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UCPA, Chamonix

An all inclusive hostel near the main square in Chamonix

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This hostel is in a great location just a two minute walk from the centre of town. Special buses run from right outside to hostel for UCPA residents only to the local ski areas. UCPA concept; prestigious resorts, excellent instruction, comfortable accommodation, abundance of food, great quality equipment and a sociable and fun atmosphere at a fraction of the cost of comparative ski holidays.  

Within the building is the sports bar, nightclub, kit room, large drying rooms, large dining room and plenty of social areas.

This centre is one of the best in UCPA, and is excellent for those who want to enjoy some of the best skiing in Europe, whilst staying in the centre of a vibrant and lively town. All rooms have shower and sink ensuite with toilets a few steps away in the corridor.

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 programme 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.

There is a special bus chartered every morning to take you directly to the slopes without any queuing. There's limited parking on site, but you can park for free within a few minutes walk.

Action Outdoors' prices at UCPA include:

  • Lift Pass
  • Ski / Board Hire
  • Instruction
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Do the sums - a lift pass alone costs more than 200€, ski hire 100€ and instruction more than 250€!

The Bar

There is a bar and nightclub within the hostel.

The Restaurant

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.

What else to book


You’ll need to book your own transfers when staying here. Your main options are shared or private transfers, but consider whether you would prefer a door-to-door service or a (generally cheaper) “communal” drop-off point at your destination.

Also see: Transfers to Chamonix, France

Ski Hire

The company arrange your ski hire for you and this is included in the price of your accommodation.

Also see: Ski Hire in Chamonix, France

Lifts & Passes

The company arrange your lift passes for you and this is included in the price of your accommodation.

Also see: Ski Pass Options in Chamonix, France

Instructors & Lessons

The company arrange your lessons and instructors for you and this is included in the price of your accommodation.

Also see: Ski Schools in Chamonix, France

Guides & Tours

The company can arrange guided trips for you and this is included in the price of your accommodation.

Also see: Guides & Tours in Chamonix, France


  • Outdoors
  • Mountain views
  • Terrace
  • Spa / Fitness / Beauty
  • Sauna
  • Social Spaces
  • Drinks bar
  • Restaurant
  • Creature Comforts
  • Ski / Boot room


  • Bookings for
  • Lift Passes
  • Ski / Snowboard Hire
  • Ski / Snowboard Lessons
  • Transfers
  • Catering
  • Full-board
  • Transport
  • Ski shuttle (complimentary)


  • Open Seasons
  • Winter
  • Address
  • 131 Rue du Lyret, 74400 Chamonix Mont Blanc, France