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.
We are delighted to welcome Ashley back to Ski Vive for her second season – she can’t stay away! Previously working at Chalet La Fugue, she is keen to try out a different chalet this season. Prior to working with Ski Vive the first time she was a Sociology Teacher and head of department at a sixth form college, but decided to take a “year out” (which turned into 20 months) to explore South America, Canada and the USA with her partner Lee. After her Ski Season two years ago she returned to work in childcare recruitment, but found herself thinking of skiing all too regularly!!
This year she plans to master snowboarding as well as skiing, and is keen to provide the same high quality service she provided for Ski Vive last time. She knows the Three Valleys very well, and so can offer lots of advice about the best runs to suit all abilities. Prior to working as a teacher she had years of waitressing experience and worked as a cocktail barmaid, and so will be sure to make you some delicious cocktails every day when you come home from a long days skiing!
We are delighted that Lee is returning for a second season in the Alps with Ski Vive. He is a keen snowboarder and a very active, enthusiastic member of the team. He is taking a break from a successful teaching career within Further Education to travel and spend another winter in the mountains. As a frequent traveller he has a huge range of experiences from different cultures and loves to talk with people from all walks of life. Other than travelling, his previous employment as a Physical Education teacher means that his main interests lie largely in sport and physical activity.
Additionally he has a range of hospitality experience gained alongside his studies at University and during his times travelling the world; he has worked within the hospitality industry in South America, Australasia, Africa as well as Europe.
During his six years of teaching he led a team of teachers to deliver pastoral support for students alongside gaining a MA in Education from the University of Chichester. He is a hard-working, dedicated professional who is very excited about helping you to have your best ski holiday yet.
Honor has worked in the outdoor education sector for number of years, quickly progressing through the ranks into management. Growing up in the countryside developed her love and passion for the outdoors and meeting Dylan has encouraged this further. They have lived and worked together and make a great team.
Honor has completed two cross country skiing expeditions in Norway and many trips to the dry slope since, she now has itchy feet to get out on some real snow again.
Her outgoing and enthusiastic personality, along with her experience in the outdoor sector and in hospitality will ensure you are well looked after at Chalet Clementine.
Dylan Pereira Da Silva
Dylan is originally from South Africa and moved to the UK in search of new experiences and addressing his wanderlust. He was brought up in a family dedicated to the hospitality industry and experienced all aspects of it in the family owned restaurant. He is outgoing and sociable and despite having never seen snow he is enthusiastic about his ski season, meeting new people and learning new skills. He looks forward to welcoming guests to Chalet Clementine with Honor.
Georgina is a ski addict! At 24 this is her second season in Méribel and third ski season. She grew up in the Lake District so the mountains (albeit a lot smaller) are in her blood. Since graduating from the University of Birmingham in Business and French in 2016, she has spent most of her time travelling the world and living and working in France. A combination of mountain air, cheese and cute French accents has drawn her back for another season in the three valleys. She and Daisy became friends as freshers and have been a double act since 2012, including working together last season here in Méribel. They are very excited to run this lovely chalet and get to know their guests and give everyone a great holiday. They know the town and the mountain inside out so they will always be on hand for advice, from the best bars to the hidden gem on the slopes. À bien-tôt!
Daisy was brought up on a farm in the mountains of the Sierra de Aracena in the south of Spain, riding horses and munching on fresh broad beans from their vegetable garden. She grew up hosting and cooking for guests at her parents riding, walking and yoga retreats. Her love of food and cooking stems from her mother, who taught her to only use the best, if possible, home-grown ingredients and to cook simply and beautifully. She moved to England aged 18 to go to the University of Birmingham to read French and Drama and pursue her dreams of working on stage. However, her obsession with skiing has taken a front seat for now. She is excited to return to Meribel for a second season. Hasta pronto!