Ski Programmes

Winter is only one of the seasons we experience here on the mountain, but there is no denying that it is a special one. Whether you have never seen snow or are a highly competitive ski racer, Aiglon's winter ski programme offers something for everyone.

During the winter months, Aiglon responds appropriately to the blanket of snow that descends upon our mountain village --we take to the local slopes! With lift access just a five-minute walk from campus, we are uniquely prepared to transform the school's robust physical education programme into a comprehensive winter ski programme that can provide for the youngest to the oldest and from the most experienced racers to the complete beginners.

Winter Skiing

All of our students are instructed by local, professionally trained ski school instructors. Each season students are divided into ski groups based on their year and experience level. This allows for dedicated, focused teaching during the twice-per-week sessions on the slopes. The ski groups are overseen by Aiglon staff who are also always present on the mountain.

In addition to the standard PE programme, students are also able to pursue additional ski opportunities through free skiing on the weekend, the expedition programme and racing opportunities. Every students leaves Aiglon a proficient, competent and well-rounded skier. More than just a physical activity, our winter ski programme is another opportunity to develop well-rounded students through the uniqueness of our local environment.

Competitive Skiing

In addition to the standard ski programme Aiglon offers the opportunity to be part of the Aiglon Ski Race Squad, or even the special Alpine Development Squad. Aiglon both competes in and hosts numerous races each season. Ski racing is an exciting, dynamic sport to which Aiglon has unparalleled access through our local resort. Even beginner skiers can quickly work their way up and enjoy the opportunity to represent Aiglon competitively on the slopes. Details about our varied programmes are below:

Aiglon Race Sqaud

Composition

Each year approximately 60-65 students are part of the Aiglon Race Squad. Ski racing provides the opportunity to compete for Aiglon around Switzerland and Europe at a variety of races.

The breadth of the racing programme caters to many levels. Everyone from first-time racers to experienced competitors have an opportunity compete. We encourage all ages, even our Junior School students, to participate in the race squad.

Training

Members of the Aiglon Race Squad typically train about three times per week, both as part of their normal weekly session alongside an extra session. The squad also has pre-season training opportunities at high-elevation resorts in Switzerland.

Races

Aiglon competes in British calendar events, Swiss International Schools races, European international races as well as Swiss club races. Uniquely, Aiglon also hosts multiple ski races per year in the Villars-Gryon-Diablerets resort. This includes FIS races as well as the annual Aiglon Cup event.

Members of the Aiglon Ski Race Squad can compete across many disciplines, including: slalom, grand slalom, freestyle, freeride and boardercross.

Alpine Development Squad

Aim

The Alpine Development Squad (ADS) is an elite, year-round training and race team for those who see ski racing as their main sporting focus all year. The ADS continues to develop the ski racing provision at Aiglon in addition to the standard racing team.

Entry & Coaching

The ADS typically includes only 8-10 racers across the age groups, Years 9 to 13. (We also have developed special provisions for elite racers in our Junior School.) Racers are selected and accepted by invitation of a special committee. Conditions of entry include having a positive attitude in all areas of school life, to be in good academic and social standing as well as have an excellent and proven ski racing track record. For a development squad of up to 10 racers, two race coaches are appointed to oversee the year round programme.

Training & Races

The ADS programme runs throughout the year. There are approximately 20-25 days of pre-season training on snow during the autumn term. Throughout the winter term, ADS members train a minimum of three to four times per week with their normal race groups with extra sessions included as necessary. The ADS also trains most weekends and during the standard Winter Long Expedition.

Aiglon competes in British calendar events, Swiss International Schools races as well as Swiss club races. Those students born in 2003 and earlier, in possession of an International start licence (FIS), will also compete in a programme of FIS races. Students are expected to commit to at least 5 competition days representing Aiglon.

There is an additional cost to be a member of the Alpine Development Squad.

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