At Altitude Summer Camps, we believe that every day is an opportunity for adventure, and our diverse range of summer camp activities ensures that, rain or shine, our campers are immersed in a world of excitement, learning, and fun. From conquering mountain peaks to crafting delicious treats, here’s a sneak peek into some of the thrilling activities that await campers at Altitude.

1. Hiking

With the Swiss Alps as our backdrop, hiking becomes a journey of discovery. Campers explore scenic trails, breathe in fresh mountain air, and witness awe-inspiring landscapes, fostering a love for the great outdoors.

2. Climbing

Rock climbing and via ferrata challenges empower campers to push their limits and conquer the vertical world. Under the guidance of instructors, they learn essential skills while experiencing the thrill of scaling cliffs.

kid climbing indoor climbing wall in Verbier

3. Volleyball

On the sunny days, campers engage in friendly volleyball matches, fostering teamwork, communication, and healthy competition. The sandy courts at the outdoor pool provide the perfect setting for both beginners and practiced players.

outdoor volleyball in Verbier - an Altitude Summer Camp activity

4. Trotinetting

Trotinettes – the Swiss scooters – offer a unique and exhilarating way to explore the mountains. Campers can zip down the ‘blue’ road from Ruinettes to Verbier enjoying the view.

5. Mont Fort Visit & Walk

A visit to must-see Mont Fort is a high-altitude adventure, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding Swiss and French peaks. Campers can see two of Europe’s most famous peaks – the Matterhorn (aka Toblerone mountain) and Mont Blanc from the Mont Fort summit.

6. Minigolf 

For a leisurely yet competitive day, Verbier minigolf is the perfect activity. Campers refine their putting skills while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Verbier.

kid hitting ball in minigolf in Vebrbier

7. Cooking & Baking

No matter what the weather, baking is always a hit. Campers roll up their sleeves, don chef hats, and explore the world of culinary creativity with Mountain Thyme cookery school, whipping up delicious treats and snacks to share with their new friends.

Mountain Thyme cookery school in Verbier - an Altitude Summer Camp activity

8. High Ropes Course 

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, the Treetop Park course in Verbier offers a thrilling challenge. Campers navigate suspended obstacles, discovering a world of aerial walkways in the forest.

9. Swimming 

Whether it’s a dip in a natural alpine lake or a refreshing swim in a pool, water activities at Altitude Summer Camps ensure campers stay cool and have a refreshingly good time.

kids doing backflip off Verbier outdoor pool

10. Campfires 

As the sun sets, campfires bring everyone together. It’s a time for stories, laughter, and of course, some marshmallows.

Join the Adventure

We continuously enhance and fine-tune our camp programme year-round, ensuring that when summer arrives, the camp experience is thrilling for both newcomers and returning campers. Each week brings something different, making every camp session distinctive, whether you’re with us for just one week or a full six-week adventure!

At Altitude Summer Camps, we understand that weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. That’s why our range of activities spans both indoor and outdoor pursuits, ensuring that campers are active and engaged, rain or shine. Our goal is to create an environment where every day is an adventure, where learning and laughter go hand in hand, and where memories are made that will be cherished for years to come.

Join us this summer, where the weather is just a backdrop to the endless possibilities of adventure at Altitude Summer Camps!

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.

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. 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:  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.

