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Snowboard Short Breaks & Weekends

If you are limited with time or money and can't escape to the mountains for a full week check out the UCPA short breaks. It's the same great all inclusive package just shorter, so you can squeeze in up to 4 days on the slopes without breaking the bank or using up all your holidays.

The UCPA short breaks are perfect for people trying to make the most of the little time they have. Everything is under one roof so you can arrive late, get up early, collect your lift pass and kit and still make it onto the slopes for first lift.

Short breaks are perfect for experienced boarders who want to ride, explore and improve at their own pace. UCPA doesn't offer short breaks with snowboard instruction therefore if you are a beginner you may wish to consider a longer break with instruction or investigate other instruction options available in resort. 

 

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Level

All of the UCPA centres offer a 'no instruction' package, however this is not available for beginners.

There are specific beginner ski weekends available which provide a great opportunity for people looking to learn the basics but are unsure whether to give up a weeks holiday to do so. UCPA does not offer snowboard instruction for short breaks.

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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

  • 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
  • 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
  • A la Carte week - Lessons were good. I went to a few that I thought would benefit me, off-piste and freestyle. The instructors spoke decent enough English and you really learnt as much as you wanted to.
    Ron H
  • We were always encouraged to push ourselves, quite often going off-piste and attempting things we wouldn’t have previously felt capable of.
    Mary T
  • The best thing about this holiday was the people I met! Everyone loved skiing/snowboarding/being outdoors, so we had a lot in common already.
    Tong Tong
  • 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
  • UCPA is a totally unique set-up, providing both a top-level skiing service and a wonderful place to relax and enjoy yourself. 
    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
    

REVIEWS – READ WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US!

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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.

Val d'Isere | Snowboard Half Time

I went on Snowboarding holidays by myself Xmas time. I'm single girl and unfortunately most of my friends are either couples or would not go on skiing and boarding vacation. At first I was a little bit worried, but as soon as I got on a bus with other travellers I was hit by amazing bubbly atmosphere. All the guides and instructors were very friendly, always happy to help and advice. This was an amazing surprise considering that most of them work on very low pay. Also I met bunch of great friends. I opted to stay with three other girls in shared room, and all of us get on very well. Usually I'm used to more expensive and luxury holidays. Despite all the rooms being very basic, it was very clean, food was fantastic and snowboarding equipment was very new. I would definitely recommend to any single or a couple or bunch of friends to go with this company. I'm actually just about to book my summer holidays with them now. It's a little bit different to drinking and partying and I love it !

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.

Serre Chevalier | Snowboard Off Piste

I visited Serre Chavalier for a  UCPA Off Piste Snowboarding holiday in January of this year (13th-20th).

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.

Argentiere | Beginners Snowboarding

As a 19 year old with the expensive hobby of snowboarding, finding the money to go on trips away isn't always easy however with the deal that Action Outdoors was offering I couldn't resist!

Val d'Isere | Beginner Snowboarding

I had just moved to London about four weeks previous from Australia and was still unfamiliar with European travel and experiences. I'm a teacher's aid, so I get the school holidays off. I had a week off in February and really wanted to hit the slopes to work on my snowboard skills. I had looked at other tours and snow packages and they were all coming up near the 1000 pound mark, which was too expensive on such short notice (as this was the week before I was looking). I was lucky enough to see a post on facebook about action outdoors and looked more into it and further conversation on the phone convinced me that I should try it as it was an all inclusive package at a more than reasonable price! So I booked it literally the day before I left and I must say, it has been one of the best things I have ever done!! The people were friendly and my instructor was very helpful, teaching me the basics of snowboarding and encouraging and helping me where needed. The food was good and the rooms tidy and sufficient for a week of boarding. All in all, I left with new friends and great memories. I loved Val D'Isere and definitely hope to return again. :)

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.

Flaine | Snowboard Half Time

I went to Flaine in March this year for my first time ever snowboarding. The resort was exactly what I expected, simple but with everything you need. It may not be the prettiest of buildings that you stay in, but you wont be going there to look at the resort, it looks a lot nicer from up the slopes and that's what counts.
The rooms are basic. We had four single beds, a wardrobe each, a shelf each, a plug socket (take a euro adapter and a normal UK extension lead for more sockets if you need them), small room with a toilet and another room with a shower and a sink. We had enough storage space for all our wet gear, however the radiator was partly covered and meant not much could be put on it at once (however this could well be just because of the layout of the room we were in, not sure about other rooms). Also, the windowsills are wide enough to keep a few bottles of beer cold for you as you don't have a fridge or anything in the room.
The instructors were amazing, they don't just help you learn to snowboard, they make sure you're enjoying it and they're there to have fun as well it seems. Very patient despite being in a group with varying quality, so anyone is able to learn.
The food provided was outstanding, with it being a buffet, you can make sure the portions are big enough so you don't go hungry. There wasn't a day when they didn't have something I liked.
The only real negative I could think of, is that it's fairly quiet once the lifts close, but the cheap drinks in the small supermarket just down the stairs from the UCPA can make up for that. However, the UCPA bar was always lively and there is a pool table there (2 Euros a game).

Chamonix | Snowboarding Full Time

Literally the best snow holiday I have even been on. As it was my first time booking with the UCPA I was quite skeptical since it was far cheaper than any other snow holiday and that the UCPA is a non-profit organisation, I didn't really know what to expect since I was solo traveler. I had booked a coach ride to Chamonix which was much better than I expected.

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