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    TOM AVERY

    Co-Founder & Director of Ski Verbier Exclusive

    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 UK 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.

    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”. 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 exploits. 

    In 2009 Tom and David founded Verbier Exclusive, quickly building an impressive collection of seven of the finest chalets in Verbier. In 2014 Tom and David acquired back Ski Verbier and combined the two companies to create Ski Verbier Exclusive.

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

    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