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YFC Ski 2020

4-11 January 2020 

Snow-lovers will be blown away by NFYFC’s amazing ski offer for 2020. We’re heading to Argentiere – a once in a lifetime must for anyone who loves to ski in style.

Surrounded by the Mont Blanc Massif, five miles up from the valley of Chamonix and lying at the foot of Les Grands Montets is the stunning and vibrant village of Argentiere.

What’s new in 2020?

This year we have an all-inclusive package that packs a lot of punch! These mountains are for descending, hopefully with as much style, skill and finesse that YFC members can muster.

We have partnered with Outgoing and the UCPA in Argentiere to offer an exciting package at a premier winter destination that comes at an amazing price for YFC members. But with only 120 places available, you’ll need to make sure you secure your place quickly!

Your 2020 ski trip includes:

  • 7 x nights accommodation,  4-6 berth rooms, some twins available at a supplement
  • 7 nights x evening meals, 7 x breakfasts & 7 lunches, dining together with stunning views of Mont Blanc
  • A massive 6.5 day Valley lift pass (Sunday morning until following Saturday lunch),
  • 6.5 x days  quality  equipment rental
  • A choice of full or part time lessons, off piste course options (small surcharge), and all with the instructors and equipment shop on site.
  • Resort transfers from arrival at Geneva airport to resort and departure from resort to Geneva airport to resort are all included. (All you have to add on is your flight and with some cracking farmer friendly return rates from some of the leading economy airlines with various UK departures into Geneva, there are bargains to be had).
  • Private residents bar
  • Chill out areas
  • Climbing room
  • Dining room
  • Picnic lunch available.

Full apres programme including: make your own crepes, stretching, quiz night (including the  wheel of shame), two gigantic nights out in Chamonix town with late night return, YFC coach transfers and all the usual frivolities with a few new twists.

YFC Winter Games

On top of this amazing ski package, we’re also launching the first ever YFC Highland Winter Games that will be held in resort. There’s a whopping £500 cash prize to be split between the winners. You’ll need to remember to keep your farm friend (soft toy) attached to you throughout the action. With everything from a pineapple shy to the slush net, sliding the plank to tossing the ice-sausage in the bucket, and a frantic hunt for a carrot filled with treasure, the event promises to be an hilarious part of your week.

What does it cost?

All of this for just £724 per person. All you need on top is spending money and return flights to Geneva airport.

There are limited places available so YFC Ski is offered on a first come first served basis so please book early to secure your place.

BOOK NOW! 

Book your place on the dedicated booking platform with Outgoing here. 

Things you will need to be able to make your booking:

  • Full name of all passengers [as printed in passport(s)].
  • YFC membership card number.
  • Know what equipment every passenger will require (Choices are: no equipment (using own), ski equipment or board equipment)
  • Accommodation/rooming lists for your group. Note: Rooms are for four or six people. A small number of twin rooms are available for a supplement.
  • To order the 2020 YFC Ski Hoody, make sure you have the size required for everyone in your group. Sizes are men's small, medium or large or women’s small, medium or large.
  • Credit/debit card details for payment of the deposit.  

FAQs 

Quick guide to your week and how the UCPA works 

UCPA centres offer a weekly ski/snowboard programme which normally runs from a Sunday morning to the following Saturday at 2pm. 

As all the customers have departed on a Saturday afternoon after lunch, the centres can accomodate for an early arrival on a Saturday. Rooms will be available from 18.00hrs and an evening meal provided. 

From Sunday morning its business as usual and the equipment rental/lift pass/ teachers will all be on site. You will be booked in until the Saturday you return. Keep in mind that on the Saturday morning you have the option to ski and a lift-pass. You do need to be out of your room and have returned your equipment before lunch, which is included. You are expected to have vacated the centre by 2pm on your departure day. 

Can I only fly to Geneva?

It’s your choice how you travel to the accommodation. There are options for the snow-train, self-drive or flying in to different airports. Please keep in mind that the transfer included in your package is from Geneva airport only on the Saturdays. The transfer time is approx 1hr 15mins.

Can I book a flight through Outgoing?

No, it is not economical and flights are more expensive this way. In booking your own flight it gives you flexibility in your travel plans, timings, budget and options.

