Sunday 31st January – Departures, skiing, snowboarding, baking and ice skating
Today came to the end of the trip for one of our Chinese groups. It has been a pleasure having them and was very sad to see them leave. It was fantastic spending the week with them and we wish them a safe trip home.
The rest of the groups today had another brilliant time on the mountain and there is definitely some real improvement being made in both the skiing and snowboarding.
This afternoon some went to town to do some shopping while others stayed on camp playing games. Fajitas was on tonight’s menu for dinner which went down a treat. Afterwards we had prize giving for one school where we awarded students with medals, certificates and prizes for all their hard work over the week. Then all the groups headed to the ice rink for this evenings activity – Ice skating!! It was a lot of fun skating around and some enjoyed an intense game of ice hockey. To end the evening everyone had a hot chocolate while we reviewed the day activities.
Meanwhile… in Le Chable…
Some campers are still working in Dubai time, so it was an early start for our students and instructors. Everyone was excited to get outside and enjoy the snow and there were many tumbles, snowball fights and bouts of laughter today. Our level 1s learned to stop AND turn on the first day, which is really great progress and they are now confidently making it down the beginner slope.
We also had some more advanced groups who had their first day on the mountain and were loving spending their morning refreshing their skills and their afternoon exploring small parts of the resort. After a busy day the students returned for hot chocolate and snacks.
After hot chocolate and snacks we had shower time, tidy room competition and then optional activities. There were 2 options today: to finish the movie from last night or to bake cornflake cakes in teams. Dinner was Beef Ragout and Swiss Spatzli followed by a short gondola ride to ice skating.
The group had the chance this evening to meet our individuals from the Verbier camp and to enjoy the ice while trying to swirl around, perform tricks or, for some, stand up. It was a great day and the kids have done so well, it was a busy and trying day and still they persevered and had great spirit throughout and it was so nice to see.
Sunday 30th January Skiing, Excursion and Fun!
Friday 29th January Skiing, Snowboarding, Excursion, European Quiz Night, Dine Out & Escape Rooms
Is was a glorious day on the mountain, with lovely sun and great snow conditions throughout the day. All of our groups on the mountain had a chance to really enjoy their day as we reach the end of the week and they can start to use their news skills to explore the pistes. Out beginners have been doing so well ad have made so much progress this week and some of our advanced skiers have even progressed into the 4 Vallées and Bruson ski areas.
One of our schools has finished their skiing course with us and enjoyed a cultural excursion today and a chance for some last-minute souvenir shopping. The tasted the delights of the chocolate factory and had the chance to see how cheese is made in Gruyere, a fantastic day!
Once back at camp many of our school students chose to rest while, in contrast, the individuals enjoyed an afternoon without language lessons where they could all explore the village. For the older individuals it was a grown-up night of Escape Rooms, where they solved puzzles as a team in a race against the clock, and a nice meal together in a restaurant after to mull over their performances. All of our groups escaped this evening, with one group of girls achieving a really good time!
For the school groups and our younger individuals we had European Night. A quiz night where students could learn about Europe and compete to name the flags, capital cities, languages and landmarks of each country.
Tomorrow some of our individuals will be departing. It has been a pleasure to work with them and they will be sorely missed by both staff and fellow students. We hope to see them again next year!
28th January – Skiing, Snowboarding, BBQ, Race Day, Disco
27th January – Chateau de Chillon, Chamonix, Chocolate Factory, Skiing & Snowboarding
This morning was a different day for some of us here at Les Elfes International as it was excursion day! One of our Chinese schools had the wonderful opportunity to visit Chamonix, in France and got to take a lovely train journey to the ice caves. The views were spectacular, with the sun shining and whilst there they learnt about the amazing glacier. Our Individuals headed to the Chocolate Factory which they were all very excited about. They had the chance to learn about the production of chocolate and see how it is made in the factory. A definite highlight of the day for them was the tasting of the chocolate at the end. After this they moved on for lunch which they had at the Chateau de Chillon, a magnificent castle set in beautiful scenery and a great photo opportunity.
For those that stayed, it was another sunny day in Verbier and everyone enjoyed skiing and snowboarding on the mountain. Each day, everyone has gained more and more confidence and so groups are gradually heading up the mountain to challenge themselves on the harder slopes. They are all keen to learn new techniques and some are now trying out their parallel turns.
This afternoon a few children opted to have even more fun and had a shot at sledging which was great fun to watch. By the end of it, they were all whizzing down super fast with big smiles on their faces. For those that wanted a more relaxing afternoon, opted to stay at Les Elfes for some down time or took a walk in to town to buy some treats.
This evening, we all took part in our Dragons Den competition which got very competitive and we had some amazing end products. Each group used cardboard, sellotape, scissors and paper to design their very own unique shoe racks which were all successful.
Great weather and fun activities!
Monday 25th – Skiing, Snowboarding & Music video
January 24th – Skiing, Snowboarding, Arrival Day, Excursion & Ice Skating
Saturday 23th January – Departures, Arrivals and Snowshoeing
Today many of our students left Les Elfes after being here for two and for some three weeks on campus.
Most of our students had to wake up very early in the morning to go to the airport and take their flight back home. For some of our other campers they made good use of the sunny day and the blue sky going snowshoeing to Verbier mountain from Ruinettes to Le Chaux.
