Thursday 31st March – Skiing, Snowboarding, Prize Giving, Disco!!!

This morning was the last day on the mountain for most of our schools from Hong Kong. They are all super sad to be leaving their instructors and of course the snow, but they have had great fun throughout the week and have improved massively. Today, everyone enjoyed a BBQ lunch, even though the wind did pick up, but it was a great way to spend their last moments on the slopes. For the rest of the groups, they still have one more day to ski and board.

This afternoon a lot of our campers have been busy packing and getting checked out before they leave tomorrow. We also had a great prize giving, awarding everybody with their certificates and medals if they were in the top 3 for race day! We also had some lovely prizes for star campers and our weekly tidy room competition. We have all had a wonderful week with the students and they have all put in lot’s of effort and energy into skiing and evening activities.

Tonight we had an absolutely amazing time at our disco night in town, it was buzzing! All the students danced the evening away to some great tunes and the party atmosphere was great. Some of the students celebrated their last night jumping to the music, a wicked way to end their ski trip.

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Wednesday 30th – Skiing, Snowboarding, Chalet Night and Clubs!

So we are over the half way point for most of our schools and individuals, and they are still putting in lots of effort and enthusiasm on the mountain which is great to hear. Our groups have covered a huge amount of the mountain today, with some of the advanced group even hitting the 4 Valleys and had a picnic on the mountain. For our newer skiers and boarders they have progressed massively and should be hugely pleased with themselves, with most groups now tackling red runs and getting those parallel turns in nicely. The weather stayed nice all day which meant there were big smiles on everyone’s faces as they returned to Les Elfes.

The fun and games continued back at camp, with some students choosing to chill outside for a bit whilst others walked into town, making the most of the good weather. In town, one of the schools were treated to hot chocolates and crepes in the Milk Bar by their generous teachers, and others were busy buying gift and souvenirs for friends and family back home. A small group of students visited the local swimming pool and had a lovely time relaxing in the hot tub and practicing their dives.

This evening there has been lot’s of activities going on as it was Clubs Night at Les Elfes. A large group of children put their cooking skills to the test and made some delicious cookies. On the other side of the room, people were getting arty, crafty with painting and bracelet making which looked super fun. Downstairs we also had a design and build challenge with some very enthusiastic and imaginative students along with a drama club and outdoor games. A separate group also took the opportunity to challenge themselves in the escape rooms in town and were all successful! Our Individuals on the other hand had a chilled night in their chalets with pizza and chips – yum! They were all excited to relax and enjoy each others company.

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Tuesday 29th March Skiing, Snowboarding, Music Challenge, Baking and NEW ACTIVITY Manhunt!

It was a nice morning on the slopes with  some new snow making conditions just that little bit fluffier. Many of our newbies progressed to the mountain for the first time and some have even graduated to using poles and chairlifts at the same time!! Our advanced groups have been learning to carve, starting with J turns and trying out some 180s.

After skiing the groups split for swimming, shopping, games at camp and escape rooms in town with one group escaping with a whopping 10minute left on the clock. A great achievement!!

After dinner the groups had a choice again. Our individuals chose between a relaxing movie night or a cookie baking competition while our schools chose between two rather lively option. Option 1 was the ever-popular, ever-crazy Les Elfes music challenge while option 2, brand new to Les Elfes, was Manhunt night with a range of sneaky hide and seek games outside around the campus. It was a great night of mixing and working with students from other schools and lots of fun was had by all.

 

Easter Monday 28th March Skiing, Snowboarding, Ice Skating, Escaping and Music Video

Another fantastic day on the slopes today with many of our beginners progressing so well that they will graduate to skiing and snowboarding on the mountain tomorrow. For our more advanced skiers and snowboarders it was a great opportunity to really appreciate the vast scope of the resort with much better visibility than yesterday. All of the groups have continued to approach their skiing and snowboarding with smiles and enthusiasm and it has been really great to see them enjoying themselves.

