Town Centre

Chamonix is a beautiful alpine town nestled in the heart of a steep sided valley at the foot of Mont Blanc. The jagged peaks surrounding the town provide some of the most stunning alpine scenery to be found anywhere in the world. It is easy to see how so many of the worlds top skiers and alpinists have been seduced by Chamonix, inspired by the beauty and the challenges of the Mont Blanc range.

Chamonix differs from other ski resorts in that it is a fully functioning town with a large static population throughout the year and full complement of services. The town centre is beautifully kept with well appointed buildings and a grand main square. There is a vibrant and lively feel to the town with a wonderfully cosmopolitan mix of people here to ski, board and climb. There is a significant English contingent as well as large Swedish and Australian populations, the local ‘Chamonards’ can be spotted by their effortless skiing style in even the most testing conditions.

As befits its reputation Chamonix tends to attract the more ‘hardcore’ skiers and snowboarders who take their sport seriously. Ropes and harnesses are usual attire and the person stood next to you in lift is quite likely to be some form of freestyle champion or steep skiing legend. The high standard is inspiring not intimidating and the excitement on powder days is palpable – if you are after fresh tracks you had better be on the first lift!


Chamonix Nightlife

Like their skiing, the locals also take their partying seriously and there are more than enough quality bars to keep you entertained throughout your stay:

  • Chambre Neuf: A Swedish run bar with fantastic après ski bands and always a good crowd helped along by 2 for 1 cocktails before 10pm
  • Elevation: Elevation also offers quality après ski entertainment with a slightly more French/local crowd
  • The Pub: As its name suggests ‘The Pub’ has a very British feel, they have regular bands and big screens for sporting events
  • La Terrasse: Set in Chamonix’s main square La Terrasse is a beautiful bar with a great view and regular live music and a great happy hour
  • Munster Bar: A very typical and enjoyable Irish bar
  • Monkey Bar: A happening bar with a young and lively crowd where many of the seasonairres like to hang out

Things to do

If you need a break from skiing there is still plenty to keep you entertained in Chamonix.

  • The Alpine Museum: For a spot of culture visit the Alpine Museum and learn about the history and background of the area
  • Aglons Spa: Based in the Hotel Aglons the spa offers a nice hot outdoor hot tub and slightly less hot pool from which you can gaze up at Mont Blanc – great for soothing aching muscles!
  • Ski de Fond: Try your hand at cross country skiing on the local track – it’s not as easy as it looks!

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Best For: Extreme Skiing
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Nearest Airport: Geneva (109km)
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Fun Fact: Mont Blanc 4810m
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  • Lunch and dinner were epic. Buffet style with delicious and varied options each day and night. Not cheap foods either - Full roast chickens, ribs, roast beef, etc. Unreal!
    Ron H
  • No matter how hard you try, when you book everything separately (especially with the Euro and price of food at the moment), you will never beat UCPA.
    Anna R
  • 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
  • We all appreciate that we are inside one of those perfect moments, heightened by the expectation of another afternoon riding the perfect, untracked powder that our instructor...
    Matt J
  • The food offers great variety, choice (several options each night), quantity (as much as you want) and quality is decent (7/10). Cheese and yoghurts coming out of your ears, packed lunch option, afternoon...
    Anna R
  • 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


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Chamonix | Ski Full Time Instruction

I was impressed with the organisation accommodation and staff at UCPA Chamonix , the food was well done and the evening entertainment varied and enjoyable especially the cool jazz-funk band , there was a good atmosphere about the place and it is situated in the centre of Chamonix.

Chamonix | Ski Full Time

After flying into Geneva, I found the desk for my transfer and waited for the mini bus driver and the rest of the transfer passengers. I was a bit nervous as I was travelling solo and I had never been on a solo skiing holiday before; I was unsure what to expect. The transfer company were very friendly and the rep chatted to me as the other passengers started to arrive. I noticed that some of them were also travelling solo and this made me feel more at ease.

Chamonix | Ski Full Time Beginner

Chamonix… The atmosphere was sparkling! Being there I got the best weather as well. So two most important factors were on top level.

