The 14km-long Piste des Cascades – the longest in the Alps – winds its gentle way through the mountains until it ends beside a tiny bar at the foot of the Sixt ski slopes. 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, who live upstairs in a separate apartment. 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 woodburner. Beyond are the dining room and well-equipped kitchen stocked with the basics and a welcome hamper if you’d like one. On the first floor are four warm, woody, clean-cut bedrooms, two with glorious views, all with super bathrooms and heated floors. For days on the slopes the ski bus will pick you up 50m away, and in summer you have a huge network of hiking trails to stretch your legs on too; return to a soak in the hot tub under the stars. Restaurants are a short walk away. A brilliant bolthole for family and friends.