David Pearson »
Founder and Director of Verbier Exclusive
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. No.14 Verbier has been transformed into a stunning chalet sleeping up to 26 pampered guests with indoor pool and spa.
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 »
Co-founder and Director of Verbier ExclusiveAfter training as an accountant with Arthur Andersen, Tom left the City in 1999 to work as a driver and ski guide for Ski Verbier. He fell in love with the resort, working 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 gained a reputation as one of the UK's foremost adventurers, scaling unclimbed mountains, manhauling sledges and driving dog teams to the North Pole. Tom is one of only 41 people in history to have reached both South and North Poles on foot, and in 2005 made news headlines around the world 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 businesses and conferences, such as the Royal Geographic Society in London, the Davos World Economic Forum and the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C.
Tom has spent several winters in Verbier, training for his expeditions and writing books about his record-breaking polar journeys. In 2006, he led the first ever British team to complete the notorious Zermatt to Verbier Patrouille des Glaciers ski mountaineering race.
Tom founded Verbier Exclusive with David in 2009 and lives in the Cotswolds with his wife Mary, and their three daughters.
"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"
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.
Sales & Marketing ManagerErica’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!
Sales & Concierge ManagerHaving 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.
Operations ManagerIsabel, our Operations Manager here at Ski Verbier Exclusive, is now based in our UK office after living in Verbier for the last 4 years. She was runner up in MasterChef 2000 and loves cooking, as well as sampling the chefs’ canapés during training weeks! Isabel worked for the Royal Household for almost 5 years where she learnt the high standards of service and attention to detail that she ensures the staff put into practice in our chalets. Her mantra is “there are no problems, only solutions” and she loves to solve the challenges that working in the ski industry provides. A keen skier, she tends towards the cruise-style slopes and loves nothing more than a hot chocolate stop during the day.
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.
SOPHIESophie is our Resort Manager for Ski Verbier Exclusive. 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.
LAURAHaving 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.
"Every single member of the team and interaction we had with them was professional, super-efficient and helpful, and all in a very personal and friendly way. We felt as though nothing was of any trouble. The standard which goes with the Verbier Exclusive offering, as well as the attention to detail and first class service, was consistently obvious from every one of your team, and we could see how much goes on behind the scenes to make that happen. It stands out a mile that you do all the things which are so crucial to being able to deliver an exceptional service with an exceptional team. From my very first email, to the final goodbyes with your team on the ground, the service was everything you promise to deliver, and more." Chalet guest