Our Philosophy

Venture Ski is a customer focused company that always attempts to deliver the best possible experience to our clients, through our fabulous location, wonderful accommodation and outstanding personal attention.

Drawing from experience in the Alps over the last 35 years, we have designed a service that draws on our best experiences of delivering and enjoying fantastic Alpine breaks, and that avoids the pitfalls.

Our staff are courteous, helpful and friendly and are dedicated to ensuring your needs are met.

Meet The Team

The people that own and run Venture Ski are not only keen skiers but are dedicated to a successful business devoted to customer service. Founded by Peter Dukeand joined soon afterwards by Mark Livesey, Venture Ski is Sainte Foy’s premiere provider of quality ski chalet accommodation.

Formerly a Captain in the Army Air Corps, Peter served in the first Gulf War flying combat helicopters. After a decade in the Services he went on to qualify as an FCCA (Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) becoming the Finance Director of a top IT company. Peter is the founder and driving force behind Venture Skiand he lives in Bedford with his wife Rachel and their six children. You may have seen them on Virgin 1 channel when they won the Restaurant in our Living Room TV series.

Born and raised in Lancashire, Mark lived in the Far East for over a decade in the 1990’s and his marketing career has spanned over 30 years. Before Venture Ski, he spent several years in Sir Frank Williams’ Formula One team in charge of marketing covering public relations and sponsorship. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, fly’s helicopters, shooting and is an active PADI Divemaster with over 3000 recorded dives. Whenever he gets the opportunity, Mark enjoys accompanying guests on and off-piste around the mountain in Sainte Foy.

Rachel Duke officially joined Venture Ski in 2013 as the Director of Black Diamond Lodge. She sold her business, Mountain Chefs and Inspired Gourmet Cookery School in order to join Peter in France. Rachel has run the staff recruitment campaign for this winter and assists with the social media and web site development and marketing. Rachel has a Bachelors in English, Theology and Secondary Education. She completed a full time MBA at Cranfield in 2003. She loves to cycle, ski, cook and hang out with her children and black Labradors.

The UK Office

Our Guest Services desk is always open and we’re ready to answer your questions as soon as possible. To make sure your holiday preparations are all in-hand Julian Preston covers our Concierge Services. Julian did his first season in Zermatt, but then discovered the untracked powder and uncrowded pistes of Sainte Foy. Since he joined us in 2012, Julian has been based in the UK, but we do occasionally let him out to the resort!

Jackie Brame is our accountant and general administration is handled by Julian. We’re not just friends, but a team of like-minded business people whose passion for skiing and love of sun, fun, the outdoors and especially a bit of luxury, has led them to form a dynamic company dedicated to giving you the best customer service and holiday experience they can: Venture Ski.

We believe we have developed a winning formula to deliver the best bespoke ski accommodation in the Alps… Eat, Sleep. Ski. Repeat.

We hope you will think so too!


If you would like to learn more about us or have any questions please contact our Managing Director, Peter Duke, any time and he will be happy to speak to you.

Company Statutory Details

Venture Ski, Venture SunandBlack Diamond Lodge aretrade names of Venture Leisure Limited.

Venture Leisure Limited is a UK registered company, established in 2004. The company number is 5218409 and our registered address is: Venture Leisure Limited, 57 Lady Place, Sutton Courtenay, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4FB.

All trade, financial or administrative enquiries should be addressed to Venture Leisure Limited, 57 Lady Place, Sutton Courtenay, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4FB.

We are VAT registered in the UK, VAT number 852 8409 09.

In the UK, we bank with Lloyds.

Our annual accounts run to each 31st August, and are filed regularly at Companies House. For a copy of the accounts, please contact us directly at guest.services@ventureski.co.uk and the customer service team will direct your e-mail as appropriate.

Our holiday operations are based at: Venture Ski Ltd, La Bataillette, 73640 Sainte Foy Tarentaise, Savoie, France.

We are also registered as a French company, RCS Chambery 792 136 640, registered for TVA number FR 924 7994 9463.

In France, we bank with Societe General, and our accountants are: Fiscalite Audit International, 38 Avenue des Chasseurs Alpins, 73200 ALBERTVILLE, France.

Bonding And Finance

Although we are not strictly required to comply with the 1992 Tour Operator Regulations, we consider it to be good practice to follow these guidelines.

We are a UK credit card merchant and, if payments are made by credit card, client funds are guaranteed by the merchant services company until the service has been delivered.

For ultimate security of client funds, we provide Directors guarantees that under any circumstances of financial failure, client payments will be returned if a holiday cannot be delivered.