Looking for a summer camp experience that goes beyond the ordinary? Look no further than Altitude Summer Camps. We’re not just another camp – we’re a community, a learning hub, and an adventure waiting to happen. Here are seven reasons why Altitude stands out among the rest: 1. Personalised Attention in Small Camp Sessions At Altitude, we believe in fostering meaningful connections. Our camp sessions host a maximum of 50 campers, ensuring that every child is known on an individual basis by each member of our dedicated staff. This ‘home away from home’ environment allows campers to learn new skills, embrace challenges, and explore new experiences while feeling safe, supported, and truly seen. 2. Safety in the Heart of the Swiss Alps Located just a scenic 2-hour drive from Geneva Airport lies our Swiss summer camp haven – Verbier. Nestled high in the Swiss Alps, this tranquil mountain town offers campers the freedom to explore and discover the outdoors in a safe and secure environment. Here, surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, campers can immerse themselves in a world of adventure. Altitude Summer Camps instructor walking with children in Verbier summer mountain scenery 3. Intimate Group Settings for Enhanced Learning Our commitment to quality extends to our small group sizes. Whether it’s language classes, mountain adventures, or afternoon programs, we maintain small, intimate group sizes. With a high staff-to-camper ratio of 1:8 across activities and 1:4 for our youngest campers in the Marmot camp, each camper receives the attention and guidance they need to thrive. 2 kids having art and crafts lesson with Altitude Summer Camp Instructor 4. Trained and Dedicated Staff Members Our team is the backbone of the Altitude experience. They are not just qualified and experienced but also passionate about nurturing young minds. Each staff member undergoes background checks, holds first aid qualifications, and brings a wealth of experience working with children and teenagers. Many of them are local residents of Verbier, ensuring a deep understanding of the region and its offerings. 5. Rooted in Strong Values At Altitude, our values guide everything we do. We’re committed to making our camps memorable, fulfilling, and, above all, an incredibly fun summer experience for every camper. From fostering a sense of community to encouraging personal growth, our values shine through in every aspect of camp life. 6. Tailored Programs for Diverse Experiences Our programs are designed to cater to varied interests and age groups. From language immersion classes to thrilling mountain adventures, we offer a diverse range of activities that challenge, educate, and inspire campers to discover their passions and potentials. Children in Verbier cooking class 7. A Commitment to Unforgettable Summers Altitude Summer Camps isn’t just a place; it’s an experience that campers carry with them long after the summer ends. We’re dedicated to creating memories that last a lifetime, providing a platform for campers to learn, grow, and forge friendships that transcend borders and boundaries. At Altitude Summer Camps, we’re more than a camp – we’re a gateway to endless possibilities, a community of learning, and a home away from home. Join us and discover the Altitude difference this summer! Summer is a season of sunshine, adventure, and personal growth, and at Altitude Summer Camps, we believe in making every moment count. The benefits of our summer camp in Verbier offer more than just thrilling activities and outdoor exploration; they provide a unique opportunity for children to develop essential life skills and experiences at summer camp that will stay with them long after the summer ends. From building confidence and social skills to gaining independence and new skills we explore the educational and personal development aspects of attending Altitude Summer Camps.

Building Confidence Through Adventure

One of the most transformative aspects of summer camp is the boost in self-confidence it offers young campers. Engaging in a range of challenging activities like hiking, rock climbing, or team-building exercises fosters a sense of accomplishment. When campers overcome obstacles and achieve their goals, they gain confidence in their abilities, empowering them to face challenges with courage and determination. Life skills and experiences at summer camp - Altitude Verbier - Team Building

Embracing Independence

Summer camp is often a child’s first experience away from home, and it encourages them to become more independent. Campers learn to make decisions, manage their time, and adapt to new environments, all of which are valuable life skills that will serve them well in the future. At Altitude Summer Camps, we provide a safe and nurturing environment where children can gradually build their independence, under the guidance of experienced counsellors.