Top 3 Luxury Summer Chalets with Ski Verbier Exclusive

If you’re looking for luxury chalets in Verbier to base yourselves at whilst your children are enjoying a summer camp, our partners, Ski Verbier Exclusive, are one of the longest-standing chalet operators in Verbier. They have a selection of 11 luxury properties to offer from June – September with a catered and self-catered service package. Slip into summer relaxation with one of their top 3 picks for 2022: Rosalp 3 is a perfectly located, self-catered, three-bedroom luxury apartment. It offers a superb location and a beautiful private garden, being just 100m from the Médran lift station with the whole village right on your doorstep. Self-Catered Apartment Rosalp 3: From CHF7,500 per week Sleeps 4:4 Balcony in the mountains with wine   Chalet Rock is fast becoming the most popular summer chalet, it’s a fantastic 5-bedroom freestanding chalet, set in beautiful wildflower meadows with stunning panoramic views towards the Mont Blanc Massive. It’s hard to imagine a better summer hideaway! Chalet Rock is available as a self-catered apartment with catering services on request. Self-Catered Chalet Chalet Rock: From CHF12,500 per week Sleeps 10 Chalet Rock In Summer Time   Chalet Nyumba is one of our most private, luxurious mountain hideaways, perched high on the Savoleyres side of the valley, nowhere in Verbier enjoys a more spectacular view. Chalet Nyumba boasts two hot tubs, a private pool, and panoramic views. Chalet Nyumba is available with a fully catered luxury service, with a chef, host and daily cleaning so you all you need to worry about is relaxing! Catered Chalet Chalet Nyumba: POA Sleeps 12 Luxury Chalet In The Mountains To find out more about the accommodation we offer check out our Family Accommodation. 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.

Family Accommodation in Verbier

When joining Altitude Camps for the summer, we not only help you to select the right camp for your child(ren) but we also offer assistance in booking all of your airport transfers, additional activities for you as parents as well as your accommodation. If you are visiting for the first time or perhaps just don’t know the village that well then don’t worry, we know it extremely well and are very happy to help. From somewhere close to the biggest supermarket, to being nearby to the sports centre all the way to knowing which chalet is closest to camp or which has a private pool, we’ve got all the knowledge you need. Whatever your requirements may be, rest assured that we can provide something to suit you and your family. The range of properties available in Verbier in the summer is vast too, providing you with many different options to think about. We can book simple self-catered apartments allowing you to cook for yourselves or to take advantage of the numerous restaurants and local cuisine available or if you prefer something a little more luxury, we can find some beautiful apartments for you on either a catered or self-catered basis. Likewise if you’d like the full stand alone chalet, private cinema, wine cellar, swimming pool etc, there are a great range of properties available, a lot of which we’ve been in ourselves so can happily advise you on their location, suitability and more. Some of our favourite options amongst clients are featured below:

Coup De Foudre

A popular apartment amongst our families, this chalet sleeps 6 over 3 bedrooms (2 doubles and 1 bunk)  and is located just a 10 minute walk from camp and a 10 minute walk the other way into town, ideal for campers and their families!

Calesberg 329

Another great option for 4 people, this lovely apartment is located in the village a short walk from the main lift station, ideal for those who wish to explore the mountains at weekends together.

Chalet Spa

One of our favourite luxury chalets! Chalet Spa combines a beautiful contemporary design with a spectacular spa, tranquil location and beautiful views of the Alps! Their chalet manager Nick is always on hand to help you with whatever you require and you can be assured that you’ll love this escape in the mountains. Swiss Chalet in Verbier

Verbier Hotels

If you prefer the hotel option, there are some fantastic options in Verbier from the 5* contemporary style W Hotel, to the traditional Swiss style Hotel Cordee, a 4* superior hotel located right in the centre of town. At the W hotel, you are located right at the lift station, you have the Verbier “beach”, indoor/outdoor pool, spa, restaurants and fantastic design. The Cordee has one of our favourite restaurants with a beautiful spa area, probably the nicest in Verbier. It also oozes Alpine chic with a traditional mountain feel.
W Hotel interior in Verbier

