At Altitude Summer Camps, we believe that the camp experience goes far beyond just fun and games – it’s an opportunity for campers to develop valuable camp and outdoor skills as well as life lessons that will stay with them long after summer ends. From mastering outdoor survival techniques to fostering teamwork and resilience, here’s a glimpse into what campers learn during their time with us.

Outdoor Survival Skills

One of the highlights of Altitude Summer Camps is our focus on outdoor adventure and exploration. In the surrounding nature of the Swiss Alps, campers learn essential survival skills such as building shelters, starting fires, and navigating the wilderness. These hands-on experiences not only teach campers how to thrive in nature but also instil a sense of confidence that carries over into everyday life. Camp and outdoor Skills - Shelters - Altitude Camps

Teamwork and Collaboration

In the camp environment, teamwork is key to success. Through a variety of group activities and challenges, campers learn to communicate effectively, problem-solve together, and support one another. Whether they’re working together to complete a high ropes course, arts and crafts build or in teams sports, campers develop valuable teamwork skills that are essential for success in school, work, and beyond. Team Work Kids

Resilience and Adaptability

Life at camp is full of surprises, from unexpected weather changes to new and unfamiliar experiences. Campers learn to adapt to changing circumstances, overcome obstacles, and bounce back from setbacks. Whether they’re braving a challenging hike or facing their fears on the climbing wall, campers develop resilience and grit that serve them well in all areas of life. Kid climbing Altitude Summer Camps

Independence and Self-Discovery

Perhaps most importantly, camp is a place for campers to discover who they are and what they’re capable of. Away from the familiar comforts of home, campers learn to navigate new challenges, make their own decisions, and forge their own path. Camp provides a safe and supportive environment for campers to explore their interests, develop their passions, and discover their true potential.

Join Us at Altitude Summer Camps

At Altitude Summer Camps, we’re committed to providing campers with an experience that is not only fun and exciting but also transformative and enriching. From mastering camp and outdoor skills to fostering personal growth and development, campers leave Altitude Summer Camps with memories, friendships, and skills that last a lifetime. Join us this summer for an unforgettable summer adventure! Nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps, surrounded by majestic peaks and pristine alpine landscapes, Verbier stands as a beacon of adventure and natural beauty. At Altitude Camps, we believe that there’s no better place to host our summer camps than this charming mountain town. Join us as we delve into the reasons why Verbier is the best summer camp location. 1. Alpine Wonderland Verbier’s stunning alpine setting provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures. From lush green meadows to snow-capped peaks, campers are immersed in the beauty of nature, fostering a deep appreciation for the great outdoors. 2. Alpine Adventures & Activities Verbier’s stunning alpine setting provides the perfect backdrop for a wide range of activities, from hiking and mountain biking to horseback riding and paragliding. Campers have endless opportunities to explore the mountains and engage in thrilling adventures, ensuring that no two days at Altitude Camps are ever the same.
Verbier - best summer camp location

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3. World-Class Facilities Altitude Camps are proud to offer state-of-the-art facilities and amenities to ensure campers have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. From modern accommodations to top-notch dining options, everything is designed to enhance the camp experience. 4. Safe and Secure Safety is our top priority at Altitude Camps. Verbier’s reputation as a safe and family-friendly destination provides parents with peace of mind, knowing that their children are in a secure environment surrounded by trained staff and experienced guides.
Family walking in Verbier

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5. Vibrant Summer Events Verbier comes alive in the summer with a calendar full of exciting events and festivals. From music concerts to food fairs, there’s always something happening in town. Campers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture and experience the vibrant atmosphere of Verbier’s summer scene. Whether it’s dancing to live music at an outdoor concert, exploring the e-bike festival or sampling delicious Swiss delicacies at a food festival, there’s never a dull moment in Verbier during the summer months. These events provide campers with unique opportunities to interact with locals, make new friends, and create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. 6. Lifelong Memories Above all, Verbier offers an unparalleled sense of adventure and camaraderie that leaves a lasting impression on campers. The friendships forged, the challenges overcome, and the memories made in Verbier become cherished treasures that campers carry with them long after the summer ends. Join Us This Summer in Verbier! At Altitude Camps, we invite you to join us in Verbier for an unforgettable summer camp experience. Whether you’re seeking adventure, cultural immersion, or simply a chance to connect with nature, Verbier has it all. Join us and discover the magic of this alpine paradise – it’s an adventure you’ll never forget. In the heart of the Swiss Alps, where the air is crisp and the peaks soar high, lies a world of frozen wonder – Glacier du Trient. At Altitude Camps, we’re thrilled to offer campers the opportunity to embark on an unforgettable adventure to explore this majestic glacier.

