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.
Finding Chalet La Fugue was the final piece of the puzzle. A stunning chalet in an ideal position in central Meribel but with a country feel away from the busy roads and noise.
As both the owners of Ski Vive and your in resort managers we are perfectly positioned to be adaptable to your needs and to provide exactly the service you require.
Chalet Clementine Apartment Gentiane and Chalet Gaillard fit perfectly with our ethos, being both beautiful and in stunning locations.
Our staff share our passion for ski-ing and particularly for Meribel and Mottaret. Their culinary skills are excellent and they will make your stay 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 and most recently charitable foundations.
Her passion for ski-ing and cooking brought her to the mountains. She was vegetarian for 25 years and appreciates the importance of catering for special diets. She designs the menus for the chalets and is 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 prefers 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.
Claire qualified as a dietitian in 2014 after 4 years at the University of Nottingham and most recently worked as an oncology specialist dietitian. During her time at University she competed with the University Life Saving team, having previously worked as a life guard at home in Northern Ireland. She also fund raised and volunteered for an education charity in Tanzania and managed to spend 6 weeks out there working in one of the schools.
She has always had a passion for travelling and outdoors, and is planning a break from dietetics to go travelling in a campervan with her boyfriend. With her career as a dietitian also comes a passion for food and cooking, often baking and preparing delicious meals for friends and colleagues.
Her love of food, travel and people has drawn her to the SkiVive team for the 16/17 season and she is really looking forward to welcoming her guests to Chalet Clementine this winter.
James is an outgoing, fun-loving person who makes the most of every experience. He has a background of chef work beginning in a gastropub in Kent and moving to a Mongolian BBQ in a wild animal park, where he also guided the guests around in army trucks!
He has a passion for the outdoors, James and his girlfriend will be found in a tent most weekends preparing for a hike. James has had further experience looking after guests in the outdoors during his 3 months working for a horseback safari company in Botswana.
He is currently working as an animal nutritiontist in Yorkshire but his passion for people, cooking and the outdoors have led him to a year of traveling beginning with a season in the Alps.
James looks forward to welcoming you to Chalet Clementine.
Lee is an experienced snowboarder with 2 seasons in New Zealand under his belt. He met his girlfriend Louise whilst travelling in Australia and together they have looked after many guests on the other side of the world. Lee is enthusiastic and friendly and will enhance your stay with his energetic approach. They arrived in Meribel in early January and look forward to welcoming you to Chalet La Fugue.
Louise is excited to be in Meribel looking after guests in Chalet La Fugue. She is improving her snowboarding in between baking cakes and mixing cocktails. She has over 10 years experience in the hospitality industry and is adaptable, versatile and resourceful. Together with her boyfriend, Lee, she will make your stay in Chalet La Fugue enjoyable and relaxing.
Leonardo de Sigley
Leonardo has recently completed a Professional Cookery Diploma whilst working at an AA Rosette restaurant in Hampshire. Having had a passion for home cooking and baking from a young age, after leaving college he quickly turned that passion into a career. Now he has found that it also gives an opportunity to travel whilst working. This is his first venture working abroad and comes with the added bonus of getting to spend time on the slopes as well.
As a sociable, thoughtful and outgoing person Leonardo has an above and beyond attitude and enjoys taking on new tasks and experiences. He has a variety of interests and loves to get to know new people and new surroundings.
He feels very at home in the kitchen and is keen to provide the same homely atmosphere for Ski Vive guests, making your time with us comfortable, enjoyable and relaxing. He looks forward to welcoming you to Chalet Gaillard.
Lucy has recently completed a Foundation Diploma course at Leith’s School of Food and Wine. She loves food and is looking forward to using her skills to make all meals delicious in the chalet. Lucy’s other love is art and design and in September 2017 she is heading to Brunel University to study Product Design Engineering to combine her creativity with natural sciences.
Lucy has played many team sports; lacrosse, netball and tennis being her favourites but has limited ski-ing experience. She is really looking forward to a season in the Alps as she loves being active and is looking forward to finding another sport to enjoy.
She is a real people person and has recently been on 2 pilgrimages to Lourdes to assist disabled adults, while their families have some respite. She is enthusiastic, sociable, friendly and reliable and will do her best to help in any situation.
She cannot wait to get started and welcome you to a fantastic holiday in Meribel.