W Verbier

We also love the Hotel Vanessa, a family hotel located in town with a bright family style design. All of these hotels have a shuttle service too making it easy for you to get the kids to and from camp each day if you don’t fancy the walk. If you’d like any assistance in booking your accommodation, please feel free to contact us and let us know your dates, requirements and number of people travelling and we’ll send you some options to look through. Hiking with young children – tips and tricks from our camp activity staff! Hiking is a great summer activity in the Alps, and there’s no better way to enjoy the spectacular mountain views and serene landscape of the mountains in and around Verbier than exploring some of the trails this beautiful area has to offer. Many trails are family-friendly and hiking can be a great way to spend time together, however, for families with young children, it can be a challenge to keep them both interested and motivated so that everyone can enjoy the hike. For young children, a great tip is to make sure that you take your hike at a time of day when they won’t be tired! If you have very young children who will be in a baby backpack, then you may want to go over nap-time so they fall asleep, but for older children make sure your day trip allows time for their usual periods of sleep so they aren’t cranky and tired, and can fall asleep in the car on the way home. Play games along the trail. This is a great way to keep children motivated and make the activity fun for them as well. Games such as ‘I spy’ are easy and can be played anywhere, and get children interested in looking at their surroundings as well. Another favourite at camp is ‘lava’; perfect for woody paths in the woods, children have to move along without touching the lava, stepping on rocks and tree branches instead. Scavenger hunts can also be a great option for younger children on a hike, and although it won’t necessarily get them moving in one direction very quickly, it will help them explore their environment. This doesn’t have to be complicated or planned in advance, but finding simple things like pine cones, 3 different shaped leaves, a smooth stone, and a rough stone, a feather; these can all be simple things and adapted to where you are walking, to keep kids looking and moving forward as they search! Children playing in the water Hike with friends! This isn’t always achievable, but especially for a longer hike, kids are much more motivated when hiking with friends! They will also entertain each other by making up games and keep each other moving, making for a more relaxing hike for the grown-ups! Sing! Songs can be a great way to distract children and cheer them up if they’ve suddenly discovered tired legs or uncomfortable shoes! Walk family-friendly, themed trails. There are a great selection of trails in places that are designed for families and children, with interesting things to see and do along the way. In Verbier, a great option is the ‘Sentier des Sculptures’, which is part of the bisse walk and offers interesting mountain and animal-themed sculptures with information on each section to read to kids. Walking along the bisse can also be lots of fun, as this is a very gentle flowing man-made stream with water that can be paddled in or used for ‘races’ of sticks or other floating natural objects you may find! Check the details of each trail before you start and make sure that it is marked as easy or family-friendly, isn’t too long or steep to avoid carrying tired children. Have a fun destination or activity planned Planning your walk with something to look forward to, perhaps a restaurant for lunch or even just a juice is a great idea, and kids will stay motivated to reach their destination. Other things can be a look-out point, or a lake or waterfall, for example. Incorporating rides of the lifts is also great fun for children, for younger ones that you are worried about on the chairlift there are bubbles, or for slightly bigger kids chairlifts are a fun way to see the views too, and get up high without too much uphill walking! Pack snacks! A water and snack break is very important to keep kids fuelled up! There are lots of benches along trails that provide the perfect spot for this. We hope you have a great time hiking with your little ones!

Mountain restaurants in Verbier 

This week, we take a look at favourite restaurants in Verbier, giving you our top 5 summer mountain restaurants, places where you can enjoy the best Swiss and international cuisines or just simply relax over a nice drink.

Cabane Mont Fort

There is nothing more special than a visit to the Cabane Mont Fort, situated at 2.457 meters above sea level. This traditional Swiss mountain hut is located between La Chaux and Gentianes and has a stunning view across the mountains. From the end of June to mid September you can enjoy local Swiss specialties and if you want you can even stay overnight. Altitude Blog - restaurant Cabane Mont Fort

Chez Dany

This place is a great stop for a lunch or dinner, located just above Verbier and a 20 minute walk from Medran or accesible by car. The restaurant serves high quality Swiss cuisine with superb dishes and friendly service. The food is not cheap, but the view is priceless and definetely a must-do experience while staying in Verbier.