This afternoon the students had lots of choices with language lessons, swimming, shopping, games at camp and some even choosing to accept the escape room challenge in town.

After dinner we had a big range of activities again with our newer individuals escaping, or at least trying to within 60 minutes, our Hong Kong schools went Ice Skating and our remaining two schools worked together with the existing individuals to create an energetic and creative music video which we will watch at the end of the week.

 

27th March – Skiing, Snowboarding, Ice Skating and Music Video

This morning was an exciting moment for some of our students as they went out onto the mountain for the first time ever. Our first timers headed to the beginners slope to learn the basic skills and get use to being on their ski’s and snowboard’s. They had great fun, took a few falls but all in all it has been a great day for them and are all doing well. All our instructors have been impressed with the effort put in which is great news on the first day. For our advanced skiers, they hit the red and black slopes to push their boundaries and some even fancied a few tricks in the snow park. As the conditions weren’t excellent today, everyone has done very well, so hopefully the energy levels remain high.

Back at camp, most students decided they would take a small walk into town to visit the local shops and cafes. After some delicious milk shakes and hot chocolates they head back to Les Elfes for dinner. After dinner the activities continued for all our groups. Most our school groups stayed at camp to take park in our exciting music video to Beat It. The moves were flowing and everyone was super enthusiastic to coordinate their dance moves. We can’t wait to watch it at the end of the week. For our Individuals and two other schools, it was their time to shine on the local ice rink. Some of our individuals definitely have the skills and could take part in dancing on ice for sure! On one end of the rink we set up a mini game of ice hockey which the boys loved, and got quite competitive.

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Friday 26th – Departure & Arrival Day, Skiing, Movie Night!

Today, it has been very sad to see some of our lovely students leave us. After a great week or two with us, it was time for them to pack their bags and say their goodbyes to some great friends made during their stay as well as their instructors and monitors. We hope you have had  great time and hopefully see you back at les elfes soon!

On the other hand though, we have been super busy all day with the arrivals of new schools and individuals which is very exciting and marks a new week. After a speedy ski fit, ensuring they are all ready for their first day on the slopes tomorrow, the students had the chance to chill out and relax at les elfes as well as visiting the local village, to get to know their new surroundings. Outside, we had a good game of volleyball, making the most of the beautiful blue sky and sunshine in Verbier. This evening, they then had the chance to wind down with a movie in our cinema room, or catch an early night after a very long day of travelling.

For one school that had arrived the day before, they had the pleasure of getting out on to the mountain and taking part in their first ski lessons of the week! For those that are new to the sport, headed to les essert, the beginner slope to get to grips with being on skies and learning the basic moves. It has been an extremely hot day here, so jackets came off as the students tried hard to take in all the information from their enthusiastic ski instructors. After a lovely lunch outdoors, some of the groups were already heading up higher, to challenge themselves even further, impressing us all.

Our individual students had a slightly different day today, as they have already been here a week. They made the most of a mini lie in, a well deserved treat for all of them, and after lunch they made their way to Martigny for a competitive game of bowling. All the students had great fun, and enjoyed a break from the slopes, where they could chill out with their friends and have a good laugh. Back at camp they were joined by our new campers and have headed off to their chalets for a good nights sleep before hitting the mountain for a second week!

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Friday 25th – Skiing, snowboarding, prize giving

As Friday comes to an end we start to say goodbye to our groups and many individuals. It has been a super week with great weather, perfect conditions and fantastic campers. Everyone has had such a good attitude towards the skiing and snowboarding with all students improving hugely. The instructors and animation staff have all had a brilliant time during the day and evening activities.

The final day on the mountain was enjoyed by all with lots of laughs and stories to share. This evening we ended the day with our weekly prize giving. It was a chance to congratulate everyone on their achievements and dedication throughout the week and award medals to those podium positions in this weeks race. Afterwards, we headed down to the cinema room to watch the slideshow and music video, which was very amusing and left lots smiling and laughing looking back at their fantastic trip.

