Val d'Isere

Val d’Isere seems to have it all, a superb ski area, a charming village and superb nightlife. Val d’Isere is linked with Tignes to create the Esapce Killy ski area, a vast and varied ski area which has the additional benefit of being very snow sure. The village itself has developed gracefully retaining the charm lost in so many modern resorts. The après ski and nightlife are famous worldwide and attracts a vibrant young crowd who know how to have fun. If you like your ski holiday’s action packed and you think you can handle the pace then Val d’Isere may just be the one for you.



Ski Area

The Espace Killy ski area is truly massive boasting an amazing 96 lifts which give access to over 300km of piste. The terrain is varied offering something for everyone making it a great location for mixed ability groups. An effort has been made to cater for everyone in the Esapce Killy from special speed restricted ‘Tranquil’ zones for beginners to the world cup pistes and increasingly popular ‘Naturide’ runs for experts (special non-pisted runs within the patrolled area). In addition to the fantastic piste network the Espace Killy offers one of the largest lift served off-piste areas in the world, there is more than enough to keep even the most adventurous skiers entertained.


Town Centre

The village of Val d’Isere is compact and attractive managing to offer the functionality and organisation of developed resort with the charm of a mountain village. There are a good range of shops and services on offer and the bus network to the lifts puts other resorts to shame. The resort attracts a young and trendy crowd who enjoy their snow sports and partying in equal quantities. The nightlife is outstanding with a wealth of top notch bars and regular events to keep things interesting.


UCPA Val d'Isere

The UCPA centre in Val d’Isere is very well located just a couple of minutes walk from the bars and shops. The centre is a large traditional chalet which can sleep 250 people and has plenty of the usual UCPA extras like a bar and dining room, it even has its own surprisingly good nightclub. The lifts and ski area are easily accessible and there are some within walking distance. The other main lift systems are just a short bus ride away, the nearest bus stop is only 20m from the UCPA and buses run every 10 minutes throughout the day.  The centre is scheduled for renovation, however due to local town planning issues, this has been delayed. The centre is quite basic compared to other UCPA centres. 


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Best For: Apres ski
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Nearest Airport: Geneva (220km), Chambery (130km)
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Fun Fact: Amazing nightlife
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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.



  • Alongside the excellent equipment, lessons, food and accommodation, the thing that brings me back year on year is the atmosphere, as made by the people who go to UCPA.
    Elliot B
  • 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
  • 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
  • There isn’t a part of UCPA that I don’t enjoy, it’s some of the best holidays I’ve had and going to have.
    Peter E
  • One click and you’ve booked everything. No searching around for lessons, ski-hire etc. And the best thing is you can keep adding people to your group.
    Anna R
  • There is always such a friendly and open atmosphere and the nights provide a great opportunity to meet new people. Making new friends from all over the world is a virtual certainty and for me personally, this was the...
    Richard J
  • I love the system at UCPA where you can go as a group of friends, but still spend a full day out with other people right at your own level. 
    Amelia S
  • I wish I had discovered UCPA earlier. 
    Oliver P


Val d'Isere | Ski Full Time Instruction

What was the resort like?

Val d'Isere | Snowboard Half Time

I went on Snowboarding holidays by myself Xmas time. I'm single girl and unfortunately most of my friends are either couples or would not go on skiing and boarding vacation. At first I was a little bit worried, but as soon as I got on a bus with other travellers I was hit by amazing bubbly atmosphere. All the guides and instructors were very friendly, always happy to help and advice. This was an amazing surprise considering that most of them work on very low pay. Also I met bunch of great friends. I opted to stay with three other girls in shared room, and all of us get on very well. Usually I'm used to more expensive and luxury holidays. Despite all the rooms being very basic, it was very clean, food was fantastic and snowboarding equipment was very new. I would definitely recommend to any single or a couple or bunch of friends to go with this company. I'm actually just about to book my summer holidays with them now. It's a little bit different to drinking and partying and I love it !

