This morning we all woke up to 40cm of snow in the village. It was delightful to see. We are all very lucky to experience this amazing site. The students progressed very quickly today and they all had a fantastic day. After a great day of skiing we went back to the hotel for a shower. The older students went to the alpine museum whilst the younger students went to the ropes course. Tonight is dine out and everyone is excited
Today the weather was slightly different to the past two days, today was special. On the top of the mountain high above the clouds it was snowing hail stones. The students were amazed to be a part of this amazing sight. The students were so very excited and proud as almost everyone made it to the top of the T Bar today and some of the more experienced students went all the way to the top of the chairlift, a very big improvement today. After a very tasty pizza the students headed back to the hotel for some snacks and a shower. We got the students together for some reflection time and asked them to write down on large piece of paper their experiences in Les Elfes. After the students went to play basketball, tennis and football as the weather was nice. Tonight the students will complete a Zermatt Hunt, this involves searching for certain places in Zermatt and completing a quiz. It is very fun and educational.
This morning the children woke up very excited. They could not wait to get their skis back on. Most of the students progressed very quickly and today they will be going on the T-Bar so that they can ski down the mountain. The students arrived at the top of the mountain and started showing the instructors how good they are. The instructors were all impressed with the progression on the students and many of them managed to go on the T-Bar. The sun was shinning, the views were amazing and it was a beautiful day. After a hard working day on the slopes the students got together for afternoon snacks. They signed up for afternoon activities including indoor games, playing the wii or playing outdoor sports such as tennis, basketball or football. After a delicious dinner at the hotel the students and the instructors went for a torchlight walk. The instructors gave a safety speech and away we went. We walked to the top of the mountains and looked down on the beautiful city of Zermatt. We walked until the sun went down then we walked through the village back to the hotel for a good night sleep ready for skiing in the morning.
This morning the children enjoyed a beautiful breakfast at the hotel. They gathered their ski clothing together and headed for the slopes. After the gondola ride to 3000 meters above seas level the students stepped on their skis for the first time. The snow conditions are fantastic and the weather was beautiful. The Matterhorn looked absolutely fantastic today. The whole group progressed very quickly, after one hour the students were turning in snowplough and some of them were turning parallel. The weather kept the students active and excited therefore after a hot lunch they wanted to continue skiing, very keen students. We left the mountain to go back to the hotel for a shower. After the students signed up for Tennis, Basketball, Football or a nice late afternoon walk. Some of the students decided to watch the cricket match. Tonight the students will have a Wii Competition and indoor games. They are very excited for ski tomorrow.
Today the students gathered their belongings to head to Zermatt for the week. In Zermatt they will learn how to ski with our experienced ski instructors. After a beautiful journey through the Valleys and Swiss Alps we arrived in Zermatt. The students were amazed to see the Matterhorn for the first time. This mountain towers over the village and ski slopes and is an absolute amazing sight to see. After the children arrived at the hotel we took them for a scenic tour around the village, they also had the chance to buy all the items they might need for skiing. Such as goggles, gloves, hand warmers etc… We had a delicious dinner in the hotel then played games in the evening such as junqle speed, cards and drawings. Some the students watched the football. The spirits are very high in the group, they are all excited and happy to start skiing tomorrow
The children set off nice and early for today’s excursion. First they went to the cheese factory, Switzerland is famous for the cheese and today the children got to try different types of cheese. After they headed to the chocolate factory for guided tour on the history of chocolate and the production or chocolate. A great experience for everyone… and yes they tried as much chocolate as they liked. After all that cheese and all that chocolate the children enjoyed a lunch packet along the beautiful water front of Vevey. Vevey was the home to Charlie Chaplin. The children visited the sights of Vevey then headed off for the afternoon shopping. When they arrived back at the campus the children showered and got themselves ready for the evening activity. The evening went very well, we had dance off’s, played twister and had some of the children showing us their dance routines very funny.