Making Friends and Building Social Skills

Camp offers a unique social environment where children from diverse backgrounds come together. They learn to collaborate, communicate, and make friends outside their usual social circles. These friendships are often some of the most enduring and cherished of a camper’s life. The friendships formed at Altitude Summer Camps are a testament to the power of shared experiences and a supportive, inclusive community. Life skills and experiences at summer camp - Altitude Verbier - making friends

Exploring New Interests and Gaining New Skills

Summer camp is an ideal time for children to explore new interests and develop new skills. Whether it’s discovering a passion for nature, honing their artistic talents, or improving their teamwork and leadership abilities, Altitude Summer Camps offer a diverse range of programs to cater to these desires. Campers return home with new skills, hobbies, and a broader perspective on their own capabilities. Life skills and experiences at summer camp - Altitude Verbier - new experiences and skills

Creating Lasting Memories

The experiences and memories created at summer camp stay with children for a lifetime. Whether it’s the thrill of conquering a climbing wall, the joy of a campfire sing-along, or the sense of belonging to a close-knit camp community, these memories become a cherished part of a child’s personal history. At Altitude Summer Camps, we’re committed to providing a safe and enriching environment for your child to discover their potential, make lifelong friends, and build skills that will serve them well in life. Our campers leave with more than just memories; they leave with newfound confidence, independence, and a network of friends who will support them on their journey. Join us this summer and give your child the gift of personal and educational growth at Altitude Summer Camps. As the leaves turn vibrant shades of orange and the crisp autumn air settles in Verbier, we find ourselves reminiscing about the incredible summer we had at our Verbier Summer Camp. Today, we want to take a moment to share the heartfelt testimonials and success stories from our amazing campers and their families.

The Sweid family

“Thanks for the photos. My 3 kids, Omar, Talya and Laith Sweid had the absolute best time at Altitude Camp. The staff were brilliant at making them feel settled and cared for. They also had a blast during all the activities and playing with their camp mates. Please thank the staff for us personally as they really superseded all our expectations! The kids have been telling everyone about their experience and want to return next summer. Thanks for everything!” The Sweid family couldn’t have summed up their experience at Altitude Camp any better. Omar, Talya, and Laith had an absolute blast during their time with us. They embarked on a journey filled with adventure, fun, and new friendships. The Sweid kids are already planning their return for next summer, and we can’t wait to have them back!

The Civiera Family

“Both Lorenzo and Bella loved the range of activities. Loved their “teachers” and have missed everyone since leaving Friday. Both say it was the highlight of the month we spent in Verbier. Both want to do residential next year. Thanks again to all the crew.” For Lorenzo and Bella, they both fell in love with the wide range of activities, made unforgettable memories with our incredible “teachers,” and formed deep bonds with their fellow campers. Their enthusiasm is contagious, and we’re thrilled to hear that both Lorenzo and Bella are already looking forward to a residential experience next year.

Jana & Alex’s Mum

“The camp is great we are impressed – looking forward to come again!” We were delighted to receive a lovely message from Jana and Alex Hefer’s Mum, and we look forward to greeting them again next year!

Daniil’s Mum

“Daniil did not want to fly to Moscow, he asked to stay. Thanks a lot ! we will be back 🥰” We’re thrilled that Daniil enjoyed his time with us. We can’t wait to see him again next year to create more wonderful memories. Verbier summer camp kids outside in Swiss mountains

Emma’s Parents

“Emma had a wonderful time at camp these 2 weeks. Thank you to all the Altitude team for a wonderful program and taking care of the children 😍 Super experience 👍” It was a pleasure to have Emma join us for two weeks this summer and we’re overjoyed that she had such a good time at camp. To all our campers and their families, your testimonials and stories warm our hearts and inspire us to continue providing exceptional experiences at Altitude Camp. We’re truly grateful to have shared these unforgettable moments with each and every one of you. If you haven’t joined us yet and are keen to understand what the wonderful reviews are all about, you can head to our Residential Camps page for more information. With exciting adventures, amazing friendships, and a caring team, a summer with us in Verbier promises to be an unforgettable one. Thank you to all the families and campers for making Altitude Camp a part of your journey, we can’t wait to create more memories together! If you don’t want to miss out on next year’s action make sure you book in early to avoid disappointment. And if you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to get in contact, we’re always happy to help! Whilst we’re renowned for our thrilling summer adventures, there is something to be said about the magic that unfolds when summer transitions into autumn in the stunning region of Verbier. From the breathtaking change in scenery colours and a more tranquil pace of life to less crowded biking and hiking trails, here are some of our Verbier Autumn favourites.

