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Has anyone had any experience with staying at a UCPA place in France?
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Yep, twice. Once in La Plagne, once in Val D'Isere.

La Plagne: excellent instruction, big Q in the morning at first lift, well organised e.g. games/activities, very 'french' and superb food. We were in tiny room.

Val D: excellent instruction, good location, not so 'french' as La Plagne.

General: excellent value for money, coach travel not much fun (take a sleepng pill). I know it's a cliche but if you can speak at least a little French it goes a long way in the good will stakes.
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Thanks Nick,
sounds like you'd recommend it!

Thinking of staying in the one in Tignes - party of 12. I'll probably take the off piste option.

Any further comments/experiences?

Thanks
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Sorry, but what is a UCPA place please?
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UCPA, Union Nationale des Centres Sportifs de Plein Air

French sports club - they do lots of sporting holidays at very reasonable prices, and you get all sorts of nationalitties. Very popular with Belgians, Swedes and the Ducth apparently

http://www.ucpa.com/
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on a bit of a tangent, when I googled for UCPA to get the link, one of the sponsored links was for a place called "action outdoors" who do all-inclusive ski holidays.

Yould think, though, that if they go to the expense of sposored links in Google (which aren;t cheap), they'd have a site that works.....
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Ah, thank you nbt Very Happy
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Ok, so what is Tignes nightlife like then guys?
I know it is nothing compared to the hedonistic ways of VDI, but will it cater well for a group of 12 mid 20's male & females? Toofy Grin
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Well, there's a ten pin bowling alley in Le Lac and a pool table in the pub on the road up to the Village Montana.....
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If Tignes is anything like La Plagne they have events organised most nights, including those French Rock 'n' Roll dances the French seem to like but also disco, casino night etc.

It's all quite studenty (and presumably you're all recent students ??) but good fun.

If you're on a budget, it's probably the best deal you'll get in a major ski resort. And if you're on a budget you don't want to think of buying a beer in VDI !!

There's also one at Val Thoren which is down the hill, a bit but nightlife there was quite good.

If you're on the coach just make sure you've got lots of stuff to amuse yourself on the way.
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What cr*p punctuation !

And yes, I know I could edit it.
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weirdonorskie wrote:
Ok, so what is Tignes nightlife like then guys?
I know it is nothing compared to the hedonistic ways of VDI, but will it cater well for a group of 12 mid 20's male & females? Toofy Grin


Hit and miss.

Went one year and the place was buzzing. Went a couple of years later at exactly the same time of year and it was like a morgue most nights.

Val Claret tends to be a bit livelier than Le Lac. Only been down to Le Lavachet once and it wasn't great so we never went back. Bus runs between the villages all through the night, but only once an hour after midnight.
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