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Winter Packing List

Provided Equipment:

Standard courses:

  • Skis/Snowboard appropriate for your level & course
  • Ski/Snowboard boots
  • Ski Poles

Off piste & touring courses:

  • Backpack, transceiver, shovel & probe (batteries not included – available from reception)
  • Sleeping bag for any overnight stays in mountain huts (if part of course)

Clothing & Kit required

Ski/snowboard clothing:

  • Base layers – long thermal underwear or sports leggings & top
  • Mid layer – thin fleece, sports hoodie or insulated jacked
  • Waterproof outer ski jacket
  • Salopettes/waterproof outer ski trousers
  • Warm & waterproof ski gloves
  • Ski socks
  • Ski goggles
  • Warm hat/beanie
  • Helmet (not required, personal preference – can be rented in resort)
  • Small backpack (not required, useful for carrying water bottle & snacks)

Need to buy ski clothing & kit? Check out Snowleader – Action Outdoors clients save 15%. Contact us for the latest discount code. Alternatively you can rent top of the range outer clothing.

Personal clothing:

  • Warm casual clothing for evenings
  • Comfortable and warm outdoor shoes or snow boots with good grips
  • Comfortable indoor shoes for wearing around the centre

Other essentials

  • Towel (bedding is provided but towels are not provided)
  • French plug adapter for your phone & laptop charger
  • Sunscreen
  • Travel Insurance & EHIC card
  • Passport
  • Ear plugs (useful for a shared dorm)
  • Padlock for room locker
  • Water bottle – for the mountain and in your room
  • Mobile phone & charger (check it works while abroad)
  • UCPA security deposit – 100 euros/£80 by card or cash
  • Debit/credit card – in case of emergency
  • Toiletries & hairdryer

Several weeks before travel you will be sent an email with information you may require for your holiday including packing list, travel arrangements and the UCPA address. Please read this information carefully. If you don't receive the Holiday Details email contact us. Remember if you are arriving after 8pm you should contact the UCPA centre in advance to arrange access to the centre and room keys. This information is covered in the Holiday Details email. 

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HINTS AND TIPS FROM ACTION OUTDOORS FANS

  • Bring a pack of cards - great for entertainment & making friends
  • Ear plugs are very useful for light sleepers
  • Comfy pajamas and a dressing gown are very handy
  • A spare pillow/travel pillow is nice to have
  • Padlocks for room lockers & ski locks
  • Plasters or blister kit in case of ski boot/shoes issues
  • Thermos flask saves money on the mountain 
  • Bring a mug for tea - the French use bowls
  • Bring your own tea bags if you like a proper English cuppa 

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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • I snowboard at the moderate/expert level, but my boyfriend doesn’t have to get bored waiting for me to head across the flats because he’s high up in the mountains remembering how to use transceivers with the extreme expert ski group. 
    Amelia S
  • The food is PHENOMENAL at UCPA – brilliant for those with eyes bigger than their belly. 
    Asim A
  • 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
  • The instructors always push you to go that extra mile – I even managed to go down the mountain backwards last time! – but are totally cool when you’ve had enough and that vin chaud is calling your name. 
    Amelia S
  • All in all, I can’t recommend UCPA highly enough. It’s the best snow experience you’ll have – guaranteed!
    Amelia S