30th December – Ski Race, BBQ, Basketball, Swimming & Prize Giving.

This morning we were all systems go at Les Elfes with all our campers excited about the ski race. The children have been anticipating the results all day, eager to find out if they had won the gold medal. But before they could find out, there were a lot more activities awaiting .

For lunch everyone was treated to a tasty BBQ on the mountain which was enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine. After another day skiing and snowboarding the children had the choice to sign up for Basketball, Swimming or indoor games back at Camp. Basketball was very popular and quite competitive but definitely enjoyed by everyone that took part.

Tonight we were again treated to a swiss speciality – cheese fondue. It went down very well and was a memorable moment for a lot of the students. After, our amazing team of instructors joined us to deliver the all important race results and certificates to all the children, telling them what level skier or snowboarder they have become. We finished tonight with a slideshow showing all the amazing moments captured on camera.

    

Thursday 29th December – Skiing, arts & crafts, fashion show, games

It has been a fabulous day here in Verbier, the sun is still shining and the groups are having a fantastic time skiing around. Today they visited Savoleyres & La Tzoumaz which was nice to try out some new runs.

This afternoon we played lots of table games, wii games and a classic game of smite which got super competitive. We also had arts & crafts going on and some wandered into town to try out the crepes and milkshakes. Tonight our Discoveries enjoyed a fashion show with all seven teams coming up with some great final costumes. They strutted their stuff down the catwalk to their themes song! One group went out to the Escape rooms to crack their way out and had brilliant teamwork. The explorer group recorded their own mannequin challenge before settling down to watch a movie in the cinema room.

 

December 28th – Skiing, Snowboarding, Excursion Day, Disco Night

This morning most of our campers left Verbier and headed out on Excursion to many exciting places. Our most popular option was the Trip to Aosta in Italy to visit the Castle and it’s stunning grounds. All the children loved the trip and after they had the chance to do more site seeing and some shopping. Others had an amazing time visiting the Charlie Chaplin Museum as well as shopping in Vevey. Our lost option, another popular one was the Olympic Museum which all the children found very interesting and interactive. After they were treated to the Chocolate Factory and shopping in Lausanne.

For those who were kean to continue practicing their techniques in skiing and snowboarding ventured back out onto the slopes and for some of them it was their first time up the mountain and on a chair lift. Well done guys!!

Tonight we danced the night away in town at our private disco. The tunes were pumping and the children loved dancing. It has been a fun night.

Tuesday 27th December – Skiing, Swimming, escape rooms & Clubs night

It has been a busy but fun day here at camp with our groups and individual campers. Everyone had a super time out on the slopes. Our campers from last week continued to improve their techniques and are loving seeing different areas of the mountain. For our newcomers it was a chance to take in the beautiful surroundings and get a good feel for the mountain.

This afternoon everyone had various options, some went to the swimming pool for a splash and some races while others visited Verbier town for the first time. Back at camp we had games on the go as well as bracelet making. All the children are mixing really well and getting to know each other which is great to see.

After dinner some of the older group ventured into town to take part in the Escape rooms. Although they did not escape in time the monitors were very impressed with the teamwork and determination of both groups. Back at Les Elfes the rest of the campers enjoyed Design & Build, cooking where they made brownies and cookies and Arts & crafts making chinese lanterns.

Is had been a brilliant day and everyone is looking forward to their excursions tomorrow!

 

26th December – Boxing Day, Skiing, Snowboarding & Village Visits

Another great day here, Boxing Day meant there was still a lot of christmas cheer around camp today.
The Morning was busy with everyone heading out on the slopes for some skiing and snowboarding perfecting their techniques and trying new areas and runs on the mountain.
The afternoon activities had most of the campers heading out into the village to check out what Verbier village has to offer, after a spot of shopping it was clear the toy store was almost everyone’s favourite.
After dinner we had games night where we played Boys vs Girls which is a mixture of competitive fun games and La Fureur which is a team musical quiz.
We’ve had many new arrivals throughout the day, which we are very excited about and all the instructors are looking forward to getting to know everyone over the coming days. The campers are off to bed to prepare for the big day of skiing and snowboarding tomorrow.

