Ski short breaks made easy

Ski Short Breaks & Weekends

Can’t get away for a full week? Want to arrange a skiing weekend without breaking the bank? Check out UCPA’s short breaks. It’s the same great deal just shorter so you can squeeze in up to 4 days on the slopes without ​using up all your holidays!

The UCPA packages are perfect for people trying to make the most of the little time they have. Everything is in one place so you arrive late, wake up early, get your kit and lift pass from the UCPA staff and be on the slopes for first lifts. UCPA offers some short breaks with ski instruction or guiding at specific resorts.

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Level

All of the UCPA centres offer a 'no instruction' short break package, however this is not available for beginners. There are specific beginner ski short breaks available, perfect for those keen to give it a go without a week long commitment. 

Experienced skiers keen to improve or make the most of the instructor's local knowledge can select one of the instructed packages. There are regular instruction, off piste and ski touring courses available.

Itinerary

  • 4 day - Weds to Sun - arrive Wednesday night, ski till 17:00 Sunday.
  • 4 day - Sat to Weds - arrive Saturday, ski Sunday through to 17:00 Wednesday.
  • 3 day - Thu to Sun - arrive Thursday night, ski till 17:00 Sunday.
  • 2 day - Fri to Sun - arrive Friday night, ski till 17:00 Sunday. Contact office for details.

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.

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REVIEWS – READ WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US!

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Les Arcs |

Firstly I would definitely recommend Action Outdoors. This is the 5th ski holiday I have been with them and they have always been very helpful even when I have had to change details of members of my party or cancel a person's booking who couldn't go.

La Plagne |

I went to La Plagne in jan on a solo holiday. I was a bit nervous about meeting a load of strangers and was my first time skiing too! Well I needn't have worried. Keryn our rep made us feel really welcome and brought us all together. The UCPA centre was fab. Clean, warm and great food. The views up the piste were just gorgeous. I could not fault the holiday at all. Well organised, safe and loads of fun. I would definitely book through action outdoors again. Thanks guys. I've a new love for skiing :-)

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.

Serre Chevalier | Ski Full Time Instruction

I went to Serre Chevalier in February. The centre was good, pleasant bar area and reasonably sized double rooms. The instructors weekly jump show into the swimming pool was a highlight.

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.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • I really liked the fact that everything was included in the package, from equipment hire, to all the meals during day; from skiing lessons to evening entertainments!
    Tong Tong
  • We were always encouraged to push ourselves, quite often going off-piste and attempting things we wouldn’t have previously felt capable of.
    Mary T
  • No matter how hard you try, when you book everything separately (especially with the Euro and price of food at the moment), you will never beat UCPA.
    Anna R
  • 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...
    Amelia S
  • 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
  • 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