We, Mike and Ali, worked in London for many years before deciding to make a career out of our two great passions, skiing and food.
After several years working for other chalet operators and learning about the chalet business we decided we could use our experience to run our own business to deliver exactly the service we and our guests wanted.
As both the owners of Ski Vive and your chef and hosts we are perfectly positioned to be adaptable to your needs and to provide exactly the service you require.
We have 12 years’ experience working in catered chalets in the Alps, 11 of these in Meribel and Mottaret. During your stay we will provide fantastic home cooked food and advice about the resort to make your holiday fun and relaxing so you won’t want to leave.
Ali co-founded Ski Vive with her husband Mike in 2012. Prior to that she worked 4 seasons as a chalet chef and chalet manager in Les Gets and Meribel Mottaret.
Ali’s background is in law and accountancy, she has a degree in law and is a certified chartered accountant with experience in various industries from media and design to transport and logistics including charitable foundations.
Her passion for ski-ing and cooking brought her to the mountains. For the last 8 years she has designed the menus for the chalets, worked in the kitchens, and been involved in all aspects of running Ski Vive.
Mike co-founded Ski Vive with Ali in 2012. He had 4 seasons previous experience working in chalets and loves the mountains.
Mike is an outdoor enthusiast and despite his degree in maths and management and his ACCA accountancy qualification he hates to be stuck behind a desk and loves to get first lifts. And that means the very first lift that leaves, not somewhere vaguely around 9am.
Mike is organised and dedicated to you having the most excellent ski holiday possible and will do everything he can to help you achieve this. He is involved in all aspects of running Ski Vive.
If you're booking a catered ski chalet you want to know the food is going to be good. I love food, I love cooking, I love experimenting with new textures and flavours, but don't worry, I won't experiment on you! I spend the summers constantly thinking about menus and recipes, I make notes on my phone, I read food websites and watch food television shows (Masterchef is my favourite) then I test, test and test again. Luckily, Mike likes eating as much as I like cooking!
I chose to be vegetarian at age 13, in the 80's when vegetarianism was not a thing. My parents hoped it was a phase, and it was, one that lasted 25 years! I've been eating meat and fish again for the last few years but I appreciate the need to respect everyone's diet choices and will adapt the menu to suit you. I also appreciate the difference between allergy and intolerance. Please let me know so I can make sure your food is adapted to your requirements.
Ski or Snowboard?
I love skiing and I love snowboarding. Each day I have to ask myself, should I ski or should I board? I can help you get the most out of your time on the mountain. Meribel and Mottaret are placed at the heart of the Three Valleys, in my clearly biased opinion, the very best ski area in the world. There is so much to do for every level of skier or boarder. Personally I love the new freeride area under the old Creux Noir lift, but I can show you on the map where the best beginner areas are, the places to build up your confidence if you're a blue or red run skier and the routes to take for a good day out on the mountain whatever the level of your group. It's always good to book a guide or lessons to make the most of your holiday, so contact me in advance so I can help you find the right instructor.