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You may be surprised to learn that you can go rafting in the heart of Geneva. Rafting.ch help you discover your wild side on the 8km-long river Arve which is punctuated by six waterfalls and rapids, making for an easy but exciting course. Boats accommodate four to six people and an instructor will accompany and guide you on your descent. The club also organizes rafting in the Alps and the Pre-Alps. The season begins in April and ends in October. Check the website for more details.
Manège d Onex is a horse-riding center located in Onex, a short distance from the city of Geneva. This equestrian center is ideal for those riding a horse for the first time, as well as pros. They have sand paddocks and other facilities that make the place good for practicing horse riding. For those seriously interested, they also give lessons to prepare horsemen for exams held by the Swiss Federation of Equestrian Sports.
Rafting-Loisirs is an adventure company located in Veyrier that offers a number of water sports along the Rhone river. Adventure enthusiasts will have a field day here, with activities like canoeing, rafting and kayaking trips being organized here from time to time. They have activities suitable for the entire family, special courses for kids, as well as certificate courses. They also have snowshoeing activities in the winter and hikes in the summer months.
Col de la Givrine is an alpine retreat 20 kilometers from Nyon and 39 kilometers (24.2 miles) from Geneva or Lausanne and is the ideal place for winter sports. Skiing, tobogganing, bobsledding or snowboarding, you'll find the snow and the slopes for them all. If you don't have your sports gear, you can always rent them out at Givrine. Better still, there are two sport stores here if you're interested in adding or upgrading your gear. La Givrine is an ideal weekend getaway for singles, couples and families.