All of our campers this morning woke up at 9am after a much-needed lie in. For some it was then time to bid Farewell to the camp and to their friends until next year. For those who were not leaving it was a chance to visit a bit more of Switzerland and rest their tired legs after a busy week of skiing and Snowboarding. The had a relaxed morning and mooched about the village before an early lunch at Les Elfes. In the afternoon they experienced Swiss rail in all of it fabulousness and travelled to the local town of Martigny for some bowling, arcades and a bit of shopping.
Meanwhile at camp our new students were starting to arrive with welcome speeches, ski and clothes fitting, tours of the campus and tours of the village throughout the day to welcome all of our groups. In the evening the students had a chance to mingle, play some card games together, get an early night (for those who have travelled a long way), some watched a movie in the cinema and some of our individuals even had a spa night with face masks and pampering. The atmosphere on camp this evening was lovely, what a nice way to start the week.
What a busy day with many students choosing lots and lots of different activities. It started with some stunning weather, beautiful snow and a ski race within the ski groups to see who will be the reigning champion of the week. After the ski race all of our groups enjoyed a BBQ at the snow park on the mountain where they could relax, enjoy some delicious food and also Watch some of the pros showing their skills on the kickers and rails.
In the afternoon the groups split for an afternoon of exploring the mountain and enjoying the lovely sunshine. After skiing & Snowboarding some students visited the village for sushi, some went Ice Skating, we had sledgers and spaghetti tower builders, snow tunnel architects and some campers who decided to unwind and Watch the Parent Trap in our cinema room. After a much-enjoyed dinner together the students headed out to the buses for the D.I.S.C.O. a chance to let off some steam and even make unlikely new friends between our younger school campers and our elder individuals. What a crazy day… it is most definitely time for some sleep!
Today has been a crazy, crazy day at camp. We had the departure of a school of 100 campers, follwed swiftly by the arrival of another school while our 65 individuals remain at camp, most of whom will depart tomorrow. Fortunately the horrid wind is gone and we now have the chance to enjoy all of this fabulous new snow and the sun even came out to give us the most stunning views of the mountains, all dramatic after the new snowfall and beautifully lit by striking clouds and sun beams.
Our individual students had their race day this morning and, as a special treat, they all took their phones skiing and took photos with their friends and instructors. In the evening we had to quickly pack suitcases, collect pocket money from reception and hand in keys so that the students could dash to the village for some final souvenir shopping and sushi snack. After a nice dinner together it was finally time to say goodbye to the campers and for them to see their instructors for the final time.
It was an emotional prize-giving ceremony with plenty of tears and touching speeches. After the prize giving we had a nice slideshow of all of the photos of the week to reflect on the campers’ time with us.
They have been a fantastic group and it will be a shame to see them leave. I hope to see them again next year!
It has been a wintry snowy day in verbier with lots of new snowfall high on 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 students had time for a quick snack and shower before heading straight into their language classes to learn a little more about their European surroundings. Dinner this evening was chicken breasts on a bed of sautéed vegetables and spatzli, a Swiss speciality similar to gnocchi.
After dinner the students mixed up and worked in teams to create an amazing 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 have a much-needed Lie In to recuperate after their long journeys to camp and busy days of skiing and snowboarding.
Today a group from Signapore arrived, a bunch of kids that we could not wait to meet. After a long trip from Singapore they finally arrived with big smiles on their faces, and were very keen to explore the Les Elfes campus and get to there rooms.
After a nice welcome meeting the students were assigned their ski Equipment and ski clothing for the week and found out who their instructor would be. They had a chance to explore the campus, drink some hot chocolate and settle in at camp.
At the end of some afternoon snacks they were ready to walk, learn and discover lots of different things about Verbier village and swiss culture. After a swift walk around town we then headed back to campus to unpack, shower and chill out before eating dinner.
Because of a long flight a lot of kids went to bed early. They were extremely tired, but some of them managed to stay awake to play various different games.
It has been another busy day at camp and today we received the big snowfall we were expecting. This meant that, for the students, the conditions were challenging. They had a mix of conditions under-foot from pisted slopes to fresh powder throughout the day and the visibility was changing constantly. It was a good test for our ski team from Switzerland and a new experience for our now-professional group from Spain. Our school from Spain also had their ski race today in which they all had a chance to test their skills.
In the afternoon both of our groups were very busy packing for their departures tomorrow before a fun afternoon of activities together. Some baked cookies for their ski groups to have as a snack on the mountain the following day, others had a dance party in the cinema and mixed with student from the other school, some serviced their skis and also learnt how to care for their skis properly and we had an inter-schools games room competition of fussball, table tennis and pool.
For the evening we had a lovely chance for our Spanish school to say goodbye to their instructors and to reflect on the week with their Prize Giving, followed by a slideshow of photos for the week and a showing of their music video which they made at the start of their trip. Our Swiss school had someFreeTime to pack and enjoy the games available at camp before a group meeting focussing on their skiing and an early night ready to prepare for their lessons tomorrow.
So… contrary to the forecast weather our students today had glorious sunshine for the whole day. This was especially exciting for our group who were heading, for the first time to the black slope and for another venturing onto the M25… a piste, not actually a motorway. The groups this week have really benefited from their excellent snow conditions and good visibility, making the most of their week to progress quickly and we are anticipating some surprises in the ski race the week!
After skiing our groups were especially tired today and had a choice of relaxing activities on camp. Some chose to watch a Christmas movie together in the cinema room, others enjoyed a games competition and some even made some pretty bracelets.
The groups enjoyed plenty of mexican-style food this evening with chicken/ quorn fajitas, salad, salsa and nachos before their evening activities. Our Swiss school spent some of their evening focussing on the ski progression before an early night while our school from Spain had a just-dance-disco and fun games in the games room.
Tomorrow… it is time for the new snow!
What a busy day we have had at camp today! Our campers were up early, full of energy for their fun-packed day on the mountain. Even our beginners are now skiing happily all over the mountain and rumour has it some of our groups are even progressing to the black slopes tomorrow! It was a sunny day, with spectacular panoramic views across the valley and each of our groups took the time today to enjoy their surroundings. They will need to brace themselves as tomorrow the snow arrives again which means beautiful conditions under-foot but a new challenge for some of our skiers.
In the afternoon our existing school settled in for their hot chocolate before a snowman building competition and even snowball fight before dinner. Meanwhile, in Les Elfes 2 building we had a new arrival of skiers from a nearby Swiss school with plenty of familiar faces in the group. They settled into their rooms and had a brief welcome speech before dinner.
After dinner one of our groups serviced their skis and had a group meeting to prepare and begin focussing on their ski training tomorrow while the other group played a very energetic game of The Cube, filled with mini games to test their coordination, agility, reaction time and sometimes even their sense of humour.