Lausanne was the heart of the Youth Olympic Games, with the Olympic Village, the medal ceremonies, ice hockey, short-track speed skating and figure skating. The other ice sport, curling, were contested in Champéry.
Alpine skiing, ski mountaineering, freestyle skiing and snowboarding were in the Vaud Alps, at Les Diablerets, Leysin and Villars-sur-Ollon.
The Nordic skiing events were in the Vallée de Joux (cross country skiing) and across the border in France, at Les Tuffes (ski jumping, biathlon and Nordic combined).
The bobsleigh, skeleton, luge and speed skating events were in St Moritz.