Séjour Ado – Vacances Hiver – Mercantour


Let’s get out off the beaten tracks, and crowded ski lifts !

Far from the congested ski resorts, give your children the real snowy experience : a free mountain with he magic of the muffled silence of the powder …

The winter adventure will begin  at Casterino Village, at the gate of the Mercantour French National Park.

Over there, neither wifi, nor 4G…

Our Philosophy

By giving children the tools to better understand themselves, they develop problem solving skills, independence, confidence, and strength of character.

By teaching children how to live and work in a community, they learn to manage themselves in complex social situations, put others’ needs before their own, and to work with other strong individuals from all over the France and the world.

By helping children value the earth, they become stewards of the natural world and, in turn, value the efforts made by themselves and others to preserve, protect and appreciate the immeasurable gifts of the outdoor world.

And, by imbuing these actions with a deep sense of wonder, children grow to see and appreciate the beauty, magic, and possibility within themselves, others and the world.

Grounded in our mission, our philosophy for the last seven years has been to provide a quality, safe experience for children in the outdoors.  As youth development professionals, we teach life skills that are necessary for the creation of healthy, productive adults.

What is a National Park?

It is a territory whose landscape, ecological and cultural quality deserve to be preserved. The protection of this heritage is a matter of national legitimacy. Wildlife Professionals are involved in management, observation, monitoring and information.

The camp is supervised by:

– Guides of Middle Mountain, Mountaineering BEES


Learning the basics of wildlife in a snowy environment.

  • Know the basics of nivology (snow studies)
  • Driving a sled dog team
  • Knowing how to navigate using snowshoes
  • Build Igloo shelters
  • Learn self-rescue techniques (DVA Shovel Probe)
  • Recognize and follow animal tracks
  • Observation chamois, ibex, tetra-lyre
  • But also: sporting events, games, etc ...


Accommodation and Catering

  • Accommodation:         YES - 4 nights in a refuge
  • Catering:                       Full board
  • Material included:      Snowshoes, DVA, walking sticks

Feel free to contact us if you want to know more details of the trip day by day.


Schedule & Bus Transfers

Caring about the environement, we organize transfers by bus and train on Lignes d’Azur or using our 9 seating Van.

About a third of our campers arrive by car with parents, other family members, or friends.  Other campers fly into Nice Côte d'azur Airport.  Staff members meet children at the airport, help them collect their luggage, and take them to chartered buses or vans for the trip to camp.

Departure: Nice Stade Allianz Riviera -> Casterino

  • Time:                              Meeting on Monday at 7:30 am
  • Place of departure:  Parking in front of "Musée du Sport"
  • Transportation:         Nature Essentielle's Private Van

Return: Casterino -> Nice Stade Allianz Riviera

  • Schedule:                       Arrival at 5:00 pm
  • Return location:        Parking in front of "Musée du Sport"
  • Transportation:          Nature Essentielle's Private Van


Practical infos

You can find all these informations in the Inscription file you can download here

Necessary material :

Gear list will be given in january

Available departures

Select your tour date using the calendar below to book this tour.