The 14km-long Piste des Cascades – the longest in the Alps – winds its gentle way down the valley until it ends beside a tiny bar on the outskirts of Sixt. And your chalet, a beautiful 1830s farmhouse that has been part of the community for years. Today it shines: no short cuts have been taken by warm generous hosts Sally-Anne and Simon (ex-Navy) who live in separate quarters so you can be as private as you like. Should you choose to be catered for, a lovely wood-burning stove is lit to welcome you home. The family’s three-course meals (plus aperitif, canapés and unlimited wine) are varied and delicious, there’s a private shuttle to the lifts, and transfers from Geneva and back. Two bright modern sofa’d rooms form the sitting area, one with board games, DVDs and French and English channels, the other with the roaring burner; beyond are the dining room and kitchen, and a hot tub under the stars. On the first floor are four warm, woody, clean-cut bedrooms, one with a sofabed for kids, two with glorious views, all with super bathrooms and heated floors. A brilliant bolthole for family and friends.