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Tuesday 22nd march 2016 – Skiing, Optional activities, Clubs night and Escape room

An incredible blue bird sky day today…. with bright sunshine beaming down on the students faces as they progress in skiing/snowboarding and learn more and more throughout the day. The snow conditions although looking very minimal at low level, up on the mountain is great, with snow perfect for snow plow, parallel and even carving.

After returning from skiing, the student removed their boots allowing their feet to have a break before going upstairs to sign up for afternoon and evening activities. The choices of afternoon activities were shopping, snow games or epic games indoors. Many of the students went shopping after taking a relaxing shower and having some snacks… a few decided to go outside, not getting enough snow and making full use of their winter holiday in Verbier by going sledging and snowman building. This then left just around 10 students who decided to play a game of action packed extreme Uno.. pinning each individual against each other, eventually bringing a winner.

During the evening the students had a wide choice of activities, including cooking, arts and crafts, Photography, Design and build and for some the students went down to the escape room, where the group have a series of challenges to move from one room to another.

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Sunny Weather and Great Fun!!

Hello everyone!

What a sunny and fun day today here in Verbier! Today, improvement has started to be a thing within each skiing or snowboarding group so we are all really happy here! We all enjoyed a fun time doing different activities tonight!

A lot of our campers enjoyed a fun time on the ice ring doing some ice skating and some ice hockey for those that wanted, during that time some stayed on camp and enjoyed a very entertaining bin bag fashion show that was a huge success in the end! Their challenge was to create their own superhero costume and I have to say we were very impressed! And finally our older campers went to the escape room here in Verbier where they have one hour to find enough clues to escape a room! Really good fun!

Tomorrow will be a usual skiing day for our campers and we have heard that all the instructors are looking forwards to teaching all of our campers due to the determination and all the hard work they put in! It’s great to see!

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Sunday 20th – Arrivals, skiing, ice skating, music video & torchlight walk

We had another group arrive today so great to see some new faces joining us for the week. They have all been ski fitted with equipment and are eager to get out onto the mountain tomorrow. It was all go for the rest of the campers here who had a brilliant time riding around Verbier and Savoleyres with the instructors. The beginners had a tiring but fun day learning with the hard work paying off as they all seriously improved.

On return from the mountain they were all welcomed with hot chocolate and snacks because choosing their afternoon activities. Some chose to chill and play ping pong and pool in the games room, others went to town for a crepe and a milkshake while a few went to the swimming pool to splash about and relax tired muscles in the jacuzzi.

This evening there was two different activities. Half of the campers went to the ice rink for some skating and ice hockey which was great fun. Many who had never skated before started to pick it up and become more confident which was fantastic to see. Back at Les Elfes it was music video night! The groups tonight made some amazing choreographies to Taylor Swifts ‘Shake It Off’ before coming together to do some JustDance!

It has been a brilliant day and everyone is looking forward to what tomorrow brings.

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Meanwhile in Le Chable…

Our campers have started their week of skiing with full steam ahead. One group of our beginners, with some students who had never even seen snow until this week have progressed so quickly that they will be heading to the mountain on only day 2 of skiing!!!!! Our other beginner group is progressing really quickly too and we’re expecting them to join the others after a little more time at Les Esserts. We also have many groups this week with a high level of ability in skiing and snowboarding, which is great to see and we’re hoping those groups will use this week to really refine their technique and explore the vast expanse of the resort here and in the 4 Vallées!

After skiing and snowboarding today our campers had a chance to visit Verbier for some shopping and to explore the town before a really nice dinner of chicken fajitas. After dinner we had a scenic torchlight walk around the village of Le Chable visiting the old town to see the rustic houses and the beautiful church before finishing with some marshmallows on the BBQ.

Both of our schools are doing a fantastic job of mixing and making new friends from other countries and even other continents and already the lines between the schools at meals and on the slopes have begun to blur! We anticipate a GREAT week ahead!