Some of the students had horse riding today too take a look at some of these amazing pictures…
The students gathered this morning for indoor games as it was snowing in Verbier. After lunch they went to Rock climbing. All of the students climbed to the top of the rock and they really enjoyed it. After an afternoon snack, the students enjoyed some freetime to play games together at Les Elfes. In the evening the students played “who wants to be a millionaire”
The staff awaited the arrival of the children today in sunny Verbier. When the group arrived they had a welcome speech and a campus tour. After a very nice lunch the students went downstairs for ski fitting & clothing fitting. Al of the students were kitted out with skis and ski boots. The students played football outside and various games inside, such as, table football, pool and the wii.
At 17h the students statred their languages for the afternoon. Some of them are learning French and some of them are learning German. After we had dinner together in the large dinning room. Before we watched the movie for the evening the students continued to unpack their belongings and played even more games.
Tomorrow is going to be exciting and we can not wait already….
Today the students went back in history. They visited the Chateaux de Chillion, a beautiful castle situated on lake Geneva. The students enjoyed the historical tour through the castle learning many true facts about the castle. After they headed to the very famous aqua park. In the evening they enjoyed a fantastic meal prepared by the chefs. They played games had a prize giving & packed thier luggage ready for their departure.
Today the students gathered together for another exciting day of sports. The students got on the mountain bikes and really showed us how to use them. They were much better than the first time and impressed everyone. Afterwards we played cricket… it was fantasic. Then the students played tennis in the tennis courts at the local sports centre and the weather was just perfect for them. They improved so much the instrucotrs were amazed. After another great meal at Les Elfes theyall got dressed up ready for the DISCO.
Today the children went to visit the famous Cheese & Chocolate factory. In the morning the student collected their money from reception. They were all very excited to be going on an adventure to the cheese & chocolate factory. First they went to the cheese factory were the learnt how the cheese is made. After the went to the chocolate facotry for a explaination on how the production of chocolate comes to life in the callier village of Broc Switzerland. They gathered togther at the end of the visits to eat a delicous lunch in vevey by the waterfront. They visited the charlie chaplin statue and they walked along the beautfiul sights of vevey. They then headed to the shoppping mall for some shopping. After when the returned to les elfes they played evening games together.
Rock Climbing was fantastic they all climbed and reached the top of the rocks. Some of them climbed for first time and they did very well. After they went bridge swinging and they all jumped. They were very excited and we filmed them all jumping. The weather was beautiful. Upon arrival at Les Elfes some of then students went paragliding, which was much fun. Languages took place between 17h-19h and the students learnt many new things in their lessons. Tonight the students are playing a music game and they are all looking forward to it
The children set off bright and eary for todays excursion. The students first went to the Cern Museum to learn about atom particals and how the scientists of Switzerland discovered the interent. After a hearty lunch at the museum we headed to the United Nations. Here the students learnt about the different nations coming together, this experience was certainly one to remember. Sight seeing and shopping were next on the adgender. The students walked around the beautiful gardens at the water front. Then went into the Geneva city for some shoppping before heading back to Les Elfes. At les elfes our in house chef cooked a fantastic meal once again, the children were very happy indeed. In the evening we played CASINO night
Today our happy campers went the the ropes course. The children climbed high in the trees and had lots of fun. When they returned to Les Elfes we trained them in mountain biking. Some of the students were very good at mountain biking. Others had never been mountain biking before so we showed them the parts of the bike, how to use the break and how to stay balanced. After the biking we headed to the tennis courts for some tennis training. We played for 1 hour.Then we had a game of cricket it was very fun. In the evening we made a music video which was very fun
The children set off nice and early for today’s excursion. First they went to the cheese factory, Switzerland is famous for the cheese and today the children got to try different types of cheese. After they headed to the chocolate factory for guided tour on the history of chocolate and the production or chocolate. A great experience for everyone… and yes they tried as much chocolate as they liked. After all that cheese and all that chocolate the children enjoyed a lunch packet along the beautiful water front of Vevey. Vevey was the home to Charlie Chaplin. The children visited the sights of Vevey then headed off for the afternoon shopping. When they arrived back at the campus the children showered and got themselfs ready for the DISCO. The evening went very well, we had dance off’s, played twister and had some of the children showing us their dance routines for the last night… all on camera
During Summer, Verbier and surroundings will host many great events. Those events will be the time for great special excursions with our campers.