 

25th December – Christmas Day, Skiing, Snowboarding, Prize Giving, Ice Skating

Merry Christmas Everyone! We have had an amazing day here in Verbier and there has been a great vibe around camp with christmas tunes playing everywhere. Out on the slopes the groups have been working very hard, especially our new groups who had never skied before today. Some of our campers had never seen snow before today so they were super excited to get going this morning.

This afternoon we had a mixture of activities including Languages, Gingerbread house making and prize giving where the campers celebrated their past week here with us and were presented with skiing certificates , many prizes and watched a awesome slideshow that showcased their week here with us.
After dinner some of us headed over to the ice skating rink for some fun on the ice whist others chose to just chill and watch a movie after the big day.
We are sadly also saying goodbye to a few campers tomorrow to them we are so glad you came and we have enjoyed getting to know you all and please come again and stay with us soon.
 

Saturday 24th December – Christmas Eve, skiing, secret santa, christmas games

We had lots of excited children on camp today as today is Christmas day in Switzerland. The children were up early ready for skiing and had a brilliant day out in the sunshine. Lots of groups are now exploring new parts of the mountain now they have improved. It is fantastic to see them excited to visit new areas of the mountain. This afternoon we played lots of Christmas themed games such as pictionary, charades, ginger-bread house making and a chocolate relay.  Christmas dinner was delicious with roast turkey, roast potatoes, vegetables and then a chocolate roll to finish! This evening the children were eager for Santa’s arrival and were delighted when they found out he had brought them all presents! Afterwards we organised the campers secret santa so they could exchange their gifts for one another. It was a great atmosphere around camp and lovely to see lots of smiley faces.

23rd December – Skiing, Snowboarding, Town, Casino Night and Music Quiz

It is nearing the end of some of our individuals trip to Les Elfes, but out on the slopes today, they have proven to their instructors just how much they have learnt and progressed through the week. All our groups have done so well and should be super proud of how far they have come from the start of the week. Today, our intermediate snowboarders and skiers really challenged themselves with some tough runs as well as our beginners, who can now control their turns and are even attempting parallel turns.

Back at camp it is clear to see that the bonds between our international students have become strong with friendships growing everyday and it is nice to see the integration of different cultures. We were treated to a swiss speciality tonight – cheese fondue! It went down well with most of our students and a good experience too. Tonight our Discovery group had loads of fun participating in a music quiz which got very competitive too. Our older children, the Explorers had more of a chilled night playing cards, uno and poker.

Thursday 22nd December – Excursion day, skiing & disco!

Today has been super fun with lots going on. For the majority of our campers it was excursion day, a chance to see parts of Switzerland and do some shopping! Some visited the wonderful Cailler chocolate factory and enjoyed an interactive learning experience about the famous Swiss chocolate. They then visited the cheese factory before heading to the Montreux Christmas markets for some sight-seeing. Our other group enjoyed a trip to the Nestle museum which was extremely popular. They also got the chance to visit Montreux before returning to Verbier.

Our remaining campers were back on the mountain putting in lots of hard work. This can clearly be seen as they are making tremendous progress.

Tonight it was disco time! Everyone was excited to get on the dance floor and absolutely loved dancing away to some new and classic tunes.

Wednesday 21st December – Skiing, escape rooms, swimming & clubs

Another fantastic day for our individual campers on the mountain. The majority of the groups are now up the mountain putting their new skills into practice. Our more experienced skiers and boarders are learning how to carve and some tricks! On return to camp everyone was eager to tell stories from their day on the slopes. The instructors were also happy to inform us of their groups improvement which is always brilliant to hear.

This afternoon our explorers headed to the new Escape Rooms in town to solve the mystery. They all worked really well and managed to escape with 1 minute to spare. A few of our campers chose to swim where we had diving competitions and races before relaxing tired muscles in the jacuzzi. After dinner it was time for clubs night, those that signed up for arts & crafts made lots of christmas decorations to decorate the rooms. Those that joined drama club had fun acting out different scenarios and scenes while at design & build there was a competition on building a free standing shoe rack.

