Life on the Mountain
This is life – lived on, and up, the mountain.
Our life on the mountain is inherently healthy, invigorating and inspiring – Aiglonians climb hills and see views on their way to the next classroom that would impress seasoned hikers. And that helps us to create an atmosphere not just of achievement, but also of challenge: we are a place where together staff and students push themselves to new levels.
Sport on the Mountain
Aiglon’s wide range of winter sporting activities are detailed elsewhere, but a particular benefit of our location is the fact that most take place right on the school’s doorstep. From campus, you can walk to the télécabine in 5 minutes, and be skiing in 10. This ease of access ensures that even those with little prior exposure to skiing, ski-touring, snowboarding and ice-climbing rapidly feel that these demanding sports are to be embraced like any other.
In summer, the mountains continue to play a significant role in our sports programme. Students take part in activities such as mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, horse riding, and trail running.
Learning on the Mountain
Up in the clear mountain air, you don’t just breathe more deeply – you see further. The school is the proud possessor of a research-grade telescope, housed in the Kalouti Observatory, which provides a boost to Aiglon’s science studies across a wide range of subjects from Astronomy (offered at Aiglon to GCSE level) to Computing, as students work on sharing their data with their counterparts around the world.
As you might expect, Geography lessons are frequently conducted outside. Students will survey lichens in the village and surrounding areas; they test water purity in a nearby mountain stream and look for larvae; and they visit the local sewage and water-treatment works. And many more subjects use the mountain as an additional classroom, grounding textbook learning in hands-on experience – something that inspires students of all aptitudes.
Culture on the Mountain
The arts are a vital part of Aiglon’s curriculum, and the mountains provide both an inspiration and an unrivalled performance setting. Outdoor art classes include everything from photography to land art, while in recent years "Shakespeare in the Snow" performances have pushed boundaries for both audiences and performers.
Relaxation on the Mountain
It’s not all strenuous hikes or challenging expeditions. The paths and trails around Aiglon are a source of respite and relaxation for all members of our community. The school’s yoga teacher often draws on the details of mountain life – the birds, flowers, and curious chamois and bouquetins – to inspire the sessions of deep relaxation that conclude the yoga class.
During summer months, the campus grounds are used for social events of every kind. The Junior School has an ambitious Summer Decathlon that uses the whole campus, and concludes with a well-deserved barbecue.