Skiing & Snowboarding on the Matterhorn
From beginner to advanced
From total beginners, some of whom have never seen snow, to young athletes training as part of their school ski or snowboard team Les Elfes offers a lively and enthusiastic approach. We aim to facilitate an environment for students to develop their skills while enjoying their time on the mountain, making new friends from around the world and sharing valuable experiences with their peers.
In one of the two weeks, campers will learn or improve skiing or snowboarding at the foot of the majestic Matterhorn, where spring / summer skiing is possible on everlasting snow at an altitude between 2.900 and 3.900 meters.
Our ski and snowboard guides are qualified to take care of all ability levels, from complete beginners, who have never seen snow before in their lives to advanced skiers. During this week, we ensure a very strong progress!
To maintain our position as a leading provider for Outdoor and Adventurous Activities for International clients Les Elfes have introduced an award system for the ‘core’ outdoor activities throughout all of our programmes.
This scheme provides a framework with clear assessment criteria which allows campers to develop their personal and leadership skills in activities including, rock climbing, mountain biking, orienteering, skiing, bushcraft, first aid, paddlesports, snowboarding and many more.
The award scheme provides a clear and logical progression throughout the age-groups where returning students have the opportunity to develop from a beginner to a leader and for us to reward different levels of personal achievement, so that campers have certificates they can be proud of and which can form part of a record of their personal achievements.
The scheme is designed to allow campers to develop their experiences in outdoor activities, to progress beyond the fundamental personal skills and introduce aspects of leadership and independent and safe practices in outdoor and adventurous activities.
The sessions in these ‘core’ activities have been designed to be flexible in their content and structure to suit the session to the requirements of each individual.
Each camper will have the opportunity to be involved in the award scheme, if they choose to, allowing them to develop their existing skills and challenge themselves to achieve beyond their current level.
Summer Sports and Language Lessons in Verbier
All activities take place under the entire supervision of our instructors, counselors and professional mountain guides.
The week in Verbier is mainly focused on summer camp activities, such as tennis, swimming, water skiing, basketball, rock climbing, bridge swinging, horseback riding and many more.
8 hours per week of language lessons are included (only in Verbier). Lessons in French, English, Spanish or German. Language lessons are offered in collaboration with the Verbier Language School
Excursions to Bern, Lausanne, Geneva (United Nations & Old Town), a cheese and a chocolate factory, Montreux (Chillon Castle) and Vevey are organized in order to provide to our campers all the best Switzerland has to offer.
Campers play on an 18 holes course at an altitude of 1500m with stunning views over the mountains. There is also a private practice area, driving range and an approach (pitch & putt) golf course. Our professional golf instructors will coach players of all levels during our sports day or during private lessons.
Campers can book additional private lessons on top of the basic sports program.
We propose all kinds of different ball sports: tennis, golf, minigolf, football, volleyball, beach volleaball, basketball (streetball), table tennis, squash, badminton, pétanque.
Practice, private lessons and tournaments on the tennis courts directly next to our campus (2 minutes walk).
Campers can book additional private lessons on top of the basic sports program. Please contact us for extra private tennis lessons.
Campers go on the marked trails with our trained counselors. In the Verbier area, 950 km of footpaths are waiting to take campers to the heart of nature. Each skill level is welcome to go hiking.
Campers will discover colorful and impressive landscapes, massive water dams, natural mountain lakes, wild forests, traditional villages and nature reserves. Exceptional view of the treasures of the Alps guaranteed! Maybe, campers will even get a glimpse at Swiss wildlife, such as the marmot or the chamois, an excellent climber in high altitude.
Sports on Ice
Ice skating, figure skating, ice hockey, curling at the sport center. Only a 2 minutes’ walk away from the campus.
Mountain biking in the Alps and particularly Verbier mountain biking provides you with thrilling downhills, natural single tracks (for all levels). The downhill trail and the hundreds of kilometres of cross-country provide endless opportunity to explore some of the most spectacular scenery in the Alps.From challenging to leisurely, there’s plenty of mountain biking that is suitable for our campers who want to discover Verbier and its surrounding villages without having to furiously pedal uphill or kit up in full body armour.
Professional mountain guides supervise this activity.
On the climbing wall at a natural rock, which has varying difficulty levels, our instructor ensures that all campers make good progress and gain confidence in the safest conditions. Campers will learn different skills and progress from one age group to another.
