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Resort guide to Le Grand Bornand - France

Pretty and traditonal French Alpine ski village with high quality chalets

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.

Resort stats

90km

920m - 2,100m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dining
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

Le Grand Bornand Resort Map

Key
  • Funicular 3545022401d4cbcd363e07397500eb11e3c0a8b9938ecfc1bd44a5c240306315 Funicular
  • Cable car 262438c5626f68940e156df868b18890cdda3d131cdffa026f19e15448a2f3ea Cable Car
  • Gondola 08fc130c360bf663b5723567aab3384edc88bcec2e297e955865a20bc8050cb2 Gondola
  • Chair lift 207bbb7ef0c7c3f5458d8e1b5bb1a59b179909dbc96c70cbc66d08927a59c61f Chair lift
  • Drag lift 9649c8f20eb92153651608a16dced21b25b21acd3ad6ca90cea261c90ea44648 Drag lift
  • Map marker 453dea188bab96b378528958d3eb238715efc6522f6222fc7af2c570aa899787 Property
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