Hike & Embrace the Changing Scenery

As the temperatures cool down and the leaves turn vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow, Verbier and its surrounding areas transform into a breathtaking autumn wonderland. Autumn is an ideal time to explore the hiking trails that crisscross the region. The crisp mountain air and the warm hues of autumn provide the perfect backdrop for the vast network of well-marked trails that cater to all levels of hikers. Two hikers on mountain in Verbier in Autumn

Mountain Biking

Verbier is famous for its mountain biking trails, and autumn is a fantastic time to hop on your bike and hit the dirt tracks. The cooler temperatures and thinner crowds make for a delightful biking experience. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a newcomer, there are trails for everyone, and the scenery is simply stunning. Mountain biker on ridge in with mountain in background, Verbier in Autumn

Autumn Culinary Delights

Switzerland is renowned for its delectable cuisine, and autumn brings a cornucopia of seasonal delights including the much-anticipated chasse season. As the leaves change colours, the Swiss eagerly await the start of this hunting season, which heralds a feast of game dishes like venison, wild boar, and vegetarian dishes with chanterelle mushrooms. These hearty and flavourful dishes are expertly prepared by local chefs and offer a taste of Swiss culinary tradition.

Enjoy the Alpine Wellness

As the weather cools, consider indulging in some well-deserved relaxation. Verbier offers a range of world-class spas and wellness centres where you can unwind and rejuvenate. Imagine soaking in a hot tub while surrounded by mountains painted with autumnal hues—idyllic. At Altitude Camps, we believe that every season in Verbier has its unique charm, and autumn is no exception. The crisp air, vibrant foliage, and a myriad of activities make this an ideal time to visit. So, whether you’re considering an autumn camp experience or planning a family getaway, Verbier and its surrounding areas await your exploration. To find out more about local experiences you can head to our activities and excursions page. Nestled at the top of the Val de Bagnes, the Mauvoisin Dam is one of our many day trips. The iconic structure promises a thrilling blend of adventure and natural beauty with a breathtakingly beautiful view: lake, waterfalls, mountains, and valleys as far as the eye can see.

What is Mauvoisin Dam?

The Mauvoisin Dam is a majestic concrete arch dam located in the Val de Bagnes, a picturesque valley in the southwestern part of Switzerland. Standing proudly at an impressive height of over 250 meters (820 feet), this engineering wonder was completed in the 1950s. Its primary purpose is to harness the untamed power of the Dranse de Bagnes River and regulate its flow to generate hydroelectricity. Mountains going into the turquoise blue waters of Mauvoisin Dam

What to Do at Mauvoisin Dam?

  1. Panoramic Hiking Trails: As you arrive at Mauvoisin Dam, you’ll be greeted by awe-inspiring vistas that will beckon you to explore. The area boasts a network of hiking trails suitable for all skill levels. Whether you’re an avid hiker or just starting, there’s a trail for you. Trek through wildflower-strewn meadows, conquer challenging mountain paths, and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the dam and the surrounding Swiss Alps.
  2. Adrenaline-Pumping Activities: Are you an adventure junkie seeking an adrenaline rush? You’re in for a treat! The Mauvoisin Dam offers an array of thrilling activities like rock climbing, via ferrata (a protected climbing route), and paragliding.
  3. Fishing Delight: For those who prefer a more relaxed pursuit, fishing at Lake Mauvoisin provides a serene escape. The lake is well-stocked with various fish species, including trout, making it a perfect spot for anglers to cast their lines and unwind.
  4. Educational Tours: Discover the fascinating world of hydroelectric power through guided tours of the dam’s interior. Learn about the engineering marvel that lies beneath the surface and gain insight into Switzerland’s renewable energy practices.
  5. Photography Paradise: If you’re passionate about photography, Mauvoisin Dam is a dream come true. Capture the ever-changing play of light and shadows on the mountains, the azure waters, and the imposing dam structure.
Group of Altitude Camp kids at Mauvoisin Dam The unique blend of Mauvoisin Dam’s adventure, scenic beauty, and educational opportunities makes it an ideal destination for an Altitude Summer Camps excursion. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or simply looking to immerse yourself in Switzerland’s breathtaking landscapes, Mauvoisin Dam has something to offer everyone. Happy exploring! If you’d like to check out the range of excursions and activities we offer on our Summer Camps head to our Activities and Excursions page.   Sources: verbier.ch : https://www.verbier.ch/summer/inside/destinations/must-see-places/
Verbier is renowned for its world-class skiing and winter wonderland. However, as the snow melts away and the flowers bloom, Verbier transforms into a summer haven, offering an array of thrilling events and activities for visitors to indulge in. In 2023, Verbier has prepared an extraordinary lineup of summer events that promise to captivate and delight both locals and tourists alike. Join us as we explore some of our family friendly experiences awaiting you in Verbier this summer.

