Meet the team
Get to know Jojo
JoJo was the first lady to join the Marmafamily and add a bit of girl power to the team! She was put on skis at the age of 3.5 in Chatel before skiing in Italy, Switzerland and Meribel. She started teaching at the age of 22 in Verbier before joining Marmalade in 2011. She describes being drawn back to Meribel after meeting a sherpa on a hike in Nepal wearing an ESF Meribel jacket and thinking to herself ‘That is where I want to end up’! JoJo is a an inspirational sports lady and a huge adventurer. At the end of the winter season 17/18 she took the petrol free route of cycling back to her home in Salcombe – flying solo! In the summer, when she isn’t out helping to save the world by taking part in the plastic clever campaigns, she can be found on her bike, on a boat, on a paddle board, in a lake or adventure travel writing.
Describe the perfect day on the mountain for you.
It would involve starting with a nice breakfast – which is very important – then it would have to involve some sort of touring to a place I haven’t been before. Maybe a three hour tour/hike into the back country with the sun shining, no other tracks in sight, and the descent would obviously have to be light and fluffy powder.
Draglift or cable car?
Draglift. I prefer being on my own to being squished into somebody’s armpit!! I’m not the tallest so I tend to be around the armpit height of others at times!! Cable cars can also remind me of being in a busy tube in London so it is a draglift for me over the cable car.
What do you most like about being a ski instructor?
I like being able to make a difference to somebody’s holiday. If you have good lessons, improve your skiing then it can really make or break a holiday. And I like to be able to make somebodys holiday.
What is your favourite dinner?
Oh this is terrible – I don’t think I am that adventurous with my dinner. This is going to sound dull – probably just roasted vegetables, salmon and quinoa. I am so boring aren’t I? I need to work on that – that was not a good question for me!
What is your summer job and location?
Well they have all been quite different of late. Recently I spent it doing some good old DIY at home and cycling around these 3 Valleys. I used to work on the boats and then I did some summer seasons in the southern hemisphere but now I have decided that I want to be here in these delightful mountains around the 3 valleys and this is where you will find me. I got into road biking this year which I absolutely love and there is no better place to do that than here. You should come over.
If you could rob a bank, safe in the knowledge that you would never get caught, would you do it?
Totally!! But surely I would get caught. Part of me says why not and then I could buy loads of goodies but if I am honest there is no way I could rob a bank. So nope I wouldn’t do it.
Favourite ski resort and why?
Probably the 3 Valleys! It’s just so massive. You cannot get bored here. You never have to repeat yourself. You can go on many mini and grand adventures or you can stay quite close to home but all the time there is enough variety to keep you entertained. There is everything that you could possibly want in Les Trois Valleys so this is my favourite.
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