Each season UCPA creates a few specialist weeks across various UCPA centres in the French Alps whereby most or all of the centre is dedicated only to families. Everything (accommodation, food, lift pass, equipment hire, lessons) is included in the price, but that price has a much smaller impact on your pocket than traditional chalet/hotel ski holidays.
Always included in our holidays
Skis, boots & poles
Instruction or guiding
Friendly & social atmosphere
In a few words, our family weeks have everything you need for a great ski holiday included in the price, but without the frills. All inclusive means hassle free. UCPA centres are purpose built for group activities, so equipment is issued at the centre, lessons start and finish there, dinner is cooked and provided buffet style in a large canteen/dining room, and there are social areas such as bars and lounges for spending social time in the evening.
UCPA centres are renowned for being very sociable, where like minded people are able to meet and share unique experiences. This sociable nature always extends in to family weeks, with the parents often becoming friends and likewise the children.
On standard weeks, the ski package (ski equipment, lift pass, lessons) are available for adults and children aged 7 or over. If you have children who are aged under 7, you can book them onto an 'accommodation only-under 7' package and book them into a local ski school (e.g. ESF or similar), who usually also give discounts on local ski hire and lift passes.
On Family plus weeks, the ski package is available for adults and children aged 3+
Sometimes, we (Action Outdoors) will have the whole centre to our customers and other times we share the centre with other UCPA partners so there will be a real international mix of participants.
This programme includes all that is offered in the standard Family Week package, but the resorts (Flaine, La Plagne and Valloire) are ski in/ski out and the rooms are all en suite.
Family Plus weeks include ski instruction for children aged 3+ so you don't need to organise lessons or kids club externally (our standard family weeks only have lessons/ski equipment/lift passes for those aged 7+). Those aged 3-5 will have ESF lessons and will be accompanied to their lessons by UCPA staff.
The Family Plus weeks also include kids clubs from Mon - Fri, a choice of snowboarding (for 16+), the option of introduction to off piste courses (for 16+) and the option of full time skiing for 11 - 17 year olds.
If you have children under 7 and want to choose one of our standard weeks, you can book them on to 'accommodation only under 7' package and then book them into a local ski school with ESF or similar (who will also usually be able to arrange a discount on equipment hire and lift passes).
UCPA was founded with the aim of getting young people in to sports and the outdoors, all at an affordable price. This is achieved thorough many efficiencies, one of which is the 'multi share' rooms. The rooms can be described as comfortable, warm, and quiet but basic with no frills.
During family weeks your family will have a room to yourselves (or multiple rooms). Although occasionally we may need to ask two 2-person families to share together (unless you have booked into a twin room). We would write to you should circumstances change or if there any issues. It is also possible to book twin rooms for a supplement if there is availability, but these are reserved at first for single parent with one child combinations.
Bathroom facilities vary from centre to centre, the most common being bedrooms having a sink and a shower ensuite with shared toilets in the corridor. Some centres have all rooms ensuite, others only have twin rooms ensuite, and some centres don't have any ensuite rooms. The family week plus centres (Flaine, La Plagne and Valloire) have en suite rooms.
UCPA save costs by the guests pitching in and helping out. For example when you arrive you will be provided with clean linen for your bed, but you will have to make it yourself. This little bit of mucking in is what makes UCPA trips such excellent value and a fun experience.
The instruction provided by UCPA is of extremely high quality and is suitable for all levels (even expert) and it is included for adults as well as children (see below for ages). It is not compulsory to attend lessons but they are a great way to meet others staying at the centre, be shown the best parts of the resort and fine tune your skills.
UCPA Family Ski Instruction
Includes 4 sessions of approximately 2.5 hours Monday-Friday and is available for adults and children aged 7 and over (or for aged 3 and over on Family Plus weeks). Lessons will be broken down into 4 or 5 morning or afternoon sessions throughout the week (usually 1 session per day, except for Wednesday). There is usually an introductory session for beginners on Sunday afternoon.
In Chamonix, the instruction is always full time (approx 23 hrs during the week)
UCPA Accommodation Only
This package for children under 7 years of age and adults that don’t intend on skiing (during the standard family weeks only). The package includes accommodation and meals but excludes equipment hire, lift pass and ski instruction. The price is discounted to represent the smaller package. For children under 7 lessons, equipment hire and lift passes must be arranged externally with ski schools such as ESF.
Children aged 2 and under
UCPA do not charge for children under the age of 2. You will however be required to bring your own travel cot, high chair and baby stuff with you, this will not be provided by UCPA. Childcare is not provided and you should therefore contact the local tourist information centres to find out about local provision.
For the family weeks, UCPA centres will amend evening meal times to better suit children. The French do tend to eat meals later than we do in the UK therefore the adjusted times may still be later than your normal family meal times. We therefore advise you to plan accordingly. Most resorts have food shops however these may be very small and the choice limited so you might prefer to bring some non-refrigerated snack options with you.
It is usual in France for children to eat what the adults do, so there are unlikely to be separate options aimed specifically for children.
If a member of your family has a serious dietary requirement please let the centre know in advance. UCPA chefs will always try and offer an alternative option for those with allergies or dietary needs, however, it is not always possible to cater for all dietary requirements and they will be unable to provide specialist food alternatives such as gluten free bread or soy milk. We would advise you to bring such food stuff with you if you rely on these alternatives, as they may not even be available in resort.
Helping out also applies at meal times - you help yourself to food and are expected to clear your table and give it a wipe when you are finished.
We are able to provide our customers with transfers to and from airports in most resorts, as well as a coach option from London at some resorts. The prices vary depending on resort and airport. Transfers can be applied at the checkout for some or all of your group, or they can be added post-booking.
It is important to check that your flights fit within our possible transfer times for the resort and airport you are going to - you can do this on the resort page under the 'getting there' tab.
Each year we have a selection of resorts available for family weeks during UK school holiday dates (with other UCPA centres being used for the standard individuals market (for 18-45 year old). These resorts and number of places at each changes slightly year-on-year. On some dates we have the whole centre for Action Outdoors customers (primarily English-speaking/UK customers). On other dates, we share the centre with international UCPA partners and there will be an international mix of French, Swedish, British and other nationalities.
For the 23/24 season, the below resorts/number of places were originally available (we have sold out of a lot of these resorts and for some). For price information and to book on, have a look at the 'dates & prices' page When these are sold out they will no longer show on that page, but you can add your name to the waiting list which you can find in the drop down menu below.
|23 Dec||30 Dec||10 Feb||17 Feb||30 Mar||6 Apr|
Standard family weeks (ski package/lessons from ages 7+)
|Les Deux Alpes||100||100||200||100|
Family plus weeks (ski package/lessons from ages 3+)
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