Accommodation in Multi Share rooms (extra for twin)
All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Instruction/Guide (if selected)
Lift passes, or any other cost related to your activity course (hut nights, green fee's, entry charges etc)
Ski & Medical Insurance
In fact, the only extra costs are transport (if you don't select), and a few social beers!
This course provides full time ski instruction. The course provides 23 hours of instruction over 4/5 days Monday to Friday, beginners get an extra half day instruction on Sunday to get them started (beginners are to select half time instruction at Flaine). There is normally a minimum of 5 different level groups which are established on the first day ensuring everyone is in the correct group. Check 'Activity Facts' for levels, as it varies between resorts.
Saturday - Arrival, check-in and registration.
Sunday - Equipment issue from early morning, free skiing for the day. Complete beginners will be offered instruction on Sunday afternoon.
Monday - Morning, meet your instructor, ski close to the other groups to allow for harmonisation across the groups. Afternoon – ski with your group.
Tuesday - Morning & Afternoon sessions
Wednesday - Morning OR Afternoon session, or free skiing all day depending on resort.
Thursday - Morning & Afternoon sessions
Friday - Morning & Afternoon sessions
Saturday - Morning free skiing, check-out at 2:00pm
On registration you will discuss your experience with a member of staff which will allow you to provisionally be allocated a space in a group of similar level. During the first session the groups will be harmonized to make sure everyone is in the correct group for their level.
Levels taught may vary between resort, please see activity facts above for further clarification on whether the correct level is available at your chosen resort.
Normally there will be 5 levels:
Beginner – Total beginners and those with less than 1 week experience. Learning snowplough, transitioning to parallel turns.
Improver - 1-3 weeks experience, can ski green and most blue pistes confidently. Building confidence, perfecting parallel turns, beginning to carve turns. Learning to control speed.
Intermediate – Can ski blue and most red runs confidently. Perfecting carving technique and body positioning, tackling bumps and steeper slopes, learning to manage difficult conditions.
Advanced – skis all pistes very confidently, however may struggle with steep or bumpy slopes during challenging snow conditions. Spends time in the side country perfecting off piste technique.
Expert – Can ski the whole mountain with excellent technique, control and style, can alter technique depending on conditions and terrain. Comfortable off piste exploring the side country opportunities in any conditions.
All UCPA instructors are all qualified to teach the sport legally in France. They are qualified through the ‘French system’ which is generally considered the most demanding system, making the instructors some of the most qualified in the world. The instructors are all fully qualified or are in the process of completing their final stages of the qualification (but are suitable qualified to teach the group they are allocated). The average age of the UCPA instructors is quite young however they have chosen ski/snowboard instruction as a career therefore take it very seriously. Their young age makes them very passionate, enthusiastic and dynamic. The level of English spoken can vary between instructors but they all speak enough to be able to teach effectively in English.
Boots, Skis and Poles
The on-site UCPA ski store has a great selection of skis to suit all levels. Most of the skis are Rossignol (official sponsors). The ski store team will issue you with skis suitable for your level and course - more advanced skiers will have equivalent to hire shop "gold" standard, for everyone else the equivalent to "silver" standard is offered.
UCPA appreciate that each manufacturer offers a slightly different boot fit and that everyone’s feet are different. Therefore the ski store has a large range available enabling you to find a pair that will be comfy for the type of skiing you will be doing.
Half of the ski equipment is replaced each year meaning that everything is up to date and in good working order. There is a ski repair shop on site enabling any problems to be dealt with immediately. The ski store is open daily.
Personal clothing is not provided, you must bring your own outer clothing, gloves, goggles. Check out our advised packing list.