The chalet is just metres away from the Les Prodains cable car, which spirits you up to Avoriaz - a purpose built clifftop resort with plenty of gentle green runs to ease you in and breathtaking views of Les Dentes Blanches and Dents du Midi
Our next base was the Alpine town of Villars where we stayed at the Residence Alpe Fleurie, a picture–postcard, chalet–style hotel, with flower–bedecked balconies and stunning views over the Rhone Valley and the Dents du Midi
We were staying first in Champery, a traditional Swiss village at the foot of the Dents du Midi
and Dents Blanches mountains.
In the famous lakeside town of Montreux you'll find a wonderful Christmas market set along the lake, with its background the jagged peaks of the Dents du Midi
across the still waters.
The view across the water to the jagged peaks of the range known as the Dents du Midi
is one of Europe's finest.
Secreted away in the popular Portes Du Soleil skiing region, with a glorious view of the dramatic Dents Du Midi
, rising to over 10,000 feet across the valley - and fabulous weather too - it was heaven.
As the early sunlight reflected off the snow high on the Dents du Midi
and then penetrated the Rhone Valley, thousands of feet below, a receptive place opened up in hearts where some new thought could occur, something new happen.
My base was the Royal Plaza Hotel, where I drew back the curtains each morning not, as is sometimes the case, to the sight of a car park or office block, but to the ever-changing view of the Dents du Midi
, looming out of the mist on the opposite side of the lake.