Saturday 9th March 2019 – Arrival Day

Today was the arrival of our individuals on camp, we also had a couple of individuals that are staying with us for another week of skiing which is really lovely to see. The weather this week is meant to bring us lots of snow in Verbier which will be amazing. The individuals that stayed on camp went skiing/snowboarding and the new arrivals prepared themselves for the fun filled week ahead….

26th of March skiing, snowboarding, sports center, village, music video

It has been a sunny day in Verbier with lots of snow up in the slopes. One beginners are progressing well and all of our campers are mixing and making new friends. It has been so nice to see them smiling even through difficult conditions and for the older kids to be taking care of the younger kids and making the camp a real family atmosphere.

In the afternoon, the campers choose between three different activities: sports center, visit to the village or playing games at the main campus. They had their usual snacks and hot chocolate before going for their chosen activity.

After dinner the students mixed up and worked in teams to create an amazing music video which they can take home with them as a souvenir to remember their week at camp and their new friends here.

Tomorrow the students will wake up for their third day of skiing or snowboarding too keep practicing and improving their skills.

 

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New Arrivals for Winter 2017

The start of the Winter season has begun with not only the arrival of a massive dump of snow but also the arrival of our first school from Spain!

A busy afternoon of ski fitting and settling into campus for our campers, followed by a walk into town. All campers are energetic ready to get on the slope, so much so they were all asking if they could go skiing tonight! After having a yummy dinner, the campers unpacked and then it was time for movie night. A quiet night to relax before the jam packed week of skiing and animation activites during the afternoon and evening!

It’s going to be an amazing first week at Les Elfes Verbier!

 

 

Friday 28th April – Ski race, excursion, core clubs & prize giving

It has been a brilliant Friday here in Verbier with tons and tons of snow! It has literally not stopped for 24 hours giving us so much powder to play and ski with. All our campers have found it amazing building snowmen and having snowball fights. They had their ski race today which went really well, we had some super quick times and some individuals really shone through when it came down to the final race.

Elsewhere we had one group visit Vevey to do some sight-seeing and shopping. They also had a brilliant time at the Charlie Chaplin museum. This afternoon when our campers returned from the mountain we enjoyed some snacks and hot chocolate before taking part in our final core clubs. We had presentations to conclude the sessions and show off what they have all learnt.

Tonight we enjoyed prize giving where our animation staff and instructors got to hand out special prizes and award the medals for the race results. We ended the evening with a slideshow of the weeks highlights. It has been a really fun week and we hope to see these campers again next year.

Thursday 27th April – Skiing, mountain biking, problem solving, journalism, etiquette & Web identity

Another snowy day here in Verbier and it looks like it will continue through the night which is great! Our skiers had another superb day out on the mountain and are now up and about the slopes starting to get some good turns in. Again it was quite difficult conditions with bad visibility so our groups did fantastic.

Another group were on excursion today visiting the United Nations which they found extremely interesting. They then had the opportunity to explore Geneva and do some shopping.

This afternoon our journalism class continued with their interviews and articles which are really starting to come together. Our mountain bikers braved the weather and headed out to improve their riding. Back at camp our leadership group took part in various problem solving activities which went down really well.

Tonight was the last evening of etiquette class and web identity. Both have been a huge success and everyone has shown real enthusiasm and interest throughout.

We are all looking forward to another day in the snow tomorrow!

Sunday 02.04.17- Skiing, Snowboarding,Games, Swimming, Baking,Town, Music Video, Ice Skating

Today it snowed up the mountain so a lot of campers were very pleased about that as some of them it was their first time up the mountain. The campers on the beginners slopes really enjoyed their day and are improving already.

In the afternoon we had many different activities to chose from. Two groups did baking and they made some lovely cookies and brownies which got eaten for dessert after dinner. Some campers chose to stay on camp and play lots of board games, cards and in the games room. Some campers even chose to go to the local swimming pool and have a nice relaxing swim.

After dinner we slit into two groups. One group got the chance to produce a music video where they split into smaller groups and came up with some fantastic dance moves which will be edited and they will all see it at the end of the week at prize giving. The other half of the campers went ice skating at the local ice rink and had loads of fun and they even got the chance to watch and play a bit of ice hockey.

Everyone is really looking forward to tomorrow.

Tuesday 7th March- Skiing, Snowboarding, Bracelet Making

We have had a lot of snow here at Les Elfes with it snowing all night and day, we have had a lot of happy campers as it has been amazing conditions on the mountain to ski and snowboard.  Everyone coping very well with the powder snow and still improving everyday all the instructors very pleased with all the campers.

As the snow has improved, a lot of the campers went back outside to finish off their snowmen or igloos. Some have chose to be a bit more relaxed after a tiring day on the mountain and chose either to make bracelets or watch a movie.

