The Haut Lac International Ski Camp has become our most popular programme over the last 10 years with over 1000 students attending each winter season. Each year brings a constantly high rate of returning students or relatives and friends of participants encouraged by them to come and sample the Haut Lac experience.
In winter Switzerland truly is a wonderland that needs to be experienced. A stunning and tranquil landscape plays host to the most exciting of activities – skiing!
What makes our Camp so successful?
Our ski programme is truly top class. Our fully qualified instructors work with their groups throughout the entire ski day ensuring safety, progress and lots of fun on the slopes. Our small ski groups (maximum 9 students per group) ensures lots of individual attention for everyone. We also have extra instructors on the slopes each day to help with any students who are having major problems by giving them some individual tuition. All instructors are first aid qualified and we have a rigorous and proven accident procedure with staff assigned to this task specifically every day. At the end of each week there is a slalom race for all students with medals for the top three students in each group and at the end of each students stay at Haut Lac they will receive a SNOWLIFE SNOWSPORT award stating the level of proficiency they have achieved during their time with us.
Our activity programme is second to none. We offer a huge range of activities for our students. On any evening students can be presented with a choice of up to 4 different activities so there is something for everyone.
The following activities are included in our ski programme price:
Team Sports – football, basketball, volleyball, handball
Sports – Aerobics, circuit training, table tennis, streetball, ice skating
Activities – Sledging, swimming, bowling, art & crafts, cookery, pool, table football, playstation games, DVD Movies, chess, board games, pictionary, kino and thermal baths
Theme Events – Fancy dress disco’s, casino nights, crazy games, Haut Lac Star Academy talent show, karaoke nights, quiz nights
Since we started running our programmes we have been running house teams for our students. In recent years this has been made popular by the Harry Potter books and movies. Our House Team system is invaluable to the success of our summer programme.Each week students are assigned to teams so that each team has an equal number of boys and girls and an equal number of age ranges.
Up to 4 members of staff are assigned to each team so right from the first day the students in each team will get to know 4 members of staff very well and the staff will get to know the students in their team very well. Also being in a team immediately creates a common bond for the students in that team and already friendships will form.
The Teams help all students settle in to life at Haut-Lac quickly and comfortably. In terms of organising the students the house teams enable us to get valuable information very quickly through daily house team meetings. Throughout the week each student can win points for their team by participating in the various activities and each week the wining Team receives a prize at the weekly presentation ceremony.
At Haut-Lac we have a very high ratio of staff to students. At our maximum capacity we would have 1 staff member for every 5 students. Our staff are young but experienced in their field of expertise, dynamic and responsible, energetic and enthusiastic and devoted to working with young people and to providing them with a positive life experience. All staff follow a rigorous training programme before commencing their work with us. Haut-Lac started as a family business and even though it has grown significantly since those early days the family atmosphere and values still drive our staff and our programmes today.