David Pearson »

    David Pearson

    Founder and Director of Ski Verbier

    David has been in the ski chalet business in Verbier since 1992, when he founded Ski Verbier with just a single chalet. As a business graduate, trained chef and avid skier since the age of four, David had a passion for the mountains and felt strongly that the all-inclusive chalet holiday concept could be improved beyond all recognition.

    Over the years, David built Ski Verbier into the leading quality chalet operator in Verbier, and one of the very best in the world. The company's enviable reputation was built around the professionalism and friendliness of its staff.

    By the time David sold Ski Verbier in 2005, the business had seventeen chalets, 60 employees and occupancy levels consistently above 90%, with the vast majority of clients either being repeat or recommended through word of mouth.  David decided to purchase a hotel in Verbier with the proceeds of the sale and in 2010 he undertook a major refurbishment of the hotel.  It has been transformed into a stunning chalet and spa, sleeping up to 26 pampered guests. It is without doubt one of Europe's most spectacular chalets. Under its new name, No.14 Verbier, it is the flagship property of Verbier Exclusive, a new company he set up with Tom Avery in 2010.

    In the summer of 2014 was exciting as David announced that he had aquired the Ski Verbier business back and that Verbier Exclusive were the new owners. 

    In 2009 David set up Verbier Exclusive with Tom Avery and quickly built up an impressive portfolio of  7 exclusive chalets. In 2014 an opportunity arose to buy back Ski Verbier which David jumped at. After restructuring the business, Ski Verbier Exclusive was formed to showcase all 17 properties.

    David has four children and lives with his wife Annabel in the Cotswolds. All his children have learnt to ski in Verbier and will soon be catching their Daddy up! 

    Tom Avery »

    Tom Avery

    Director of Ski Verbier

    After training as an accountant with Arthur Andersen, in 1999 Tom left London to work as a ski guide and driver for Ski Verbier.  He fell in love with Verbier and the mountains and returned to the City to work alongside David Pearson in Ski Verbier's London office until 2002, when he led a pioneering kite-skiing British Expedition to the South Pole.

    In recent years Tom has built a reputation as one of the UK's foremost adventurers, manhauling sledges, scaling unclimbed mountains and driving dog teams to the North Pole.  Tom is one of just 41 people in history to have reached both North and South Poles by foot, and in 2005 made global news headlines for leading the expedition described by the Guinness Book of Records as “the fastest surface journey to the North Pole”. 

    Tom is a regular on the international speaking circuit, giving motivational lectures to conferences and businesses, such as the Davos World Economic Forum and the National Geographic Society in America.

    In 2006, Tom led the first ever British team to complete the notorious Zermatt to Verbier Patrouille des Glaciers ski mountaineering race.  He has spent several winters in Verbier, training for his expeditions and writing books about his record-breaking polar expeditions. 

    Tom's most recent challenge saw him breaking another World Record, this time for the fastest coast-to-coast crossing of Greenland in May 2015.  Using kites and pulling two sledges each, Tom and his three team mates smashed the previous record by more than a week, completing the crossing in just 9 days, 19 hours.  During one night, the team kited an incredible 180 miles in 16 hours, the equivalent of travelling from London to Manchester.

    Tom lives with his wife Mary, and their three daughters in the Cotswolds.

    "An Alpine corporate weekend trip with one notable difference: your guide has skied to both Poles. It is reassuring to know that the man ahead of you has spent more than 10,000 hours with his feet strapped to a pair of skis"
    Brummell Magazine

    The Team »

    MEET THE TEAM

    Working together in a converted barn in the cotswolds the Verbier Exclusive team handle all aspects of your holiday from the minute they pick up your phone call or email.  We  believe the key to the perfect holiday is in the planning and our dedication, knowledge and experience of Verbier enables us to ensure that your stay with us is nothing less than exceptional.

    Erica and Jo are responsible for sales and concierge.

    ERICA

    Sales & Marketing Manager 

    Erica’s first trip to Verbier was 23 years ago as one of Ski Verbier’s first clients. Erica’s passion for skiing started when she became a member of the Midland Ski Team aged 8.  Her enthusiasm for the sport has passed onto her 3 teenage children who have all learnt to ski on Verbier’s slopes. Known as the connoisseur of luxury, Erica is always good at giving advice on the finer aspects of your holiday!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    jo

    Sales & Concierge Manager 
     

    Having skied from an early age, Jo’s passion for the mountains led her to live and work in Verbier.  She has comprehensive knowledge of the resort, especially what it can offer in terms of nightlife and apres ski! With an extensive hospitality background and having worked in one of the largest chalets in Verbier, she has first hand experience of exactly what it takes to make your holiday exceptional.  Jo now lives in the Cotswolds but regularly visits Verbier to keep up to date with the new bars, restaurants, pistes and events that Verbier has to offer to ensure that we can advise you on any aspect of your holiday.

     
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    OUR TEAM IN VERBIER

    It is the people who make a chalet holiday truly special and we are fortunate to have a fantastic team, many of whom have worked for us for a number of years.  They are all extremely professional, experienced, mature, friendly and totally committed to our guests.  They understand that the chalet is your private domain, so they can be as hands-on or as discreet as you desire.  

     

    sophie

    Sophie is the Resort Manager for Ski Verbier Exlcusive. After  a successful city career working for Bloomberg, Sophie took a sabbatical including time spent volunteering in a monastic school in Nepal and then spending a season working as a chalet host for Ski Verbier. Sophie returned as part of the Managment team and has now been working for Ski Verbier for four seasons. Sophie lives and works in Verbier all year round.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    lAURA

    Having worked in Verbier for four winter seasons and since falling in love with Verbier in the summer, Laura has now made Verbier her home and has been our Quality Control and Logistics Manager for two seasons.  With over ten years' experience in hospitality, including two seasons in the superyacht industry and a season as a chalet host herself, Laura works closely with our chalet staff across resort to ensure your chalet has everything you need from the minute you arrive, until the minute you leave.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It is the people who make a chalet holiday truly special and we are fortunate to have a fantastic team, many of whom have worked for us for a number of years.  They are all extremely professional, experienced, mature, friendly and totally committed to our guests.  They understand that the chalet is your private domain, so they can be as hands-on or as discreet as you desire.