The Swiss Canton of Vaud is an outdoor lovers paradise. There are outdoor activities options for all kinds of tastes, degrees of difficulty, and adrenaline level. Unlike one may think it is not just about winter sports. The Canton of Vaud is not different, offering excellent infrastructure in a beautiful landscape.

Top Destination for Skiing & Snowboarding

Let’s start with the obvious: Switzerland is for skiing and snowboarding as Hawaii is for Surfing. During the winter season, the arrival hall at Geneva Airport has a crowd from all parts of the World carrying skis and snowboards bags. It is like arriving at Bali airport in Indonesia and watching the surfboards bags coming down the baggage belt.
Switzerland offers a wide range of ski resorts with trails of different levels: from beginner-friendly to off-piste skiing. Although the most famous Swiss ski resorts are in Valais, like Zermatt, Verbier, and Crans-Montana, Vaud offers some outstanding ones such as Leysin, Les Diablerets, and Glacier 3000. At the last one is located the 107 meters long Suspension Bridge connecting two mountain peaks, called Peak Walk by Tissot. The view is amazing! Also in Glacier 3000, the Alpine Coaster is a funny activity for the whole family.

A Paradise for Outdoor Lovers

Regarding outdoor experiences without snow, the Canton of Vaud is hard to beat. In the first place, most of Lake Geneva’s Swiss part locates in the Canton of Vaud. One of the largest in Europe, shared by Switzerland and France. The lake offers a wide variety of activities like swimming, sailing, windsurfing, SUP among others. Besides, the shore between Lausanne and Vevey is called Lavaux; UNESCO listed it as a World Heritage Site in 2007. Hiking along the steeply terraced vineyards is a pleasant experience. You will enjoy fantastic views of the Alps, Lake Geneva, and grapevines.
Tip: Just as there are good restaurant options for lunch in the Lavaux Terraced Vineyards, Lutry is also an excellent option to enjoy a good meal in a pleasant setting. Then, head to La Plage de Lutry to enjoy a relaxed and amusing atmosphere.

Road Cycling or Mountain Biking? Both!

It is no exaggeration to say that the Swiss net of cycling routes are close to perfection. There are nine national routes and many regional and local routes. The directions are well signage with a white number inside a blue square on red signposts. Together with cycling tracks in the cities, there are safe and quiet countryside and rural roads. Are mostly paved roads and paths but it contains not paved sections. Between the Jura Mountains and Lake Geneva, and at the Alps in Canton’s easternmost districts there are plenty of itineraries for road cycling, mountain biking, and hiking. We strongly recommend downloading the SwitzerlandMobility App for hiking, cycling, and mountain biking maps, among other information.

A visit to the Olympic Museum is mandatory for Olympic Games enthusiasts. Founded in 1993 the museum locates in Lausanne, the capital and largest city of the Canton of Vaud. Its archive contains sporting equipment, the Olympic torches, the Olympic medals, a video documenting opening ceremonies and much more.

If are you looking for an adventure travel destination with a lot of outdoors activities, well, the Canton of Vaud may be the place that you are looking for.