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Introduction

Prices range from £443 to £622 all inclusive for this season, with the average student trip price being £515. Our student trips are open to students who are aged 18 to 25, including those aged 25. Please note it is not possible for students over 25 to book on to these trips. There is no difference in the product for these trips; everything is the same as a standard trip, the only difference is the price. 

Trips for ​students are discounted to encourage people in to sport and the outdoors, even during periods where cash is particularly tight. During peak weeks, the discount available for students can be up to 35% compared to standard trips. ​This makes UCPA an extremely affordable way to go skiing without forgoing any quality... such as having someone sleeping under a kitchen table in a tiny apartment and cooking rubbish food from expensive supermarkets.. sound familiar?! 

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What's included?

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Everything is included in the price apart from travel and drinks. 

  • Accommodation - multishare dorm style rooms as standard with 4-8 people per room depending on the centre. Most rooms are 4 person. Twin rooms are available for a supplement.
  • Lift passes - included at all resorts. Worth up to £300 at some resorts!
  • All meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all provided, buffet style with a wide variety of options. Lunch can also be a packed lunch to have at a picnic room on the slopes.
  • Equipment hire - skis or board, boots, and poles. For off piste courses avalanche equipment is included. Helmets are not included. You can bring your own equipment and store it at the centre. There is no discount for using your own equipment.
  • Instruction/guiding - most courses are with instruction, either in half day or full day. There are some no instruction courses available but the price is not that much different. It is not possible to amend courses.

Why UCPA?

UCPA centres are an excellent place to go as a group of friends or as a solo traveller for a variety of reasons.

The buffet style meals create a relaxed atmosphere and the dining area is canteen style with large tables shared amongst various groups and individuals. Within the centre there are communal areas and bar(s) which sell fairly priced drinks.

The courses are also a great way to meet other people, learn new skills and explore the best areas for the current conditions. Plus the multishare rooms allow you to easily meet others in your room and their friends from their courses.  

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Groups of 20 or less

The easiest way to book a small group is as a group of individuals on our website. Find the course(s) you would like to do, check the availability and then book on there. You can add others manually or invite them to join the group using the group sharing link. You do not need to do the same courses, you can do a mixture as long as the resort and dates are the same. Everyone in the group can then login using their emails and dates of birth to manage their payments individually.

You can check availability for up to 12 people on the activity page of the course you are looking at.

Groups of 20 or more

As a group of 20+ you can still book on as individuals, but it may be a tad more difficult to manage. There is an option of going on a 'contracted group booking' whereby we create a trip specific to your group potentially at a better price, but there is less flexibility with this option; we need to know the exact amount of people at the time of booking and it is not always possible to add or remove places.

To make a large group enquiry please use the form on this page. 

 
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UCPA Ski Courses

UCPA Action Outdoors Ski Instruction

Our two most popular piste skiing courses are Ski Half Time and Ski Full Time. The former provides you with half day lessons in either the morning or the afternoon, whereas the latter is both morning and afternoon sessions. Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday morning are typically free days without instructions.

Half Time (12 ​hours approximately)

This allows you to spend 4 or 5 half day sessions with your instructor, but still allows plenty of time for practice either on your own, with your group or with friends who have been skiing in a group of a different level or course. 

Full Time (23 hours approximately)

You will have 8 or 9 half day sessions with your instructor, so this really maximises your time to improve. You'll still have free time to ski at the end of each day as well as on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday to ski with friends, practice or just relax. This is a great option for people who are travelling alone.

If you would rather do your own thing, that is fine. There are two courses you can book on to, either 'No Instruction' or 'Ski Basic'. No Instruction is exactly what the title suggests, whereby you can still benefit from the all inclusive package but be independent. Ski Basic is similar, but it consists of two half day sessions throughout the week to provide you with a small amount of instruction/guiding.

These courses are not recommended for solo travellers as being in a group is a great way to meet other people. They are also not suitable for beginners.

Our trips are not amendable in any way unfortunately. If 'No Instruction' or 'Ski Basic' are not available options it is not possible to remove instruction from another course and pay a reduced price.

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Do I need lessons?

It depends what you want to take away from your trip. Lessons are a great way to meet other people, improve your skiing and be shown the best areas of the resort for the current conditions. There are lessons for all abilities, even expert. There are enough skiers that the groups are often very similar in terms of level and ability, thus very little time is spent waiting around for others.

UCPA instructors are all trained in house and are ​extremely experienced. Throughout the week you will have the same instructor who will be able to really develop your skiing. 

If you're a beginner the answer is almost certainly yes. Skiing does indeed look easy, but your first turns ​will always be the hardest​! 

Most winter trips follow ​the same weekly structure across all UCPA centres. Typically this is as follows:

Saturday - Arrival day, check in and meet other participants

Sunday - Collect ski equipment early morning, free skiing day (complete beginners have a half day lesson in the afternoon).

