UCPA Chamonix Cosmique

The UCPA centre in Chamonix is perfectly located just 2 minutes walk from the town square and the main bars. The centre is a refurbished Victorian building complete with a sports bar, a night club, a dining room, several ski rooms and social areas. From the dining room you have a fantastic view across to Mont Blanc.

This centre is awarded a 3 star standard by UCPA, and is excellent for those who want to enjoy the Mont Blanc Massif, whilst staying in the centre of a vibrant and lively town.

The Chamonix UCPA is the ideal base as the 5 ski areas within the valley are accessed by an efficient bus service. There are free buses regularly between all the ski areas, villages and the main town. UCPA also has minibuses which they use to transport instruction groups between the various ski areas when required.


  • Multishare rooms are 4 -6 person rooms
  • Twin rooms are available for a small supplement
  • Bathroom facilities are shared. No rooms are ensuite.


The food is served buffet style each day.  Breakfast is yogurts, cereals, fruit juice, coffee and bread - don't be surprised to see that the coffee, tea or hot chocolate is taken French style - in a soup bowl !  

Typically lunch is prepared at breakfast time and taken up the mountain to be eaten as a picnic. There is a always a good variety of bread, meats, cheeses, salad and fruit available. The picnic lunch means maximum time on the mountain and saving money on expensive mountain side restaurants.  

Dinner is a 4 course buffet - typically a salad bar style starter, choice of 3 or 4 main courses - most often including fish, cheese selection, fruit, dessert and ice-cream  freezer.

Any special dietary requirements should be made known to reception staff at check-in.  Generally vegetarians will find a wide enough choice within the buffet. For other dietary requirements please see our detailed information pages.


The UCPA staff lay on an entertainment program each week. There is no pressure to take part in any of the activities. A typical activity programme may include stretching in the early evening, crepe making, a quiz night, a karaoke night and some nights a live band. Equally in the town there is a great selection of bars & nightclubs to suit all tastes.


UCPA is more than 40 years old, and was originally set-up by the French government to encourage young people to enjoy the outdoors.  It is now a "not for profit" organisation with all profits being put back into refurbishing the centres.

The ethos of sport is still first on the agenda, but the instructors and centre staff don't forget that it is still your holiday.

Useful facts

  • UCPA has minibuses which they use to transport instruction groups between the various ski areas when required.
  • There's no parking on site, but there is plenty of paid parking available in the town. 


  • 2 minute walk from the town centre.
  • Easily accessible resort 300m from the train station and 800m from the intercity long distance coach station. 


  2 minutes
  4 - 6 persons
Twins Available
  Full board


Chalet Les Pelerins

Chalet Les Pelerins is a modern and stylish chalet nestled in the heart of the Chamonix valley. The chalet was tastefully renovated in 2007 to create a versatile and luxurious accommodation which can either work as complete chalet or as two separate apartments.

The chalet is ideally located in a quiet area of Chamonix just 10 minutes walk from the centre of town and the Aiguille du Midi. There are stunning views on all sides of the chalet with a perfect view of Mont Blanc, the Aiguille du Midi and the sunny slopes of Brevent.

The interior is 500 m2 and has 5 separate bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, two lounges and two kitchens including one professional standard kitchen. The decor is modern and homely with a stunning handmade oak and steel dining table, open wood fire, comfortable sofas, DVD players, Wi-Fi and a fully equipped kitchen. You can see full details of each room in the floor plan section.

Outside the chalet has a large garden with a modern hot tub, the perfect place to relax with a beer or a glass of champagne after a hard day in the mountains. There is also a lovely patio area with a BBQ and outdoor heaters and plenty of space to relax or play in during the summer months. At the end of the garden is a working vegetable patch which provides home grown vegetables for the chalet.

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Best For: Extreme Skiing
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Nearest Airport: Geneva (109km)
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Fun Fact: Mont Blanc 4810m
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UCPA was originally set up to provide affordable adventure holiday packages for people aged 18 to ​45.

Today the UCPA has a wide variety of excellent value ski & snowboard packages for people of all ages.



  • The food is PHENOMENAL at UCPA – brilliant for those with eyes bigger than their belly. 
    Asim A
  • UCPA is a unique and brilliant experience, I would not describe it as a hotel but also not hostel it is somewhere in-between. Its a place where meeting people and making friends...
    Peter E
  • Lunch and dinner were epic. Buffet style with delicious and varied options each day and night. Not cheap foods either - Full roast chickens, ribs, roast beef, etc. Unreal!
    Ron H
  • No matter how hard you try, when you book everything separately (especially with the Euro and price of food at the moment), you will never beat UCPA.
    Anna R
  • The food offers great variety, choice (several options each night), quantity (as much as you want) and quality is decent (7/10). Cheese and yoghurts coming out of your ears, packed lunch option, afternoon...
    Anna R
  • We all appreciate that we are inside one of those perfect moments, heightened by the expectation of another afternoon riding the perfect, untracked powder that our instructor...
    Matt J
  • 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