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Ski area: Aravis, France
Resort height: 1300m
Resort top height: 2100m

(Le Grand Bornand, La Clusaz)
Km piste: 220
Lifts: 102 (1 telemix, 1 cable car, 6 gondolas, 66 drag lifts, 28 chairlifts)
Snow cannons: 149 in Grand Bornand
Snow parks: Yes

No. of slopes: 131

Green slopes 45 Blue slopes 45
Red slopes 36 Black slopes 10

Beginners starstarstar
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Driving distance from Calais: 537 miles (7hrs 45)

resort info

Le Grand-Bornand is amongst the best preserved and most beautiful Savoyard villages. Perfectly located between Mont Blanc, Lake Annecy and Switzerland, the local community has carefully worked to combine perfectly the needs for visitors seeking the excellent skiing, whilst maintaining the area's traditional charm and respecting its alpine heritage.


Le Grand Bornand ski resort (in Aravis) is famous for its attractive chalets with more than 400 spread throughout the village, often up to 300 years old. 


Grand Bornand is split into the main Grand Bornand village (1000m) and Chinaillon village which is 6km away at 1300m. We feature accommodation in both. There are bars and restaurants in Chinaillon as well as shops but the majority of amenities are in the main village.


The Aravis Mountains, with their highest peak the distinctive Pointe Percée from where green, forested mountain slopes, curve down towards the valley, forming the main backdrop to Le Grand Bornand village. This is divided in to two parts with an efficient ski bus circling between them and ski lifts and runs linking them above. The original Grand Bornand village is a picture of old France with its shops, church, market square and “grenette” - a traditionally roofed market hall. Six kilometres up the Aravis valley Le Grand-Bornand – Le Chinaillon is the other part of the resort, where most of the ski runs begin. Chinaillon itself is very well preserved with the older parts dating back to 17th century. The splendid Bouchet valley stretches away behind… a favourite cross country ski area.


Le Grand Bornand inhabitants are out numbered by its cows, a fact of which it is proud. It is the birthplace of the famous Reblochon, an AOC cheese (appellation d'origine contrôlée) which is made twice a day in the farms of the village during winter time and in pastures during summer time. The first Reblochon's market was created in 1795 in Le Grand Bornard, and remains the most important in the whole valley. The traditional Reblochon market is held on Wednesday mornings in Grand Bornard. There are 65 farms in the area and the local cows, called Pie-Rouge Abondance, are almost a red colour, with white tails and hooves.


There are about 30 restaurants in Le Grand Bornand village as well as a supermarket, boulangerie, laundrette, hairdresser, pharmacy, petrol station, bank and post office so all holiday needs are covered. If you’re looking for lively apres ski there are nearly 40 bars and pubs of which” Les 2 Guides” has a British pub atmosphere whilst Le Thovet" has a great selection of wine by the glass. Later on the nightclub "Le Baron Noir" comes to life, located at Pont du Venay in Chinaillon (the other part to Le Grand Bornand).


Other activities in Le Grand Bornand include horse drawn sleigh or carriage rides, an ice rink, cinemas, snowshoeing, paragliding and hot air ballooning.


View here for a 360 degree view of Le Grand Bornand (hold down the left click of your mouse and drag left right up and down whilst still holding on the left click button to move 360 degree).


Why Le Grand Bornand?

·          Less than an hour from Geneva

·          Traditional villages with an authentic atmosphere

·          40 mins from Annecy & the ski resort of La Clusaz is just down the road

·          Part of Aravis ski area


Interested in buying an apartment in Le Grand Bornand? See our Buying in the Alps section


  • Opening Dates
  • Child Care
  • Activities
  • Apres Ski/Eating
  • Access
  • Resort News
  • Other Amenities
Opening Dates


Grand Bornand opens on 20/12/14 and closes late April 2015

Child Care


Le Grand Bornand has acquired the Famille Plus & Top of the French Alps label for its childcare facilities. Please view here to view more information on the Famille Plus & Top of the French Alps label.


La Grand Bornand is a great choice for families. The Garderie "Les P'tits Maringouins" at le Chinaillon accepts children aged from eight months to five years. Bring along your child’s vaccination certifications and book ahead as places are limited.