 

March 19th – Arrival day, Ski fit, Town, Snow Activities and Movie Night

It’s been a busy day today with plenty of departures and arrivals. It was sad to say goodbye to the children that left but it has been great fun getting to know all our new students who will be joining us for a week or two!

We kicked off the day with ski fitting, to ensure everyone is equipped and ready for their first day on the mountain. Everyone is hugely excited about hitting the slopes, and it sounds as though we are going to have some good skiers among us, as well as a few first timers. After getting everything sorted, we headed in to Verbier village, to show them all the main attractions and places to shop and eat. The sun was shining, so it was a beautiful walk surrounded by beautiful scenery. Back at Les Elfes the children were excited to get outside and play in the snow, as they don’t see much of it in their home countries. We had a snow man competition as well as a few snow ball fights for a laugh.

After a delicious dinner, some students chose to watch a movie and chill out downstairs whilst others with more energy played table tennis and table football. It definitely got quite competitive at times. We can see the students already mixing together well and getting to know each other which is great to see. For some who had been travelling all day, the exhaustion took over and there were some early nights in camp, meaning they will be on top form tomorrow after a good nights sleep.

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Friday 18th March – Last day & Prize Giving

What a week it has been here at Les Elfes, and it is such a shame it has come to an end. We have had some wonderful students stay with us, who have learnt a huge amount on and off the mountain. Today, with the sun shining brightly yet again, some of our groups took to the mountain for the last time. They are now conquering some very hard runs which shows just how much they have improved technically as well as gaining a lot of confidence in doing so, which is brilliant to see. For those that hadn’t done much skiing before they arrived, are now flying down blue and red runs and having lot’s of fun out on the snow. Our advanced students have also set the bar high and pushed themselves, whilst skiing and snowboarding in new areas and learning from our instructors massively. We are all super impressed with everyone’s effort this week.

Unfortunately, back at Les Elfes it was time for everyone to start packing and for one of our groups to depart back to school in Switzerland. After a mini prize giving of awards and praise from their instructors, they set off on their short journey home. It has been great having them here and we hope to see them all again soon. Some of our remaining students decided to head in to town, with a nice walk in the sunshine. Others chose to chill out and play some games at Les Elfes.

Tonight, after dinner, we held another prize giving to congratulate all the hard work put in this week. Their were medals given out for our weekly race day, along with star camper prizes and tidy room competition! It was great to hear some more stories of their time here and see everyone smiling and enjoying themselves. After the awards, we finished off the night with a slideshow of pictures and videos, a perfect way to reflect on all the activities carried out!

We hope everyone has had the best week ever, as we sure have enjoyed ourselves and it has been lovely getting to know each individual. We hope you all return next year 🙂

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Thursday 17th – Race day, BBQ, Disco & Dine Out

Today has been a glorious day here in Verbier with the sun shining making it perfect conditions for skiing and snowboarding. Everyone had a lovely time out riding and learning new skills from their instructors. It was race day today so all our campers had the opportunity to take part in the slalom course. We had some quick times and a few surprising competitors! Afterwards they all headed to the BBQ on the mountain which was beautiful in the sunshine. There was lots of laughter and chatter and with full stomachs everyone headed back out in their groups for the rest of the afternoon.

Back at Les Elfes there was snacks out for the returning campers and then lots of activities on offer. Many headed into Verbier town to by presents and souvenirs for family and enjoyed a milkshake as well. Others chose to relax and play games here instead. This evenings dinner was traditional cheese fondue and went down a treat with everyone here especially as many had never tried it before.

After dinner it was Disco and kareoke time for one of the groups where they danced and sang the night away. There was some brilliant dancing and many games as well. Others joined in with our quiz while some went into town. It has been a busy but awesome day here and we’ve had lots of fun with our campers.

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Wednesday 16th – Departures, arrivals, skiing, excursion & Music Quiz

Today was an exciting day for all here at Les Elfes. Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to one group this morning who were all very sad to leave but left with smiles on their face and a lot of stories and memories from their time here. As some left more joined us and once settled quickly got out on the mountain. Many of them experienced skiers and snowboarders so managed to explore a lot of the mountain and really impress the instructors with their talent.

