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UCPA Argentiere

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170 rue Charlet Straton, 74400 Argentiere, Chamonix France
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All Inclusive accommodation with 3 meals per day, in house instruction and sports equipment hire on site. Modest accommodation with multi share rooms of between 4 and 7 people. High quality sports instruction with all costs covered including lift pass. Winter sports packages include off piste freeride, ski touring and snowboarding. Summer program includes climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking and walking.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Writingreviews wrote a review Feb. 2020
Welwyn garden city90 contributions15 helpful votes
We have just finished our 4 day short course at Argentiere. We had an absolutely amazing time there. The rooms were clean, beds comfortable and blankets and pillows were good. The meals were good: Breakfast: basic, bread, jams, cereals. Lunch: picnic which is made at breakfast time. Efficient and easily packed up to be eaten on the mountain. Dinner: delicious array of simple French foods, plenty of and a huge seating area to consume in. Dinners are relaxed and friendly so making friends here is a good spot! The instructors all seemed really friendly, we had Kevin for our time and he was fantastic, very patient and encouraging and kept us all progressing. We hope that next time we visit we will get him again. Thank you UCPA for a wonderful trip!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Mtoko wrote a review Feb. 2020
Plymouth, United Kingdom44 contributions14 helpful votes
Third time at the Argentiere UCPA .... it’s my favourite one! Great staff, location, equipment and absolutely awesome food! It’s not for everyone but if you’ve stayed in a UCPA before you’ll know what it’s all about! Thank you guys
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Steve B wrote a review Dec. 2018
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The centre is great value, the ski pass is for the whole Valley, including the aguille de midi, I found the staff fantastic and the instructor on my ski touring course was brilliant. However, my partner had a different experience on a beginners ski course, the first lesson was at Brevant which is high and steep as opposed to Le Tour and the instructor was uninterested and apathetic. I had fantastic skiing! We had a twin room which is great but you pay a bit more for it. The atmosphere in the centre is wonderful and I was very impressed with the ski and equipment we were issued. the meals were amazing and we didn't eat out once as we were so impressed with the standard. You do serve your self and clear your own table,you will also have to clean and hoover your room after your stay. The staff were fine with leaving bags before and after check in.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jess16_is wrote a review Mar. 2018
Manchester, United Kingdom1 contribution
I booked the 4-day short break ski instruction through Action Outdoors. I booked it as a solo skier and with little skiing experience I was slightly apprehensive about getting lost on the mountain! However you make friends straight away as you get put into a dorm room with others who have come alone and speak your language. You also get put into a ski group (approx 8) of your ability and you are guided around the mountain, you make friends, have fun and learn new skills as you go. My instructor Juliette was amazing! Loved every minute and will definitely be going back next year
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Date of stay: March 2018
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David B wrote a review Aug. 2017
Mackay, Australia62 contributions57 helpful votes
For anyone who hasn't heard of the UCPA, you've been missing out big time!!! I stumbled upon the UCPA serendipitously while looking for accommodation in or around Chamonix for my summer of preparation for the Matterhorn summit. Here is what I've discovered. Firstly, the UCPA isn't just some backpacker hostel chain. It is a not for profit organisation run by the French government, which is focussed on sport, adventure and active leisure. There is a huge number of UCPA hostels in France and abroad and don't expect to only get accommodation. At Argentiere, the UCPA is focussed on entry level alpinism, mountaineering, mountain biking, hiking, rafting, skiing/boarding and Salsa. Yes, you can learn to Salsa here! The hostel is beautiful and clean with views of Mont Blanc. It has a swimming pool, sauna, small climbing gym, volleyball court and great bar with a pool table and dance floor. All you can eat buffet breakfast and dinner is provided daily and is included in the price of your activity which is usually 1 week long. There is an equipment hire room which has all you need for Alpinism. Equipment hire is also included in the price of your activity. For all of you non-francophones, here is the secret: The English version of the UCPA website is poor and does not include about 80-90% of the activities that the French version does. Therefore use the French website and let your browser translate it to English and it'll unlock tonnes of weeklong activities otherwise not available on the English version! That is how I booked my activities. This is my fourth week here at Argentiere. At first I was worried that I'll be the only non-French guy here and although this was not far from the truth (typically the mix is 85% French, 10% Swedish, 5% other) everyone has been just awesome and have made me feel really welcome. Even the few that speak hardly any English have made an effort to chat with me and I've been doing the same thing with my extremely broken French. All the guides can speak English and are very good at what they do. Every evening there are some activities at the bar. Tuesday is crepe day, Thursday is BBQ evening and on Friday there's a big dance party to conclude a fantastic week. I absolutely love UCPA Argentiere and highly recommend it and any other UCPA for a holiday. It is more relaxed and has a bigger party feel than the UCPA just down the road at Chamonix which is more focussed on hard core Alpinism and summits (see my separate review). If you're young, love the mountains and want to test your limits while making fantastic new friends, take your next holiday with the UCPA. I promise you that you'll want to come back year after year.
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Date of stay: August 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions about UCPA Argentiere
Which popular attractions are close to UCPA Argentiere?
Nearby attractions include Les Grands Montets (0.5 km), Namaste Sport (0.02 km), and Fubar (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at UCPA Argentiere?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at UCPA Argentiere?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at UCPA Argentiere?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to UCPA Argentiere?
Conveniently located restaurants include La P'tite Verte, Tete a the, and Le Grenier.
Are there opportunities to exercise at UCPA Argentiere?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a sauna during their stay.
Is UCPA Argentiere located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Argentiere.
Are there any historical sites close to UCPA Argentiere?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Pont de la Bâtiaz (12.4 km).
Is UCPA Argentiere accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.