The transition to mountain school

Completed project

The workshop is intended for students in the second year of the Tourism Innovation Transition at the Grenoble Institute of Urban Planning and Alpine Geography. It aims to build a multidisciplinary framework for interpreting the strategic and practical challenges of mountain tourism.

© Philippe Bourdeau

Since 2017, with the support of the Labex, these workshops have been experimenting with the complementarity of two pedagogical approaches, based on renewed themes: a training sequence led by academic contributors from the Labex laboratories, and field days punctuated by meetings and round tables with local stakeholders, creative workshops, observations and surveys.

This year, the field phase (January 4-12, 2021) will be dedicated to the theme of recreational transition in mid-mountain areas, and organized in partnership with the Méaudre-Autrans Nordic Ski Lodge in the Vercors. This theme was chosen based on observations stemming from exchanges with local actors: the offer of outdoor sports activities by clubs and local service providers only partially responds the environmental, cultural, socio-cultural and educational issues because of a fragmentation of activities (mountain biking, trail, Nordic skiing...) and a dominant orientation towards technical skill and performance.

The objective of the workshop is to propose the concept of "mountain school" which, while promoting sports activities, will provide a framework conducive to the transmission of knowledge, practices and values around the objectives of environmental responsibility, autonomy, social ties and territorial anchoring. If health conditions allow, a round table on this subject will be organised as a parallel event to the Autrans Mountain Film Festival.

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