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Ski Touring Courses

If you want to really escape the crowds, properly experience the back country and aren’t afraid of a bit of hard work then ski touring is for you. Ski touring, where you skis become a mechanism for hiking in the mountains, giving you access to anywhere you want to go. The wilderness, the views, the fresh tracks and feeling of personal achievement is what makes ski touring a true passion for many.

UCPA has a number of ski touring courses depending on your ski ability and your level of fitness. So if you are super fit, love to break a sweat but aren’t necessarily a very strong skiers there is a course for you. If you are a powder junkie who dreams of epic ascents and are prepared to put in a bit of slog to get there then there is a course for you too! From beginner courses teaching the very basics to expert level courses guiding some of the most world famous ski tours, UCPA caters for everyone.  Be warned these courses are very popular so book up quick! 

 

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Level

Read the descriptions carefully. Each course has a prerequisite for previous experience required. This is for your safety and enjoyment. UCPA may require you to change course if they feel you don't have enough experience or the correct level of fitness for the course. 

Level 1 - Advanced piste skier, some off piste experience, new to ski touring. Ideal course as an introduction - available as a week or as a weekend.

Level 2 - Expert level skier, able to ski all types of snow, with some experience of ski touring  - comfortable with around 800m height climb.

Level 3 - Expert level skier, good experience of ski touring, able to ski all snow types with rucksack on back. Good level of fitness.

Level 4 - Excellent level skier, competent ski tourer and alpiniste at a very good level of fitness.

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Course

At the introductory level more time will be spent on developing the techniques and skills needed to become a good ski tourer. As you progress through the levels both your speed and technique will improve and the week becomes more about exploring with a guide than being introduced to new skills.

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Itinerary

The itinerary varies lots between the different trips - please read the holiday detail to find out more.

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Testimonials

  • 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
  • It’s hard not to sound like a fanatic about the whole thing, but I’ve vowed to go to UCPA on every ski holiday I ever take in future. You can’t argue with paying half the price of a normal trip, and getting twice as much!
    Oliver P
  • What I hadn’t realised from my internet research was how brilliant the non-skiing experience in the UCPA centre itself would be – and that was what really made the holiday for me...
    Oliver P
  • Skiing and snowboarding has always come across as a costly exercise with the expense of chalets, instruction, food and lift passes it was a sport which was beyond my means, and that is what is best about...
    Mark D
  • In my opinion, UCPA should really stand for something like ‘Unbelievably Cheap, Perfectly Awesome’ because it really is the best way to see the French Alps on a budget.  Or not even on a budget for that matter, because the enthusiasm of the instructors, quality (and quantity!) of the food and genera...
    Amelia S
  • Most centers are “ski-in” and the nearest lift is only 100m away. They are almost all in a town centre for easy drinking access. Some are further out but cheaper as a result.
    Anna R
  • UCPA provides all the equipment you need for a week of skiing or snowboarding and the lessons are fantastic for all levels, from complete beginner to the most impressive of off-piste daredevils!
    Elliot B
  • The chef at the canteen always tried their hardest to provide varied yet nutritional dishes. The meatballs were simply to die for!!!
    Tong Tong
    

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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