Children from 3 months to 5 years old are welcome
Espace Grand-Bo: +33 (0)4 50 02 79 05

From 21/12/14 to 31/03/15: open daily from 9 am to 5.30 pm (except 25/12). April: contact the center.
Games and play rooms, a library, a mini climbing wall, a ball pit, a trampoline, etc. outside, games in the snow


Children from 8 months to 5 years old are welcome
Level - 4 Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 50 09 60 80
From 21/12/14 to 31/03/15, from Sunday to Friday from 9 am to 5.30 pm (except 25/12). April: contact the center.
Fun, hands-on indoor activities; outdoor activities, weather permitting.


Prices 14/15 + administrative fees 6 €

Day 9am-5.30pm (meal included) 40 € red 33,50 € blue
6 days 9am-5.30pm (meal included) 208 € red 170 € blue
Morning 9am-12pm* (no meal) 19 € red 17 € blue
6 mornings 9am-12pm (no meal) 95 € red 78,50 € blue
Afternoon 1.30pm-5.30pm 24 € red 20 € blue
6 afternoons 1.30pm-5.30pm 120 € 99 red € blue
5 hours "à la carte" (meal included) 36,50 € red 31 € blue


1 Red period: from 21/12/14 to 10/01/15 and from 1/02 to 21/03/15
2 Blue period: from 11/01 to 31/01/15 and from 22/03 to 10/04/15

Full-day only for children aged 18 months old and up.
6 days are always from Sunday to Friday.
The number of spots is limited, so we highly recommend that you make a reservation prior to your arrival.
Reserve online or download the form on
(Photocopies of vaccination records required).



For children requiring ski lessons with ESF Grand Bornand (Ecole du Ski Francais) these can be pre-booked through Peak Retreats. Piou Piou Club takes children from 3-5 years and other group children’s lessons start from 6yrs.



Grand Bornand Ice Rink

An 800 m2 covered ice skating rink. Spend a relaxing moment, in beautiful surroundings, facing Le Grand-Bornand Village and the Aravis Mountains.
Ages 3 and up.

Car track on ice

From 4 to 12 years old.
Christmas holidays: every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday between 10 am and 12 pm.
February holidays: every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday between 10 am and 12 pm.
Child: 3 € (1 session).

The Ice Garden
The ice skating rink is reserved for the young ones to enjoy ice pleasure safely with some adapted educational equipment.
From 3 to 8 years old.
Christmas and February holidays: every Wednesday and Friday between 10 am and 12 pm.
Free for kids ages 3-8.
3 € / accompanying adult


Skate rentals: sizes 24 to 50

Winter rates 2013-2014:
Free entry for children born after 2008 (ice skate rental fee to be paid)
Size from 24 to 50
- entry per child (-16 years old): 2.60€
- entry per adult: 3.30€
- entry per child + ice skates (-16 years old): 6.60€
- entry per adult + ice skates: 7.30€
- slide chair rental: 2€
- ice scooter rental (per pair): 2€
- helmet rental: 1.80€


Grand Bornand Igloo building and children's party (ages 6 and up)
ecole de ski de fond et raquettes
+33 (0)4 50 02 78 17 -
Learn to build an igloo and then enjoy a children's party under a teepee.
Prices 14/15: 1 session on Thursday (during school holidays) 18 €. Parents can participate: 5 €


Grand-Bornand Horse-drawn carriage

Horse-drawn carriage and sleigh rides in Le Grand- Bornand Village and in La Vallée du Bouchet.
Nighttime rides available, on demand.
From 22/12/14 to 14/03/15.
In January and April: reservation required.
Village tour: 4 €
30 minute-ride: 8 €
Grand tour of the Vallée du Bouchet: 15 €
Free for kids under 3.

Tel. +33 (0)6 87 52 86 62


Grand-Bornand Horse-drawn sleigh rides

During your stay in Le Grand-Bornand, enjoy the snow-covered landscape, comfortably settled into a traditional horse-drawn sledge.
From 22/12/14 to 14/03/15.
Depending on snow conditions.
Prices: 15 € per person for a 30 minute ride.
Free for kids under 3.
Reservation required.