Verbier Festival – 30th Edition : 14th – 30th July

Showcasing internationally acclaimed musicians, this event promises awe-inspiring performances set against the backdrop of the majestic Swiss Alps. With an eclectic program featuring orchestral concerts, chamber music, and recitals, it is a celebration of classical music attracting musicians and crowds from across the globe. Girl with violin in orchestra at Verbier Music Festival

Family Festival : 6th August

Located in La Chaux with the impressive backdrop of the Combins Massif, this traditional mid-summer festival offers a range of activities that will entertain both young and old alike. View of Verbier Family Festival with Combin Massif credit: www.verbier.ch

Verbier E-Bike Festival : 10th – 13th August

Taking place for the 5th time this summer, the Verbier E-Bike Festival returns to the Val de Bagnes. With various guided tours, exhilarating downhill races, and family-friendly activities, this festival caters to riders of all ages and skill levels. Verbier E Bike Festival - Street Stalls credit: Verbier E-Bike Festival

Bagnes Capitale de la Raclette : 23rd – 24th September

Rounding off the summer events is the famous ‘Bagnes Capitale de Raclette’. An unmissable event for cheese lovers. Over the weekend, visitors can discover the local produce, especially raclettes prepared with high-quality cheese from the surrounding alpine pastures. For the non-cheese lovers there’s the traditional cow-fighting and live music – fun to be had by all! Cheese wheels in warehouse credit: www.verbier.ch To find out more about what Verbier has to offer in summer, check out the full list of Verbier summer events here: https://www.verbier.ch/summer/inside/events/all-events/top-events/  Looking to enrol your children in the Altitude Verbier Language Summer Camp or to book private language lessons? In order to make the best choice regarding your children’s English ability level, we invite you to follow the CEFR’s levels guide. By following this guide, you will ensure that your children join a class best suited to their ability and are able to improve their skills in English. *Council of Europe, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Language Summer Camp Level Guide The following is an excerpt from their guide:

Language Ability Levels

Beginner – A0 – Has no knowledge of words or the language at all and has never taken any lessons. Elementary – A1 – Has a very basic repertoire of words and simple phrases related to personal details and particular concrete situations. Pre-Intermediate – A1/A2 – Has a small repertoire of words and uses basic sentence patterns with memorised phrases, groups of a few words and formulae to communicate limited information in simple everyday situations. Intermediate – A2/B1 – Uses basic sentence patterns with memorised phrases, groups of a few words and formulae to communicate limited information in simple everyday situations. Has enough language to get by, with sufficient vocabulary to express him/herself with some hesitation and circum-locutions on topics such as family, hobbies and interests, work, travel, and current events. Upper Intermediate – B1/B2 – Has enough language to get by, with sufficient vocabulary to express him/herself with some hesitation and circum-locutions on topics such as family, hobbies and interests, work, travel, and current events. Has a sufficient range of language to be able to give clear descriptions, express viewpoints on most general topics, without much con¬spicuous searching for words, using some complex sentence forms to do so. Advanced – B2/C1 – Has a sufficient range of language to be able to give clear descriptions, express viewpoints on most general topics, without much con¬spicuous searching for words, using some complex sentence forms to do so. Has a good command of a broad range of language allowing him/her to select a formulation to express him/ herself clearly in an appropriate style on a wide range of general, academic, professional or leisure topics without having to restrict what he/she wants to say. Find out more about our Summer Residential and Day Camps. For outdoor enthusiasts seeking a thrilling and unique mountain experience, Via Ferrata is an activity that should be at the top of your bucket list. Combining elements of hiking, climbing, and mountaineering, Via Ferrata (Italian for “iron way”) allows you to traverse breathtaking landscapes using a system of steel cables, ladders, and footholds.

What you need:

Before we explore the local routes, let’s ensure you have the necessary gear. While Via Ferrata differs slightly from climbing, safety remains paramount. Equip yourself with a sturdy climbing harness and a helmet to protect yourself. Additionally, you’ll require a specialized Via Ferrata set, comprising two elasticized lanyards with energy absorbers, carabiners, and a braking mechanism. This set enables you to securely attach to the steel cables. Apart from the essential safety equipment, a few comfort items are worth considering. Invest in a pair of gloves with a reliable grip to shield your hands, and opt for comfortable closed-toe shoes with a grippy sole, providing stability and support on the rugged terrain. Verbier and its surrounding areas offer a diverse range of Via Ferrata routes suitable for all skill levels. From beginner-friendly routes to more challenging heights, there’s something for everyone, whether you seek an adrenaline-pumping adventure or a family-friendly day out.

