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Argentière, Summer

Located within the beautiful Chamonix valley in the French Alps, the village of Argentière offers a quieter location than the bustling town of Chamonix. The mountains and hills surrounding the town are the ideal playground for a number of adventure sports such as mountaineering, hiking, canyoning, climbing and mountain biking.

Best for

Stunning scenery with an outdoor pool

Fun fact

The main street in Argentière is named “Charlet Straton” after Jean Estéril Charlet and Isabella Straton famous for achieving the first winter ascent of Mont Blanc in 1876

Nearest airport

Geneva (110km)

Centre comfort

Resort charm

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The village of Argentiere has a range of amenities such as bars, restaurants, outdoor shops and bakeries as well as direct access to the mountains. It offers a picture perfect setting with the snow capped mountains and glacier set above it, the historical architecture of the old town and the alpine river running through the middle. It is linked by bus, train or numerous stunning footpaths to the main town of Chamonix, just 8km away but is definitely the town to relax in as the pace of life is a lot slower.

Completely refurbished in 2013, UCPA Argentière is a very modern and quiet building. It is right on the high street in the centre of the town - literally a stone's throw away from bakeries, bars, a few shops and even a laundry. There is an outdoor pool that is open in the summer, a huge bar and dining area, secure storage and drying rooms, and plenty of places to relax either independently or with others. 


- 4, 5, 6 person rooms

- Twin rooms available

- Bathroom facilities are communal per floor


- Well priced bar 

- Buffet style restaurant 

- WiFi in the bar area. Please note the WiFi is not good enough for working on data intensive activities



All UCPA meals are buffet style and with multiple servings the norm; you won't go hungry.

Breakfast is normally yogurts, cereals, fruit juice, coffee and bread - don't be surprised to see that the coffee and tea is taken in a bowl!

Lunch is either buffet or packed lunch. It is possible to return to the centre for lunch everyday where you will find one or two hot options available. As with all meals there will be a salad bar, plenty of bread, cheese, meat and of course desert. If you prefer you can make a packed lunch at breakfast time and eat on the mountain. Either way you will save a fortune avoiding the piste side restaurants.

Dinner is a three or four course buffet - typically a salad bar style starter, a choice of around three hot main courses, a cheese and cold meat platter and ice cream/dessert.

Due to the cost focussed nature of UCPA and the wide range of dietary requirements, it is impossible to accommodate everyone as standard. If you have any severe dietary requirements please contact the centre two weeks before to let them know. Generally speaking vegetarians will find plenty of options, with vegan options being a little more scarce but improving year on year.

By Air

Geneva airport is the nearest airport and the only airport with regular transfers to Argentiere. You would need to arrange onward transport from Geneva Airport to Argentiere. For most trips we can provide transfers, just select the option at checkout.

Airport Transfers

We offer a variety of shared transfers which go directly to Argentiere. The journey is 115km and takes around 1h30. Passengers are grouped together based on their flight times, generally speaking you won't be waiting for more than an hour.

Dates Latest arrival Earliest departure
17/06/23 - 17/09/23 (if demand is there they will run until end of September)  19:35 10:00

Our transfer partner Mountain Drop Offs provide a regular shared transfer option directly from Geneva airport to Argentiere. 

There is no timetable, passengers are grouped together based on flight times. This means it is an economical solution, but you may have to wait for other passengers. Typical waiting time is 1h30, often much less. 

The transfer takes 1h30 and is usually in a 9 seater minibus.

By Train

It is possible to get to Argentiere via train, please check out Trainline, SNCF or another train booking website for information on possible options. The train station in Argentiere is located right next to the centre, 30 seconds walk away.

By Car

There is no parking at UCPA, but there are some options available in the town; the train station and Grands Montets are free (at the time of writing) and take less than 5 minutes to walk to UCPA.

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