 

20th December – Skiing, Snowboarding, Cooking & Escape Rooms

This morning everyone was out the door and ready to get back on the mountain to continue learning off their fantastic instructors. There was a good vibe out on the slopes today with a huge amount of effort being put in by all the children, showing a great progression already. For our beginners, they have learn how to stop and turn and it looks like they may be heading up on the chair lift tomorrow. Our intermediate groups challenged themselves by taking on some tough red and black runs.

Back at camp we had plenty of baking today, with Cookies and Brownies on the menu. We all got a bit messy but had great fun! There was an extra challenge put to our discovery group today, as they were locked into an ‘Escape Room’ and had 60 minutes to get out. It’s safe to say they had a great time and came together to work as a team.

 

Monday 19th December – Skiing, Snowboarding, Languages & Music Video

This morning our campers woke up to a slightly whiter Verbier, with a layer of snow covering the ground! For some of our Individuals, they had never seen snow before today so it was pretty exciting heading out to the mountain for the first time after breakfast. Our beginners have been working very hard with their instructors trying to learn the basics to skiing and snowboarding. They came back all smiles and full of stories about falling over and having a good time. For our more experienced skiers and boarders, they managed to cover a lot of the pistes, getting back into the swing of things. We’re definitely in for a promising week. Tonight we had fun making a music video and choreographing our own dances.

Sadly, it was our school’s last day today, but they have had the best time out on the mountain and ended their week with a prize giving and slideshow.

Sunday 18th – Skiing, Arrival Day & Ice Skating

A very busy day of arrivals here at Les Elfes, but it has been lovely welcoming our new Individuals to camp and getting to know them over dinner. Everyone has been kitted with their ski and snowboard gear and raring to get out and hit the slopes tomorrow. For some of them it will be their first time and everyone seems very excited.

For some of our existing Individuals and our school on site they enjoyed a day on the mountain in the sunshine and tonight they headed over to the sports centre tonight to have a go at Ice Skating. It has been a great evening and you can tell the children thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the mini game of ice hockey at the end.

For others, it has been an early night so they can make the most of their jam packed day od excitement tomorrow

Saturday December 17th – Skiing, Excursion & Sad Goodbyes

Amazing start to the new week here at Les Elfes with skiing in the sunshine for our schools and individuals here on campus but also a very sad morning having to say goodbye to some schools who have been here for the past week with us.

One school enjoyed an excursion in Geneva visiting the History of Science museum & the Natural History Museum before getting to do some sightseeing and shopping in Geneva.

Today the morning was very busy with skiing, sad goodbyes and exciting new arrivals followed by a fun filled afternoon of pizza and bracelet making.
After dinner called for a relaxing movie night with popcorn and an amazing lip dap/mannequin challenge before heading off to bed to catch up on some ZZZZs for another great day tomorrow and for one school a very early morning goodbye.

Friday 16th December – Race day, skiing, excursion day, prize giving

A fantastic week has unfortunately come to an end for most of our schools here on campus and it has been wonderful having them here. Lots of memories have been made and new friendships forged. It has been an unforgettable week with everyone taking home new skills, talents and an ability to ski!!

One school enjoyed sight-seeing in Montreux at the christmas market and visited the Cailler chocolate factory as well as the cheese factory in Geneva.

Today our race day was in full flow and everyone was eager to find out their results at this evening’s prize giving. Instructors and animation staff gave special mentions, prizes and medals to congratulate their groups this week. Afterwards we all headed down to the cinema room to watch the music video and final slideshow of all the week’s highlights.

Thursday 15th December – Skiing, excursion, town, Disco!!

Our group from Dubai were up early this morning for a fun packed day of science and chocolate. Their itinerary included the Cailler chocolate factory, nestled in hills above the beautiful Lac Léman, the world-re-knowned CERN research facility just outside Geneva and finally a festive visit to the Montreux Christmas market.

Our other groups enjoyed a competitive race day out on our slalom made course. Everyone performed really well and the results will be announced at tomorrow’s prize giving. Some groups ventured into town this afternoon for some crepes while others chose to stay and play Wii or chose to get creative doing arts & crafts.

