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Boarding at VIS is a breath of fresh air

Boarding at VIS allows students from around the world to enjoy access to Verbier’s natural wonders and also to be accommodated in a family-focused environment.

VIS offers a number of different boarding opportunities:

  • All year round
  • Winter term only
  • Winter experiences for children to join VIS for selected weeks during the Winter term.
  • Flexible boarding for day students on a night by night basis
  • Weekly boarding (either all year round or Winter term)

VIS Winter term experience boarding brochure

Chalet L’Epervier

Chalet L’Epervier is a typical Swiss Alpine chalet built in wood and stone. With its large sunny terrace, garden and three storeys it provides a cosy and safe haven for its residents.

Spread over three floors (top floor allocated to the boys’ bedrooms, the middle floor for the house parents and the ground floor bedrooms for the girls) the house can welcome up to a dozen students. Bedrooms are for one or two sharing.

The chalet also has a dining room, living room, kitchen, several bathrooms and a large storage cellar. It is fully equipped with Wifi, cable television, games and designated study areas. All outdoor doors can be locked and secured.

Living in the Chalet

At Chalet L’Epervier, the ethos is to help and respect one another. Living together under the same roof creates a sense of family away from home and each individual is valued. Inclusivity is crucial to the wellbeing of each student and is something VIS Boarding takes great care to ensure. Residents are expected to participate in group activities, help out with simple house chores and ensure house rules are adhered to.

The house parents live in the chalet with the students throughout the school year. They are there to ensure the smooth running of the chalet and to provide comfort, reassurance and guidance to each student under their roof.

Typical day

At Chalet L’Epervier a typical day of residential life starts with either a cooked breakfast or a Continental option served from 7:00 – 8:00 before heading off to school.

After school, depending on extracurricular activities, residents return home and can either participate in a group activity or study in their rooms or collaboratively with other students in one of the common rooms, before dinner.

Dinner is served from 18:30 – 19:30 and afterwards students have the option to work quietly in their rooms, watch a movie or play a game. House parents are always at hand to supervise, support and encourage.

Weekend life

Weekends at Chalet L’Epervier are spent indulging in a multitude of activities that Verbier, and its surrounding areas, have to offer: from skiing and snowboarding in winter to hiking, biking, and climbing in summer plus a number of organized activities such as horseback riding, golf, tennis, sailing, paragliding, snowshoeing, ski mountaineering, and more.

There are also excursions planned such as visiting cities, going to museums, day trips to cultural sites or nature reserves to a number of organized activities such as horse-riding, golf, tennis, sailing, paragliding, snowshoeing, ski mountaineering to name a few. All students are encouraged to take part and a minimum of two separate activities are proposed each weekend. There is something for everyone and there is no such thing as bad weather to prevent us from having fun on the weekends.

Study time and time to relax is factored in so each student feels rested and prepared for the week ahead.

How to apply

We develop partnership and trust to prepare prospective families for life in Verbier for both day students and boarders.