different way, to combine pleasure to apprehend a unique know-how and gastronomy, visit the cheese dairy can be envisaged... Information on +33 3 84 51 92 46.