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Chamonix

Chamonix is a beautiful alpine town set amongst some of the most breathtaking alpine scenery to be found anywhere in the world. Often called the ‘Extreme Sports Capital of the World’ Chamonix is a small town with a big reputation. The best skiers and snowboarders from around the world come here to test themselves in the mountains of the Mont Blanc Massif. For anyone serious about their snow sports a visit to Chamonix is a must!

Ski Area

Whilst Chamonix is most famous for its world class backcountry skiing, there is also some excellent piste skiing. Chamonix is split into 5 separate ski areas offering a total of 160km of piste covered by 63 lifts. Each area has its own distinct feel and their varying aspects and positions ensure that good conditions can usually be found somewhere in the valley for those who know their way around. The pistes in Chamonix are a little steeper than normal due to the steep sides of the valley, this is not an ideal resort for the beginner and the separate ski areas means it is also not an ideal resort for groups of mixed abilities. However, the UCPA instructors know where the best places are thus no matter your ability, you will have an amazing experience!

For the intermediate to advanced skier Chamonix is superb play ground and for those venturing into the off piste Chamonix really comes into its own. The lift access to high mountain, glacial and back country skiing in Chamonix is unparalleled. The Valle Blanche is Chamonix’s most famous run, at 22km long with a vertical drop of 2800m it can also claim to be the Europe’s longest off piste run and the world’s biggest lift served vertical drop.

Town Centre

Chamonix is a very attractive alpine town which unlike many ski resorts is fully functioning all year round with quite a large static population. The town is nestled at the bottom of a steep sided valley at the foot of Mont Blanc with a stunning backdrop of the Mont Blanc Massif and views of Mont Blanc itself. It really is a stunning location, it’s easy to see why so many people have been inspired by its jagged peaks. The après ski and nightlife in Chamonix is as good as you would expect with a host of bars and clubs to keep you entertained. There is a good range of events and activities on throughout the year and there is usually always something interesting happening somewhere in town from skiing world cups to music festivals.  

UCPA Centre

The UCPA centre in Chamonix is perfectly located just 2 minutes walk from the town square and the main bars. The centre is a refurbished Victorian building complete with sports bar, night club, dining hall, ski rooms and social areas. Twin and hostel style rooms are both available at Chamonix all with sink and shower ensuite and toilets close by. 

CHAMONIX OVERVIEW

Pros

  • World famous skiing, amazing off piste and huge pisted area
  • Perfect town centre location
  • Excellent night life
  • Most dramatic Alpine Valley
  • Easily accessible from Geneva

Cons

  • Skiing is spread out along the valley
  • Not ideal for beginners
  • Popular weeks sell out fast
Chamonix Sunbathing
Chamonix town centre decorated festively

REVIEWS – READ WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US!

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Chamonix | Ski Full Time Instruction

I was impressed with the organisation accommodation and staff at UCPA Chamonix , the food was well done and the evening entertainment varied and enjoyable especially the cool jazz-funk band , there was a good atmosphere about the place and it is situated in the centre of Chamonix.

Chamonix | Ski Full Time

After flying into Geneva, I found the desk for my transfer and waited for the mini bus driver and the rest of the transfer passengers. I was a bit nervous as I was travelling solo and I had never been on a solo skiing holiday before; I was unsure what to expect. The transfer company were very friendly and the rep chatted to me as the other passengers started to arrive. I noticed that some of them were also travelling solo and this made me feel more at ease.

Chamonix | Ski Full Time Beginner

Chamonix… The atmosphere was sparkling! Being there I got the best weather as well. So two most important factors were on top level.

Chamonix | Ski Full Time

Well, I didn't know what to expect when booking my Action Outdoors holiday. I had been debating a ski trip for a while, weighing up the pro's and con's, should I shouldn't I? However, I took the plunge and booked my holiday and left that evening - somewhat last minute! However, the help that Chris in the office gave when booking set the tone for what was a great trip and I wasn't disappointed.

Chamonix | Ski Full Time

This year was the second year that i have snowboarded with UCPA / Action Outdoors and I'm already planning next years trip. Like many young people I'm on a budget and so UCPA is the obvious choice with everything included except for evening drinks, which are cheap anyway at the hostel bar. The holiday cost me about half of my previous holiday with another company and was twice the fun, with a great mix of international skiers in my group, all of a similar standard. It was a pretty cloudy week, and cold but with lots of snow, and the lessons focused on technique with a bit of side piste skiing thrown in. The food was excellent and eat as much as you like, or can. I went by myself so the social activities in the evening were great for meeting people as well as a lot of fun, including live bands, karaoke, ping pong competition and a mix of other activities. I stayed in an all male dormitory with 3 other guys and ended up socialising with them in the evenings as well as with a mix of other people from our groups and people we had all met over the week. Many of the people who holiday with UCPA travel alone so meeting people is never a problem. My only regret is that the holiday didn't last longer.

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Best For: Extreme Skiing
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Nearest Airport: Geneva (109km)
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  • Alongside the excellent equipment, lessons, food and accommodation, the thing that brings me back year on year is the atmosphere, as made by the people who go to UCPA.
    Elliot B
  • UCPA is a unique and brilliant experience, I would not describe it as a hotel but also not hostel it is somewhere in-between. Its a place where meeting people and making friends...
    Peter E
  • Having never used UCPA before I was not sure what to expect but the week I spent there was absolutely fantastic and I genuinely can’t wait to go back.
    Richard 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
  • The lessons are brilliant with fun instructors who know how to give everyone individual instruction and to party when its time to party.
    Asim A
  • 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
  • Action Outdoors set up a personal group page and as a group leader, I did’t have to worry about taking everyone’s payments. Each group member is responsible to pay their own way through the group page directly to Action Outdoors. Win!
    Asim A
  • UCPAs are like an upmarket hostel. However, they are always comfortable and if you want to meet people, the rooms of 4-6 are a great way of doing so. Even better is most of the UCPAs have some twin rooms...
    Anna R
    

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