Don’t Miss Out On The Deep Snow Just Because You Don’t Have Deep Pockets

The UCPA have thousands of courses and ski holiday options on offer through the winter – here’s a pick of some of the best value all-inclusive offers during January in the resorts with most snow currently in the French Alps.

All prices include full-board accommodation with three meals a day, ski passes and ski or snowboard hire. Some prices also include lessons; details below.

Snow depths are for upper slopes of the resort, courtesy of

Flaine – 345cm’s

Flaine consistently gets some of the highest depths of snow in the Alps due to its proximity on the far North West edge of the mountain range. Currently its upper snow depths are the highest in France at well over 3 metres (and we are only at the start of January).

UCPA short break, 4 day, January 13. Flaine is ideal for a short break, being just around a one hour drive from Geneva Airport. Price: £422 including 4 nights full-board accommodation, 4 days ski pass, 4 days equipment hire.

Flaine (Special Offer over 10% off), January 13. Stay for a whole week. Price: £592 including 7 nights full-board accommodation, 6 days ski pass, 6 days ski hire, 12 hours of instruction. Travel with Snow Express direct to resort is also discounted at £109 return from London (

La Plagne – 310cm’s

Learn to ski in La Plagne – one of the world’s largest ski areas with a fantastic snow record in even some of the leanest years. They have over three metres of snow on their upper slopes, more than enough to keep all levels happy.

UCPA Beginners Ski January 20. La Plagne is an excellent resort for beginners with extensive nursery slopes and easy runs across the mountain. Price: £871 including 7 nights full-board accommodation, 6 days ski pass, 6 days ski hire, 23 hours of instruction.

Les Arcs – 310cm’s

The UCPA Centre in Les Arcs is one of the company’s largest and is located right on the piste, it’s true ski in – ski out. The resort is extensive and also links to neighbouring La Plagne and the terrain is good for all levels, although some interesting off-piste skiing attracts plenty of experts.

UCPA Introduction to Off-Piste Skiing, January 20. The terrain in Les Arcs makes it perfect to start an off-piste journey and this course is suitable for skiers who are comfortable on-piste, but want to explore further. Price: £871 including 7 nights full-board accommodation, 6 days ski pass, 6 days ski hire, off-piste safety equipment, 23 hours of instruction.

Val Thorens – 300cm’s

Europe’s highest ski resort can guarantee snow at this time of the year, but at three metres they can be assured that the artificial snow canons won’t need to be working overtime. Even the lower slopes are listed as having more than 2 metres of snow coverage.

Explore the vast 3 Valley’s ski area on a short 4 day break, January 17. Price: £548 including 4 nights full-board accommodation, 4 days ski pass for the 3 Valley’s, 4 days equipment hire. When considering the 3 Valley’s ski pass costs €240 (£215) alone, this is probably the best value for money to be found in Val Thorens.

Val d’Isère – 235cm’s

One of the best ski towns in the Alps, with extensive on and off-piste options for all levels, but especially experts. The UCPA has a special offer for under 25’s in January with ‘helpful’ prices for younger people looking to take advantage of the great snow the resort has right now.

Under 25 half-time ski instruction with UCPA, January 13. Price: £546 including 7 nights full-board accommodation, 6 day ski pass, 6 day ski equipment hire, 12 hours of ski instruction.

    Company Information

    UCPA was set up over 50 years ago to encourage young people to take part in outdoors sports. It has since developed into a not for profit organisation that provides sport holidays for a wide range of ages with a huge range of accommodation options. Each year over 240,000 people enjoy a sport holiday with UCPA, enjoying accessibility to outdoor sports regardless of social background, income or culture. UCPA also offers trips and tours to some of the best destinations for outdoor sports in 75 countries including Vietnam, Portugal and Brazil.

    A total of 80 different sports activities are offered in UCPA centres all year round, including, skiing, surfing, mountaineering, diving, sailing and horse riding. During winter, UCPA centres operate in some of the top resorts in the Alps such as Val Thorens, Tignes, Val d’Isère and Chamonix. The holidays are always All Inclusive – lift passes, ski hire, all meals and guiding is included in the price. UCPA is the largest ski school in France and have their own instructor development program which allows young people to develop their career in sport instruction, whilst providing a strong base of instructors and guides to work within each center for the whole season.

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    Robert Stewart
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