Tom Avery

Founder and Managing Director of Ski Verbier Exclusive

After training as an accountant with Arthur Andersen, Tom left the City in 1999 to work as a ski guide and driver for Ski Verbier.  A keen skier and mountaineer since his childhood, Tom developed his passion for Verbier and the luxury service industry during his first winter season, before going on to work in Ski Verbier’s London office, where he remained until 2002.

Tom subsequently built a reputation as one of the UK’s foremost adventurers, manhauling sledges across the Antarctic, scaling unclimbed mountains in the Himalayas and driving dog teams to the North Pole.  Tom is part of an elite group of only nine people in history to have completed the polar trilogy; full-length South and North Pole expeditions and a coast-to-coast crossing of Greenland.  He currently holds two Guinness World Records; the fastest surface journey to the North Pole and the fastest crossing of Greenland.

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

Tom launched Verbier Exclusive in 2009, which quickly built up an impressive collection of seven of the finest chalets in Verbier.  In 2014 Verbier Exclusive acquired the original Ski Verbier business, combining the two companies to create Ski Verbier Exclusive and cementing the business as Verbier’s luxury chalet holiday specialist.

Tom lives in a small village in the Cotswolds with his wife Mary and their three young daughters, Maud, Olive and Nell.