What is Argentiere like?

Argentiere is a lively unique picturesque village, situated just five miles from the major ski town of Chamonix. This gives you the advantage of experiencing the best parts of both worlds and a ski area to match. Located close to Les Grande Montets and Le Tour areas it’s a fantastic spot and ideal for beginners as there are long greens and blue runs. 

What is a UCPA?

The UCPA is a large French not for profit organisation providing very affordable, all inclusive, adventure sports holidays. Originally the UCPA catered for young people aged 18-39 but recently they have expanded the range of holiday and course options to suit all ages. The all inclusive packages include accommodation, meals, lift pass (if required), equipment hire and instruction.

What is the UCPA centre in Argentiere like?

Argentiere UCPA is on the high street, metres from the village bars, bakeries and shops. The historic Victorian building was completely refurbished in 2013 and now offers fantastic 3 star accommodation. Inside there is an equipment room, drying rooms, large restaurant and plenty of social space to relax in at the end of a busy day. Bathrooms are in the corridors to allow for more spacious rooms. Argentiere UCPA has the best showers in Europe based on the feedback Outgoing receive so it could be worth the stay just for that!

What are  the rooms like?

  • Multishare rooms allow up to four to six people. 
  • Twin rooms are available for a small supplement.
  • Bathrooms are shared.

We are a couple or two friends that would prefer a twin room?

We have an allocation of five twin rooms available at a supplement. Once these are gone they are gone, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Can I take my own alcohol into the UCPA?

You can take your own alcohol to your room and to the dining room for dinner, but you can’t take it to the bar and surrounding recreation areas. You can only have drinks purchased in the bar at the bar.

How does the bar work? 

The bar works on a top up card system which you can top up via cash or with your bank card.  You then use your top up card to purchase any alcohol. The bar is under a sports license and does not sell spirits. It does have a good selection of wines and beers and soft drinks. Make sure you don’t top it up too much so you do not have money left on it at the end of your stay. If so it will just be issued to you as a credit for your next stay.

What is the transfer time to resort from Geneva Airport?

  • The transfer journey time from Geneva to Argentiere is approx 1 hr 15 mins.
  • The aim will be to have all passengers on their way from Geneva airport to the Ucpa, Argentiere Nr Chamonix as swiftly as possible.
  • Transfers will mainly be eight seat minibuses from Geneva Airport.
  • To minimise waiting times, the tour operator will arrange these when all flight details are known and the transfers can be coordinated.
  • Should a large number of people arrive to Geneva at approximately the same time a coach will be used.
  • Please be mindful that room check-in starts at 18.00 hrs on the day of arrival – luggage storage is available until room check-in.

Can I take my own equipment, what’s the rental equipment like?

You can take your own equipment but it’s worth considering if it’s worth it as equipment technology changes rapidly and there are high airline carriage costs. 

When you check in you will be issued with a ticket or card for the equipment hire. The equipment hire is all onsite to keep things simple – there’s no trudging around the resort to find your hire shop to collect and return your equipment. 

Your equipment will depend on your level, the course you are registered on and your size. Rossignol and APO are common brands of UCPA equipment. Half of all equipment is replaced every year, therefore the kit is relatively new and well maintained. Skis and boards are regularly serviced in-house. The rental shop is open daily during set hours for anyone who needs to change boots or board/skis for any reason. If you are taking part in a specialist course you will be provided with all equipment required for the activity e.g ski touring equipment or avalanche safety kit. Helmets and ski clothing are not provided. Helmets can be hired as an optional extra and are normally available in resort. There are large communal ski lockers within each centre which are locked during the night to store your equipment. You can also add a padlock to secure your equipment further.   

I’ve never done this before, is it for me?

Some of the best snow memories are from when you first learn and the UCPA is set up for you to get off to a flying start. Argentiere has several quality amenable nursery slopes to start you off on your journey. 

I’ve been skiing/snowboarding for years, why would I want lessons?

Lessons are a great way to get to know new people, get to know the resort & if you want to get better then they will definitely help. The instructors are a lot of fun and they know what they’re doing.

Do I have to take the lessons?

No, nothing is compulsory but they do come recommended.

How do the lessons work?

