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Winter Packing List

Provided Equipment:

Standard courses:

  • Skis/Snowboard appropriate for your level & course
  • Ski/Snowboard boots
  • Ski Poles

Off piste & touring courses:

  • Transceiver, shovel & probe are provided (batteries not included – available from reception). Bring a backpack (20l- 30l) to put it in - some centres will have these available, if you don't have one.

  • Sleeping bag for any overnight stays in mountain huts (if specified in course description), sleeping bag liner required

Clothing & Kit required

Ski/snowboard clothing:

  • Base layers – long thermal underwear or sports leggings & top
  • Mid layer – thin fleece, sports hoodie or insulated jacked
  • Waterproof outer ski jacket
  • Salopettes/waterproof outer ski trousers
  • Warm & waterproof ski gloves
  • Ski socks
  • Ski goggles
  • Warm hat/beanie
  • Helmet (not required, personal preference – can be rented in resort)
  • Small backpack (useful for carrying water bottle & snacks)

Need to rent ski clothing? Ski Smart rent top of the range outer clothing.

Personal clothing:

  • Warm casual clothing for evenings
  • Comfortable and warm outdoor shoes or snow boots with good grips
  • Comfortable indoor shoes for wearing around the centre

Other essentials

  • Towel (bedding is provided but towels are not provided)
  • French plug adapter for your phone & laptop charger
  • Sunscreen
  • Travel Insurance & EHIC card
  • Passport
  • Ear plugs (useful for a shared dorm)
  • Padlock for room locker
  • Water bottle – for the mountain and in your room
  • Mobile phone & charger (check it works while abroad)
  • UCPA security deposit – 100 euros/£80 by card or cash
  • Debit/credit card – in case of emergency
  • Toiletries & hairdryer

Several weeks before travel you will be sent an email with information you may require for your holiday including packing list, travel arrangements and the UCPA address. Please read this information carefully. If you don't receive the Holiday Details email contact us. Remember if you are arriving after 8pm you should contact the UCPA centre in advance to arrange access to the centre and room keys. This information is covered in the Holiday Details email. 

 

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Testimonials

  • The food is PHENOMENAL at UCPA – brilliant for those with eyes bigger than their belly. 
    Asim A
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 not just a ski trip, it’s a chance to experience another way of life. I can drink coffee by the bowlful, which feels SO right, practise my rusty French as much I like and eat great food.
    Matt J
  • The accommodation is just what is needed as a base when skiing; for evening drinks, a good night’s sleep or rousing entertainment, UCPA always ends up the heartbeat of a week with quizzes, karaoke and a...
    Elliot B