The Winter Experience
In a superb Swiss alpine setting, the children enjoy a well-balanced, happy and safe holiday experience which introduces them to a variety of winter sports and exciting outdoor activities. Ski and snowboard instruction are combined with enriching programs which allow campers to participate in a number of different activities including: swimming, indoor-rock climbing, arts and crafts and a number of sports and games. The same instructors provide the lessons on and off of the mountain therefore, much personal care and attention is given to each child. Children feel comfortable and well looked after by our highly qualified staff. The winter camp also offers children the opportunity to learn or to improve their language skills in English, French or German. Children who attend language classes are also encouraged to develop their vocabulary and to use the new language skills they learn in program.
Winter Camp Programs
Lovell Camps offer 3 programs from mid-December through to the beginning of April.
1-Week to Multiple-Week Sessions for Individuals
Ski Trips for Schools and Groups
Kids Club at Le Grand Bellevue Gstaad
Our team of international staff members are either professional educators, qualified and skilled international and Swiss ski and snowboard instructors or experienced camp counsellors. With up to 25 hours of on hill instruction per week, young people of all abilities from beginner to expert skiers and snowboarders will have the opportunity to learn and to develop their skills in racing, freestyle and free-ride as well as in other disciplines including telemarking. Our staff training program emphasizes the need for close supervision, safety and awareness of the needs of each individual child.
Whether it is on or off the hill our goal is to have our campers have fun and experience new and exciting activities everyday! Our innovative daily language classes are taught by professional teachers using the latest, brain-friendly learning strategies. We combine outdoor education, excursions and special events days as a part of our program.
Depending on the session Saturdays and Sundays are departure days for campers and groups participating in one-week sessions. If individuals or groups sign up for more than one session, then a full weekend program will be offered. Saturdays are usually more relaxed, with morning ski instruction followed by an afternoon of shopping in nearby Gstaad, followed by a supervised free swim and movie night.
Sundays are all-day excursions organized to give the children opportunities to see different parts of Switzerland and learn about the alpine environment. These outings may include a ski trip to a nearby ski resort or cultural excursions to notable Swiss cities, towns, castles or museums.
Special excursions can be arranged throughout the winter, including all-day ski excursions as well as cultural trips to places such as Montreux, Interlaken or Bern. For the more adventurous, overnights such as camping out in igloos or an overnight stay at one of the fully-equipped Swiss Alpine Club huts can be organized.
Each camp session ends with a ‘Special Events Day’ in which the children participate in skiing events and enjoy a delicious fondue party. The campers are presented with awards and are recognized for their achievements in skiing, snowboarding and language classes. Other special events include a disco, movie night, ice skating, indoor rock climbing, cultural excursions, etc.
There are up to 50 boarding campers between the ages of 5 and 15, representing a wide range of nationalities. Two to four children share a bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, with one counsellor per room to supervise daily routines and to ensure that the benefits of the winter experience are maximized for each child.
In winter camps at least 3 members of staff are on for evening program, bed time routines and night duty with 1 room on the camper wing specifically set aside for overnight staff.
Between 10 and 15 day campers attend camp on Mondays to Fridays from 08:45 until 17:45. There are counsellors assigned to supervise and counsel the day students to insure that they too receive full benefit from their camp experience.
Larger Groups can book the whole facility to themselves, smaller groups may share the facility. For further information on group trips please view our Group Section.
The 'ski in, ski out' camp facilities are located in Schönried, Switzerland and housed in the Mountain Lodge, located 600 metres from the Schönried train station and the cable car, in the heart of the world-renown ski resort of Gstaad.
The Mountain Lodge has 16 rooms which comfortably sleep 2 to 6 people and 2 additional group rooms which sleep ten. All rooms offers en-suite facilities and there is a spacious kitchen and dining room, a large terrace and an outdoor play area - perfect for sledding! It is outfitted with relaxing lounge areas, multi-purpose movie room, equipment storage area, and free internet access and parking.
The Gstaad ski resort boasts 53 lifts, accessing 220 km of slopes, with two snow parks, a number of sled runs and winter hiking trails. The resort is between 1000 and 3000 metres above sea level and the longest run in the region is 1600 vertical meters (more than most resorts in the North American Rocky Mountains). The resort has the only glacier ski area in the Bernese Oberland and 60% of the main slopes are equipped with snow cannons, guaranteeing snow cover.
Please contact Lovell Camps directly if interested in Ski Race Clinics or Camps.
Family ski holidays are always a great experience, we are offering a way for both parents and children to truly enjoy themselves. Children will experience a fun-filled, fully supervised and all-inclusive camp program - which will last from the moment they wake up to the time they go to bed.
Parents will be able to enjoy their holiday knowing that their children are being taken care of by professional staff and instructors. Please contact the camp directly if you wish to book a family holiday with us.