French in Verbier

Junior dream camp | Winter camps

Verbier

is a village located in south-western Switzerland in the canton of Valais. It is a holiday resort and ski area in the Swiss Alps and is recognized as one of the premiere "off-piste" resorts in the world. It deserves its reputation as one of Europe’s finest mountain resorts.

Verbier is in the French part of Switzerland, 1 hour and 45 minutes from Geneva, 2 hours and 45 minutes from Zürich and 30 minutes from the Italian and French borders. In the summertime there are 400 km of hiking trails and hikers can follow the tracks of the chamois and ibex through the mountains, some of them covered with snow all year round.

There are 200 km of mountain bike piste. Other activities include climbing, paragliding, swimming, golf, badminton, Ice karting, trips aboard the mountain railways in the area, and an annual music festival.

Our programs

Winter camp: Ski or Snowboard lessons with French or English language course in Verbier, Switzerland for girls and boys from 8 to 18 years old from all over the world!

Program Snow sports

  • Standard (8 h/week) English language course
  • Accommodation with full board.
  • Activities & excursions.
  • Supervision.
  • Transfers from the airport of Geneva (GVA) or Martingy train station are provided (extra cost).

Winter sport activities with optional language lessons, accommodation with full board plus daily changing exciting after-ski and evening activities. For juniors 8-18 years old.

Our accomodation

The accommodation is provided in 2 comfortable challet separated for boys and girls. 

Chalets

Our two purpose built wood and stone chalets follow the Swiss Alpine tradition and offer charm and comfort to our guests. Both chalets are situated in green, peaceful surroundings and only five minutes from the center of Verbier. The girls and boys are separated in each of the two chalets, which are completely equipped for holiday camps: large rooms with 2 to 4 beds and en-suite bathrooms, 2 spacious, sunny dining room with an open-planned sitting room, Open fireplace leading onto a south facing terrace with a barbecue; a library,  games hall, cinema, music room (or discothèque);  all equipment for indoor and outdoor games and sports: football field, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, golf putting/driving range, trampoline, pétanque area and climbing walls. Conference rooms and internet room. Professionally equipped kitchens in both buildings.

Note:

  • Meals are prepared with fresh products and the wide-ranging international menus are well balanced and tailored to the youngsters’ needs, requirements and wishes.
  • Together the chefs and their teams prepare a variety of meals that also cater for the special needs of each individual (e.g. Vegetarian diet, European diet, Religious diet, etc).

Our activities

During winter we propose ski or snowboard lessons from very beginner to advanced level while during Spring Camp our campers have the opportunity to mix winter activities including glacier skiing with summer activities. Campers will return home with great experiences, fantastic memories and lifelong friendships!.

SKI LESSONS:

  • Ski Lessons with a qualified instructor for Beginner s , Intermediate  and Advanced Levels .  
  • 6h per day (3h in the morning, 3h in the afternoon).
  • Small groups.
  • We will ask you your child’s ski level at the registration but we will also start the camp with an ability test to evaluate the level of each camper. Our ski instructors will also meet on a daily basis to discuss the progression of their students. If appropriate, students can change the course level.

SKNOWBOARD LESSONS:

  • The fun about snowboarding differs for everyone. Kids generally love it because there is no rules or limits and there is always something new to try. Snowboarding also works about every muscle you can think of.
  • Snowboard Lessons with a qualified instructor.
  • 6h per day (3h in the morning, 3h in the afternoon).
  • Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced.
  • Small groups.
  • Like surfing down a frozen white wave, snowboarding is a great way to have fun and get exercise during those cold winter months.

Other activities:

Ice karting:

  • At Karting Extreme Verbier we can teach to the campers to race/drive around the extreme ice track.
  • Sledging, Torch walk, Ice-climbing, Figure skating, Ice hockey, Curling, Swimming, Squash, Computing with internet connection with assistance from our instructor.
  • Beside the sports and linguistic activities, other special events (theatre, dance, etc.) and cultural visits are organized by Les Elfes. Their originality and interesting nature contribute to the student’s memories of the camp.
     

TIPS FOR TRAVELERS

Arrival/departure: The school welcomes campers in the arrival hall of the Geneva Airport (GVA). We have our own office here. Our friendly and helpful staff will take care of the youngsters right away and then drive them with our private bus to the campus. Our campus can be easily reached within 1h50 after leaving the Geneva airport.

Packing list: In Switzerland, the Alps climate differs significantly from season to season, from very hot during summer to very cold and snowy during winter.
Other factors that should also be considered in your plans are altitudes and geographical locations. In the winter time, the climate in the northern part of the Alps can get very cold with temperatures going down to as low as -20 degrees Celsius or even lower.
Each student’s articles should be clearly labeled with his/her full name. A supply of extra labels is also recommended for any new purchases (sport equipments or other).

Recommended items:

The weather

  • in the winter is mountain style weather, with cold temperatures between 5°c and -10°C, with snowfalls.
  • Luggage + belongings: Each student’s articles should be clearly labelled with his/her full name. A supply of extra labels is also recommended for any new purchases (sport equipments or other).
  • ID card / Passport: Each student has to come to the camp with an ID card or passport.
  • Basic articles: 1 suitcase per student : 2 pairs of pyjamas, 6 shirts, 6 T-shirts, 6 changes of underwear, 6 handkerchiefs, 2 bath towels (swimming-pool), leotards, sufficient socks, trousers, pants, pullovers, ski clothes, warm boots, cap, scarf, gloves, a track suit, swimsuit, tennis-shoes, training etc.
  • Toiletries including a toilet-bag, laundry bag, sun cream, sun glasses, ski glasses (goggles), slippers, dressing gown, warm anorak.
  • NO JEANS UNDER SKI TROUSERS AT ANY TIME: USE LONG WARM THERMAL WEAR TOP AND BOTTOM.

Insurance: When you register for a camp, your child will have unlimited coverage for any kind of accident during the stay here in Switzerland. The insurance is valid between the date of arrival in and the date of departure from Switzerland. In PDF file you can see the general terms and conditions of our entrusted insurance provider. The cost is 120CHF per week.

Pocket money: Upon arrival, students may deposit their pocket money in the camp bank at the reception for safekeeping and withdraw money as needed. They can ask at the reception the amount depending on their needs each day. The reception will be open for the pocket money everyday at 5pm for the student use. Parents who wish to set a limit on their child´s daily allowance may do so by request. Spending money is generally used for the purchase of souveniers, extra snacks and drinks during activities or excursions and small purchases in the town shops including postcards, postage stamps, batteries, lollypops, etc. It is recommended that each student bring about 100 CHF of spending money for each week they will reside in camp. Before departure, any unspent money will be returned directly to the student.

Enrollment

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