In the evening one school went on a torchlight walk, walking and exploring the old village with their torches lighting the way. The other school did an activity called the cube which is a range of competitive games which they all really enjoyed.

1st March 2017 – Skiing, excursion day, sledging, Music quiz and torchlight walk

Can’t believe its March already and what a beautiful start to the month with more fresh powder! Our individuals and one school ventured off this morning on excursion, to the cheese factory, Nestle and Vevey to do some shopping. They were excited to have the opportunity to look round Switzerland and do some sight-seeing.

The rest of camp were on the mountain practicing their turns and improving their technical side. They all had a super time and are loving being up the mountain whizzing round. This afternoon we had sledging on offer now the snow has arrived and we had such a good time. For many it was their first time and really enjoyed sliding down the mountain. A few of our campers opted to put their feet up and watch a movie.

This evening we ran one competitive gameshow and one music quiz which got really intense and had lots of laughs. At the same time one school went out on a torchlight walk and saw Verbier by night.

Wednesday 4th – Skiing, excursions & La Fureur

Today has been a fantastic day with excursions all over Switzerland! One group visited the Chateaux de Chillion in Montreux  as well as the Nestle museum. They also had the chance to do some shopping in Vevey. Another group went to the Olympic Museum and the Cailler chocolate factory. They all had a brilliant time and enjoyed seeing new parts of the country. Our remaining campers were on the mountain which was fairly quiet and enjoyed skiing around on some new runs. It has finally started to snow here in Verbier which is amazing and very exciting for the children! Tomorrow is going to be a powder day!

Tonight our discoveries had a chilled night after a busy day and played lots of games, while our explorers had La Fureur the game show. It got very competitive with some dance offs, sing offs and lots of games. We ended with a snow dance which seems to have been successful!

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.

Friday 8th – Skiing, snowboarding, arrivals & Prize Giving

We have more snow here in Verbier at last which is lovely to see and extremely exciting for the children here on camp! The conditions were pretty difficult on the mountain today but everyone was still motivated and had a brilliant day. There has been many funny stories shared round of their time skiing which is great to hear. Unfortunately it was two of our groups last time on the mountain so they had to return their equipment this afternoon. They were all buzzing when they returned to camp and especially because they know they have learnt so much throughout the week.

Despite the poor weather conditions, the children were still determined to head to town and do some last minute girf shopping. They braved the cold to visit the souvenir and toy shops in town, there are some very lucky parents at home! Others chose to take their time with their packing and chill out at Les Elfes, with some games going on as well.

Tonight was the all important prize giving, a chance to reflect on the phenomenal week we have all had her in Verbier. For some of our staff the winter season has also come to an end, so it was an emotional night for all of us. Anticipation filled the air with the reveal of the race night and there were some very happy faces among the groups. We also gave out plenty of star camper awards and special prizes for the most improved and entertaining. To finish the week on a high we all gathered in the cinema room to watch their amazing music videos which they had made during the week as well as a slide show of some very funny pictures, a memorable moment.

We hope you have enjoyed your week as much as the we have, and hope to see you again soon!

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6th April – Excursion Day, Skiing, Snowboarding, Clubs Night

This morning we woke up to rain in Verbier, however on a brighter note, it should mean plenty of snow up the mountain which is great news and extremely needed. For those that were skiing today were ready on time and prepared to face the challenge of skiing in the snow for the first time. The conditions were very different today which made skiing quite difficult, especially for some of our beginners, but they tried very hard and it has definitely paid off, as they are all chuffed with their achievements.

For two of our groups, they had a break from hitting the mountain today and are instead venturing out of Verbier to visit a bit of Swiss culture. Our school from the UAE were straight out the doors on to the bus and set off for Geneva, where they visited the United Nations as well as a spot of shopping in the City. It was a great chance for the older ones to learn about how Switzerland is a key country in helping to maintain peace and security around the world, and after had a well deserved break and lunch. Following this they then ended their trip at the magnificent chocolate factory and got the chance to sample some of Switzerland’s finest chocolates. YUM! Our individual campers also ditched their ski gear for the day and also had the opportunity to visit the famous cheese and chocolate factories here in Switzerland. They all had a great day and came back smiling with lot’s of goodies for friends and family back home.

After dinner this evening it was time for Clubs night which all our students had signed up for in the afternoon. We had a big group taking part in our cooking club, which is always popular here at Les Elfes, and the cookies smelt delicious. We can’t wait to sample them tomorrow. Others took part in a photography stop motion class as well as a design and build challenge and a Drama club.

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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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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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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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March 6th – First Day on the Mountain plus Sledging, Swimming, Town and Ice Skating.

