Information for Teachers

  • Why UCPA?

    Apart from the price, there are a few other aspects that we pride ourselves with: Everything is on site (ski shop, restaurant, lecture rooms, evening entertainment) making it very simple in terms of administration and logistics. Plus the centres are walking distance from the main lift and town. Schools from around Europe attend, making it the perfect place for the students to practice their French (Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish etc) The range of food is huge and the amount unlimited, so everyone will be able to eat as much as they like without the parents worrying that their little ones will fade away after a days skiing.
  • School Group Prices

    The ​school rates start with a minimum of 10 people. The normal accompanying adult to student ratio is a minimum of 1 adult to 8 students. Please note that the adults do pay the same rate as the students and, outside of instruction, the students do remain the responsibility of the adults.
  • Location

    ​We have centres in top resorts, such as Val Thorens, La Plagne and Flaine. If you prefer quieter resorts, we have centres in Les Contamines, Les Orres and others. 
  • Dates

    Normally group leaders are fixed with when their school group can travel. If you can be flexible then early January is the cheapest time to go skiing, with prices picking up on a weekly basis until the peak period over the school half term. Prices then stay high until after Easter when they decrease rapidly back down to the January rates. Obviously the more expensive periods relate to the more popular weeks and school holidays. Dates and centres are normally released in May, 7 months prior to the winter season starting. NB Sometimes the UK half term doesn’t fall during one of the French half term (different regions have different dates). When this is the case, Half Term week is possible otherwise the dates that we can actively offer will be around Christmas and Easter.
  • Getting Booked On

    Contact a member of the Action Outdoors groups team at to find out more about location, dates, prices and availability.
  • Packing List

    Here's some useful suggestions as to what you may want to pack: packing list.
  • Ski Trip T-Shirt/Hoodie

    If you would like to arrange an item of clothing for the trip, then, if booking through our group specific web page, we can add this as an option allowing people to select the size that they need. If you do not have access to any budding designers, we can sketch out a logo for you this end that can be used to brand the event. From there, we can arrange the printing or provide you with the funds raised to use at a local shop – the choice is completely yours! 
  • Sample Timetable & Evening Entertainment

    The UCPA centre provides apres ski/evening entertainment, for example quizzes, dancing, stretching, karaoke. Though you may want to supplement this with your own activities. For a sample timetable, have a look here (based on a standard Mon-Fri week)
  • Sample Risk Assessment

    Download our sample risk assessment, or contact us once you're booked on for an editable version.

  • Action Outdoors Safeguarding statement

    Find the Action Outdoors Safeguarding Statement here.
  • UCPA French Accreditation

    In France in order to welcome minors and school groups several agreements must be adhered to.  Please find dated agreements and Numero d'Immatriculation or registration number below. 

    Listes des agrements et immatriculation UCPA:

    Tous ces agréments et numéro d’immatriculation sont portés par UCPA Sport Vacances, association à but non lucratif régie par la loi du 1er juillet 1901 déclarée le 20 octobre 1965 à la Préfecture de Police de Paris, Journal Officiel n° 255 du 1/3 novembre 1965.

    • Agrément “SPORTS” (Ministère de la Jeunesse et des Sports) arrêté du 18 octobre 2005
    • Agrément “Ministère del’EducationNationale” au titre d’association éducative complémentaire de l’enseignement  public par arrêtédu4 juillet 2013
    • Agrément « Entreprise Solidaire » par décision du Préfet de la régionIlede France du 17 octobre 2014  
    • Agrément « association de jeunesse et d’éducation populaire » par arrêté du 2 septembre 2004  
    • Agrément « vacances adaptées organisées » par arrêté du 9 avril 2013   
    • Numéro d’immatriculation auprès d’Atout France (n°AF:  IM075110249)
  • Numbers/Cancellations

    Once you're booked on with your estimated numbers, you can increase your numbers, where there is availability, or you can reduce your numbers with the following cancellation charges: 

    More than 90 days before arrival reduction of less than 20% of the contract number – no charge. Reduction of over 20% of the initial number 15% of the price per person cancelled

    Between 90 and 31 days 15%

    Between 30 and 21 days 30%

    Between 20 and 15 days 55%

    Between 14 days and 8 days 80%

    Between 7 days and the departure date 100%

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