Les Gentianes – Mont Fort (Verbier):

This Via Ferrata offers two routes – the first ‘Edelweiss’ route is designed with fixed ladders and security cables. Avoiding excessive exposure, this route is an excellent choice for children aged 8 and above (accompanied by a professional) or anyone seeking a relaxed climb without feeling overwhelmed. The second Androsace route is more challenging and takes you on an adventure along exposed ridges, steep cliffs, and a suspension bridge. Expect breathtaking views of the Mont Blanc massif, Combins, and the Grand Combin at this fantastic Via Ferrata.

La Via Farinetta:

This route takes you deep into the heart of a gorge, revealing its untamed beauty and the origins of the thermal water that feeds the Saillon Thermal Baths. The three sections of this Vi Ferrata increase in difficulty at each stage. It begins with an easy and family-friendly section, providing a suitable introduction for climbers of all ages. As you continue, the route transitions to a more exposed and physically demanding section, before concluding with a final section that requires advanced skills.

Via Ferrata Saxifrage – Mauvoisin:

Located near the impressive Mauvoisin Dam, this route promises a thrilling and unforgettable experience. As you ascend, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the turquoise waters of the Mauvoisin Reservoir and the surrounding mountain peaks. The Mauvoisin Via Ferrata offers a mix of vertical walls, exposed ridges, and challenging sections, making it suitable for intermediate and experienced climbers. Via Ferrata in Verbier and the surrounding area provides an exhilarating way to explore the majestic Swiss Alps. Whether you’re a complete beginner or seeking an adrenaline rush, these routes offer a range of difficulty levels and breathtaking vistas. Remember to prioritise safety, follow the instructions, and enjoy the unique blend of adventure and spectacle. Nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Verbier and its surrounding region offer a breathtaking range of family friendly hikes and adventurers of all ages. Renowned for its world-class skiing and snowboarding, this picturesque destination also boasts an array of family-friendly hiking trails that introduce children to the wonders of the great outdoors. From high-mountain views to enchanting forests and streams, the region offers a wide range of hiking options that are both fun and accessible for the little ones. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the best child-friendly hikes in Verbier and its surroundings, ensuring that your family enjoys an unforgettable outdoor experience.

Bisses du Levron

Embark on an adventure along the Bisse du Levron, a historic irrigation channel that meanders through the serene countryside near Verbier. This family-friendly hike offers a perfect combination of natural beauty and cultural heritage. The trail follows the gently sloping contour of the mountainside, providing easy walking for children of all ages. As you stroll along the tranquil path, you’ll be surrounded by meadows, wildflowers, and breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys. Click here for the route and more information: https://www.verbier.ch/summer/offers/bisse-du-levron-verbier-en-summer-2794021/

Bisse des Ravines

On the other side of the Val de Bagnes, located in the charming village of Bruson, lies the scenic Bisse des Ravines. As you wander along the Bisse, you’ll encounter wooden bridges, peaceful picnic spots, and benches placed to enjoy the serene surroundings and view of Verbier from across the valley. The trail offers ample opportunities for children to observe local wildlife, and as you walk, you’ll encounter informative panels detailing the history and purpose of the Bisse, providing insights into the traditional agricultural practices that sustained the local communities. More information: https://www.verbier.ch/summer/inside/destinations/must-see-places/bisse-des-ravines/

Treasure Hunt Trail

Perfect for even the littlest of legs, this 1.5km trail follows a treasure hunt meandering through Verbier Village. With 11 stations, children follow the trail of Célestin the Ibex and discover the history of Verbier and Val de Bagnes. A short and easy walk makes this trail suitable for all ages. More information: https://www.verbier.ch/summer/offers/on-the-trail-of-celestin-the-ibex-family-course-verbier-en-summer-3727381/

Lac de Vaux

The trail to Lac de Vaux is well-marked and suitable for families with slightly older children. While the hike involves a moderate climb, it offers a perfect balance of challenge and enjoyment. As you climb up to 2,543m and approach the crystal-clear waters of Lac de Vaux, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning sight that reflects the surrounding mountain peaks. You can start from either Ruinettes or Savoleyres. Check the link for more info: https://verbier4vallees.ch/en/experiences-in-verbier/hiking/lac-des-vaux Lac de Vaux Verbier

These child-friendly hikes offer a range of experiences, from easy walks through alpine meadows to slightly more challenging trails leading to stunning lakes. Whether your little explorers are thrilled by spotting wildlife, enchanted by running rivers, or fascinated by the stories of the past, Verbier and its surrounding area have it all. So, pack your backpacks, lace up your hiking boots, and embark on an unforgettable journey that will create lasting memories for the whole family.

Not sure what you need when you’re hiking with children? Make sure you check out our blog ‘Hiking with young children‘ for a complete guide.