A Frozen Spectale

Glacier du Trient stands as a timeless monument to the forces of nature. Stretching across the landscape, its icy expanse captivates the imagination with its shimmering surface and jagged peaks. This vast river of ice, millennia in the making, holds within it the story of our planet’s ever-changing climate. Despite its seemingly immovable appearance, the glacier is in a constant state of flux. Each year, the glacier advances and retreats, carving out new valleys and shaping the landscape. Campers witness firsthand the power of glacial movement as they explore its icy surface and witness the ever-changing contours of the ice.
Glacier du Trient in Summer

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A Journey of Discovery

As campers marvel at the grandeur of the glacier, they are reminded of the fragility of our planet’s ecosystems. Climate change poses a significant threat to glaciers worldwide, with rising temperatures leading to accelerated melting. It serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for action to combat climate change and protect our natural heritage. Exploring Glacier du Trient with Altitude Camps is more than just an adventure – it’s a journey of discovery. Campers gain a newfound appreciation for the wonders of the natural world and the importance of preserving it for future generations.
Glacier du Trient

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Join Us on the Glacial Expedition

At Altitude Camps, we invite campers to join us on an unforgettable journey to the glacier. Together, we’ll uncover the secrets of this ancient ice giant, marvel at its beauty, and gain a deeper understanding of our planet’s past, present, and future. Join us as we explore nature’s frozen masterpiece and embark on an adventure that will leave a lasting impression.

Thrilling Climbing Adventures in and around Verbier

If your child is lover of heights, breathtaking vistas, and heart-pumping adventure, climbing is for them! Nestled in the Swiss Alps, Verbier isn’t just a picturesque haven; it’s a paradise for climbers of all skill levels. At Altitude Camps, we’re thrilled to offer campers the chance to embark on thrilling climbing adventures that promise unforgettable experiences and jaw-dropping views.

Rock Climbing: Conquer the Vertical World

For climbing enthusiasts, Verbier and it’s surrounding area boasts an array of stunning natural rock formations that beckon climbers to scale their heights. There’s the local spot La Barme and if you’re willing to travel a bit further, a plethora of hot climbing spots located down in the valley. Campers at Altitude Summer Camps get the opportunity to challenge themselves on these rocks under the guidance of experienced instructors. From beginners to seasoned climbers, our programs cater to various skill levels, ensuring that every camper can push their limits in a safe and supportive environment.

Indoor Climbing: Learn and Train

Altitude Summer Camps also provide indoor climbing sessions for campers to learn and fine-tune their skills in a controlled environment. Our local indoor climbing wall offer a fantastic opportunity for beginners to get a feel for climbing and for experienced climbers to practice their techniques. It’s not just about physical strength; it’s about strategy, focus, and problem-solving – skills that extend far beyond the climbing wall.

Child climbing indoor wall Verbier

Via Ferrata: Adventure on Iron ‘Paths’

For those seeking a similar-to-climbing experience, Verbier and the local area’s via ferrata routes offer an adrenaline-packed adventure. Equipped with safety gear and guided by skilled professionals, campers navigate these iron paths, clinging to the mountainsides while relishing the awe-inspiring panoramas. It’s a perfect blend of excitement, challenge, and breathtaking beauty.

Learning Life Skills

Climbing in and around Verbier isn’t just about reaching summits; it’s about conquering fears, building confidence, and forging lasting friendships. Campers at Altitude Summer Camps not only engage in thrilling adventures but also learn teamwork, resilience, and determination – qualities that extend far beyond the climbing rocks.

Join Us on the Climb!

Climbing is just one of the many activities and experiences we offer at Altitude Summer Camps. Join us this summer for an unforgettable journey of scaling heights, making memories, and discovering the wonders of the mountains in the breathtaking landscapes of Verbier.

