The best way to learn to ski or snowboard

Beginner Ski

If you are searching for a beginner ski course then there is no better way to learn to ski than with one of our UCPA all inclusive courses. The price includes accommodation, meals, lift pass, equipment hire as well as the instruction, so it's the best value ski holiday you will find!

For more information on things that you may wish to know about before deciding to book a ski trip please read through our handy beginners ski guide

Level

Beginners ski instruction - if you have had 1 week of skiing then you will probably be at improver level. If you have never skied or had only 1 or 2 days at a snowdome socially, then this level will probably be at the right standard for you.

Course

There are two types of course:

Half Time (12 Hrs)

This allows you to spend 4 or 5 half day sessions with your instructor, but still allows plenty of time for practice either on your own, with your group or perhaps with friends who have been skiing in different level groups.

Full Time (23 Hrs)

You will have 8 or 9 half day sessions with your instructor, so this really maximises your time to improve. You'll still have free ski time at the end of each day and on Sunday & Saturday to ski with friends, practise or just relax. This is the course we would most recommend for beginners.

Teaching Style

The instruction isn't like the typical 1 or 2 hour private lesson. You spend much more time with the instructor and the group therefore the learning is much less formal, less intense and more fun. Of course there is formal teaching, practising and perfecting, but it's more relaxed and there is plenty of time to enjoy the mountain.

Itinerary

Will vary from resort to resort - typically:

  • Saturday - Arrival day, check in & meet other participants
  • Sunday - Collect ski equipment early morning, free skiing day (complete beginners have a 1/2 day lesson in the afternoon)
  • Mon - Fri - Practice skiing in groups with your instructor. Normally Wednesday is a 1/2 day of instruction.
  • Saturday - Departure day, ski till lunchtime, enjoy a lunch, clear your room & say good bye (until the next time) 

Social

One of the nicest things about a UCPA holiday is the social aspect – it's a great way to meet new people through sharing good sporting times together. Whether you travel by yourself, or with friends you're sure to make some great new friendships through the week.

Resort

Not all resorts offer both half & full time instruction - check out the Dates & Prices to see what is available.

Whether you choose from half time instruction or full time instruction and regardless of your level you'll be with a great bunch of like minded people and with one of the best instructors on the mountain.

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REVIEWS – READ WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US!

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Les Arcs |

Firstly I would definitely recommend Action Outdoors. This is the 5th ski holiday I have been with them and they have always been very helpful even when I have had to change details of members of my party or cancel a person's booking who couldn't go.

La Plagne |

I went to La Plagne in jan on a solo holiday. I was a bit nervous about meeting a load of strangers and was my first time skiing too! Well I needn't have worried. Keryn our rep made us feel really welcome and brought us all together. The UCPA centre was fab. Clean, warm and great food. The views up the piste were just gorgeous. I could not fault the holiday at all. Well organised, safe and loads of fun. I would definitely book through action outdoors again. Thanks guys. I've a new love for skiing :-)

Tignes |

I spent the New year in Tignes at the UCPA and had an amazing time. It was my first time at UCPA but do enamoured that I immediately booked a second trip for February.

Serre Chevalier | Ski Full Time Instruction

I went to Serre Chevalier in February. The centre was good, pleasant bar area and reasonably sized double rooms. The instructors weekly jump show into the swimming pool was a highlight.

Tignes |

I recently stayed at the Tignes (Val Claret) UCPA centre and had the best weeks skiing ever. I booked through the Action Outdoors website which was pretty straight forward. This was my first time in a UCPA centre and I was travelling with my girlfriend and four friends – a mix of skiers and boarders ranging in experience from complete beginner to ex-seasonaires. On arrival after a long coach journey we were greeted by a cheerful and  welcoming team at the UCPA centre who gave us the lowdown on the arrival procedures. The centre was extremely well organised and helpful staff made the task of checking in/booking onto lessons/collecting lift pass and equipment so much easier than I have experienced in any other resort.

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Read what our clients say about us

  • Our guide Cyril was absolutely amazing and found us fresh powder tree runs all day, without a hike, when it hadn’t snowed for 15 days
    Oliver P
  • If you do it you really won’t regret it. I’ve been on 20 ski trips, and this was the best by far.
    Oliver P
  • In my opinion, UCPA should really stand for something like ‘Unbelievably Cheap, Perfectly Awesome’ because it really is the best way to see the French Alps on a budget.  Or not even on a budget for that matter, because the enthusiasm of the instructo...
    Amelia S
  • The food offers great variety, choice (several options each night), quantity (as much as you want) and quality is decent (7/10). Cheese and yoghurts coming out of your ears, packed lunch option, afternoon...
    Anna R
  • UCPA provides all the equipment you need for a week of skiing or snowboarding and the lessons are fantastic for all levels, from complete beginner to the most impressive of off-piste daredevils!
    Elliot B
  • UCPA understands the needs of all it’s visitors; it has a ski room open every night for if you have any problems with equipment, stretching classes after your long days on the slopes, wi-fi access which you... 
    Peter E
  • There is always a range of ages, nationalities, mixtures of solo travellers, couples, groups etc. We have booked as a group of 6, a group of 36 (no joke) and even just me and my boyfriend – it works for all.
    Anna R
  • A la Carte week - Lessons were good. I went to a few that I thought would benefit me, off-piste and freestyle. The instructors spoke decent enough English and you really learnt as much as you wanted to.
    Ron H