"Outdoor Sports Valley" is an expression that refers to both a region and a cluster of industries dedicated to outdoor sports. This area spans the Alps from Grenoble to Innsbruck, and encompasses tens of thousands of employees from the sports and recreation industries, the headquarters of most outdoor industry companies, and represents one of the planet's most unique playgrounds.
The Outdoor Sports Valley concept, developed in Annecy in 2009, became an official association in 2010, and a certified industry cluster (Grappe d'Entreprises) in 2011 by the French state (DATAR). Annecy - Chamonix, exceptional geographic and strategic locations, are the official capitals of the Outdoor Sports Valley.
Currently covering the Haute-Savoie area, OSV's role is to federate, represent, and contribute to the development of the outdoor sports industry. Guided by sustainable development principles for all actions, OSV is organized around three core functions: education, business services for members and events.
OSV has grown quickly in less than a year, already counting more than 90 member companies, with the short term goal of 100 members by 2012, and long term plans to reach across the Rhône-Alpes region and the entire Alps.