Intro

Our prices include: equipment hire, lift passes, accommodation, instruction and all meals.

Action Outdoors is the UK Partner of UCPA, a unique not-for-profit ​sports holiday company. UCPA was originally set up more than 50 years ago by the French government to make adventure sports and quality coaching more affordable for young people.

Today, more than 250,000 people travel with UCPA every year. Our ski packages for schools are ideal since everything is on site and included in the price; accommodation, meals, evening entertainment, lift pass, equipment hire and instruction. The not-for-profit status means the prices are amongst the lowest on the market, which is why UCPA is the number one provider of school and college ski trips in France.

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Flexibility

Base prices are for Sunday evening arrival (18:00 or before) to Friday afternoon departure.

If you ​need a longer trip and a more relaxed departure, ​we can add an extra night at the end of the trip ​for a Saturday departure.

We can also add ​extra ski lessons (in addition to the 20 hours which are already included in the price). Or, you may prefer to start your stay on the Monday morning (particularly if you are travelling from within mainland Europe) and take advantage of further reduced costs.

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Accommodation

UCPA's accommodation are purpose-built activity centres that are designed to be both practical and functional, but provide a social environment where your group, both students and teachers, can relax after a day of skiing. The centres tend to be centrally located with easy access to both the lifts and to the town centre and some centres are ski in, ski out. 

Students are accommodated in shared dormitory style rooms, which are generally 4-bed, with toilets and showers usually located in the corridor. The specific layout varies from centre to centre, and we have 16 across the alps.

Individuals are required to strip their beds and clean the rooms at the end of their stay. 

If staff require single-sex dormitories or twin rooms, this can be organised (depending on availability) at contract stage. 

If you’d like access to a meeting room, then let us know as these can sometimes be reserved in advance, or if not, on arrival with reception.

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Meals

All meals are freshly prepared by the chefs on the premises and are served as a buffet in large, sociable dining areas.

Breakfast tends to be cereal, bread and jams with plenty of hot chocolate and coffee. Lunch can either be packed or served hot back at the centre (pasta and rice dishes followed by desserts and cheese). The evening meal includes starters of soup and salad, the main course will be a wide range of pasta and rice dishes, sausages, fish, steaks etc. depending on the theme of the night with cheese and cakes or ice cream for dessert.

The tables do need to be cleared and wiped down after use. This is all part of the UCPA ethos and great for student responsibility and independence, as well as keeping the price down.

UCPA can not cater for all dietary requirements. It may be necessary for those with food intolerances to take alternative foods with them. The teaching staff can speak with the chefs on arrival to find out which foods are suitable. For anyone with severe food allergies, please contact us before booking.

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Entertainment

UCPA staff deliver ​some evening entertainment ​throughout the week. This may include; board games, table tennis, snow and avalanche topology, stretching, slackline, karaoke, dance party, dance challenge, circus skills, team-building activities, a freestyle demo, to name a few.

There are usually 3 activities during the week from 17:00 - 19:00 and 2 later evening activities. The activities allow UK school students to integrate with students from French schools (as well as other international schools), gain an understanding of French culture and differences and maybe even put some French language skills into practice.

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Instruction and Equipment

The equipment is provided according to the individual’s standard, rather than the group budget, with the ski shop hosting a huge range of equipment and boots to suit everyone. As the equipment hire is all on site and the equipment room is open daily, it is really easy to change boots that are too small/too big etc. All equipment is professionally maintained and is typically two years old at the maximum.

What makes the UCPA even more unique is that they have their own instructors and guides; all fully qualified through the French system, generally considered the most advanced and difficult system to qualify through. The instruction provided is first class, each individual will be allocated a place in ability groups (we’ll request information about rough ability levels in advance), so everyone will learn and progress at the right level for them.

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Travel

We don’t tie you into any travel, but we can help you with some arrangements. We can arrange coach travel for your group direct from your school to resort with our partner company Snow Express.

Alternatively, you can take advantage of group rates with low cost airlines and book direct for your group. We can help organise transfers from the airport to resort​.

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Centres and Resorts

Argentiere

World renowned off piste located a few minutes walk from the centre. The Chamonix Valley is a famous for a reason, with it's high peaks and beautiful glaciers.

Chamonix

In the centre of a quintessential alpine town, UCPA Chamonix provides access to the esteemed valley. Just a few hundred metres from the Aiguiile du Midi lift.

Flaine Les Lindars

Access the expansive Grand Massif piste network straight from the door of the centre, ​a slightly more comfortable option since it used to be a hotel.

Les Arcs

A huge centre which is typically good for very large groups. A popular resort with military groups, it has ski in/ski out and ​great food from the buffet.

Les Contamines

Avoid the queues and crowds at this off-the-radar resort. Lots of great terrain for all levels, and always at an excellent price. A relatively short distance from Geneva Airport.

La Plagne Le France

Snowsure from early to late season and a great piste network. The ski in/ski out centre used to be a hotel and has been refurbished recently​.

Les Deux Alpes

With a large piste network and some great mixed terrain, there is a lot to do during the week. A comfortable centre with a lovely alpine town.

Serre Chevalier

A sunny resort with a great range of pistes for all abilities, across an excellent network. Accessible from either Turin or Grenoble airport. 

Tignes

A centre recently refurbished to a high standard, very popular with military and UOTC thanks to its access to the world renowned Espace Killy ski area. 

Val d'Isere

A basic centre compared to others, but situated in the beautiful alpine village of Val d'Isere ​with full access to the world renowned Espace Killy ski area.

Val Thorens

A fantastic, modern centre, situated right on the slopes of Val Thorens. Europe's highest resort, and part of the enormous Three Valleys ski area.

Pralognan

Located in the heart of the Vanoise National park this quaint and smaller ski area with a recently refurbished UCPA centre is perfect for beginners looking to start skiing.

Val Cenis

Located in the heart of the village and only 10m from the ​lift, this UCPA centre is the perfect ‘ski in ski out’ location for those looking for a quieter and smaller ski area within Vanoise.

Valloire

A little known gem at the foot of the infamous Col du Telegraphe. With a recently renovated UCPA centre and plenty of green and blue pistes it is the perfect place to learn to ski.

La Plagne 1800

Situated on the piste with stunning views across to the Mont Blanc Massif, this ‘ski in ski out’ location is the perfect spot to enjoy all that the Paradiski area has to offer.  

Flaine Altair

Giving you to access the expansive Grand Massif piste network straight from the door, this centre is on the hillside slightly away from the main village.

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