RETURN TO THE MOUNTAIN. REMEMBER THE MAGIC.
June 16-19, 2022
Dear LAS Global Family,
It is finally happening! We are thrilled to officially invite you to the 61st Celebration for Leysin American School in Switzerland. Our LAS Global Family has certainly grown from our humble roots in 1961 to include over 7,500 alumni and thousands more alumni parents, former faculty, friends, and more. For the 2021-2022 school year, LAS has over 300 students from 60 different countries in grades 7-12.
While LAS may have expanded in terms of students, faculty, and facilities, we remain committed to you, to our mission, and to always welcoming you back home to the mountain!
With that said, we have an incredible four-day weekend planned for you, your family, friends, classmates, and former and current faculty members to celebrate our 61st! And remember, this is a FREE and FAMILY-FRIENDLY event - just get yourself to Leysin and we'll treat you from there.
So, we hope you will return to the mountain and remember the magic June 16-19, 2022!
C. Ryan Joyce
Director of Advancement
- Book Your Own Lodging
- Stay in the Dorms at LAS
- COVID & Travel Information
- Campus Map
- SUMMIT: A Comprehensive Capital Campaign for LAS
- 61st Featured Attendees
- Optional Post-61st Events
The fully complimentary 61st Celebration events run from Thursday, June 16 through Sunday, June 19, 2022. You’re welcome to enjoy Leysin before or after the event, but please note that our campus is only open to guests during the event itself.
Evening: Casual Global Family Dinner
Evening: Dinner by Decades for Alums/Faculty, Dinner on Campus for Guests
Afternoon: Optional Activities
Evening: 61st Celebration Banquet
Hotels in Leysin
- Leysin Lodge
- 10% discount (use code LASreunion and book on their website or at +41 (0) 24 494 11 20)
- Owned by LAS alumnus Brock Fiedler!
- Alpine Classic
- 10% discount from June 15-20 (use code LAS2022 and book on their website)
- Hôtel Central Résidence and Spa
- 10% discount from June 15-20 (use code LAS2022 and book on their website)
- Hôtel la Tour d’Aï
- 10% discount (use code LAS61 and book on their website)
- Hôtel le Grand Chalet
- Contact directly to book on their website or at +41 (0) 24 493 01 01
Hotels near Leysin
- Hôtel du Cerf (Le Sépey)
- Hôtel le Relais Alpin (Les Mosses)
- Hôtel du Nord (Aigle)
- Auberge de la Couronne (Yvorne)
- Fairmont le Montreux Palace (Montreux)
- 15% discount (mention Leysin American School when booking by phone +1 888 590 0005 or email email@example.com
Hotels outside Leysin
Each group registering together can request up to 2 rooms (up to 5 single beds) for your group.
Relive the memories and share a room with old classmates! Let us know if you would like to share a room with up to 2 other people who are not traveling in your group (1 room with up to 3 beds).
You are welcome to request lodging in any LAS building you prefer, but we are designating certain buildings to primarily house families, adults only, and recent alumni in order to maximize everyone's experience on campus.
All dorms are within a short walking distance of Savoy except Belle Epoque, which is about a 20 minute beautiful walk up the mountain. Events will be happening in both Savoy and Belle Epoque and LAS shuttles will run across both campuses throughout the event.
Please note that all dorm beds are single beds (to accommodate one adult). The beds in some buildings are elevated (accessible by a small step ladder, similar to a bunk bed), while others are on the ground level (like a traditional bed).
Linens are provided but make sure to bring your own towel and toiletries. Each dorm room has a private bathroom.
Choose Your Dorm (red stars on the map below)
- SAVOY (adults, elevated beds, 2-3 beds per room)
- BEAU SITE (families, ground beds, 3 beds per room)
- BEAU REVEIL (adults, ground beds, 2 beds per room)
- ESPLANADE (families, elevated beds, 2 beds per room)
- BELLE EPOQUE EAST (recent alumni, elevated beds, 2-4 beds per room)
- BELLE EPOQUE WEST (families, ground beds, 2 beds per room)
Which events will be family-friendly?
The Thursday Night Global Family Dinner is open to everyone, as are the daytime activities on Friday and Saturday - we'll have plenty of activity options that will be fun for kids and families! Childcare will be available during the Friday and Saturday activity times if parents want to participate in an adult-focused activity.
The Friday Night Dinner by Decades is for adults only (alumni and current/former faculty) and dinner will be served on campus for all other guests. There will be childcare (as well as dinner for the kids) available that evening as well.
The Saturday Night 61st Celebration Banquet is open to high school-aged students and adults and childcare (as well as dinner for the kids) will be provided that evening.