Tel. +33 (0)6 87 52 86 62

Horse Trekking (in La Clusaz)
Horse ride supervised by a certified instructor.
1h, 2h, 3h, full day or 2 days long rides.
Ages 10 and up.
Reservation required. Weather permitting.
Horseback rides in the snow from 25/12/14 to 30/03/15: 28€ per hour
Horseback rides the rest of the year: 25€ per hour.
See all pricing at, +33 (0)6 15 65 11 11


Grand Bornand Nordic Walk

62 place de l'église - 74450 Le Grand-Bornand / e-mail:
Tel. during season: +33 (0)4 50 02 78 17 / off-season: +33 (0)4 50 02 31 12
A funny way to get in shape, to relax, and to enjoy being in nature.
From 12 years.
From 20/12/14 to 24/04/15, from 9.30 to 11.30 am.
Adult: 20 € / Child: 18 €
École de Ski de Fond et Raquette (Cross-country ski and snowshoe school), reserve the day prior at the latest.


Grand Bornand Sledding Area

3 safe and secure sledging areas (Rosay, Venay and Terret), the one located in the village center is illuminated at night (Terret)
3 secure protected runs:
- at Village
- at the ski-lift of Venay at Chinaillon
- at the arrival of the Rosay cable car


Free access. Access to Le Rosay sledding area via the gondola (lift pass required).


Grand Bornand Paragliding

The take-off is located at the summit of Mont Lachat, at an altitude of 2100 meters.
The landing area during the winter is located at “Le Terret”, 200 m from the bottom of Le Rosay gondola.
Certified instructors, qualified for tandem flights.

Tel. +33 (0)6 08 33 55 69 / +33 (0)4 50 02 32 62
Le Grand-Bornand Village
Paragliding school accredited by the French Federation of Free Flying.
Ages 6 and up.
From 20/12/14 to 24/04/15 from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, weather permitting.
Short 600 m incline flight: 75 €
Long 1100 m incline flight: 90 €
Performance flights: 150 €
Lift pass not included.


Grand Bornand Ice climbing with a high-mountain guide
La compagnie des guides et accompagnateurs
Tel. +33 (0)6 73 48 47 72 / +33 (0)4 50 02 78 18
Learn to ice climb on frozen streams and short waterfalls. Skill improvement lessons on multi-pitch ice climbs. Steep ice gullies.
During the winter season, depending on ice conditions.
14/15 prices:

Adult: 125 € (half-day).


Grand Bornand Reblochon Market
All year round in grand bornand, every wednesday mornings, the reblochon market, created in 1795, take place on the village place, near the usual market. It is sold the cheese production of the week to wholesalers. a high place of the local life, not to be missed!


Grand Bornand “Gourmet” Walk
Discover Le Grand-Bornand village by foot with a local guide. After the visit, you will enjoy a free tasting of local products at the “Maison du Patrimoine” (Local Heritage House) offered by shopkeepers and farmers of Le Grand-Bornand.
Tuesday during school holidays, from 10 am to 12 pm.
Adult: 5,50 € / Child (6 to 12): 3 €
Free for kids under 6.
Booking possible until 5.30 pm on the day prior to your visit at the latest - Tel. 04 50 02 78 00.

Guided tours of Chinaillon's old village
Discover Chinaillon's well-preserved historic village, dating back to 17th century with Savoie Heritage Guides. See centuries old chalets, the historic chapel, and the traditional wood-shingle covered roofs.
Christmas holidays: Friday from 10 to 11.30 am.
February holidays: Thursday from 10 to 11.30 am.
Adult: 5 € / Child (6 to 12): 3,30 €
Free for kids under 6.
Booking possible until 5.30 pm on the day prior to your visit at the latest - Tel. 04 50 02 78 00


Grand Bornand Ballooning

ski vol: tel: +33 (0)6 83 97 53 26
Flights in the morning and in the late afternoon. Approximately 1 hour.
All year round, weather permitting.

14/15 prices:
Adult: 260 € / Child: 180 €. Price per person per flight.
From 2 people: 240 € per person if bought on


Grand Bornand Adventure Parc in Forest   

La forêt des Dodes"
Tel. +33 (0)6 80 32 12 10

Le Grand-Bornand Village
Tyrolean traverses, rope bridges, cable traverses, and catwalks, bike and skate high-wires... more than 50 exciting activities in the trees. Children under 16
must be accompanied by an adult, on the big trail. In spring, according to snow conditions, reservations required.
14/15 prices:

Long trail- 2 hours: adult: 22 €; under 16: 17 €
Discovery trail - 1 hour: adult and child: 16 €


All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.