Beginners

  • Always start after lunch on Sunday. Then you have the option of full or part time. 
  • Full time will be morning & afternoon on Mon/Tues,  Wed free, then  morning & afternoon Thurs/Friday.
  • Part time  Sunday after lunch
  • Then either Mon/Tues morning, Wed off, Thurs/Friday afternoon or vice versa. If you have your first two day lessons in the morning the other two will be usually in the afternoon or if you have your first two lessons in the afternoon, then normally your next two will be in the morning. The instructors are off on Wednesdays. 

All other lessons

  • Full time -  am + pm  x Mon/Tues/Thurs/Frid
  • Part time - normally made up of two morning lessons and two afternoon lessons Mon/Tues/Thurs Fri.

Can I swap from ski to snowboard mid-week?

No, not once you have chosen at the start of the week. 

What is the off piste course? Can I go on it?

Most off piste courses are full time; 23 hours of guiding/instruction throughout the week. All UCPA courses are delivered by a fully qualified instructor/ mountain guide. The more advanced courses which include high mountain descents and glacier terrain are guided by a qualified high mountain guide.The ratio of  guiding depends on the level of the course and the needs of the group. You need to be of a relatively good standard. 

There are different courses for ski and snowboard and the courses are restricted in numbers so book early to secure a place. All equipment is provided. There is a small additional supplement for this activity.

Where does my ski pass cover?

Six-and-a-half-day lift pass (Mont Blanc) Ski pass available for the following domains: la Flégère / le Brévent, Le Tour / Vallorcine, Lognan / les Grands Montets , l’Aiguille du Midi, Montenvers train and other smaller domains. Ski pass operable from Sunday morning to lunch time the following Saturday.

What is the food like? How do the meals work?

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 mountainside restaurants. It can also be possible to return to the centre for a hot meal. Dinner is a four-course buffet - typically a salad bar style starter, choice of three or four main courses - most often including fish, cheese selection, fruit, dessert and ice-cream. 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. If you have a serious dietary condition then please let us know in advance. You will have to provide a supplement to that which is available at the UCPA.

What do I do in the evening?

There's plenty to join in with, from activities/nights hosted in the centre to organised nights out with all your YFC friends in the village and in Chamonix.

Can I do a group booking for YFC?

  • Yes, one of your party can book and must pay for the whole group in the party.
  • Whoever pays will be responsible for all payments and damage deposits for the group via one credit or debit card and for the group members booking information.
  • If you need to pay for the trip individually, each person will need to open an account on the booking dashboard and book the trip themselves.
  • Once the bookings for the trip has closed, the tour operator will send a link to each booking to its drag and drop rooming platform where you can allocate yourselves into rooming lists with your friends.

I want to share a room with 3/4/5/6 of my friends? I want to book a twin room?

Yes, one of you can book and pay for the other. Who ever pays will then be responsible for all payments and your booking and room deposit. However if you want to have your own account and customer dashboard then you will need to book yourself.

Who will I be sharing a room with?

  • The majority of the accommodation is in rooms for four people with four beds. There may be some five or some six bedded rooms available and there are a small number of twin bedded rooms available for a supplement payment.
  • If you would like a twin room you have to make a booking for 2 people for the option to be available in the booking flow.
  • If you are in a group of 5 or 6 and would like to ensure you have a room of that size, just drop a note to customerservice@outgoing.co.uk with a list of the names you are sharing with. You can all book on as individuals or for as many people within the group as you want.
  • Once the bookings for the trip has closed, the tour operator will send each booking a link to its drag and drop rooming platform where you can simply allocate yourselves into rooms with your friends.

I don’t know anyone else who is going – is this trip suitable for me? 

Yes it’s an ideal way to meet new friends x 120  and have a proper winter adventure. You won’t be alone. 

Contact details for Outgoing.

The number to ring is 0161 768 6331 and the mail address is customerservice@outgoing.co.uk. The department is staffed during normal office hours

I don’t know anyone else who is going – is this trip suitable for me?

Never fear – YFC Ski is only available to YFC members so you will be surrounded by people who have similar interests to you. NUCO will also be organising a range of trips and activities throughout the week so you will definitely not be on your own for long. If you still have concerns please do speak to your local ski rep who will reassure you that you will have the time of your life!


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