Chamonix | Ski Full Time

Well, I didn't know what to expect when booking my Action Outdoors holiday. I had been debating a ski trip for a while, weighing up the pro's and con's, should I shouldn't I? However, I took the plunge and booked my holiday and left that evening - somewhat last minute! However, the help that Chris in the office gave when booking set the tone for what was a great trip and I wasn't disappointed.

Chamonix | Ski Full Time

This year was the second year that i have snowboarded with UCPA / Action Outdoors and I'm already planning next years trip. Like many young people I'm on a budget and so UCPA is the obvious choice with everything included except for evening drinks, which are cheap anyway at the hostel bar. The holiday cost me about half of my previous holiday with another company and was twice the fun, with a great mix of international skiers in my group, all of a similar standard. It was a pretty cloudy week, and cold but with lots of snow, and the lessons focused on technique with a bit of side piste skiing thrown in. The food was excellent and eat as much as you like, or can. I went by myself so the social activities in the evening were great for meeting people as well as a lot of fun, including live bands, karaoke, ping pong competition and a mix of other activities. I stayed in an all male dormitory with 3 other guys and ended up socialising with them in the evenings as well as with a mix of other people from our groups and people we had all met over the week. Many of the people who holiday with UCPA travel alone so meeting people is never a problem. My only regret is that the holiday didn't last longer.

Chamonix | Ski Off Piste

I love love love UCPA holidays. Having been to Flaine and Serre Chevalier in the past couple of years this year we went to Chamonix over New Year. The Chamonix centre is a little dated in places but the rooms are clean and comfy and the centre is right in the middle of Cham with a massive ski area to enjoy. We had a great time on and off the slopes (try the square in Cham on NYE for partying and fire crackers) and got a dump of snow mid week - yay! As ever everyone was really friendly and welcoming. We'll be back next year to the newly refurbished Argentiere centre for more skiing and apres!

Chamonix | Ski Off Piste

Voila! What a great adventure. I was taken back by the fantastic deal. I could not believe you got so so much for a amazing price. Quality equipment and expert French instructors. The accommodation was fine with shared accommodation with bar stories of snoring room mates. Secret is to stay out late and drink more. The Apres ski involves the Swedish bar where dancing on tables to a rocky band was the thing. Then the terrace bar for cheap shots and another band. Everybody is really friendly and meeting new people is so easy. The food was good and varied with plenty of it. If you are a veggie remember it is France and if it doesn't move they're not interested.but hey eating is cheating. Don't forget the snow and the off piste. Awesome and we only saw 10% of it in our week. I have recommended this trip to everybody I know and planning my next trip. A must do adventure!

Chamonix | Snowboarding Full Time

Literally the best snow holiday I have even been on. As it was my first time booking with the UCPA I was quite skeptical since it was far cheaper than any other snow holiday and that the UCPA is a non-profit organisation, I didn't really know what to expect since I was solo traveler. I had booked a coach ride to Chamonix which was much better than I expected.

Chamonix | Ski Half Time

Amazing ski trip to Chamonix - it's great that everything is in one place at the UCPA - from the equipment and accommodation to lift passes and instructors. The food's really good too so we saved loads of money from not having to eating out - more euros to spend on the fab après ski! Great selection of bars and nightlife just a short walk down the road. If you're going with a group - it's really easy to book through Action Outdoors - you set up the trip and then people book onto it an pay separately meaning there's no hassle of one person paying for it all! Much better than a chalet - I'll be booking again next season!

Chamonix | Ski Off Piste

Hats off to Action Outdoors and UCPA for organising such a fantastic weeks skiing for us, especially for ordering a couple of massive powder dumps whilst we there there! We had a great time from start to finish, the skiing instruction was very good and our instructor Olivier took us a lot of untracked secret powder stashes, every day we skied until our legs gave out! His English was a bit lacking at times, but he was able to get the message across. Our technique and confidence in the deep stuff has really improved. The accommodation is good but basic, the location is pretty much in the centre of town, and the food is excellent, Eric the head chef is brilliant and worth his weight for comedy value alone. The in-house ski rental was great, I have a very pointy ankle and they help find me the best boots to suit me. The atmosphere was very welcoming and the French and Swedes made us all feel very much part of the UCPA family, and we made some good friends we will see again over the week. The only negatives were the student party on the coach who kept us up all night long on the way over, but apart from that we were happy with the coach from London and it is definitely convenient.

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