UCPA Tignes

Tignes UCPA is in Tignes Val Claret, situated at the foot of the Grande Motte Glacier, at an altitude of 2,100m. Val Claret is the ideal location in Tignes with excellent access to the slopes and the main strip of shops and bars. The UCPA centre consists of two large traditional chalets close to the village centre. There is a drag lift just 50m away which takes you to the main lift station and if the snow cover is good you can ski almost right to the centre. Free wifi is available within the centre. 

Tignes UCPA was newly refurbished for winter 16/17.


  • 4 person multishare rooms
  • Bathroom facilities are shared between 2 rooms


All UCPA meals are buffet style and with multiple servings the norm, you won't go hungry.

Breakfast is normally yogurts, cereals, fruit juice, coffee and bread - don't be surprised to see that the coffee and tea is taken French style - in a soup bowl!  

It is possible to return to the UCPA for lunch everyday where you will find 1 or 2 hot options available. As with all meals there will be a salad bar, plenty of bread, cheese, meat and of course desert. If you prefer you can make a packed lunch at breakfast time and eat on the mountain. Either way you will save a fortune avoiding the over priced piste side restaurants.

Dinner is a 4 course buffet - typically a salad bar style starter, a choice of 3 hot main courses, a cheese and cold meat platter and ice cream/desert.

Any special dietary 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, it's all quite low key. Typically the program would include stretching, a quiz night and live music. There is a bar in the centre therefore most people will meet before and after dinner for a sociable drink.

Equally in resort there is a good selection of bars and a few nightclubs.


UCPA was establish 50 years ago and was originally setup by the French government to encourage young people into adventure sports and make top locations and quality coaching more affordable. It is now a 'not for profit' organisation with all profits being reinvested back into the UCPA to refurbish the centres.

The UCPA ethos is about enjoying the sports, the location and meeting people. The centres have a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Useful facts

  • There is a drag lift just 50m away from the front door
  • The lift pass gives free access to the swimming pool/water park and natural ice skating 


  • 2 minute walk from the town centre
  • 50m from the lifts

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  100 metres
4 persons
Full board
Dance floor
TV room
Games room







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Best For: Keen skiers/boarders
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Nearest Airport: Geneva (220km), Chambery (130km)
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Fun Fact: You can ski for 10 months of the year in Tignes!
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UCPA was originally set up to provide affordable adventure holiday packages for people aged 18 to ​39.

Today the UCPA has a wide variety of excellent value ski & snowboard packages for people of all ages.



  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 lift pass is amazing. It didn’t cover just Tignes, but all of Espace Killy. The pass alone was 228 euro if bought on its own. 
    Ron H
  • 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