Who will be providing childcare during the event?
Our wonderful LAS Summer in Switzerland professional staff will be providing activities and childcare for children of any age during the event. Many of these staff are teachers during school year and all have passed a background check and have been vetted by our Summer in Switzerland Director.
Can I bring my babysitter/nanny?
Yes. Simply add this person to your registration as a guest.
Closer to the event, we will be sending out an activities sign up link to all registered attendees. Both family-friendly and adult-focused activities will be provided on both Friday and Saturday for you to enjoy!
In the meantime, you can help us plan these great activities by letting us know which are the most interesting. This is not the official sign up, but it will help us know which types of activities to coordinate for the weekend.
Will the gymnasium and workout facilities be open?
Yes! The Magic Mountain Athletic Center (MMAC) on the Savoy campus will be open during your time here.
Should I bring any equipment if I plan to hike, rock climb, board, etc.?
If you plan to do outdoor activities while you're here, having good footwear and layers of clothing for various temperatures and weather is a great idea.
You can certainly bring any of your own outdoor equipment, but we also have equipment available for all LAS-sponsored activities and our friends at Hefti Sports will be open if you would like to rent additional equipment while you're in Leysin.
If you haven't been to LAS in awhile, please check out the map below to see key areas of campus.
The Savoy and Belle Epoque campuses are outlined in blue. Note that it is a lovely 20 minute walk from the Savoy campus up to the Belle Epoque campus.
The dorms that are available by request during the 61st Celebration are indicated with a red star.
The train stations that service the LAS campuses (the Vermont, Feydey, and Grand-Hotel stations) are outlined in green.
There will be LAS shuttles running between the campuses and to/from the village throughout the event.
Want to extend your stay in Switzerland?
We have a number of optional events and excursions that you and your family can choose from! Check out the options below and let us know on your RSVP or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in any or all of these exciting programs! Please note that all post-61st programming will be dependent upon demand. Also, each of these programs will have associated costs.
More detailed information about each program can be found by clicking the buttons or looking at the "Optional Post-61st Events" section farther down on this page.
LAS Summer in Switzerland (SIS) | begins June 26, ages 10-18
What could be better than spending the summer in Switzerland? Our summer programs have been running since 1949 and they allow kids ages 10-18 to explore the magic mountain and surrounding areas through fun activities and excursions. There are three two-week sessions to choose from, beginning on June 26, 2022. And yes! Children of LAS alumni can access a special 15% discount! Let us know on your RSVP or by emailing email@example.com if you're interested in LAS Summer in Switzerland.
- LAS Summer in Switzerland | begins June 26, ages 10-18
- Skyline Challenge with the Harlin Family | June 20-25, adults and kids 12 and up
- Tour de Suisse | June 19-26, ages 13-18
- Kids Day Camp | June 20-22, ages 7-12
- LAS Academic Year | August-May, ages 12-18
Want your child to experience even more of the magic?
Enroll them in our LAS Summer in Switzerland (SIS) program and they'll get the full Leysin experience! Let us know on your RSVP or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you're considering enrolling your child in SIS and we will send you more information.
Are there scholarships available for children of LAS alumni?
Yes! Children of alumni can access scholarships for both the Summer in Switzerland (special 15% discount for alumni families) and the LAS academic year programs. Let us know if you want to learn more when you RSVP or by emailing email@example.com.
Extend Your Time in Switzerland after the 61st...Hike and Climb with the Harlin Family!
Join the Harlin Family for a day or a week of hiking and climbing peaks on Leysin’s skyline. These routes have been hiked and climbed many times by LAS students, often in the company of John or Siena Harlin. We invite you to join us for a very special trip in commemoration of LAS’s 61st birthday.
Why the Harlin Family?
Way back in 1963, when LAS was just two years old and John was six, the Harlins drove 10 hours from their home in Germany to snowy Leysin so the parents could interview for jobs as teachers. It was the happiest day of John’s young life when his mother was offered a position as Head of Science and his father as Head of Athletics. Young John wanted nothing more than to live in the Swiss mountains and ski every day there was snow and climb every day he couldn’t go skiing. This became their happy existence until 1966, when John’s father fell off a Swiss mountain called the Eiger. His widowed mother decided to return to America to earn her PhD in botany and become a university professor. So ended their relationship with LAS. Or so they thought.
Fast forward to 2014, when Siena graduated LAS as valedictorian and John launched the LAS Alpine Institute, which he ran for seven years until his retirement in June 2021. He founded the LAS Alpine Institute to give students opportunities to deeply experience the mountains they live in during their student years at LAS--both for adventure and for learning about nature. After all, LAS students live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth; a complete education includes learning to fully appreciate their local mountain environment.