Val d'Isere | Beginner Snowboarding

I had just moved to London about four weeks previous from Australia and was still unfamiliar with European travel and experiences. I'm a teacher's aid, so I get the school holidays off. I had a week off in February and really wanted to hit the slopes to work on my snowboard skills. I had looked at other tours and snow packages and they were all coming up near the 1000 pound mark, which was too expensive on such short notice (as this was the week before I was looking). I was lucky enough to see a post on facebook about action outdoors and looked more into it and further conversation on the phone convinced me that I should try it as it was an all inclusive package at a more than reasonable price! So I booked it literally the day before I left and I must say, it has been one of the best things I have ever done!! The people were friendly and my instructor was very helpful, teaching me the basics of snowboarding and encouraging and helping me where needed. The food was good and the rooms tidy and sufficient for a week of boarding. All in all, I left with new friends and great memories. I loved Val D'Isere and definitely hope to return again. :)

Val d'Isere | Ski Full Time

Third time with UCPA, third resort and yet again fantastic holiday!

La Plagne, Val d'Isere, Val Thorens, Chamonix | Ski Full Time, Ski Off Piste

The UCPA system offered by Action Outdoors was so good that I spent seven weeks in four different resorts with them in 2013. I started as a very basic skier and went all the way to completing an off piste course in that time. Everything about the experience was top rate. The instruction was excellent. The food was delicious with plenty of it. The vibe and philosophy at the UCPA centers was totally compelling. It was a truly unigue experience and there is no way on earth that anyone could match them for value for money.Action Outdoors proved themselves a very helpful and friendly organisation in managing my whole trip.  I will never ski with anybody else ever again. This is the real deal. Thank you UCPA and Action Outdoors.

Val d'Isere | No Instruction

Fantastic week-one of the best week's skiing I have ever done. Package put together by Action Outdoors was excellent. Accommodation in the UCPA was clean, well organised, basic but perfectly adequate with plenty of secure locker space in the dorms. Food was out of this world -simply excellent. Three meals a day with French Chefs serving in the evening and plenty of choice, simply help yourself. Great company and new friends made with a sociable atmosphere in the bar in the evening. No real complaints -but next time I will book the ski instruction as well. These guys had a fantastic feedback from the people who were taking lessons and although I am a good skier I would definitely take this option next time. Looking forward to next years trip already! Many thanks.

Val d'Isere |

Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. A very good deal in a wonderful resort. The food in the ucpa did the job, it was simple and filling. I was very impressed with the facilities, given the price. The only thing that I would suggest is more stops on the coach journey as there was one point whereby we didn't stop for a good 8 hours. However, I will be hoping to visit the same resort again next year and if all goes well book another holiday with action outdoors.Thank you.

Val d'Isere | Ski Full Time

This was my first time skiing and I absolutely loved it! The lessons were great! I started of in the beginners group, then they split us up to smaller groups so you could learn at your own pace. I also had a good time staying at the UCPA where I shared rooms with 3 other people. Lots of good food and an overall pleasant stay!

Val d'Isere | Snowboard Full Time Instruction

The resort is good, lots of potential for going out, though it's not cheap.  Luckily the food at UCPA was very good and after a hard days boarding, an early night works well.  The common areas in the UCPA were fine, but the accommodation in the dorms was quite poor - although clean, the creaky wooden bunkbeds were a bit constricting for taller people.  The guys who organised the rooms done a very good job of putting people of similar backgrounds, languages, and nationalities together, so it felt like you already had something in common with the people in your room when you got there.  Or maybe I was just lucky!  Our tutor / guide (!) was fantastic, knew the ski area (and where to find powder) very well and kept a good eye out to make sure the group kept together but without holding anyone back.  The apres-ski in the UCPA itself was a little limited but long dinners with a bottle of wine went some way to making up for it!  Number 1 hint for future travelers is to schedule your transfer bus from the airport to the resort correctly to make sure that you don't have to wait for too many hours!

Val d'Isere | Ski Full Time Instruction

I arrived at UCPA Val D’Isère on Sat 30th March 2013 for a week of Intermediate Full Time Instruction. I arrived at night and found a neat little envelope with all the information I needed. In the morning the reception staff were very helpful and I organised my ski hire which is conveniently located downstairs.