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! 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 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:

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: To find out more about what Verbier has to offer in summer, check out the full list of Verbier summer events here:  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:

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:

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:

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: 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.

At Altitude, we take food seriously! Our campers need to be fuelled throughout the day to enjoy all their activities, so we make sure our summer camp menu is healthy, nutritious, fresh and best of all tasty, every day.

Three meals a day are prepared by our on-site chefs, who make sure they adhere to all dietary requirements of any campers for the week. There is always a meat and vegetarian option as well.

To give you an idea of the food you will get at camp, we have included an example summer camp menu below. Remember this changes from week to week, so that campers are always trying new foods that they love!

Breakfast Bar:

Our residential campers have breakfast each day at 08.00 before activities begin at 09.00. We have a ‘breakfast bar’ where children can choose from the following:

Fresh fruit platter


Toast / bread

Nutella, jams, butter

Selection of cereals


Cheese & Meat platter


Fruit Juice, Milk, Tea


Lunch Buffet

All day campers, including those on our half-day Marmot camp, enjoy a buffet style lunch each day from 12h00. This includes a build-your-own salad bar, breads, cheese and meats each day, as well as a hot option which changes each day. Wednesdays and Saturdays are excursion days so sandwiches, crisps and fruit are taken for a lunchtime picnic.


Salad Bar (served every day)

Mixed Leaves , Tomato, Cucumber, Sweetcorn, Red Onion, Carrot, Beetroot, Cheese

Mixed salad of the day

Salad Dressing

Meat Platter



Lunch hot options:


Jacket Potatoes

with Home Made Baked Beans, Cheese, Tuna Mayo, & Black Bean Chili



Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry

Vegetable Stir Fry



Packed Lunch:

Camper’s Choice of Sandwich (Ham, Cheese, Ham & Cheese, Tuna, Egg Mayo)


Piece of Fruit



Bacon Macaroni Cheese or Plain Macaroni Cheese

Peas & carrots



Beef Lasagna / Aubergine Parmigiana

Garlic Bread



 Packed Lunch:

Camper’s Choice of Sandwich (Ham, Cheese, ham & cheese, tuna, egg mayo)


Piece of Fruit


Chalet Dinners


Dinner is served in each chalet at 18.30 and consists of a main course and dessert each day, which campers eat together with their fellow chalet-mates and evening staff. Check out our sample menu below.


Beef Chilli with rice and nachos


White chocolate and raspberry cheesecake



Chicken Fajitas with vegetables, sour cream and guacamole


Roast peaches with vanilla ice cream



Sausages, mash and onion gravy with peas and carrots


Apple Crumble & Ice Cream



Beef stew with mashed potatoes, peas and carrots


Lemon drizzle cake



Salmon Fish Cakes or Sweet Potato and Tofu Cakes, Steamed Rice, Greens.


Chocolate mousse



Homemade chicken goujons with chunky potato wedges, green beans and broccoli


Sticky toffee pudding and ice cream



Make your own pizza with garlic bread and salad


Chocolate Brownies, Vanilla Ice Cream.

  To find out more about what we offer in summer check out our Residential Camps or our Day Camps. The Alps is the perfect European destination for a lakes and mountain family holiday, with majestic mountains, beautiful vineyard-laden valleys, green pastures and glacier-fed lakes, both big and small to explore. Verbier, a sunny mountain town in a south-facing bowl soaks up much of the summer sun, and faces the Grand Combin Massif, meaning you get to soak up beautiful views and mountain air each day, with fantastic hiking opportunities on your doorstep.

The perfect escape

Switzerland is renowned for its beautiful, crystal clear mountain lakes, some of which are located at high altitude and can be accessed only by hiking or biking, others are accessible by car or located in towns and villages, and replace beaches for the Swiss and tourists alike. Many of the high altitude lakes are fed by glacial or mountain meltwater meaning they can stay very cold even into the summer months, which makes for a refreshing stop on a hike for a dip! There are many lakes designated for swimming and other water activities, especially the vast shores of Lake Geneva or Lac Leman as it is known in French.

