Tignes is a lovely resort often overshadowed by its more famous neighbour, Val d’Isere. The two resorts link together to form one of the biggest ski areas in the world, the Espace Killy. The quality of skiing in Tignes attracts the more serious skiers and boarders more likely to be up for first lift than partying till dawn although the après ski scene here is still alive and well. Tignes major advantage is its altitude, as Europes second highest resort it is a great ‘snowsure’ destination. Tignes is proud to offer at least 1000 vertical metres of skiing through 10 months of the year, it is an excellent choice for early and late season skiing.



Ski Area

The Espace Killy ski area is truly massive boasting an amazing 96 lifts which give access to over 300km of piste. The terrain is varied offering something for everyone making it a great location for mixed ability groups. The only deficiency in Tignes' arsenal is a lack of tree skiing due to the high altitude. An effort has been made to cater for all in the Espace Killy from special speed restricted ‘Tranquil’ zones for beginners to the increasingly popular ‘Naturide’ runs for experts (special non-pisted runs within the patrolled area). 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.


Town Centre

The town itself is a purpose built resort made up of five villages, Val Claret, Le Lac, Les Boisses, Les Brevieres and Le Lavachet. It is certainly not the prettiest ski resort going with something of a concrete feel about it but what it lacks in form it makes up for in function. Tignes is a very well organised resort with an efficient lift and transport network and good list of amenities and plenty of extra activities should you want a break from the slopes. The nightlife is not as abundant as other resorts but there is still plenty going on, if you look in the right places then après ski will certainly not disappoint.  


The UCPA Centre

The UCPA centre is located near the heart of Val Claret, the highest of the Tignes villages. Val Claret is an excellent location with superb lift and shop access. There is a drag lift just 50m from the centre which takes you up to the main lifts and when snow cover is good you can ski pretty much into the centre bar. The centre is comprised of two traditional chalets which can house a total of 320 people in rooms of four. There is a great atmosphere at the centre and it comes with all the usual UCPA services such as a bar, TV room and nightly entertainment. 

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Best For: Keen skiers/boarders
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Nearest Airport: Geneva (220km), Chambery (130km)
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Fun Fact: You can ski for 10 months of the year in Tignes!
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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.



  • I love the system at UCPA where you can go as a group of friends, but still spend a full day out with other people right at your own level. 
    Amelia S
  • There isn’t a part of UCPA that I don’t enjoy, it’s some of the best holidays I’ve had and going to have.
    Peter E
  • 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
  • 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
  • Having never used UCPA before I was not sure what to expect but the week I spent there was absolutely fantastic and I genuinely can’t wait to go back.
    Richard 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
  • Action Outdoors set up a personal group page and as a group leader, I did’t have to worry about taking everyone’s payments. Each group member is responsible to pay their own way through the group page directly to Action Outdoors. Win!
    Asim A
  • The UCPA has its own bar which is slightly cheaper than anywhere else in the resort. It has a pool table, comfy seats and a good atmosphere. 
    Ron H


Reviews 1 to 10 of 14

Tignes |

I spent the New year in Tignes at the UCPA and had an amazing time. It was my first time at UCPA but do enamoured that I immediately booked a second trip for February.

Tignes |

I recently stayed at the Tignes (Val Claret) UCPA centre and had the best weeks skiing ever. I booked through the Action Outdoors website which was pretty straight forward. This was my first time in a UCPA centre and I was travelling with my girlfriend and four friends – a mix of skiers and boarders ranging in experience from complete beginner to ex-seasonaires. On arrival after a long coach journey we were greeted by a cheerful and  welcoming team at the UCPA centre who gave us the lowdown on the arrival procedures. The centre was extremely well organised and helpful staff made the task of checking in/booking onto lessons/collecting lift pass and equipment so much easier than I have experienced in any other resort.