Our campers will go with their counselors to the rope course in Sion. It’s always an exciting day. This activity is a high forest adventure of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip-lines, all set high up in the tree tops. Campers will be fitted by professional experts with a climbing harness and supervised during the whole time of this activity.
Just next the campus, the stables of Verbier allow youth to experience riding or practice this activity with professional riding instructors (extra cost activity).
Billard, trampoline, cards games, music instruments, drama, campfires, picnic, bbq, boat trips, disco, talent show, photography at the campus, shopping in Verbier, Geneva, Italy during excursions.
Our evening programmes are tailored to meet the requirements of our students. Our groups participate in an activities programme from 8pm until 9pm and our older groups from 8pm until 9:45pm, with bedtime at 10pm.
Evening Activities Workshops and Personal Development Programmes – Choose from a range of on-going workshops to develop skills in orienteering, learn about the mechanics of our anatomy in Health and Fitness or start thinking about your online presence in our Web Identity & Online Security classes.
(All equipment can be hired at Les Elfes)
Having the proper ski equipment is essential for skiers and snowboarder of all levels. We optionally propose equipment and clothing rental so you don’t need to worry about that. Here’s information on ski and snowboard equipment needed for a day on the slopes.
Jacket: a good ski jacket must keep warm and dry on the slopes. It must be at once weatherproof, breathable, durable and comfortable.
Pants: Chances are, they are going to be worn sledding, tubing, building snow forts and playing in the snow. Because of that, kids’ ski pants need to be warm and weatherproof enough outlast both a lengthy ski day and a lengthy snow day.
Underwear: Base layers help regulate the body temperature by moving perspiration away from the skin, which will help to keep you dry. Base layers come in many forms from T-shirts to tights to briefs and sports bras. Top and bottom must absorb and transport moisture and perspiration away from the skin and disperse it on the outer surface where it evaporates.
Choosing the right skis depends on a number of factors, such as age/gender and skiing ability.
All manufacturers make junior skis, some make expensive race skis or freeriders, as well as powder skis. You can spend a lot of money on junior skis or you can get good recreational models at moderate prices. Once you determine the right length and style for your child, you can find really good ski deals online.
If you buy skis, be sure to take them to a reputable ski shop to have the bindings mounted. Call ahead to see if the ski shop has techs certified by the manufacturer of the binding you bought. If you received the skis with bindings already mounted take them to the shop to have a binding test done and the correct DIN set for your child’s size and ability.
Having a pair of ski boots that fits and makes feel comfortable is essential. Ski boots transfer the movement, the “instructions” to the skis and are very important for safe and enjoyable skiing. Ski boots are the most important part of the skiing equipment. Aside from the fact that your child definitely will not enjoy his/her time on the slopes if the feets hurt or are cold, it is important to understand that boots are the key of the skiing performance.
In downhill skiing, ski poles are important. In order to be effective, ski poles need to lightweight and flexible, yet strong and sturdy as well. They also need to be sized correctly.
In general, an all-mountain snowboard is the best bet for beginners, rather than a specialty board, which is harder to turn and balance on. Also, the longer a board is, the more difficult it will be to control. Choose a board that is the right length for your child’s size and snowboarding ability.
As the connecting point to the snowboard, boots are a vital piece of equipment. Make sure to get real snowboard boots (not moonboots or hiking boots) that fit correctly to keep the feet comfortable and warm. For most beginner snowboarders, soft snowboard boots are easier to control than hard boots. Boots have to be laced up tight to give your feet and ankles the support they need.
Compulsory. As is the case with many sports, a helmet is the most important piece of equipment when it comes to preventing life-threatening injuries. Our campers must wear one any time they go on the slopes. We will make sure to rent a helmet that fits properly and keep the chin strap fastened to keep it securely in place.
Goggles and sunglasses
The sun’s rays are considerably stronger at high altitudes than they are at sea level, and when they bounce off the gleaming white snow, they can be a serious threat to your eyes. There’s no question that good ski goggles should be an essential on everybody’s skiing checklist, especially in the cold and high wind of mid-winter. Save those cool sunglasses for a little later in the season, and make sure your goggles and lenses are clean and clear.
Gloves or mittens
Many ski or snowboard gloves include pockets for hand warmers to keep fingers nice and toasty.
Be sure to wear rigid wrist guards designed for snowboarding to protect yourself when you fall.