The Ski Term at LAS makes our school truly special. Imagine a school where, during the winter season, every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon you are told to go skiing or snowboarding at the local ski resort. At Leysin American School, this is a reality.
First-Class Winter Resort
Leysin is a first-class winter resort, with more than 60 km (approximately 40 miles) of excellent downhill skiing, a renowned half-pipe and snow park, and many kilometers of cross-country trails.
From January to March, students spend two afternoons a week skiing and snowboarding on the Leysin slopes, with our ski and snowboard teams competing against other international schools. Lessons are provided by professionally trained Swiss Ski School instructors, and LAS provides an annual ski pass that allows unlimited access to the Leysin and regional slopes.
This is a unique opportunity for our students and has become a longstanding tradition. However, if a student is not comfortable with downhill skiing, or may suffer from maladies that prohibit skiing, exemptions can be made. Otherwise, skiing is strongly encouraged as a valuable opportunity provided by living in an alpine village.
When conditions are perfect and the skies are sunny, the Activities Department, in consultation with administrative team members, may occasionally call a day off school to go skiing. "Ski Days" are awarded when the greater school community is meeting expectations, skiing conditions are favorable, weather forecasts are cooperative and there is no inconvenience to institutional functioning.
Winter Sports Teams
The winter “Goats” assemble ski and snowboard teams that attend a handful of events each season. The Alpine Ski Team has four to five races at nearby ski resorts, and there are typically a couple of competitions where our freestyle teams can show off their tricks. The swim team continues to train once a week for two meets during the winter term.
Winter sports teams include:
- Ski freestyle
- Snowboard freestyle
- Alpine ski
Skiing Safety and Avalanche Awareness
Our student body is taught the importance of intelligent skiing and snowboarding and proper etiquette on the ski slopes. Stronger skiers and snowboarders are enrolled in the Avalanche Awareness Educational Series, instructed by internationally certified mountain guides. Read more about avalanche training.