This is a quick overview we would like to share with you:
From 5th to 20th of July
Montreux Jazz Festival
The 47th Montreux Jazz Festival will take place from the 5th of July to the 20th of July across the lake.
Kids will visit this magical place during an excursion to Montreux and enjoy the music and food in a great atmosphere.
Founded by Claude Nobs in 1967, over the years the Montreux Jazz Festival has become an unmissable event for music fans in Switzerland and around the world. Its stages have been graced by all of music’s greats, from Miles Davis to Ray Charles and from David Bowie to Prince.
More infos: www.montreuxjazz.com
From 19th of July to 4th of August
Verbier Classic Festival
The Verbier Festival brings together the greatest musical talents in Verbier. Since 20 years, the Verbier Festival has built up a reputation for quality, youth and frenetic artistic activity. 17 days of music with a line-up of exceptional soloists.
Every morning kids will be able to watch the training of the best musicians in the world playing Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Mozart, Bach and so much more.
Complete program (download link)
More infos: www.verbierfestival.com
1st of August
Swiss National Day
Verbier will celebrate this alliance with a display of fireworks, bonfires. Children used to carry lighted paper lanterns roam the streets at night.
Public and private buildings are decorated with national, cantonal, and community flags, and the bakers produce special bread rolls with a small Swiss flag on top.
More infos: www.myswitzerland.com/en/swiss-national-day-august-1st.html
From 16th of August to 25th of August
Jumping International Verbier
3 stars International Jumping.
This horse jumping show, featuring some of Switzerland’s and Europe’s greatest riders, offers outstanding entertainment for experts and novices alike.
The spectacular senery and frendly atmosphere of the village combine to create a unique experience : a glimpse of true equestrian magic !
More infos: www.verbier-cso.com
To discover the “queens of the mountains” – the famous Hérens cows – the famous rituals known as inalpes (leading the cows up to the alpine pastures) and désalpes (leading them down again) are truly magical traditional experiences.
Cow fighting is a traditional Swiss event, mostly in Valais, in which a cow fights another cow. Each year, the Swiss canton of Valais hosts a series of cow fights known as combats de reines (“queen fights”), which began in the 1920s and has drawn as many as 50,000 spectators in a year.
The winner is called La Reine des Reines (“the queen of queens”) and increases dramatically in value. At the end of the year, a grand final is held in Martigny, where the six best from seven districts do battle in six weight categories.
The ropes course was so much fun the children were high in the trees climbing around and making lots of progress. We laughed and really enjoyed the morning together. After the ropes course set in Aigle we drove back to Les Elfes. When we arrived we got ready for mountain biking. We talked about the saftey and fun of mountain biking and then importance of using the breaks correctly. We went for a long bike ride along the mountain side with amazing views. When we finished mountain biking we took the children to play tennis at the local sports center. Our staff trained the children how to play and informed them of the basic rules. They did very well. After a delisous dinner the children played who wanst to be a millionaire. Educational and fun
Cern Geneva excursion today. The students collected their pocket money in the morning then set off for the beautiful journey to Geneva. They arrived at Cern the science museum and started the visit, they learnt alot today. After Cern they went to the city centre for shopping and sightseeing. After an adventurous day they came back to Les Elfes for evevning games. They played boys v girls
WOW… the children are all smiling and happy as they are about to jump off a bridge to then swing across valley. Everyone jumped and it was very fun and exciting. After we went to rock climbing and the children were climbing extremely high… infact all the way to the top. In the evening we went to a swiss restraunt for dine out which was amazing. After we practiced for the talent show
Today some of our les elfes campers will be traveling to Zermatt today whilst the other students will ski in Verbier. It was a very exciting day for all as today is the last offical day of the mountain, yes that is right the children skied on the very last day so it was very special. They had an excellent day today. In the evening the children played in the casino night. We played poker, horse racing & card games.