Lake activities

A relaxing day at the lake can be a highlight of the holiday, and best of all there’s no sand, saltwater or tides to worry about! Swimming, stand-up paddle boarding, pedalos or kayaking are just some of the popular activities on the shores of Lake Geneva. Our favourite areas to hang out closest to Verbier are in the town of Villeneuve; the outdoor pool here has an entrance fee which keeps crowd numbers lower, and there are diving boards to use, a snack bar, a pool for the younger ones and paddleboards to rent by the hour. Champex Lac is also a short and very scenic 45 minute drive away, a family-friendly lake in a small mountain resort, offering pedalos, rowing boats, and paddleboards, wonderful for cooling off on a hot day with some great restaurants for lunch. Girl in pedalo at Champex Lac

Wakeboarding and surfing

For those looking for something a bit more special, watersports on the lake on offer include wakeboarding, wake surfing or water skiing. With a group or your family, you head out on the boat for a great experience, whether you’re an expert or it’s something you’ve never tried before! The companies have everything you need, just bring your camera and swimmers! The water is warm enough to not need wetsuits in the summer, but early or late in the season you can borrow these too. Man surfing wake, lake Geneva

Lake and Dam hikes

We don’t know about you, but there’s nothing better than a hike to a beautiful glacial lake, rewarded at the top by a dip to cool off and a couple of hours of swimming and picnicking before beginning your descent. It’s always best to check if swimming is possible at your destination lake, as some are in protected areas and others are dams with hydroelectric systems where it isn’t possible to swim, but the views are still well worth the trip. In Verbier, our most accessible mountain lake is Lac de Vaux, an uphill hike and relatively steep descent in part, it is best to allow for a 4 hour round trip including a stop off for photos, a picnic and a dip. Some of our other favourites include Mauvoisin Dam, Emosson Dam and Lac Taney (the hike up is pretty steep though a taxi service also runs up the road). Children standing at side of mountain lake   The Swiss Alps in the summertime is a dream destination for a family mountain bike holidays, no matter what your level of experience. For those looking for the perfect base for a family bike holiday, whether you’re interested in road biking, e-biking or mountain biking, Verbier is a great option for the whole family.

Travelling with your bike

Many people choosing to visit Switzerland for a biking holiday may wish to bring their own bikes with them and choose to self-drive, which can be a good option when it comes to the extra luggage travelling with children. Switzerland is very accessible by road from most parts of mainland Europe including France, Northern Italy, Germany, Austria or the UK. If you prefer to fly, there are lots of bike rental services in town where you can hire road, mountain or e-bikes on arrival, and lighten the luggage load a little! Trains in Switzerland are very bike-friendly too, with areas to put your bike throughout the train, whether you’re arriving or jumping on a train during a biking trip. If you need a hand planning your train journey, is the Swiss train website with an excellent route planner, or just give us a shout and we’d be happy to help.

Try out eBiking

A new sport that is just finding its feet as technology in e-bikes has really jumped ahead in recent years, the Alps is a terrific place to e-bike. Making the tough ascents much easier, e-bikes are available to hire during the summer in Verbier and a network of trails is ready to explore, from family friendly to day-long e-biking adventures. The ‘Tour du Mont Fort’ route is a fantastic one to try which begins and ends in Verbier and travels through La Tzoumas, Nendaz and Siviez before descending from the Gentianes areas of Verbier, one for the adults to try while the younger kids are in camp for the day! The e-biking festival is also hosted in Verbier every year, giving people the chance to test out different models for a set fee, and explore the nearby trails, or to see which ones suits your needs if you’re thinking of investing in your own model.

Mountain biking

One of Verbier’s biggest summer draws is its bike park, open from the spring through until Autumn every year. Bikers come from near and far to explore the trails, ranging from blue tracks (easy/moderate) for beginners to red (advanced) and black (difficult/very difficult). The expanse of mountain roads and some pedestrian paths are also shared with bikers for those looking for endurance biking, or simply to explore the area on two wheels under your own steam. Bikes can be rented in Verbier, or you can bring your own and simply buy a lift pass for access. For those who are just starting out, are unfamiliar with the area or want to work on their skills, there are some brilliant mountain bike guides and coaches in town too for kids and adults. Altitude Summer Camps - kids biking up on a mountain track

