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Beginner Snowboarding

There is no better way to learn to snowboard than with a UCPA holiday. Included in the all inclusive package is accommodation, meals, lift pass, equipment hire and instruction. With snowboard instruction included in the price it's the best value snowboard holiday you will find and by far the best option for beginners! 

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

Level

Beginners snowboard instruction - if you have had 1 week of boarding then you will probably be at improver level. If you have boarded just 1 or 2 days at a snowdome then this is the right level 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 or boarding in different level groups. This option isn't always available for beginners.

Full Time (23 Hrs)

You will have 9 or 10 half day sessions with your instructor, so this really maximises your time to improve. You'll still have free time at the end of each day and on Sunday & Saturday to board with friends, practice or just relax. This is the course we would most recommend for beginners.

Teaching Style

The instruction isn't like the 1 or 2 hr private lesson. You will spend a full week with your instructor and group therefore the sessions are much less formal, less intense and more fun. There is of course formal learning, practising and perfecting but it's more relaxed and you will have 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 equipment early morning, free boarding day (complete beginners have a 1/2 day lesson in the afternoon)
  • Mon - Fri - Practice boarding in groups with your instructor. Normally Wednesday is just a 1/2 day of instruction.
  • Saturday - Departure day, board till lunchtime, enjoy a lunch, clear your room & say good bye (till 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 tab to see what is available where.

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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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.

Val d'Isere | Snowboard Half Time

I went on Snowboarding holidays by myself Xmas time. I'm single girl and unfortunately most of my friends are either couples or would not go on skiing and boarding vacation. At first I was a little bit worried, but as soon as I got on a bus with other travellers I was hit by amazing bubbly atmosphere. All the guides and instructors were very friendly, always happy to help and advice. This was an amazing surprise considering that most of them work on very low pay. Also I met bunch of great friends. I opted to stay with three other girls in shared room, and all of us get on very well. Usually I'm used to more expensive and luxury holidays. Despite all the rooms being very basic, it was very clean, food was fantastic and snowboarding equipment was very new. I would definitely recommend to any single or a couple or bunch of friends to go with this company. I'm actually just about to book my summer holidays with them now. It's a little bit different to drinking and partying and I love it !

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.

Serre Chevalier | Snowboard Off Piste

I visited Serre Chavalier for a  UCPA Off Piste Snowboarding holiday in January of this year (13th-20th).

Tignes | Snowboard Half Time

This was my fifth UCPA trip via Action Outdoors.  And each time I booked I hardly had any issues.  If I had any questions, Action Outdoors emailed back very swiftly with helpful answers.  The only thing that I could make a point on this trip was that we weren't told of any transfer details from the airport to the resort until I had to call the bus operators (Ben's buses in this case) directly.  All the other times, we were texted the transfer details and didn't have much of a problem.  The info on Action Outdoors page was very thorough and informative.  The only point I could make on the website is that when we try and log in to our group page by logging in as opposed to clicking the link from the email, it was quite difficult to locate it, in fact I don't think I ever located the group page by logging in - I think I had to search for my Action Outdoors email each time to click the link.

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    Matt J
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  • UCPA is a totally unique set-up, providing both a top-level skiing service and a wonderful place to relax and enjoy yourself. 
    Richard J
  • 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...
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