Monday to Friday - Practice skiing in groups with your instructor. Normally Wednesday is a free day or a half day.

Saturday - Departure day, ski until lunchtime, ​return equipment and depart after lunch.

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Equipment

UCPA Ski HIRE

UCPA have a partnership with Rossignol and 50% of their stock is replenished each year. So you will most likely be using recent models of Rossignol skis, maintained and serviced by professional ski technicians. The specific skis you use will depend on your ability and the course you are doing. 

You are provided with skis, boots, and poles. The only other equipment you need is personal clothing.

If throughout the week you have some issues with your ​equipment and need to change any part of it, it is no problem to have it swapped or ​adjusted.

Accommodation

UCPA was founded with the aim of getting young people in to sports and the outdoors, all at an affordable price. This is achieved thorough many efficiencies, one of which is the 'multi share' rooms. The rooms can be described as comfortable, warm, and quiet but basic with no frills. Twin rooms are available for an extra fee per person, however twin rooms cannot be booked for just one person.

Bathroom facilities vary from centre to centre, the most common being bedrooms having a sink and a shower ensuite with shared toilets in the corridor. Some centres have all rooms ensuite, others only have twin rooms ensuite, and some centres don't have any ensuite rooms.

UCPA save costs by the guests pitching in and helping out. For example when you arrive you will be provided with clean linen for your bed, but you will have to make it yourself. This little bit of mucking in is what makes UCPA trips such excellent value and a fun experience.

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Where to go?


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Best resorts for getting ski miles in:

  • Val d’Isere & Tignes - The Espace Killy ski area is truly massive boasting an amazing 96 lifts which give access to over 300km of piste.
  • Val Thorens - ​With a total of 140km of piste served by 32 fast lifts pretty much all of which are located above 2000m.

  • Les Arcs & La Plagne - The ski area in Les Arcs is a good size with 200km of piste serviced by 77 lifts which are modern, fast and comfortable.

  • Flaine - The skiing in Flaine offers a wide variety of grades with 140km of piste in the Flaine area alone and a total of 265km in the Grand Massif.

Best resorts for Off Piste:

  • Chamonix & Argentiere -  The off piste/backcountry snowboarding is what makes the Chamonix Valley so special. The depth and variety of lift accessed high mountain and backcountry terrain is outstanding including Europe's longest off piste run, the Vallee Blanche, and the infamous Grand Montets ski area.
  • Val d’Isere & Tignes - In addition to the fantastic piste network the Espace Killy offers one of the largest lift served off-piste areas in the world, there is more than enough to keep even the most adventurous skiers entertained.

  • Les Contamines - Avoid the crowds and explore the couloirs and tree lines that surround this 'off the radar' ski area with close proximity to Geneva airport.
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Best UCPA centres:

  • Serre Chevalier - Ski in ski out with a fantastic sun deck overlooking the slopes and an outdoor heated pool!
  • Val Thorens - Ski in ski out with it’s very own nightclub. The highest spec UCPA centre. 

  • La Plagne - ​The piste runs through the centre! Also recently renovated and is now one of the most luxurious.

  • Flaine- An ex-hotel with all rooms fully ensuite. This centre has a lot more twin rooms than any other centre. 

Best resorts for Après:

  • Val d’Isere/Tignes - Where to start! The original site for Folie Douce and now Cocorico in both Val d’Isere and Tignes, the Espace Killy’s slopeside après is second to none. In town you will find the party in Le Petit Danois with a live band in Val and Loop Bar at the bottom of Trolles in Tignes. 
  • Val Thorens - As well as a Folie Douce, Bar 360 provides ​a great party. Malaysia is the largest nightclub in the alps and often has an array of DJs playing.

  • Les Deux Alpes - With over 40 bars along the town's main strip. Kick off your après at Pano Bar, opposite the Jandri Express mid-station. It has a sunny terrace with panoramic views, great music, and live DJs from 3pm and 5pm. Then when you’re back down the mountain, Smokey Joe’s leads the way, with Tex-Mex food, big screens, live music and a daily happy hour.

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Travel

Snow Express Tignes

We are able to help with travel to and from resort, but we don't do flights!

For travel from the UK, our partner Snow Express runs a weekly service from London to most resorts in the French Alps. The coach leaves London Victoria usually at around 1830 on a Friday night and arrives in the alps just after lunch time. This is perhaps the cheapest and most environmentally friendly way of getting to the alps. Sometimes the tickets from London to resort can be less than a return airport transfer!

From most airports we can provide transfers to the centre. There are of course limitations on the times your flights can be depending on the resort and airport. 

All travel options and their relevant information can be found on the 'travel' tab of the booking page.

Dates & Prices

There are more dates and prices available here for 18-25s (not just students) if you need some more options.
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