Road biking

A very popular sport in Switzerland and Europe-wide, the Alps is perfect for long days in the saddle of a road bike. The surrounding mountain passes and well-kept roads make for a huge draw for road bikers. No need to be an expert though, as long as you can ride a bike there are some dedicated bike paths and flat stretches too for those simply wanting to get out and explore Switzerland’s beautiful landscape. Again, guides are available for those of all abilities. Some fantastic destinations can be reached by road bike from Verbier, even into nearby Italy and France, and you can soak up the incredible views and explore the vineyards, mountains, towns and villages in the process. Whilst your children are developing new skills and enjoying outdoor activities at an Altitude summer camp, there is no reason why you shouldn’t also be able to make the most of your time in Verbier in luxury summer chalets. If you’re looking for a property to base yourself at, then look no further than luxury chalet specialists, Leo Trippi, who have an extensive collection of summer chalets in Verbier with fantastic facilities for the whole family. Take a look at their top 5 summer chalet recommendations in Verbier below.  

Chalet Calima

Outdoor jacuzzi overlooking Swiss mountain at luxury chalet Close to Sonalon in the heights of Verbier, Chalet Calima is a beautiful four-bedroom property with magnificent mountain views, open plan living and incredible wellness facilities. Astounding views can be enjoyed from the indoor pool which is equipped with a moveable floor to adjust the depth – ideal for children or nervous swimmers. Floor-to-ceiling windows slide open onto a south-facing sunny terrace with outdoor hot tub – the perfect spot to unwind.  

Chalet Les Étrennes

living area of a Swiss luxury chalet In a private location just a short drive from Savoleyres and the resort centre, Chalet Les Etrennes provides a peaceful setting for a summer holiday. With six en-suite bedrooms and four floors of luxury living, there is plenty of room to spread out, relax and enjoy the incredible panoramic views. From the light and spacious living room on the top floor to an outdoor hot tub in the garden, this family-friendly chalet is a true home away from home.  

Chalet Nyumba

Outdoor dining on terrace of luxury Verbier chalet Perched above the village in the Sonalon area of Verbier, Chalet Nyumba offers commanding views across the valley, alpine-themed decor and facilities to keep the whole family entertained. The children will be happy with a playroom equipped with countless toys and games as well as a cinema room with an extensive DVD library. Parents can relax in the lavish spa which includes an ‘L’ shaped swimming pool with adjustable depth and counter current, outdoor hot tub, plunge pool, hammam and sauna. Adjoining the chalet is a self-contained guest mazot – ideal for any staff.  

Chalet Milou

Luxury living and dining room of Swiss chalet Located on Chemin de Clambin, Chalet Milou has a traditional rustic feel yet has been updated to include many contemporary comforts. With far-reaching views across the valley, several lounges to relax and socialise together in and an outdoor hot tub, this six-bedroom chalet has everything you need to enjoy a summer holiday in the Swiss Alps.  

