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Ski Short Breaks & Weekends

Can’t get away for a full week? Want to arrange a skiing weekend without breaking the bank? Check out UCPA’s short breaks. It’s the same great deal just shorter so you can squeeze in up to 4 days on the slopes without ​using up all your holidays!

The UCPA packages are perfect for people trying to make the most of the little time they have. Everything is in one place so you arrive late, wake up early, get your kit and lift pass from the UCPA staff and be on the slopes for first lifts. UCPA offers some short breaks with ski instruction or guiding at specific resorts.

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Level

All of the UCPA centres offer a 'no instruction' short break package, however this is not available for beginners. There are specific beginner ski short breaks available, perfect for those keen to give it a go without a week long commitment. 

Experienced skiers keen to improve or make the most of the instructor's local knowledge can select one of the instructed packages. There are regular instruction, off piste and ski touring courses available.

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Social

One of the nicest things about a UCPA holiday is the social aspect - it's a great way to meet new people through sharing good sporting times together. Whether you travel by yourself, or with friends you're sure to make some great new friendships through the week.

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Itinerary

4 day - Weds to Sun - arrive Wednesday night, ski till 17:00 Sunday.

4 day - Sat to Weds - arrive Saturday, ski Sunday through to 17:00 Wednesday.

3 day - Thu to Sun - arrive Thursday night, ski till 17:00 Sunday.

2 day - Fri to Sun - arrive Friday night, ski till 17:00 Sunday. Contact office for details.

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UCPA AGE POLICY

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.

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Testimonials

  • Lastly, food. It was the best bit for me. We had 4 days of fresh powder and the last 2 days with perfect visibility and the food was still the best bit! (might be a slight exaggeration, but only a slight).
    Ron H
  • The food is to die for too! A good breakfast with the option of a packed or hot lunch is only the start – crepes are often available on return from a hard days skiing followed by a gourmet dinner...
    Elliot B
  • 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
  • The instructors always push you to go that extra mile – I even managed to go down the mountain backwards last time! – but are totally cool when you’ve had enough and that vin chaud is calling your name. 
    Amelia S
  • The lessons have always been top quality, fun and tailored to your level due to the vast number of groups. All instructors speak French and English fluently and give individual tips. Skiing with people of your...
    Anna R
  • I really liked the fact that everything was included in the package, from equipment hire, to all the meals during day; from skiing lessons to evening entertainments!
    Tong Tong
  • I snowboard at the moderate/expert level, but my boyfriend doesn’t have to get bored waiting for me to head across the flats because he’s high up in the mountains remembering how to use transceivers with the extreme expert ski group. 
    Amelia S
  • All in all, I can’t recommend UCPA highly enough. It’s the best snow experience you’ll have – guaranteed!
    Amelia S
    

REVIEWS – READ WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US!

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Les Arcs |

Firstly I would definitely recommend Action Outdoors. This is the 5th ski holiday I have been with them and they have always been very helpful even when I have had to change details of members of my party or cancel a person's booking who couldn't go.

La Plagne |

I went to La Plagne in jan on a solo holiday. I was a bit nervous about meeting a load of strangers and was my first time skiing too! Well I needn't have worried. Keryn our rep made us feel really welcome and brought us all together. The UCPA centre was fab. Clean, warm and great food. The views up the piste were just gorgeous. I could not fault the holiday at all. Well organised, safe and loads of fun. I would definitely book through action outdoors again. Thanks guys. I've a new love for skiing :-)

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.

Serre Chevalier | Ski Full Time Instruction

I went to Serre Chevalier in February. The centre was good, pleasant bar area and reasonably sized double rooms. The instructors weekly jump show into the swimming pool was a highlight.

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.

Chamonix | Ski Full Time

After flying into Geneva, I found the desk for my transfer and waited for the mini bus driver and the rest of the transfer passengers. I was a bit nervous as I was travelling solo and I had never been on a solo skiing holiday before; I was unsure what to expect. The transfer company were very friendly and the rep chatted to me as the other passengers started to arrive. I noticed that some of them were also travelling solo and this made me feel more at ease.

Serre Chevalier | Ski Full Time

My last trip to UCPA was back in March to Serre Chevalier. It was not easy to get there and the travel turned out to be more expensive compared to the resorts where transfer is from Geneva, but it was worth it in the end.

Chamonix | Ski Full Time Beginner

Chamonix… The atmosphere was sparkling! Being there I got the best weather as well. So two most important factors were on top level.

Flaine | Ski Full Time Instruction

Staying with UCPA in Flaine in January 2013 was possibly one of my favorite ski holidays yet.  It was my first time with UCPA so I was not sure what to expect but I was not to be disappointed.  The ski instruction was brilliant and we were lucky to have a huge snowfall half way through the week too.  We had group lessons every day and our instructor was great fun.  It would have been even better if the group sizes were smaller (ours was 12 people) but you can’t have everything!  My skiing improved dramatically and I really built my confidence up during this week, and am now keen to push myself even further next year with UCPA!  I stayed in a twin room in Flaine and the accommodation was reasonably basic, but more than adequate with en-suite facilities.  Downstairs there is a nice big bar area with a fire in the middle of it, which was a great way to meet up with friends after a hard day of skiing.  Evening activities were amusing and I took part in stretching most nights and we especially enjoyed the karaoke, being in the minority as a group of English amongst the French singers!  The food was incredible with so much choice every evening – that was a real highlight of UCPA.  I can not wait to go again!

Chamonix | Ski Full Time

Well, I didn't know what to expect when booking my Action Outdoors holiday. I had been debating a ski trip for a while, weighing up the pro's and con's, should I shouldn't I? However, I took the plunge and booked my holiday and left that evening - somewhat last minute! However, the help that Chris in the office gave when booking set the tone for what was a great trip and I wasn't disappointed.

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