Saturday, November 28, 2020

Apex International Ski Academy

Address: Tignes Les Lac, France

Phone: +33 4 58 98 01 05


Founded: 2020

Grades: UK Year 6 to Year 13 (10 years old to 19)

Category: Until Yr 11, we operate for part of the year For U14 and U16 we operate a full-time program on a host-school model. The Apex FIS Level program is a 3 year full-time Tignes based program with an International Baccalaureate academic education

Application Deadline: Applicants are considered year round.

Boarding School Cost: £25000 at U16 £35000 at FIS

Financial Aid: Yes

Notable Coaches:

Apex coaches come from around the world of skiing; Director of Skiing: Christian Gauthier Head Youth Coach: Alex Vitanov, FIS Coaches: Marion Bertrand and Federico Blasotta We are also proud to work with the following Ambassadors: Katharina Gutensohn, Wendy Fisher, and Alain Baxter

Athletic Approach: The Apex 2100 International Ski Academy provides a world-class ski coaching program and is delighted to announce that Christian Gauthier has joined the team as Director of Skiing alongside Head Youth Coach, Alex Vitanov.  Christian, Alex and their team have a vast amount of experience at the highest level of both international ski racing and coaching.

Skiers at Apex will learn the sport of ski racing using the 3D (Discover, Distil, Do,) Training Process pioneered by our Director of Sport, Sir Clive Woodward – which he used with the England Rugby team who won the World Cup in 2003.

Working in partnerships 

We are extremely proud to be an official FIS Development Programme Academy Partner. Additionally, a fundamental Apex philosophy is to build partnerships with key local stakeholders including Club des Sport Tignes and the Comité De Ski de Savoie, as well as with the Fédération Française de Ski. We are delighted to have already established strong partnerships with all three organizations, which will contribute to providing our U12, U14 and U16 skiers with access and opportunity to train and compete in the local / regional French pathway and succeed on the international stage. The FIS Level program is a strong, internationally-minded training and racing program within the FIS system. These skiers will also benefit from the training advantages our French partners will bring.

Academic Approach

The Apex 2100 International Ski Academy places the education center-stage. The education program is adapted to the busy training and race schedules of our athletes. A blended curriculum is delivered by a team of highly qualified, experienced teachers via a mix of online, face-to-face and small group lessons in our top specification classrooms and laboratories.

International Learning 

Apex is currently an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. With international competition a key part of the Apex Programme, we are developing the use of the latest digital technology to ensure athletes thrive in academic studies no matter where in the world they are.

If athletes are preparing for a public exam, we will deliver the same syllabus in liaison with the host school to ensure that they have covered all the necessary curricula. If athletes are pre-public exams, they will follow the Apex Curriculum, which has been created in partnership with United Learning’s curriculum, which is used across the UK in its 50+ schools. All the learning material will be available to schools and parents via the Apex Hub. 

The Mentor System

The care of the athletes whilst away from home is paramount and we place a huge emphasis on our Mentor system by which, in addition to the House Master, each athlete is given a Mentor to work with them through all the highs and lows of the ski season. The Mentor is in close contact with Parents through the season.

Training Facilities

Apex 2100 is a purpose-built, state of the art facility, specifically designed for one goal: producing the best elite international skiers. Our location is unbeatable. Apex 2100 sits in the highest ski resort in the French Alps, Tignes Les Lac. The facility is also ski in ski out, meaning the athletes walk a total of 10m to gain access to the slopes. Our state-of-the-art Academy is equipped to meet every need of our athletes:

  • Authorized as a private school by the French Government in 2019
  • A self-contained, elite residential training facility
  • 52 twin/triples Athlete rooms, and 4 dormitories (170 beds)
  • 8 resident pastoral staff
  • 14 ultra-modern adaptive learning and breakout spaces including; E-library, flexible working space, 2 full-spec laboratories • Ultra-fast internet for a connected learning experience
  • The gym is custom designed by our coaches, strength and conditioning professional, and in-house physio to cater for the athlete’s training and recovery needs.
  • The facility also has rehabilitation pools (cold and hot) for recovery sessions
  • Ski room with individual heated lockers and safest ski preparation equipment
  • The canteen is used by our nutrition team to provide excellent, high-quality nutritional meals three times a day, plus healthy snacks between meals.

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