A girls-only week in France is perfect for learning to look cool on a board
Over a hot breakfast of scrambled egg and fresh French bread, I meet the 17 other girls and learn that, apart from a few who'd been last year, all bar two girls have come on their own. And I shouldn't have been so worried. They're all lovely, friendly, normal girls and there's no bravado or bragging, just a lot of girly bonding - already Tara has offered to lend Julia her helmet and everyone's on the hunt for some waterproof gloves for Emily - slim to nil are the odds of boys doing that in my experience. There's no lesson for my group today, so we set off to explore the mountain. Morzine is right in the heart of the Portes du Soleil region of the Alps and borders the resort of Avoriaz, giving us 206 interconnecting lifts and 650km of pistes. The main gondola is a short walk from the chalet and, as I'm strapping on my boots, I'm already imagining the girls pinging off over the horizon and me spending the rest of the day on my own. But no. For the first time in my boarding life, all five of us are almost perfectly matched in terms of speed and ability, and by 4pm we've covered miles. Then it's off to our yoga class with the divine Lou Tilbury. There's nothing advanced about my yoga technique, so I spend most of the lesson hiding at the back as I wobble about on one leg, but the partner yoga that Lou guides us through is a revelation and stretches out all the muscles we've been working on the slopes.
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