We also had an excursion today to Geneva to visit the UN building and do some sight-seeing. In the afternoon they headed to Vevey to shop shop shop! They all came back full of excitement and seemed to have had a fantastic time.  Also this afternoon our new campers headed to town for a milkshake and some crepes while others chose to chill out at the swimming pool. This evening some were tired so headed to the cinema room to watch a movie but most chose to join in with our music quiz which was extremely funny! There was lots of singing, dancing, cheering and general craziness.

Overall it has been a brilliant today and look forward to seeing what tomorrow brings!

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Tuesday 15th – Skiing & Les Elfes Clubs Night

Yet again our groups woke up to glorious sunshine! There were lots of smiley faces this morning at breakfast and with full stomachs they all headed out to meet their instructors. We had groups out discovering lots of the mountain today in Les Essere, Verbier and the 4 Valleys. The beginners are seriously improving now and can competently snow plow and stop whereas the more experienced skiers are able to parallel and carve down all different slopes. So a big well done to everyone! After a lovely lunch and rest on the mountain the groups couldn’t wait to get back out on the snow and show the instructors what they’ve got which was great to see.

This afternoon back at the chalet it was time for some snacks and hot chocolate before joining with lots of activities! On offer this afternoon was swimming, sledging, games or a trip to Verbier village so lots going on for all our campers. Then this evening was Les Elfes clubs night where everyone signed up to take part in various activities. Some chose to do cooking where they made some delicious flapjacks which looked and smelt amazing when they came out the oven. Others took part in design and build and had to work as a team to create the best robot, we had some interesting designs!

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March 14th – Skiing and Snowboarding in the Sun! Ice Skating and Music Video

Today we woke up to more beautiful blue skies and the sun shinning. Everyone was super kean to get back out on the slopes, and start skiing again! All the children are putting in heaps of effort which is paying off quickly, with some good techniques coming along and lot’s of blue and red runs being completed. For those that are still learning, they had a fun day at Les Esserts, and are mastering their snowplow turns with grace. Keep up the good work everyone!

Just before lunch we had a new school arrive, who were raring to get out their in the sunshine and show off their skills. They have some excellent skiers who are impressing their instructors massively and have already covered a lot of the mountain in their first afternoon.

Back at les elfes, there were plenty more activities on offer for the children to carry on with fun and games into the afternoon. Some wanted to chill out and relax after a busy day skiing, but for those with a bit more energy, headed into the local village to visit some of the shops and of course the legendary milk bar some delicious milk shakes and crepes. Yum!

Tonight we had a mixture of activities going on for the different groups on campus. For our new arrivals, they took a short walk after dinner to the ice skating rink which was great fun and enjoyed by everyone. We played ice hockey, did some synchronized skating and made a massive conga line! A great first evening activity for them. For those that have already been here a few days, they enjoyed the music video. They busted out their moves to Sigala Sweet Loving and choreographed their own dances.

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Sunday 13th March 2016 Skiing, Languages, Raclette & Ice Skating

What a stunning day! This morning the sun was shining as the students left the camp with their instructors, caked in sun-cream in anticipation of a fantastic day of lessons. We have many returning students here with the school this week and it is great to see students who have spent 4 years with us progressing through the levels in their ski groups and starting to look almost like instructors when they ski. Great work!

For our beginners today also, what a fantastic day to really build a passion for skiing, to soak up the breath-taking views from the resort and to enjoy some of the best snow conditions ever.

After skiing most students went to the village for a spot of souvenir and snack shopping before a sociable Swiss evening meal of Raclette. What better place to enjoy a raclette than Val de Bagnes?!

Full of cheese and donning smiles, gloves and helmets the group headed out for ice skating, with some learning for the first time and others practicing their ice hockey skills. It was really nice to see some of our more skillful students coaching the beginners to skate. A really nice start to the week!