We have kicked off the week with a great start and there is so much energy buzzing around camp. After a good, hearty breakfast the students got kitted and booted for their first day on the slopes. For a lot of the students it’s their first time skiing so to start with it was a bit daunting but they have put 100% effort in and loved every minute of it. The instructors are super impressed with all their hard work and they can tell it is already paying off. For those that have had some Ski/Snowboard experience, they headed further up the mountain for a quick ski off to test everyone’s ability. All in all it has been a great first morning so let’s hope they keep it up!

Back at Les Elfes, after some warm hot chocolate and yummy snacks, the fun and games continued. A lot of the children opted for some extreme excitement and headed back out in the snow for some sledging. For those that weren’t tired enough from skiing, also chose to go swimming or visit Verbier village.

Tonight’s activity continued to thrill as we all ventured over to the local sports centre for ice skating and ice hockey. After watching the last 15 minutes of a local but very competitive ice hockey match, it was then our turn to give it ago. We have all had great fun and returned back to camp wit huge smiles on our faces.

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3rd March – Race Day, Skiing, Snowboarding, Disco!!

This morning we woke up to piles of soft, powdery snow and even more snow falling. After a good breakfast, all the children got mentally prepared for race day! With all the energy they needed everyone headed out to get competitive for the big race, with those all important medals up for grabs. The conditions haven’t been great today but it’s good to see that everyone put in all their effort to keep trying and learning new skills.

Back at camp, a lot of people decided to stay and relax at les elfes, and opted for some chilled out card games as well as billiards, table tennis and table football. For those who still had energy remaining, headed for the swimming pool and town.

Tonight we had a Swiss treat as for dinner it was time for cheese fondue! A lot of our students had never had the pleasure of trying this before so it was a great new experience for them, and most people loved it! After piling in the cheese and bread, we partied into the evening with our exciting Les Elfes Disco. People busted their moves and we even had a few dance offs which were very entertaining.

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February 29th – Skiing, Snowboarding, Town, Swimming & Music Video!

We definitely made the most of our extra day of the year today, and it was smiles all round at Les Elfes International.

The conditions weren’t the best today which made skiing a little tricky for our beginners but they pulled through and had lot’s of fun on the slope. With determination and hard work they are learning the skills quickly which is great news and everyone is beginning to master their snowplow nicely. On the mountain today, our level 3 and 4 skiers and snowboarders had fun trying out the ski cross and added a bit of competition to their day.

Back at camp, after some tasty hot chocolate and snacks, a lot of campers continued to brave the cold and snow and headed into the pretty town of Verbier, to visit the local shops and supermarkets, treating themselves to some well deserved goodies. Others chose to have a splash around in the pool and relax in the Jacuzzi or simply chilled out at les elfes and played games.

This evening after diner, we rocked it out to FloRida in our music video. All the groups had great fun creating their own dances and excitement filled the air. We can’t wait to watch the final video at the end of the week!

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15th February – Skiing, Snowboarding, Music Video

This morning everyone on camp was up bright and early and eager to get out on the slopes to show their Instructors what they are made of. Today there has been massive improvements and a lot of impressed instructors. Some groups who were on the beginners slope yesterday have already moved up to the main mountain which is amazing and shows true dedication and determination from all the children. With weather conditions also improving there has definitely been plenty of fun and laughter, with plenty of students eager to tell us their stories of their adventure today.

After refueling with a nice cup of hot chocolate and some bread and jam, the children were back in action with their afternoon activities. Not many of them want to rest so there were lots going on, including trips to Verbier Village, splashing around in the swimming pool and yet again some chose to have a crazy time sledging and snowman building.

This evening, after  yet another lovely meal enjoyed by all, everyone took part in a music video activity where all the children got the chance to dress up and choreograph their own routine to part of a song. They all had great fun and there was some super dancing from all groups, we can’t wait to see the final product.

 

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9TH FEBRUARY – SKIING, SNOWBOARDING, SLEDGING, CLUBS NIGHT & MUSIC QUIZ

Today was a great day on the mountain, the weather conditions were amazing for skiing and snowboarding and our campers enjoyed their time on the slopes. Our campers are doing a big progress every day and we have only good feedback from our instructors!

Once back from skiing and snowboarding, all the groups had hot chocolate and snacks at Les Elfes and they had to sign up for the afternoon and evening activities. Many students decided to have a relaxing evening and stayed at the campus, due to the weather conditions suddenly changing, in contrast of the morning, we had a snowy afternoon. Other students decided to take advantage of the fresh snow and went sledging and some girls make snowmen behind Les Elfes building.

After dinner, three schools had Clubs Night. We gave the chance to the students to choose one of the different activities we had for the Clubs Night. Many kids enjoy the evening dancing, other signed up for pancakes club, some of the campers wanted to go for a walk at night holding the torches and having fun on the fresh snow and some others built airplanes with cardboard and made them flight from the balconies.
The other schools and individuals enjoyed their evening doing the Music Quiz and having fun with their monitors.