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UCPA Age Policy

UCPA is a not for profit organisation set up more than 50 years ago to encourage young people to participate in outdoors sports and to make the top resorts and quality coaching more accessible and affordable. UCPA has changed a little over the years however the ethos remains very much the same. Therefore although there are some exceptional circumstances and packages, the majority of UCPA courses and holidays have an age restriction of 18-​45. The UCPA has specific exemption from any Age Discrimination Laws in France and Europe due to the ethos behind the organisation. Please read through the Equality Act 2010 for further information. If you are aged 18-​45 you can join any adult UCPA course advertised. Otherwise see below for more information on what options are available for you. 

Exceptions

The UCPA have made some exceptions to their age restrictions in recent years introducing special courses and weeks to allow families, young people aged under 18 and adults aged up to 55 year of age to take advantage of the excellent value UCPA ski and snowboard packages. To learn more about the specific policy for each age group and to find out what is available to your age group please use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate between the different UCPA age ranges.  

Please note that on any given week the UCPA may contain young people aged 16-17 and adults aged 18+, this is at the discretion of the UCPA centre. The UCPA take steps to room minors and adults separately.  

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Testimonials

  • The chef at the canteen always tried their hardest to provide varied yet nutritional dishes. The meatballs were simply to die for!!!
    Tong Tong
  • The instructors always push you to go that extra mile – I even managed to go down the mountain backwards last time! – but are totally cool when you’ve had enough and that vin chaud is calling your name. 
    Amelia S
  • If you do it you really won’t regret it. I’ve been on 20 ski trips, and this was the best by far.
    Oliver P
  • I snowboard at the moderate/expert level, but my boyfriend doesn’t have to get bored waiting for me to head across the flats because he’s high up in the mountains remembering how to use transceivers with the extreme expert ski group. 
    Amelia S
  • Most centers are “ski-in” and the nearest lift is only 100m away. They are almost all in a town centre for easy drinking access. Some are further out but cheaper as a result.
    Anna R
  • 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
  • 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
  • The lessons have always been top quality, fun and tailored to your level due to the vast number of groups. All instructors speak French and English fluently and give individual tips. Skiing with people of your...
    Anna R