|Les Elfes, established in 1987, is a year-round adventure sports and languages camp with three campuses in the Swiss Alps. Like the nation in which our camp has grown we pride ourselves on achieving excellence in everything we do and would like to take you on a small tour of the best Switzerland has to offer. From excellence in engineering, gastronomy, banking, international peace-keeping and artisan chocolates Switzerland is a nation steeped in tradition.
There are four distinct cultural segments in Switzerland with four national languages: Italian, French, German and Romansch and four diverse cultures united by the common values of peace and prosperity. It is the perfect place to learn new languages in an atmosphere of international cooperation and community. Famous for the Swiss Red Cross, home to the League of Nations and the second largest United Nations office in the world it is easy to see why this small, landlocked country offers so many international experiences for our students.
The variety of mountains, forests, lakes and open spaces offer a playground of outdoor space for all adventurous activities and a collection of beautiful metropolitan cities and world famous ski resorts offer endless opportunities to explore the culture of this special nation.
We have three campuses situated in Ski Resorts in the Swiss Alps near the border with Italy and France.
The major commercial airport close to our Les Elfes campuses is the Geneva International Airport, plus many small private airports. Our drivers and camp monitors can meet students at the airport and escort them in private Les Elfes buses to the camp for a hassle-free start to the week.
For younger campers who may be travelling alone the “Unaccompanied Minor” service, offered by most airlines, ensures your son/ daughter will be assisted throughout the airport and will be signed over to a member of Les Elfes staff so that you can be assured they have arrived safely, without any undue stress.
At the end of the week we help students to check into their flight, pass security successfully and, for unaccompanied minors, we stay with the students at the gate until time for boarding.
ALL YEAR LONG CAMPUS
Despite Verbier’s reputation as a leading ski resort in the winter, the summer is packed with festivals, mountain sports and visitors from all over the world.
Each weekend brings a new crowd starting the summer with the Verbier Festival, a prestigious Classical Music Festival, attended by the most esteemed musicians from around the world, to the splendid display of athleticism offered in the Jumping International de Verbier Equestrian events towards the end of August.
Nestled on a sunny plateau deep in the Alps, Verbier has the quaint feel of a traditional Swiss Village. Snow-covered streets scattered with delightful wooden chalets, exquisite restaurants and high-end snowsports shops. Despite it’s small feel Verbier maintains the exhilarating vibe of an International hub packed with skiers from the neighbouring Italian and French resorts and tourists from around the world.
Verbier’s 4 Vallées Ski Area is the largest lift-linked ski domain in Switzerland with almost 100 lifts accessing over 400km of pistes and a beginner ski area right in the village which means optimum safety and convenience for first-time skiers. For returning skiers and snowboarders Verbier offers fast progression into an expansive and varied resort. Snow on the pistes is guaranteed from late November to the end of April and the spectacular scenery from the top of the ski area – Mont Fort, at 3,330m – boasts views as far as the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.
Verbier is also home to a range of thrilling international specatator events including: Xtreme Verbier (the finals of the FreeRide World Tour competition), the Verbier High Five (at which amateur skiers compete alongside world champions) and the Patrouille des Glaciers (a gruelling ski touring race from Zermatt).
Our spring programme combines the delights of Ski lessons in Zermatt and Adventure Sports and cultural excursions based from our Verbier campus.
The world renowned resort of Zermatt comprises beautiful boutique stores, glistening slopes guaranteeing snow 365 days per year and an array of mountaineering opportunities which draw some of the most impressive alpinists from across the globe.
After a week in Zermatt staying at the Hotel Albana Real, campers enjoy a week packed with exhilarating summer activities in Verbier & a range of cultural excursions.