Ski weekends and short breaks with the UCPA

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Ski Weekends and Ski Short Breaks

When you don’t have much time to escape or have a break in work commitments and know that some fresh mountain air would do you the world of good, a short ski break may be just the solution. A ski or snowboarding weekend consists of three or four nights away yet results in up to four good days on the snow which is often enough. 

The UCPA centres, with every aspect of your ski break located on site, allows maximum ski time with minimum hassle. We only recommend that you stay in the resorts of Flaine, Chamonix, Argentiere or Le Deux Alpes due to the short transfer time from the airport and that the transfers run late into the evening. However, all of the UCPA centres offer short ski and snowboarding breaks and if you are willing to hire a car, all are very accessible.

All Inclusive Short Breaks

The all inclusive formula that makes the week long UCPA Ski Holidays so popular still apply. Your accommodation, all meals, equipment hire and lift pass are included and the price is kept as low as possible. We promise that you won't need to justify your weekend away to the bank manager!

From learn to ski short breaks through to ski touring breaks!

Some of the centre's even offer the option of instruction with their ski breaks. Alongside beginner and intermediate short break instruction there are introduction courses to off piste, ski touring and even free ride!

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Chamonix is a fantastic location for a short ski break. Although you do need to catch a bus to the various ski areas, each one offers something completely different. The town itself offers one of the best Après scenes in the Alps so as well as skiing hard, you can party hard too. 

Great for: those that like to explore, off piste enthusiasts (the longest off piste run, the infamous Vallee Blanche descent is a must do if conditions are good – you will need to hire a qualified Mountain Guide to show you the route through the glacier safely), and those given a green card to escape commitments for the weekend!

Time to resort. Geneva to Chamonix 1hr15


Flaine is definitely a resort designed perfectly for those looking for a short ski break with minimal hassle. Everything is within walking distance and the ski area a huge area to explore. 

Good for: all abilities, couples, minimal hassle.
Time to resort. Geneva to Flaine 1hr30


Argentiere, part of the Chamonix Valley, is a great location for both skiers and snowboarders looking for a ski weekend where the main effort is making the best lines. The Grand Montets ski area, with its steep pistes and huge back bowls, is located less than 500m away from the centre and can provide plenty to get your teeth into. 

Good for: snow maniacs, friends, those who aren’t worried so much about an all night party.
Time to resort. Geneva to Argentiere 1hr30

Les Deux Alpes

Les Deux Alpes is in the southern Alps and offers year round skiing. The ski area is upside down with the beginner and intermediates enjoying the mountain views often reserved for the experts and the steeper slopes taking you back into town (there are gentler runs and lifts for those not so confident). The nightlife, like Chamonix, is non stop. Popular for both skiers and snowboarders for a short break.

Good for: All abilities, groups of friends wanting a good night out and a good range of pistes to explore.
Time to resort: 1hr30

Which day to arrive for a short ski break?

To maximise your ski break, we think that the Wednesday evening to Sunday evening formula is the best. This requires you to only take 2 days leave from work yet manage 4 good days on the snow.

Alternatively arriving on Thursday evening and skiing Friday, Saturday and Sunday, returning home on Sunday evening may work out more realistic with your leave commitments.  Or head out Saturday afternoon to make the most of the quieter slopes midweek by taking 3 days off work flying back on the Wednesday afternoon which may be cheaper flight wise too. 
For all options you can fly first thing the following morning and save yourself a night’s accommodation but please be aware that transfers don’t start until 9am so you will need to write off the mornings skiing.

On arrival what to expect?

We will work with your flight times to find the next available transfer to get you to the resort as quickly as possible but please confirm the time of the last transfer to your chosen resort before you book your flights. If you arrive into resort after 20:30hrs, the reception will be closed but the details for your room will be left out. After breakfast the next day, the ski room and reception will open at 08:30 (or possibly earlier) to get you kitted out with your lift pass and equipment. Ideally you will be on the slopes before 10:00hrs.

Instruction and guided options for our ski weekends

Many of our ski weekends offer instruction ranging from beginners through to off piste guiding and ski tour ski breaks. Snowboarding weekends are not as popular so instruction isn’t readily available for boarders unfortunately.

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