UCPA Val ThorensFully inclusive holidays in a ski in and ski out location
This hostel is located about 15 minutes walk from the town centre, but in the middle of the pistes at 2175m, you can truly ski in and out of the front door at this centre. It was fully refurblished in the 2012.
There is an unusual circular style of architecture with accommodation with 2 or 4 person rooms. There is an atmospheric “amphitheatre” style bar with a open fireplace in the centre. The resort is ideal for intermediates and advanced skiers / boarders.
The food is served buffet style each day. Breakfast is yogurts, cereals, fruit juice, coffee and bread - don't be surprised to see that the coffee, tea or hot chocolate is taken French style - a soup bowl!
Typically lunch is a DIY picnic made up at breakfast time (great choice of breads, meats, cheeses, pasta, salad, fruit, sweets etc). The picnic lunch means maximum time on the mountains without spending a fortune on expensive mountain side restaurants. Note that beginners will often return to the centre for a hot lunch.
Dinner is a 4 course buffet - typically a salad bar style starter, choice of 3 or 4 main courses - most often including fish, cheese selection, fruit, dessert and ice-cream freezer. Any special dietry requirements should be made known to reception staff at check-in. Generally vegetarians will find a wide enough choice within the buffet.
The UCPA staff lay on an entertainment program each week. It's certainly not Butlins and there is no pressure to take part - all quite low key. Typical program would include stretching in the early evening, crepe making, quiz, sketch evening, karaoke and some evenings a live band. Equally in the town there is a great selection of bars & nightclubs to suit all tastes.
UCPA is more than 40 years old, and was originally set-up by the French government to encourage young people to enjoy the outdoors. It is now a "not for profit" organisation with all profits being put back into refurbishing the centres. The ethos of sport is still first on the agenda, but the instructors and centre staff don't forget that it is still your holiday.
Action Outdoors' prices at UCPA include:
- Lift Pass
- Ski / Board Hire
- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Do the sums - a lift pass alone costs more than €200, ski hire €100 and instruction more than €250!
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