Chalet Toundra

Comfy living room in luxury wooden Swiss chalet Situated on the south-facing side of Verbier close to Savoleyres, Chalet Toundra is a superb property sleeping up to 10 guests. Combining fantastic views with an alpine-inspired interior, the chalet has a laid-back feel with a wrap-around balcony for soaking up the sun. The children’s bunk room is a total delight and there are a further three tastefully-appointed double bedrooms to choose from.   To enquire about renting a luxury chalet in Verbier this summer ask the Altitude Team when booking your camp, or contact or visit  for further inspiration. Day Trip from Verbier to Montreux This city is one of our favourite places in the region and a popular choice for our day camp clients to visit at the weekend. Montreux, often described as the Swiss Riviera, is a truly beautiful escape. Whether for a day trip or for a couple of nights stay, Montreux is a great place to visit for those who like a picturesque walk, food with a view or of course some live music. Montreux Jazz Festival Founded in 1967, this event is the second largest jazz festival in the world, after the Montreal International Jazz Festival in Canada. Montreux welcomes over 250,000 people each year and opens 3 ticketed venues as well as numerous complimentary open air concerts to enjoy whilst relaxing by the lake. Although known as the “Jazz Festival”, the event has also expanded in recent years to bring a more eclectic choice of concerts for patrons to choose from. Lenny Kravtiz, Emelie Sande, Prince, David Bowie and Ben Howard are just a few of the renowned musicians to grace the stage! The line up each year is eagerly awaited by locals with tickets selling fast however there are always a few reserved for purchase on the day and trust us, the queue is worth it. Some of the venues are small and intimate which make for a nice relaxed evening and some are much larger for a party style night out. If you are visiting with the family, check the schedule for the day time shows, these are often the free events and open air which means you can enjoy the sunshine at the same time. These shows can be combined with browsing the various food stands and stalls along the shoreline. For dates and prices this year click here. Chateau Chillon For some culture, why not visit the Chateau Chillon, an island castle with a great bit of history. Occupied since the bronze age, Chatueau Chillon is a beautiful castle to look around. Head underground to experience some wonderful architecture or find the Bernese Chamber to see an old-style bedroom. With children, if you are travelling near a birthday, you can book a tailormade scavenger hunt for them and their friends. This way they tour the castle with a costumed guide and enjoy some treats at the end! There are many different highlights to this castle and a guided tour is a great way to get the most out of it. For a more relaxed tour, you can enter without a guide between 9:00 and 18:00 (exit at 19:00) during the summer months. For prices and details on guided tours visit the website here. Dining in Montreux  With picturesque views from most the restaurants, there an abundance of places to select from and many of the hotels on the road behind the promenade boast wonderful terraces where you can enjoy the sun and some time to people watch. Fun with the kids The weather in July and August is often sunny and beautiful and with this comes the heat. There is a mini “beach” where you can relax and paddle but there is also a small jetty, just near the Freddie Mercury statue which is popular with older children (and adults!) to jump off so don’t forget your swimwear! There are also some water fountains in the main square to cool off, great for younger kids that like to play a guessing game of when the fountains will start and stop! Champex Lac Day Trip One of our favourite trips from Verbier is a Champex Lac day trip. This is about a 45 minute drive from Verbier and is a beautiful destination to visit. You can make it a whole day out or just pop over for lunch and see the sights; it is a popular destination from Verbier for road cyclists as well, with a well-deserved lunch at the top! A beautiful mountain lake nestled in the small resort makes for stunning views, a warm sunny day would be the perfect time to plan a visit. Here are a few of our favourite things to do there.   Lake Activities Once the ice melts, usually May-time, and the mountains warm up for the summer, Champex-Lac comes alive again and you can rent pedalos or paddle-boards just by the side of the lake. There is optional instruction for paddle-boarding too if you’ve never given it a go before. You can even take a dip if you’re feeling brave, but be warned that the water usually is still very cold – even at the height of summer! kids using pedalos on a champex lac day trip   Hiking There are some beautiful hikes in the area. One of our favourites to enjoy some of the spectacular views of the valley is the bisse walk, which can then be turned into a much bigger walk up the river if you wish. Park at the lift station and follow the road that runs behind this for a short distance, and you will see a sign-posted footpath running slightly downhill which takes you along the bisse, and then joins up with the fast flowing river. Botanical Garden For those fancying a stroll, there is an alpine botanic garden located in Champex-Lac. Just drive past the main section of the lake and town. The easiest way to access this is to park at the lift station again up out of town and on the opposite side of the road you will see signs to the botanic garden going back in the direction you have just come. About 5 minutes walk will take you; there is an entry fee. Lunch Spots There are some lovely restaurants in the centre of the village offering lunch, some with a view of the lake and others just a few moments stroll away. Hiking sign in Champex Lac forest Outdoor Pool If you fancy a swim and don’t want to brave the waters of the lac then there is an outdoor pool just off the road before reaching the village and lake. This can be a great way to cool off after a hike with the kids, or just to enjoy after a stroll around the lake and town. Climbing For climbers, there’s a lovely little spot to check out very close to the town. Before the outdoor pool there is a lay by where you can park, and a hiking trail which actually forms part of the famous ‘Haute Route’ from Chamonix to Zermatt. After a 10 minute walk down the trail there are bolted routes on an outcrop of rock put together by the Guides de Verbier; however please note that you will need to be an experienced climber with all your own equipment.    

