Ski holidays in Le Grand Bornand
Le Grand Bornand is an unspoilt, historic and working village that is part of the Aravis ski area which shares 210km of pistes with the resorts of La Clusaz, La Sambuy-Seythenex, Manigod and Saint Jean de Sixt. This area is covered under the Aravis lift pass and the resorts are linked together via a free shuttle bus.
The resort itself is split into two villages - Grand Bornand village at 1000m and Grand-Bornand Chinaillon at 1300m which is the main area to access the slopes.
Skiing in Le Grand Bornand
The majority of the resort has easy runs so are perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers. In particular, the top of the col des Annes has very accommodating pistes for these levels.
It is a great resort to go skiing with the family as the resort has the ‘Famille Plus Montagne’ label as it is recognised for its family friendly activities it has to offer.
Nursery slopes for beginners are located at the base of both of its villages as well as gentle slopes further up the mountain that are lovely long green and blue runs.
Intermediates will enjoy the ski area the most with a choice of over 40 runs that stretch to up to 2km in length. These runs spread over the four linked sections of the resort- La Joyère, Le Maroly, La Duche-Les Annes and Chinaillon-Lachat which are accessed either from the village or from Chinaillon. And that’s just the local area! So there is even more to explore in the wider Aravis area.
The ski area is a little limited for more experienced skiers looking for more challenging terrain. Le Lachat offers a few black runs as well as the south-west and north facing slopes up in 2100m. This is where you’ll find the steepest black slope in the resort which has an 800m descent.
There is also a snow park at the top of the Maroly section called the Grand-Bo snow park and has features for all freestyle abilities.
Snow conditions in Le Grand Bornand
Ski lifts in the area reach altitudes of 2,100m so the snow conditions are generally reliable. Le Grand Bornand also has over 100 snow cannons that cover 22km of its runs.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Le Grand Bornand
If you’re looking to try an alternative skiing activity, then the resort has a stronghold of cross country skiing at the top of Chinaillon and in the Bouchet valley.
Other sporting and leisure activities on offer in the area include snowshoeing, snowmobiling, paragliding, hot air ballooning, skijoring, ice climbing and ice skating as well as a cinema, Casino Imperial, Le Cristal Spa and library. You can also immerse yourself into the resort’s culture by taking a guided tour of the area and learn how the locals make their signature Reblochon cheese. Or if you are looking for something to do with the family, then the ‘Espace P’tits Montagnards’ (Little Mountaineers) area is a dedicated family area located in the resort centre.
The resort enjoys are much more relaxed approach on apres ski and nightlife but there are a number of great restaurants that serve local cuisine and gourmet food with rich quality wines.
Transfer times to Le Grand Bornand
Annecy (NCY) - 40mins
Geneva (GVA) - 1hr
Chambery (CMF) - 1hr 20mins
Grenoble (GNB) - 1hr 40mins