La Marlenaz

Another one on top of your holiday list should be the restaurant ‘La Marlenaz’. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful chalets in a perfect location with a diverse menu. If you walk along the Bisse de Levron you will find the restaurant just before the end of this beautiful path. You can also get there by car. Altitude Camps Blog - restaurant on the mountain

Le Dahu

Le Dahu serves great food at a price comparable to the village resort. It is probably the best place to eat pizza, but also offers a wide range of other international dishes. The view is amazing and the restaurant is easily accessible by the La Chaux Express cable car.

Croix de Coeur

This restaurant is situated on top of the mountain pass Croix de Coeur, between Verbier and La Tzoumaz. With a beautiful view over Verbier and the surrounding mountains Croix de Coeur offers a dining experience with a local flavour. The steak on a hot stone is one of our favourites, but also a variety of Rösti and other Swiss specialities. You can also check out the Verbier Tourist Office website for a full list of restaurants in Verbier.

Some of our recommended summer hiking routes in Verbier

The surroundings of Verbier are truly breath-taking no matter what time of year you visit, but with a wide range of activities on offer, including summer hiking, the summer season is our favourite. From the fresh air to the colourful flowers and of course, the still snow-capped mountains, the views are beautiful and provide the ultimate location for a day out walking with friends or family. With over 400km of hikes in Verbier, taking one of our hiking guides allows you to explore the area and all that it has to offer whilst knowing you are safe, won’t take a wrong turn and of course have a helping hand to keep you going when you reach the steeper parts! There are many different hiking routes in and around Verbier but here are a few of our favourites, all of which can be booked during the day whilst the kids are at camp. Altitude Blog - adults hiking in the mountains

Beginner:  Ruinettes – La Chaux – Ruinettes: 2 hours

This trail is the perfect introduction to walking in Verbier, giving you a chance to get used to walking at altitude whilst also enjoying the magnificent views of the valley below. This route starts with a gondola ride up to Ruinettes which takes about 5 minutes. From here, we walk along a flattish track called the bisse, (a man-made river which goes for miles!) around the mountain towards a bowl known as La Chaux. From La Chaux you can view the famous Grand and Petit Combin Mountains which are still covered in snow even in the heat of July and August. Enjoy the tranquillity of the mountains as well as taking advantage of this great lunch spot by stopping at Le Dahu for a bite to eat before heading back. To make this into more of a loop – you can walk back via the higher bisse trail which starts from a bit higher up in La Chaux. This short route is ideal for those with kids on the day camp as you can head off after drop off time, enjoy a relaxed lunch in the sun and still be back in time for pick up. It’s also a great one for those with dogs as they love the water to splash in and the walk is great for them!

Intermediate :  La Chaux – Lac des Vaux – Col de Mines – Ruinettes – 3 hours

Fancy a bit more of a challenge? This route starts from La Chaux and heads nicely uphill towards Lac des Vaux, a popular spot for skiing in the winter time. The uphill hike is a challenge but definitely worth it for the views once you reach the lake, especially if it’s just you and the mountains with not another soul in sight. On a really warm day, you can brave a dip in the lake to cool off or just stay on the edge and have a quick paddle to cool off your feet. This hike continues with a walk downhill towards Col de Mines where you can see all the way across to La Tzoumaz and the other side of the valley. From here head back round towards Ruinettes where you can enjoy views of the Verbier village from up high, you can even try to spot a few of the landmarks whilst up there! Altitude Blog - group of friends hiking at Pierre Avoi

Advanced : Croix de Coeur – Pierre Avoir – Croix de Coeur – 2.5 hours 

Not for the faint-hearted, this is a more challenging hike, particularly for those who perhaps don’t like heights or narrow trails as there are some more exposed sections. However it is a great challenge and a fantastic reward when you reach the top. 360 degree views make this small peak a wonderful place for a picnic and offers views of the village of Verbier, Savoleyres and even across towards Sion. This hike includes some tough steep sections, a ladder to climb to the peak at the summit (chains are also there to help in some places) so be prepared! If you are up to the challenge, it is by far our favourite hike of the area with some incredible views! Check out our full list of activities and excursions here.