LAS students and teachers resources

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

For GDPR compliance, all photos of students have been deleted from this website.

This website’s content is being migrated to a constellation of new Alpine Institute websites that are currently only visible to LAS staff and students: Alpine Institute Hub, Outings, International Award, LETS Observe, Globe Day, Edge, Citizen Science in Learning & Education, and our YouTube channel.

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.


Bouldering in Solalex, Then and Now

The LAS Alpine Club recently took students “bouldering” in the nearby valley of Solalex. The trip was especially memorable for LAS Alpine Institute director John Harlin because they climbed the same boulder that he’d climbed 52 years earlier, in 1964. See these photos separated by half a century. John (then “Johnny”) was leading his sister […]

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LETS Day October 2016

LETS Day was cold this year! It seemed like an Arctic cold front settled on us for the day. That’s too bad, because we had some great visitors from the Université de Neuchâtel–about 50 undergraduates and graduate students under the tutelage of Professor Jason Grant who helped us to identify species at many of our […]

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International Award Adventurous Journeys a Grand Success Last Weekend

Last weekend a record number of LAS students went hiking and camping in pursuit of their International Awards. Twenty-two students hoisted backpacks full of sleeping bags, tents, stoves, and tents before hiking several kilometers to the Friday night campsite near Pierre de Möellé, located between Tour de Famelon and Mont d’Or, two of our prized […]

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