From the humblest gîtes (self-catering accommodation) to the grandest slope-side pleasure palaces, the French Alps serve up every stratum of accommodation. The Jura Mountains also have boutique hotels and characterful B&Bs, but accommodation is more low-key, operating on a smaller scale.

Demand skyrockets in ski resorts during school holidays and the Tour de France, so advance planning is essential. Ski resort tourist offices tend to have an adjoining accommodation desk.