The city of Lausanne will be at the heart of the Youth Olympic Games, and will comprise the Youth Olympic Village, the ceremonies and all ice sports, (ice hockey, short track speed skating and figure skating). Curling will take place in Morges.
Alpine skiing, ski mountaineering, freestyle skiing and snowboard will take place in the towns of Diablerets, Leysin and Villars in the Vaud Alps.

The Nordic skiing events will take place partly in the Vallée de Joux (cross-country skiing) and partly in neighbouring France in Prémanon at the Tuffes site (ski jumping, biathlon and nordic combined).
Bobsleigh, skeleton, luge and speed skating events will take place in St. Moritz.
The cultural and educational programme will take place on all the venues and with its heart at the university campus of Dorigny in Lausanne.