 

 

Friday 11th – Skiing, snowboarding, departures & prize giving

Another beautiful sunny day here in Verbier with the groups enjoying their last runs out on the mountain. There has been so much improvement since the start of the week and everyone is now competent and confident in getting down blue slopes with many easily skiing down reds and blacks as well! The instructors have been super impressed with all their hard work and effort, so well done to everyone.

One School sadly departed us at lunch, so we wish them all a safe journey home. For those that returned from skiing, it was time to enjoy a good snack and chill out, before continuing with activities. It was their last chance to head into town to buy those all important souvenirs for family and friends back home and of course stock up on their supply of delicious Swiss chocolate.

One of our schools plus our individual campers today skipped a day on the slopes to instead visit the wonderful Chocolate and Cheese factories. This is a great way to see a different part of Switzerland and see what the country is so famous for. They all absolutely loved it, and the chocolate factory was definitely a highlight and a good way to spend their last day. For lunch, they visited the beautiful Castle Chateau de Chillion with lovely scenery.

Tonight, after dinner it was time to congratulate all the students on their efforts during the week. Prizes were given out for star campers, people who have been very helpful, polite and just great to be around throughout their stay. Medals were also awarded to the fastest people from race day, so their were some huge smiles on the children’s faces. All the staff have had the best week, so thank you to everyone who made it special, and a week to remember. To round off the night, we all settled in the Cinema room to watch a slideshow of the memories created through the week along with the super funny music video which we have all been waiting for!!

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Great day in the sun!

Hi everyone,

Today was another great day thanks to the sun that is treating us with another fabulous day on the slopes!

It was the last day of skiing for some of our campers today, and most of them have their last day tomorrow so we will make the most of it!

After skiing activities was the same as usual, the biggest group decided to stay here on camp to relax, some campers went shopping and others enjoyed a nice time in the pool!

Tonight was the disco and we had such an fun time! We are glad to see the energy is still flowing despite being near the end of the week!

Tomorrow, like I said before, will be the last day of skiing for almost everyone..but I am happy to say that the weather is looking great once again so everyone will make the most of it! Some of our campers have the chance to go on an excursion to the chocolate and cheese factory and also to visit the Chateau De Chillon!

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Fantastic day on and off the slopes!

Hello everyone!

Today we had another fantastic and sunny day! Everyone had a great time on and off the slopes, on the improvement has yet again been noticed as our campers increase their skills skiing or snowboarding!

We had the usual activities after skiing with the campers going either shopping, swimming or relaxing on the campus today!

Tonight’s activity was a really entertaining one! We had the pleasure to host a Boys v Girls challenge! The Boys faced the Girls in a series of different challenges and it was extremely funny! I am going to announce that the Boys won the competition but only by stealing it in the last game! But everyone made a great effort and we thank everyone for the passion they put into this!

Tomorrow will be a usual day of skiing for everyone with lovely but cold weather ahead! We will also enjoy a disco in the evening to celebrate the week that we just all had together!

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Snowy weather means great fun!

A bit of a mix of weather today with mainly snow falling on our campers throughout the day!

The progress that everyone is making on the slopes has been noticed by everyone and we are all very happy to say that everyone is improving and still have tones of motivation!

We had a great time doing after-ski activities which included a very special flag challenge in the snow! Many of the campers wanted to have a nice chilled time on campus today after such a long day skiing or snowboarding, and others still had energy to use by going swimming or shopping!

After dinner everyone enjoyed our clubs night, where every camper had the chance to chose their own activity! Whilst some decided to make flapjacks in the cooking club, others wanted to join the dancing club, which involved some just dance and other different dancing games! Some felt creative and joined the design and build club where they created their own robots out of cardboard.

Tomorrow will be a nicer day weather wise so hopefully it means that it will be an every more fun day on the slopes! The evening activity will be the music quiz! One of our favorite nights! We are really looking forwards to it all!!

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