Chamonix caters best for travellers with budgets somewhere between 'middle of the road' and 'no expense spared'. There's an enviable spread of boutique and spa hotels, flamboyantly decorated chalets, and a few acceptable hostel and no-frills choices. Ski storage comes as standard.

Winter rates are highest, price tags get trimmed in July and August, and they get lower still in spring and autumn, when many places close.

Les Bossons

Linked to central Chamonix, 3.5km to the northeast, by frequent trains and buses.

Vallorcine

Vallorcine-Le Buet is about 14km northeast of Chamonix, over Col des Montets (1461m), and 4km from the Swiss border. It is linked to Chamonix by the Mont Blanc Express train.