Ski Vive was set up by Mike and Ali, our mission is to make your holiday as fabulous as possible. Relax and take in the amazing views from the comfort of the chalet, enjoy wonderful home cooked food, and ski or snowboard to your heart’s content

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 Bateson


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 Bateson


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.

Honor Binning

Chalet Clementine

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

Chalet Clementine

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.

Would you like to be part of the Ski Vive Team 2018/19?

We are recruiting 2 teams of 2 people who are highly motivated individuals with a passion for the mountains and skiing/snowboarding. Each team will work as together to cover the chef and chalet manager role in a chalet. Ideally we would like applicants in couples/pairs as you will live with your colleague.

We offer a competitive package, some of the best staff accommodation in resort, and full in resort training.


  • Proven customer service skills.
  • At least one applicant of the two needs to be able to provide evidence they can cook to a high standard, either professional cooking experience or experience cooking for themselves and family/friends for several years.
  • A passion for the mountains and a real drive to do a ski season.
  • Good team players and a “can do” attitude.
  • Full Clean Driving Licence.
  • UK National Insurance Number.


  • Practical DIY skills.
  • Previous experience cleaning and in hospitality.
  • Good organisational skills and time management.
  • Excel and general computer skills.

To apply please e-mail your CV’s, a joint covering letter and a 6 day menu plan to Ali at

To gain an advantage, please send photos of dishes you’ve cooked to accompany your application.