On the other hand, we had lots of new arrivals from different parts of the world including Argentina, Peru, Brazil and a big group of individuals and schools from China. After explaining the rules and activities from the Resort manager to our new students, we gave them all ski equipment and ski clothes that they needed. The students were very excited because for most of them tomorrow is going to be their first day skiing and snowboarding on the slopes.
Friday 22nd January – Skiing and Prize Giving
It has been an emotional final day here at camp for both our students and the staff who have worked with them and become really fond of them over the past 2-3 weeks. The atmosphere here on camp has been just fantastic with older students caring for younger students, campers from different countries coming together to form one group and many learning to ski for the first time.
The students have been so lucky this week with fabulous weather on the mountain every day and some of the best snow conditions under foot. The groups have enjoyed their final few days trailing all kids of different terrain, different pistes and exciting journeys on their skis and snowboards practicing their new-found skills. This afternoon we had a nice BBQ lunch on the slopes followed by a ski race for each different level. As always the students had to wait until the final prize giving to receive their results and , for some, medals.
The prize giving could not come soon enough for some with star campers, Les Elfes t-shirts, rucksacks and medals there was lots of cheering and even some tears… FROM THE STAFF! It is so nice to have a group that have such an impact on their instructors and monitors and they will be sorely missed. After the prize giving the group watched the music video they made earlier in the week, followed by a slideshow of photos and videos from their stay with us with many cheers of “dale… dale…” throughout.
From all of the staff here at Les Elfes we would like to thank our campers for teaching us salsa dancing, some Spanish, some Portuguese, for improving our taste in music and for thoroughly entertaining us. You guys are awesome! We will miss you! Come back soon!
Thursday 21st – Skiing, Snowboarding, Sledging, Swimming, Cheese Fondue and Disco!
Wednesday 20th – Skiing, Snowboarding, Chocolate & Cheese factory, Dine out
Tuesday 19th – Skiing, Snowboarding, Languages, Clubs Night and Torch Light Walk
Monday 18th January Skiing, Snowboarding, Language Lessons, Arrivals & Music Video
For our new arrivals today it was a fast check-in, flying visit in the morning before hitting the slopes for an afternoon with their instructors. The groups did a great job of organising their belongings quickly to ensure they could have the most possible time on the mountain and what a rewarding time it was! We had our beginners, who were spending their second day on the mountain linking their turns beautifully, our individuals, now seasoned professionals, enjoying the beautiful snow and our new arrivals all enjoying the pistes together. Out new arrivals did not disappoint showing off their silky skills straight away and impressing their instructors with their eagerness to listen and learn new techniques.
In the afternoon most of our students chose to relax at the camp as their Monday had been a hectic one. Our school group spent their time organising their luggage, preparing for tidy room competition and then dancing in the cinema room or playing in the games room. Most of the individuals were busy learning languages or visiting the village with their friends.
This evening the activity was a crazy, fun-filled music video with students dancing, laughing and showing their originality. We are anticipating a particularly good music video this week from all of out groups!
Verbier Powder Days Here At Les Elfes
Saturday 16th January Skiing, Snowboarding, Language Lessons & a Relaxing Evening
We were greeted this morning by a really thoughtful gift from one of our individuals who has just departed, she had bought us some roses which are beautiful and a really nice way to say thank you. She was a brilliant camper, perseverent and passionate about her snowboarding and we all hope to see her, and all of our campers from last week, again next year!!
The conditions remained fantastic in Verbier today, the low temperatures have meant really great skiing and snowboarding underfoot. The weather was not quite as warm as yesterday but the wispy clouds above the slopes today made for a really dramatic-looking backdrop to out day on the mountain. It was really nice to see that after a full week of skiing our students are still eager to learn in their lessons and to have fun skiing and snowboarding. Our beginners have now completely adjusted to become intermediate skiers and snowboarders, exploring a range of pistes. Our more advanced groups have been trying out some different terrain and learning a few tricks and skills along the way.
After skiing and snowboarding most of our students embraced the relaxing theme of the evening. We had burgers for dinner and the students chose the entertainment for the evening. For the more energetic students it was an evening of dancing in the cinema room with ‘just dance’ competitions, music and disco lights. Some of our students chose to relax in the internet room with a nice movie on the big screen and we were lucky enough in the dining room to be treated to some really beautiful songs and acoustic guitar playing from a couple of our students. The atmosphere her is really great at the minute, a nice family feeling and smiles all round as we enter week two for most of the group.
Friday 15th January Skiing, Snowboarding, Snow Games, Les Elfes Music Challenge & Dine Out
Today was the best day on the mountain so far this season!! We had gleaming sunshine, piles of pristine snow and kilometres of beautiful pistes to explore and it has come at a great time for our beginner skiers and snowboarders. Those who have spent the week learning to turn, to stop and to control their new appendages have the chance to enjoy the great conditions and show everything they have learnt.
After skiing and snowboarding the groups sat together and revelled in the splendour of their day over some hot chocolate giggling and exchanging tales of tumbles and turns. The disco last night has meant the groups now are much closer and mix really well together.
Tonight on the camp our school group enjoyed pizza for dinner and a competitive and lively music challenge with dancing, shouting and cheering for all.
Our individuals, some of whom will be departing tomorrow, enjoyed a sociable evening out to a local restaurant. It was a really nice chance to sit with the students and to really get to know them.
Thursday 14th January 2015 skiing, snowboarding, language lessons & disco night
Wednesday 13th – Skiing, Snowboarding, Arrivals, excursion, Ice skating & Music Video
Tuesday 12th – Skiing, Snowboarding and Fun and Games!