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UCPA Youth Programmes

Arguably no one has the same natural ability, confidence and pure enthusiasm for skiing and snowboarding as teenagers do, and no one understands this quite like the UCPA. That is why the UCPA has introduced ski and snowboard programmes especially for young independent travellers aged 15-17.  The Youth Programmes have various different options allowing teenagers to escape to the Alps, either with mates or alone, for a week training with UCPA. Whether you are under 18 checking out your options or are a parent helping plan a holiday for your child, you have come to the right place. The UCPA has a very young, relaxed and fun atmosphere making it the perfect environment for teenagers and young adults. The all-inclusive package, sociable atmosphere and professional coaching makes the UCPA Youth Programmes the best value ski and snowboard holidays for under 18s.

The All-Inclusive Ski & Snowboard Package

The UCPA Youth Programme price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation in hostel style accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 6.5 days lift pass
  • 6.5 days equipment hire
  • 23 hours of ski or snowboard coaching

There are different levels of instruction to suit all abilities from absolute beginner to expert level off piste courses, for those keen to explore the backcountry. Everything is included in the price so only minimal spending money is required. Please note there is not an Action Outdoors rep onsite, these programmes are run and supervised by UCPA staff. The level of supervision depends on the course booked (see below). 

There are two options for under 18s; the Youth Ski or Snowboard Programme suitable for young people aged 15-17 and the Youth Courses, a less supervised option allowing 16-17 year olds join selected adult programmes. These holidays are suitable for more mature and responsible teenagers who are confident travelling alone.

Youth Programme 15-17 years

During school holidays the UCPA is dedicating a separate wing of the Tignes UCPA entirely to teenagers aged 15-17 travelling independently. The format is similar to a 'ski camp'; the young people are enrolled on a full time ski or snowboard course for the duration of their stay. The instructors are all really young, enthusiastic and fully qualified through the French system, so the young people will not only have loads of fun but they will excel during their time training with UCPA. Steps are put in place to make sure they are suitably supervised while in resort, giving parents peace of mind.

Youth Courses 16-17 years

The Chamonix and Argentiere UCPAs have both introduced course options for more independent 16-17 year olds, allowing them to join the regular UCPA adult holidays. The young people will join every aspect of the adult programme; they will share the same accommodation and will be enrolled on one of the adult ski or snowboard courses which allows youth participation. Although the UCPA staff are always on hand to help if required, the young people are very much treated as adults and are expected to adhere to the same UCPA house rules. These courses are perfect for groups of friends where the ages span the youth and adult age range (16-18+ years), allowing them to travel together and share the same experiences. As with every UCPA holiday, the sociable surroundings, relaxed atmosphere and first class coaching ensures they will have a brilliant time and also make exceptional progress during their time in resort.   

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Read what our clients say about us

  • Everyone at the Flaine UCPA centre was very friendly and spoke perfect English.
    Tong Tong
  • A la Carte week - Lessons were good. I went to a few that I thought would benefit me, off-piste and freestyle. The instructors spoke decent enough English and you really learnt as much as you wanted to.
    Ron H
  • The chef at the canteen always tried their hardest to provide varied yet nutritional dishes. The meatballs were simply to die for!!!
    Tong Tong
  • Skiing and snowboarding has always come across as a costly exercise with the expense of chalets, instruction, food and lift passes it was a sport which was beyond my means, and that is what is best about...
    Mark D
  • 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
  • There is always a range of ages, nationalities, mixtures of solo travellers, couples, groups etc. We have booked as a group of 6, a group of 36 (no joke) and even just me and my boyfriend – it works for all.
    Anna R
  • It’s not just a ski trip, it’s a chance to experience another way of life. I can drink coffee by the bowlful, which feels SO right, practise my rusty French as much I like and eat great food.
    Matt J
  • 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