2018 Arc’Teryx Alpine Academy: learn, get inspired and connect with world-class athletes and guides

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The countdown is on: In one month the Arc’teryx Alpine Academy is coming to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc! From July 5-8 more than 500 alpine enthusiasts, mountain guides and professional athletes will gather at the ‘Alpine Village’ in the heart of Chamonix and advance their alpine skills in the surrounding mountains. Learn from alpine experts at the master-classes, get inspired during world premieres at the movie night and meet Arc’teryx athletes and guides from all over the world!

From Friday until Sunday, July 6-8, hundreds of alpine enthusiasts will attend guided clinics and gather at the ‘Alpine Village’ for daily programming, all with the ultimate goal to advance their mountain skills and share experiences with like-minded participants, athletes and guides.

The top-notch master classes are crowd favourites at the Arc’teryx Alpine Academy. Open to everyone, the main stage at Place Balmat hosts the educational talks that coach and inspire mountain lovers from all over the world.

Thanks to Arc’teryx athlete Mina Leslie-Mujastyk and partners Gore-Tex, Peak Design and LYOFOOD, this year’s alpine event is featuring the following master classes.

  • Peak Design master class – Friday, July 6, 5 pm: By Liam Lonsdale on “Perfecting Your Smartphone Photography”
  • LYOFOOD master class – Friday, July 6, 7:30 pm: By Nina Caprez & Nico Favresse on “Vertical Life on Big Walls”
  • Gore-Tex® master class – Saturday, July 7, 4 pm: By Robert Jasper on “Passion Mountaineering”
  • Arc’teryx master class – Saturday, July 7, 5 pm: By Mina Leslie-Mujastyk on “Cultivating determination in your goals”.


The movie night is especially popular amongst participants, locals and visitors of Chamonix. Taking place on Saturday, July 7, at 9pm a total of four short films will be presented by Arc’teryx athletes this year. Headliner is the world premiere of the Eye Of The Storm Production “The Empire of Winds”, a film featuring the two adventurous skiers Thibaud Duchosal and Johannes Hoffmann. The short film takes viewers to their 1500km journey through the deserts and mountains of Patagonia. Read more about the movie.

The ‘Alpine Village’ is the place to be at any time of the day. The complimentary daily program is available from July 6-8 with open-air master classes, movie night, concerts, athlete demos as well as bouldering and climbing walls. Inspiring activities run all day at the Arc’teryx and Academy partner stands. Visitors can drop by to test demo gear or even get their apparel fixed at the Gore-Tex Repair Centre for free. Another highlight at Place Balmat this year is the photo exhibition showing the most stunning scenery shots from previous Arc’teryx Alpine Academy editions. The pictures will be sold during a silent auction and the proceeds will be donated to the local charity “En passant par la Montagne”.

INFO: Arc’teryx