Everyone this evening got their dancing shoes on at disco night. We were all super impressed with their dance moves and enjoyed rocking out to the latest tunes.

     

         

Wednesday 14th December

It was another sunny action packed day at Les Elfes! We also are very happy to welcome Al Berteen to the camp who have flown all the way from Abu Dhabi. Regent, ST Joseph’s and Raffles and our individuals had a great day up the mountain improving their skiing. Some beginner groups  were excited to be going up the chair lift and skiing down the mountain for the very first time. Raffles primary went on an excursion where they visited the chocolate factory. They learnt everything there is to know about swiss chocolate and got to taste lots too! They also visited Chateau de Chillon and the christmas markets in Montreux and bought lots of souvenirs and presents for there families.

In the evening, they had pumpkin soup, fish and rice for dinner and ice cream for dessert. Raffles primary went on an exciting torchlight walk adventure in the dark with our lovely staff. Al Berteen had a relaxing movie night because it was arrival day and they were tired from a long travel day. St Josephs, Regent, Raffles secondary and senior and our lovely individuals played La Fureur – A very competitive music quiz. There was lots of chanting and singing and amazing team spirit. The winners won by one point 151-150 and it was great to see all of the schools mingling and making new friendships.

They all went to bed shortly after the evening activity so that they have lots of energy for the big ski race tomorrow!!

 

Meet your Ski and Snowboard Instructors

Dear All

After a wonderful autumn the long awaited winter season has begun, the big woolly hats are out, the skis and boots have been dusted off, and the promises we made to our bodies to get ‘ski fit’ still linger…

The opportunity for campers to  experience the mix of skiing and snowboarding, make new friends, visit  iconic cultural destinations, and have an amazing fun filled adventure is finally here. The entire Les Elfes team is excited and cannot wait to meet each and every one of them.

Staff Training

Currently our team of staff are taking part in their two week training program prior to the students arrivals. Even though all of our instructors are experienced and qualified, they are put through a rigorous assessment of personal performance and pedagogy, as well as all aspects of mountain safety. Staff are also trained off snow, with our in house operations procedures, first aid and fire training providing vital information on how best to manage the potential scenarios that arise. Like all outdoor activities, skiing and snowboarding pose a certain element of risk, we make sure that our teams are trained to the highest standard, to ensure the quality of care is second to none.

Tuesday 13th – Skiing, Snowboarding, Clubs Night

Another exciting day here in Verbier with all students progressing well in skiing and snowboarding. Our first time skiers are off the beginners slope and hitting the blue runs following their instructors and having great fun on the mountain. There is a great atmosphere among the groups and there ability to learn quickly is really showing. With the sun shining yet again, some of our groups took some time out to enjoy the breath taking views with some well deserved hot chocolate. Our intermediate groups are also showing a lot of improvements and have covered most of the runs around Verbier, so a big well done to them!

Back at camp today there were a mixture of activities going on, including swimming, visits to town and table top games. As well as this, our individual students have been busy learning languages with our specialised teachers, which is a great educational service.

This evening it was Clubs Night,where our children had the chance to sign up for workshops on their interests. On offer tonight we had a cooking club, arts and crafts stations and design and build challenges. Everyone is getting stuck in which is brilliant to see.

 

Monday 12th December – Skiing, swimming, languages & music video

Day two here and everyone was up and ready to go early on excited to be back out with their instructors. Today the level 1 beginners began this morning going over snowplough and stopping but soon made it up on the chairlift to put it all in action. You can clearly see the improvement and everyone seems more relaxed in their boots. The children were so happy with their developments! Elsewhere on the mountain the intermediate and higher levels focused on parallel turns and carving.

This afternoon after some well deserved hot chocolate and snacks it was time for the afternoon activities. Many were keen to go swimming and relax their muscles in the jacuzzi while some ventured into town for some crepes. The ones that chilled back at camp made some christmas decorations and played games.

After dinner the evening activity is Music video!! Groups in fancy dress will get the chance to create their own choreography and put it together into a video. Kids get your dancing shoes on..!

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