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ladies only lessons - Meribel

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Hi, Last year in Val d'isere my wife took a set of lessons in a small group of women with Oxygene. She found it to be by far the best method of learning she has had in all our years of skiing (having tried private 1:2:1, private small group, large group).

This year, we'd like to try Meribel (well... ok... *I* would like to try Meribel!). I have done some searching for a ski school that does a similar Ladies-only type group lesson, but the only one I've found is TDC, but they aren't running ladies-only lessons during half-term week.

So. Does anyone with knowledge of Meribel know of a ski-school that is running ladies-only groups during half-term?
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I would be surprised if you would find any, especially half term week. I worked in meribel for about 13 years and only ever booked mixed lessons for the clients. I never heard of any female specific lessons, apart from a couple of workers courses. They were run by a ski school called Marmalade. Did you want the instructor to be female as well?
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The instructor doesn't need to be female (although wherever I have seen these groups advertised there does seem to be a tendancy for the instructor to be female). I've looked on the Marmalade website, but they don't make mention of a suitable group. I'll keep looking.. but it does look like we'll be having to look elsewhere that week.
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Was it the nature of the group that particularly worked for her or that the instructor's style particularly suited your wife? I'd guess it's the latter. I can't see how being in an all female group would make a difference.
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@jamescollings, send Marmalade a message to see if they can help. Jojo is a great instructor and I'm sure your wife would get on well with her if she was able to have lessons with her.
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sugarmoma666 wrote:
Was it the nature of the group that particularly worked for her or that the instructor's style particularly suited your wife? I'd guess it's the latter. I can't see how being in an all female group would make a difference.


Not having to be with blokes who either think they know it all, want to push the pace or turn everything into a competition or hog the instructor's attention? And/or over estimate their own competence.
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^^ this.

There are a number of reports about this around the web. Women learn better in groups of other women. There are various theories, but the stereotypical 'perfectionism' of a woman compared to the 'that'll do' approach of a man is part of the reason.
It may be that we return to the option of 121 lessons, but she found it particularly useful to watch other similarly skilled women at close quarters as well as receiving the close attention of the instructor.
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Was just about to say same as @rob@rar, marmalade are very accommodating to specific requirements and Jojo is great (as they are). Half term might be the fly in the wine, however.
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Marmalade has a new MarmaLady, Milli who is a long term Meribel resident. She told me a while back that her and JoJo are planning on offering women's weeks, yoga and ski etc...
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@skimottaret, @Hurtle, Nick from Marmalade completely marmalised me on an off-piste day couple of years back. After about the 6th descent of the morning I'd gone beyond the 'toughen up princess' stage into full on bottom lip quiver and gibbering.

Was compensated for it the next day when we met him leading a seasonaires improvers group around and he stacked it when demonstrating skiing backwards.
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