Snowpark / half-pipe - winter - Leysin

Sporting and leisure competitions for everyone this winter !

Dec 15, 2021

A large number of sports competitions highlight the snowy regions of the Canton of Vaud

On 5 and 6 March 2022, visitors to Les Diablerets in the Vaud Alps can look forward to 3D, one of the main ski touring races in the region of Vaud (Lake Geneva region). During the competition, the best of the best will compete over four challenges courses ranging from the “Verticale” (3.5 km and 558 metres of altitude) to the “Super diabolic” (28 km and 2,632 metres of altitude). This ski resort, the highest and most extensive in the canton, seems predestined to host this outstanding event. Glacier 3000, the highest point in the region, is also home to the Peak Walk, the world’s first and only suspension bridge to connect two mountain peaks. To round off a day of unforgettable action, visitors can stop off at the panoramic restaurant designed by renowned architect Mario Botta. Young guests will love letting off steam on the sledges, with the longest runs in the region totalling 7 km of well-prepared trails.

The region of Aigle-Leysin-Col des Mosses is known for its beautiful sunshine and revolving restaurant, the Kuklos, and hosts an international sled dog race every March. A must for all mushers, this event is great for families, with a host of activities on offer, including driving instruction and sleigh rides. The Swiss Biathlon Cup is also an annual event, and is held on the Les Mosses-La Lécherette plateau. The occasion provides an opportunity to try the sport, which is highly popular in the region and combines rifle shooting with cross-country skiing.

The resort of Leysin has made a name for itself as more of a freestyle location. After hosting the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2020, it’s back on the agenda with the Park & Pipe 2022 World Junior Championships from 6 to 13 March 2022. The programme includes competitions in the disciplines of slopestyle, big air and half-pipe. Visitors looking for a thrill should make sure to try the Tobogganing Park, which offers an array of snowtubing slopes designed by Olympic medallist and world bobsleigh champion Silvio Giobellina, together with giant inflatable tubes.

Moving on for a change of atmosphere in the Pays-d'Enhaut: skiing is still a must here, especially in the Videmanette resort, but with its vast snowy expanses, the region is particularly popular with cross-country skiers... and cheese lovers, who should be sure to visit the Maison de L'Etivaz and the various restaurants!

On the Jura side, just 20 kilometres from Nyon and Lake Geneva, Saint-Cergue offers a different perspective with the “Jura sur Léman”, the only cross-border ski resort in the region. Overlooked by the French-Swiss summit of La Dôle, it offers an exceptional view of Lake Geneva and the Alps.

Cross-country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts will be in their element in the vast snow-covered and wild landscapes typical of the Vaud Jura, extending as far as the Vallée de Joux. On 5 and 6 March 2022, Les Rasses will host the Mara, a highly popular cross-country skiing marathon. And don’t forget – the Val Pass is included in the cost of an overnight stay in Vallée de Joux area. This gives you free access to 142 kilometres of cross-country ski trails between the Mollendruz and Marchairuz passes, Risoud forest and the shores of Lake Joux. All the more reason to reach for the skis!

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