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MyViamonde is the area of our website specially created for school party leaders, parents of children enrolled in school ski programmes camps, as well as Viamonde staff.

Parents of children enrolled in a school ski programme should contact their child's school directly for the relevant login information.

Testimonials

We are grateful and proud to receive so many letters of thanks and recommendation from party leaders, whose groups we have looked after.

Thanks so much for organizing yet another spectacular trip. Everything went very smoothly and we all had a fabulous time. As usual, Viamonde’s attention to detail and the outstanding staff was the major determinant in the success of our trip. We all adored the counsellors, who had a fabulous balance of fun and structure.


It was evident from the high degree of motivation, sense of achievement and genuine happiness amongst the students that the tour was a truly successful learning experience for all. Please extend my thanks to the ski counsellors who worked so hard to make our week so great!


I am very impressed by the counsellors’ impeccable behaviour and appearance. I am very pleased with the safety standards, instructors’ involvement in teaching, interaction with the children, motivating them and giving them a fun experience. Thank you!


First let me say thank you for a great week. All of Viamonde’s personnel were excellent and always approached their responsibilities professionally and thoroughly. They quickly took care of all our needs, including our exceptional health problems. In fact all the counsellors worked so hard, I never worried about the students. The food was also excellent, healthy and tasty.

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Unique, high-quality programmes for school groups, fully-supervised on and off the slopes by our counsellors


Whether a beginner or expert, young or old, skier or snowboarder, everyone can safely enjoy the beautiful Swiss mountain environment with Viamonde!

Friendly resorts, comfortable accommodation, healthy and plentiful food, dynamic staff and round-the-clock supervision… just some of the reasons to trust Viamonde with your school's ski or snowboard trip.


Experienced international staff


Viamonde staff come from all over the world and are professional, enthusiastic and caring. They are chosen for their experience working with children and are all qualified and/or highly experienced skiers and snowboarders. All our staff are first and foremost counsellors and together with the group's chaperones will be responsible for the 24-hour supervision of the children, as well as organising an exciting programme of evening activities in addition to the daily skiing and snowboarding.

Safety & supervision


Viamonde takes safety extremely seriously and works closely with each resort's personnel to ensure that the skiing and snowboarding are as safe as possible. Obviously, skiing and snowboarding are not without risks, but small group sizes (average counsellor ratio 1:8) and experienced staff ensure that accidents are extremely rare.

The children never ski or snowboard without a counsellor and the daily programme includes important warm-up exercises at the start of the day, as well as regular breaks for a rest and a hot drink. Important health considerations, such as drinking lots of fluids and protection from the sun, are taught during the arrival day briefing, and the counsellors make regular checks throughout the day to ensure these are followed.

All Viamonde's counsellors carry mobile telephones as well as a comprehensive first aid kit and they have been trained in basic first aid and CPR.

Expert Instruction


Our unique approach to instruction follows our philosophy of providing challenging programmes, promoting personal development and building a foundation of trust and cooperation that can be taken back to the classroom. Our counsellors create a fun learning environment, successfully balancing games and instruction in a safe, fully-supervised environment. Utilising modern approaches to sports education, they instil confidence, working closely with those progressing more slowly, while challenging those whose skills are developing more rapidly.

GCSE Physical Education


In keeping with our aim to offer programmes that complement the school curriculum, we are pleased to provide support for GCSE physical education, should any students require it. Our skilled counsellors are able to facilitate the preparation of a video assessment for presentation to the examination board and provide a written review, if necessary.


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Activites


We understand the importance of providing activities throughout the day, with a minimum of "free time", in a successful trip. As a result, in addition to the daily skiing and snowboarding, our counsellors will organise and supervise fun activities during après-ski time as well as in the evenings.

High quality rental equipment


Viamonde only uses established and respected suppliers of ski and snowboard equipment who understand the specific requirements of children at all levels of ability. Equipment is very well maintained and great care is taken in choosing the correct sizes of boots and skis/snowboards.

Healthy & plentiful meals


We understand the unique requirements of our international clientele and ensure that all the meals we serve are popular, healthy and plentiful. Vegetarian alternatives are served at every meal and provided we have notice before a group's arrival, special diets can always be accommodated. Portions are generous to reflect the day's physical activities and there is never a limit to how much food is offered - children may return for another serving as many times as they like.

Mountain restaurant


We are pleased to offer the option in most resorts, for a small supplement, of hot lunches at selected mountain restaurants. In addition, when weather permits, a popular piste barbecue will be organised for all the groups together at the end of the week, usually after the slalom race.

Excursions and activities


Whilst all our programmes are "fully-inclusive", party leaders often appreciate the opportunity to include selected extra activities and excursions at an extra cost. Excursions include a guided tour of Geneva and a visit to one of Switzerland's premier water parks, Aqualand. Extra activities on offer include dog sledding, swimming and night skiing.


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Tests and slalom race


Whilst Viamonde programmes are designed to be fun and exciting, we also understand the importance of being challenging and setting goals to improve ski and snowboard skills at all levels of ability. It is for this reason that all our ski and snowboard programmes offer continuous skills assessment to complement the teaching methods our experienced counsellors follow.

Throughout the week, the counsellors will be constantly assessing every child against a standard set of criteria and will present a certificate indicating the personal level achieved at the final awards ceremony. In addition, a fun slalom race will be organised at the end of the week, with prizes for every ability level.


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Photo gallery and email


To allow parents to follow their child's progress during the trip, an online photo gallery will be maintained throughout each group's time with us. Most days, wherever possible, a selection of photos from the chalet, the mountain and during evening activities will be posted to the gallery for parents to browse and download. In addition, the gallery offers an incoming e-mail service for parents to keep in contact with their child.

Evenings for chaperones


Our staff ensure that everyone is well catered for during their stay and will typically organise special raclette or fondue evenings as well as a visit to the village for the accompanying chaperones.

Party leader resources


We provide very comprehensive resources on our website for party leaders to help them prepare for their programme with us and are always only a telephone call or e-mail away for more information or help.


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