What is the Skyline Challenge?
Every LAS dorm room window has a panoramic view of mountains. From the top of the Berneuse ski lift, that panorama is fully 360 degrees. The Leysin Skyline Challenge was created to excite students into experiencing these mountains first-hand--with boots on the ground, ice axes or trekking poles in hand. So far, students have climbed 10 of the peaks and faculty have scouted three times that many while looking for the best routes to take students on safe adventures.
What is the Skyline Challenge with the Harlin Family?
This set of mountain adventures takes LAS families attending the 61st Celebration on iconic outings that have played huge roles in the history of LAS and of the Harlins. The week is designed so that adults and their teenage children can share the experience at whatever challenge level they wish--from simple hiking to serious mountain climbing. Individual parents and kids can have separate adventures by day while still sharing dinners and hut or hotel rooms at night. You will be hosted by Siena, Adele, and John Harlin. John will lead you on the climbing peaks, while Siena and/or Adele will stay with those who aren’t climbing.
These trips are fundraisers for the new Harlin Family Foundation, which will provide annual scholarships to LAS students who demonstrate a commitment to the outdoor environment and the health of our planet. All proceeds above cost will go to the Foundation.
During the 61st Celebration at LAS:
As a part of the LAS 61st Celebration weekend, the Harlin family will offer local Leysin hikes during the activities times on Friday and Saturday: Tour d’Aï, Tour de Mayen, Tour de Famelon, Riondaz. If you are joining us the following week, we’d like to spend at least one day during the 61st with you (and your family) on our backyard peaks so we can gauge your fitness.
June 20-21 (Monday afternoon through Tuesday):
Dents du Midi. Hike to the Cabane Susanfe mountain hut in the afternoon after the 61st celebration has wrapped up. It’s a gorgeous walk! Spend the night in the hut. On Monday those who want to climb to the summit will do so (weather permitting). Others will hike over the pass and down to lunch at a lovely hut by a mountain lake where you’ll wait for the climbers to catch up. Monday night: Leysin.
June 22 (Wednesday):
Rest day with some shopping and hiking by choice. Night: the historic Hotel Bellevue in Kleine Scheidegg. Showing of The Alps movie, which features the Harlin family on the Eiger and exploring Switzerland. (Note: the Eiger is visible from Berneuse above Leysin.)
June 23 (Thursday):
Hike the Eiger Trail in the morning. This easy downhill trail walks along the base of the famous Eiger, featured in The Alps movie. John has led several LAS Middle School hikes down this trail. In the afternoon, we take the train up to the spectacular Jungfraujoch, the highest train stop in the Alps. From there we’ll hike a short groomed snow trail to reach the Monch Hut, which is the highest staffed hut in the Alps. This hut is also featured in The Alps movie. Night: Monch Hut.
June 24 (Friday):
Climbers can ascend the Monch with a mountain guide and John Harlin. This climb is technically easy, but requires a good head for heights. Non-climbers will be tourists for the day: stops include the Jungfraujoch, Grindelwald, Wengen, Interlachen, and/or Lauterbrunnen, as you wish. Climbers and non-climbers will rejoin for dinner in Grindelwald at the Eiger Hotel. Night: Eiger Hotel in Grindelwald.
June 25 (Saturday):
Hike one of the most spectacular ridges in the world. We’ll start by taking lifts from Grindelwald to “First”, then hike to the historic Faulhorn Berghotel for lunch (this is one of the oldest mountain hotels in Switzerland). Then we continue hiking to the Schynige Platte, where we’ll take a train back down to the valley. Along the way we’ll gaze at stunning views of the Eiger, the Monch, and the Jungfrau--all of which we visited during the previous two days. Night: you can depart now or join us for a hotel in Bern.
Who can join the Skyline Challenge with the Harlin Family?
The trip is open to any adult. It is also open to select LAS students without parents with special permission. If they’re accompanied by parents, the minimum age for kids is 12. If unaccompanied by parents, the minimum age is 16.
Let us know on your RSVP or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we can send along more information.
Want your child to get the full LAS experience?
Consider enrolling your child in our LAS academic year programs (ages 12-18, grades 7-12)!
Are there scholarships available for children of LAS alumni?
Yes! Children of alumni can access scholarships for both the LAS academic year programs and Summer in Switzerland.
How can I find out more about the LAS Academic Year programs?
Let us know if you're interested in more information about enrolling your child in the LAS academic school year when you RSVP or by emailing email@example.com and we'll follow up with you. You can also check out the LAS Admissions page by clicking below.