Le Grand Bornand Tourist Office

74450 Le Grand Bornand Village 

Contact: Tel 00 33 4 50 02 78 00, Email:


Opening hours
• During Christmas and February school holidays: Sunday to Friday 9am-12.30pm and 2pm-7pm, Saturday 9am-7pm.
• other periods: Sunday to Friday 9am-12pm and 2pm- 6.30pm, Saturday 9am-12.30pm and 2pm-7pm.


Chinaillon Tourist Office

Office du Tourisme du Chinaillon

Tel: 00 33 4 50 09 60 09


Opening hours

During Christmas and February school holidays: Monday to Friday 9am-12pm and 2.30pm-6.30pm, Saturday 9am-7pm, Sundays 9am-12.30pm and 2pm-6.30pm.
• other periods: Sunday to Friday 9am-12pm and 2.30pm-6.30pm, Saturday 9am-12.30pm and 2pm-7pm.
• From 28/03/15: Monday to Friday 9am-12pm and 4pm-6pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-12pm and 2.30pm-6.30pm.

Apres Ski/Eating

31 restaurants in village and Chinaillon, 15 altitude restaurants, 39 bars/pubs in village, chinaillon and surrounding villages.


17 restaurants in Grand Bornand Village:

Restaurant La Table du Chalet
+33 (0)4 50 02 20 16
Menu with creative flavours
Restaurant Auberge du Pré Vieux
+33 (0)4 50 02 23 66
Specialities and traditional cuisine in an authentic surroundings. Terrace in front of the Aravis mountain range. 
Restaurant La Bohème
+33 (0)4 50 02 27 93 
Restaurant Le Reblochon qui fond
+33 (0)4 50 63 21 12
Pancakes, Savoyard specialities.  
Brasserie La Croix St Maurice
+33 (0)4 50 02 20 05
Friendly and moutain atmosphere.
Restaurant La Pointe-Percée
+33 (0)4 50 02 22 80 / +33 (0)6 78 61 62 84
A warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere in a typical surroundings. Snack in the afternoon. 
Restaurant Les Glaïeuls
+33 (0)4 50 02 20 23
Sophisticated and traditional cuisine. In winter, located on departure of ski activities.
Restaurant Au Bon Vieux Temps
+33 (0)4 50 02 32 38
Traditional, recipes of yesteryear revisited. Authentic, bornandine farm, central fireplace. 
Restaurant Crêperie Le Thôvet
+33 (0)4 50 63 25 90 
Restaurant L'Arpège
+33 (0)4 50 02 73 93
Traditional restaurant, Savoyard specialities. Warm and rustic surroundings. 
Restaurant Confins des Sens
+33 (0)4 50 69 94 25
Gourmet restaurant, sophisticated cuisine. New terrace overlooking the Aravis mountains, beautiful... 


Restaurant A la Ferme du Pépé
+33 (0)4 50 02 76 63
Home products, original regional cuisine. Old stone and wood chalet, intimate room, fireplace. Tearoom. 


Restaurant La Taverne des Deux Guides
+33 (0)4 50 27 13 32
Typical Savoyard interior design. 
Restaurant l'Hysope
+33 (0)4 50 02 29 87 / +33 (0)6 32 34 96 39
The gastronomic restaurant of your resort welcomes you in a warm surroundings.


Restaurant La Croix St Maurice
+33 (0)4 50 02 20 05
Chalet atmosphere, fireplace, outstanding panorama. Varied menus. 
Restaurant Casanova
+33 (0)4 50 02 20 88
Family restaurant, specialities. Warm and friendly atmosphere. Take-away. 
Restaurant les Clarines
+33 (0)4 50 02 20 11
Elaborated cuisine, Savoyard specialities. Snack on lunchtime. Warm surroundings, fireplace. Located on the parking of cable cars. 

14 restaurants in Grand Bornand Chinaillon

Restaurant Le Jalouvre
+33 (0)4 50 27 00 94
Traditional cuisine. Savoyard specialities. Warm and friendly atomosphere. Sunny terrace. 
Restaurant Les Bruyères
+33 (0)4 50 27 01 52
Self-service. Large terrace at the bottom of the slopes, panoramic view.  
L'Hôtel l'Alpage
+33 (0)4 50 27 00 49
Traditional cuisine. Refined snacks. Friendly atmosphere. 
Restaurant La Crémaillère
+33 (0)4 50 27 02 33
Traditional cuisine, Savoyard recipes updated. Family chalet, warm surroundings, facing south and slopes. 
Restaurant Le Chalet Venay
+33 (0)4 50 27 02 01
Savoyard specialities. Mountain pasture chalet restored full of charm, in the heights of Chinaillon. 
Restaurant L'Entracte
+33 (0)4 50 27 05 30 
L’Entracte, one of the best restaurants in Le Grand-Bornand Chinaillon, is opening a wine bar for 13/14 and shop by the restaurant. O Vin Coeur is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine with some tapas made from local products.

