Le Grand Bornand resort guide - a general overview
Le Grand Bornand is part of the Aravis skiing area (the other resort being La Clusaz) and has 90km of slopes descending from Mont Lachat, the highest peak at 2,100 metres. Together the two resorts, which are linked by local bus service, offer a considerable 220km of pistes which can be accessed under the same area lift pass.
The Aravis ski domain although relatively low altitude by French standards actually has a great snow record due to an unusual weather system that creates a large amount of snow compared to other areas of a similar altitude. Most of the slopes are northwest facing which further helps preserve the good snow conditions, keeping the full force of the spring sun at bay. Le Grand Bornand is great for all abilities, with gentle greens for beginners, some good cruising slopes for intermediates and some of the steepest blacks in France for experts. There is also a snow park which has been rated amongst the top five in France - perfect for young teenagers looking for thrills.
Le Grand Bornand's lift infrastructure has been regularly upgraded recently ensuring easy access to all areas.
- Pretty and charming resort with real alpine atmosphere
- Uncrowded slopes suitable for all standards
- Slopes are largely North facing holding their snow well
- Good off-piste terrain for a small resort with relatively untracked faces
- Short transfer time under 1.5 hours from Geneva Airport
- The lower slopes can lack snow cover at the beginning and end of season
- Very little in the way of lively apres ski or nightlife