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Looking across the southern “Leysin Skyline Peak Challenge” from campus.

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In due time the current website will close.

For a few years of their lives, students at the Leysin American School live in one of the most spectacular places on earth. Our goal at the LAS Alpine Institute is for them to connect with their local mountain environment as deeply as possible.

As a center for mountain science, sport, environment, and culture, the Institute works with teachers across the curriculum to build a deep understanding and passion for the mountain landscape and culture of our Swiss home.



The Alpine Institute Blog

Below you’ll find blog entries from Alpine Club outings, International Award adventurous journeys, and citizen science programs at LAS.


International Award Adventurous Journey Practice and Dents du Midi ascent

This was an exceptionally busy weekend for the Alpine Club, with two separate overnight trips into the mountains: one camping and the other staying in a hut and climbing to the summit of our most iconic Skyline Peak. The camping trip was for the International Award, with 29 students loading up backpacks with everything needed […]

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COST Workshop on Citizen Science in the Classroom

In March, 2018, LAS hosted a 2.5-day workshop on using citizen science to inspire students and teachers in their school-based science education. The workshop was funded by COST Action (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) and co-organized by learning and education working groups within COST and the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA).  The workshop was […]

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Off Piste Ski and Avalanche Group

Skiing off piste (off the groomed trails) is not for everyone. A lot can go wrong, so there’s much  to learn to stay safe. And sometimes the snow quality is awful. That’s when your skiing skills have to be top-notch, so you can bust through the crud no matter how deep. Fortunately, this year’s group […]

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Diablerets Glacier Ascent 2017

Last weekend, the LAS Alpine Club struck out for our annual ascent of Les Diablerets, at 3,210m, the highest peak in the Canton of Vaud–which is our home canton. This year brought a new twist: sleeping in a mountain hut halfway to the summit. Diablerets means “the abode of the devils”, named because of all […]

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