When not working late on group assignments or cramming for exams, the winter season in the Lausanne area offers a wide range of activities to enjoy outside of the classroom. From skiing and snowboarding on the nearby slopes, to ice skating on the frozen lake, there is something for everyone to experience in and around this beautiful city. Whether you’re looking for a thrilling outdoor adventure or a more relaxed activity, here is a list of some of the activities you can look forward to:
Skiing and snowboarding
Several ski resorts are located just an hour away from Lausanne, such as Les Diablerets, Leysin, and Villars-Gryon, and offer a variety of slopes for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.
Sunset by the lake
Picturesque views are usually hard to come by. At IMD, however, it’s only a two-minute walk down to the lake where you can marvel at the scenic view with the sun setting behind the Chablais Mountains. A perfect way to unwind after a day on campus.
Snowshoeing is a popular activity in the Vaud Alps, where visitors can explore the scenic mountain landscape while getting some exercise. Discover the best winter Snowshoeing hikes here.
Cross-country skiing is another popular winter activity across the canton of Vaud. There are many well groomed trails that are suitable for skiers of all skill levels. Find the best cross-country skiing trails here.
Lausanne has quite a few ice-skating rinks scattered around town. If you are looking for space to practice your pirouettes, the Delices area has a large ice-skating rink. If you prefer a scenic view, head down to Lutry where you will find an ice-skating rink with a magnificent view of Lac Leman and the mountains.
The canton of Vaud is home to several outdoor swimming pools that are open year-round. After staying up all night working on your team projects, why not wake yourself up with an icy dip in Lac Leman at Louis Bourget Park in Vidy, where the magnificent landscape makes the freezing waters just about bearable.
Winter festivals and events
Many towns and villages host winter festivals and events that celebrate the winter season. They’re a fun way to experience the local culture and enjoy outdoor activities. The International Hot Air Balloon Festival takes place in late January in Châteaux d’Oex and is a chance to marvel at displays of colorful balloons from around the world against a snowy backdrop. In November, Polaris is a festival that takes place in Verbier Ski Resort, where many people come to enjoy electronic music with a view of the Swiss Alps.