Tignes | Snowboard Half Time

This was my fifth UCPA trip via Action Outdoors.  And each time I booked I hardly had any issues.  If I had any questions, Action Outdoors emailed back very swiftly with helpful answers.  The only thing that I could make a point on this trip was that we weren't told of any transfer details from the airport to the resort until I had to call the bus operators (Ben's buses in this case) directly.  All the other times, we were texted the transfer details and didn't have much of a problem.  The info on Action Outdoors page was very thorough and informative.  The only point I could make on the website is that when we try and log in to our group page by logging in as opposed to clicking the link from the email, it was quite difficult to locate it, in fact I don't think I ever located the group page by logging in - I think I had to search for my Action Outdoors email each time to click the link.

Tignes | Snowboard Full Time

Where do I start. Excellent from start to finish. The value for money is uncanny. I stayed in Tignes at the UCPA resort. From the moment I stepped of the plane it was seamless. The UCPA chalet was really good value for money and just as I expected. Unfortunately I was injured on my second day. The tuition I had up until that point was 1st class. The staff at the resort were so helpful and knowledgeable. I called a outdoor activities representative whilst abroad and they were very sympathetic and helpful and their response and expertise made my claim seamless. All in all I was injured but still has a memorable holiday. Thank you thank you action outdoors. I will be booking with you again and cannot sing you praises enough to my friends.

Tignes | Beginners Ski Full Time

First time on a pair of skis for me and I had a brilliant time! The centre was perfect - ski to the door, great facilities and friendly staff. As for the skiing, I couldn't believe how quickly we all progressed! We moved from snow plow on the baby slope on day one to parallel turns on a blue run on day 4 and finished the week with what seemed like a giant leap into an airbag in the snowpark! I just need to get booking my next trip with action outdoors for Christmas. I'm very pleased that I opted for the full time lessons, I was able to take a couple of sessions out to ski with friends - a perfect combo.

Tignes | Snowboard Half Time

I chose to stay at the Tignes resort after reading some reviews online and would do it again. The UCPA centre is walking distance from the lifts and you can also get a bus from outside the centre and get to various other lifts in 10min (buses are free and run every 10min, which is pretty handy!).

Tignes | Ski Half Time

Overall, I have to say that I very much enjoyed my week's skiing at the UCPA in Tignes. The main positives of the trip were: the friendly people at the resort, the delicious all-you-can-eat food, the great help at the ski shop and the fact that the ski-lifts were very near the UCPA centre.  The accommodation was comfortable enough, albeit it the beds were very narrow, like army cots. Also, the fact that we had to share one toilet and shower among eight people was inconvenient at times. Some of my friends were very happy with the standard of instruction during ski lessons. I thought my instructor was only average. She could have been a little more eager to help. She was a little laissez faire and didn't provide much feedback on how we were getting on with technique and how we could improve.  However, these complaints are minor, when I consider the experience overall, which was very good. I'd definitely be interested in going on another UCPA holiday!

Tignes, Chamonix, Les Deux Alpes |

All 3 resorts provide continuity and meet expectations. It's so refreshing to have an organisation in which really is in it for the SNOW! Affordable, hassle free and a fantastic all round experience catered via, amazing food, comfortable accommodation, excellent equipment. Finally the instructors are patient and great teachers. I don't want to write a long review because I could go on forever!

Tignes |

I did enjoy my holiday in Tignes. It's a challenging resort with many runs a bit tougher than their colour rating but there are certainly plenty of them to choose from and as well as Tignes, you also have all the Val d'Isere runs on offer so there was plenty to do in a week.

Tignes | Ski Full Time Beginners

It was my first time spending the ski season in the French Alps so I was really looking forward to the whole package that had been provided by Action Outdoors. Upon arrival I noticed that the accommodation was quite cosy. Even though it wasn't fancy and only had the bare necessities it was more than enough to make my week's stay quite enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the lunches and dinners as the food was varied every night and there was always an amazing spread!

Reviews 1 to 10 of 14