Extreme Sports in Switzerland in Spring and Summer

As the snow disappears from the mountains, people tend to think that the game is over and look back at the winter with nostalgia. But it’s not! The playground is not closed, it’s just changed, and the game is not over if you bring the right toys! Winter is over, but the mountains are still here, and Switzerland offers plenty of great activities for extreme sports enthusiasts. Freeriders trade their skis for mountain bikes and challenge themselves in the tree lines. Some even slalom around obstacles, jumping over rocks and making the most of the many trails they can find in Verbier. Climbers are getting ready to conquer new summits to enjoy the ultimate view. Highliners will rig their slacks in between two peaks to experience the ultimate adrenaline rush while balancing on a fine thread.
Paragliders and hang gliders celebrate the return of warmer temperatures that will give them the indispensable thermals to fly higher. Some of them will use that extra altitude to go cross country, flying and travelling hundreds of kilometres over chains of mountains. The most fearless will train their acrobatic skills to challenge their opponents in the many paragliding competitions Switzerland hosts in the summer. And finally, basejumpers are dressing up for the warm season, putting their parachutes on and spreading their wings. They’re ready to fly the beautiful lines of the most open minded country in terms of extreme sports.
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What is available for those visiting the Alps to try for themselves?

Unlike this last activity that is only accessible to trained flyers, all the other sports are open to newcomers. It is possible to do a full formation, or just a discovery with a trained instructor that will take care of everything. Once you’ve hiked on top of the Verbier mountains, you can return home the fast way with a bike, or tandem paragliding. If you want to improve your balance without suffering from vertigo on a highline, you can rig a slackline in between trees and enjoy the same feeling closer to the ground. Instructors and equipment hire is available for those looking to try their hand at mountain biking or why not sign up for a tandem paraglide, a one-time 30 minute flight to experience what it’s like to soar between those snow-capped mountains and the valleys below.
Kids learn to play in every possible place: take their toys away, they will play with a stick. Tell them to stay in their room, and they will build a castle with their sheet. Switzerland is the place where outdoor sports enthusiasts can be like children. And you, are you ready to play no matter the season? Written by David Laffargue (Altitude Sales Executive on weekdays and Basejumper at weekends!)

Languages in Switzerland

Switzerland is a patchwork of communities and peoples, each with its own heritage and story, as well as their own languages. As early as 1291, communities in the central Alps began to form an alliance to facilitate free trade and maintain peace. They remained as separate states with their own borders and laws until the creation of the federal constitution in 1848 marking their unification and the introduction of a central governing body. As of 1979, following the separation of Jura from Bern, the modern-day 26 states, called ‘cantons’, form what we now know as the country of Switzerland. language-camp-europe-switzerland

Swiss ‘Cantons’ and ‘Communes’

The founding cantons of Switzerland were German-speaking and it was only in the nineteenth century that the French cantons, as well as Ticino, the Italian-speaking canton, became part of the Swiss Confederation. In 1848 it was declared that there would be four official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh. In the German-speaking part of the country, most inhabitants speak Swiss-German (Schweizerdeutsch), which is considered a separate language to High German (Höhe Deutsch). Romansh is spoken by less than 1% of the country’s population, in small parts of the largest canton, Grisons. The 26 cantons that make up the Swiss Confederation are also divided into communes, giving a three-tiered political structure. For example, Verbier is in the commune of Bagnes, which is part of the canton of Valais. The state has the highest power and is responsible for foreign policy, security and monetary matters. Each canton has its own parliament, elected by its citizens, and deals with matters of education, health and culture. At the lowest level, each commune (of which there are about 2,300 in the country) is responsible for local taxation, roads and welfare provision.

Links between language and culture within Switzerland

There are many cultural differences within Switzerland which vary from canton to canton and most of which can be linked with languages. The stereotype of the Swiss-Germans is that they are more efficient and hard-working but more highly strung, whereas the Swiss-French are more relaxed. French, being a romance language, is commonly thought of as a language of beauty and eloquence, whereas German is associated with power and efficiency. Due to the multilingualism and multiculturalism of Switzerland, the existence of a ‘national culture’ is often called into question. A country is often defined, or at least shaped, by the language of its citizens; so does that mean a country with multiple languages is divided? Or, does the depth of culture and history in each canton strengthen the country’s diversity?

Language at Altitude Summer Camps

What we know for sure is that learning a language is not only a useful skill but a fundamental resource, which is why we continue to promote language learning here at Altitude Summer Camps. Every summer we welcome children from all over the world to come and practice their English and French with our highly qualified staff and tutors. Please get in touch or visit out residential language camps page to find out more!