Ski tour to experience the whole mountain

Ski Touring Courses

If you want to really escape the crowds, properly experience the back country and aren’t afraid of a bit of hard work then ski touring is for you. Ski touring, where you skis become a mechanism for hiking in the mountains, giving you access to anywhere you want to go. The wilderness, the views, the fresh tracks and feeling of personal achievement is what makes ski touring a true passion for many.

UCPA has a number of ski touring courses depending on your ski ability and your level of fitness. So if you are super fit, love to break a sweat but aren’t necessarily a very strong skiers there is a course for you. If you are a powder junkie who dreams of epic ascents and are prepared to put in a bit of slog to get there then there is a course for you too! From beginner courses teaching the very basics to expert level courses guiding some of the most world famous ski tours, UCPA caters for everyone.  Be warned these courses are very popular so book up quick! 

Level

Read the descriptions carefully. Each course has a prerequisite for previous experience required. This is for your safety and enjoyment. UCPA may require you to change course if they feel you don't have enough experience or the correct level of fitness for the course. 

Level 1 - Advanced piste skier, some off piste experience, new to ski touring. Ideal course as an introduction - available as a week or as a weekend.

Level 2 - Expert level skier, able to ski all types of snow, with some experience of ski touring  - comfortable with around 800m height climb.

Level 3 - Expert level skier, good experience of ski touring, able to ski all snow types with rucksack on back. Good level of fitness.

Level 4 - Excellent level skier, competent ski tourer and alpiniste at a very good level of fitness.

Course

At the introductory level more time will be spent on developing the techniques and skills needed to become a good ski tourer. As you progress through the levels both your speed and technique will improve and the week becomes more about exploring with a guide than being introduced to new skills.

Itinerary

The itinerary varies lots between the different trips - please read the holiday detail to find out more.

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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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  • The best thing about this holiday was the people I met! Everyone loved skiing/snowboarding/being outdoors, so we had a lot in common already.
    Tong Tong
  • 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
  • It’s hard not to sound like a fanatic about the whole thing, but I’ve vowed to go to UCPA on every ski holiday I ever take in future. You can’t argue with paying half the price of a normal trip, and getting twice as much!
    Oliver P
  • We all appreciate that we are inside one of those perfect moments, heightened by the expectation of another afternoon riding the perfect, untracked powder that our instructor...
    Matt J
  • 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
  • It’s not just a ski trip, it’s a chance to experience another way of life. I can drink coffee by the bowlful, which feels SO right, practise my rusty French as much I like and eat great food.
    Matt J
  • Lastly, food. It was the best bit for me. We had 4 days of fresh powder and the last 2 days with perfect visibility and the food was still the best bit! (might be a slight exaggeration, but only a slight).
    Ron H
  • 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