Restaurant La Floria Café Givré
+33 (0)4 50 27 08 50
Snack-Bar-Pub. Torchlit descents with mulled wine, karaoké party. Dance floor. Savoyard specialities and "la clarine flambée" to discover. Family atmosphere.... 
Restaurant L'Igloo
+33 (0)4 50 27 02 67
Sunny terrace at the bottom of the Châtelet chair lift. 
Restaurant Le Solaret
+33 (0)4 50 27 00 05
Family and traditional cuisne. Choice à la carte. Chalet of the 19th century. Terrace facing south, easily accessible for pedestrians, cars and skiers.... 
Restaurant La Bonne Gamelle
+33 (0)4 50 51 07 38 / +33 (0)6 85 82 36 62
Fast food, snack bar, take-away food, sandwich shop. Indoor room, sunny covered terrace with a perfect view. Access by ski or foot. 
Restaurant La Bouillotte
+33 (0)4 50 27 04 22 / +33 (0)6 20 73 68 55
Traditional cuisine. Specialities with a touch of originality. Warm and friendly surroundings. Cosy fireplace. 
Restaurant Le Chamois
+33 (0)4 50 27 63 26
Traditional, Savoyard specialities. Warm surroundings, friendly and cool 

Restaurant La Bournerie
+33 (0)4 50 27 00 28
Savoyard specialities, local products. Old mountain pasture farm of 1805. 
Restaurant Chez Manue
+33 (0)4 50 52 86 20 / +33 (0)6 25 46 67 04
Traditional and Savoyard cuisine. Friendly atmosphere.  

Night-club Lalu - the night rendez-vous of Le Grand-Bornand. Many theme nights organised. Formal dress required.


Both the staff and directors recommend 'Le Chalet Venay' for its superb views and quality Alpine food.



By Road: Driving distance from Calais to Le Grand Bornand: 536 miles (approx 7hr30).

The Massif des Aravis is easily reachable:
- Motorway A 40 (Autoroute Blanche) ; exit N° 16 Bonneville, direction Stations des Aravis at 20 km
- Motorway A 41 exit Annecy Nord direction Thônes / Stations des Aravis at 30 km


By Rail: SNCF station of Annecy at 30km.
Réservation: 0033 8 92 35 35 35
Daily link by bus – Voyages Crolard: +33 (0)4 50 02 20 58



Annecy-Meythet airport at 33 km (30 mins) 

Geneva airport at 65km from Grand Bornand (1 hour)

Chambery Airport is 75km from Grand Bornand (1 ¼ hours)

Lyon - Saint Exupéry airport at 141km (1 ¾ hours)

Grenoble Airport is 165km from Grand Bornand (1 ¾ hours)


Public shuttle bus transfers from airport:


Lyon Airport - Grand Bornand via Annecy ( Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 19/12/14-29/03/15 (up to 4 per day per). Adult return €76.


Geneva Airport - Grand Bornand ( Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 20/12/14-29/03/15 (up to 3 per day).


Le Grand Bornand Transfers

Pre-book your taxi transfer with Peak Retreats

From Geneva to Le Grand Bornand – from £85 per person return based on 4 people sharing. 

For all other transfer prices click here


Getting around the resort

Ski buses serve the various hamlets in the resort to take you to the resort centre or bottom of the ski runs. In particular it links the Grand Bornand Village and Grand Bornand Chinaillon village. This runs to about 8pm in the evening.

Aravis ski bus connection service to the resorts of La Clusaz and Saint Jean de Sixt (10 mins). Departures every 30mins from Parking Télécabine du Rosay, Gare Routière, Route du Villaret. Inter-resort shuttle buses are free for holders of an Aravis pass. From Grand Bornand to La Clusaz takes 10 mins.


Ski lockers

For clients staying in Grand Bornand village at Les Saytels hotel, although there are ski lockers at the hotel, there are also payable ski lockers and heated boot option at the bottom of the Rosay gondola - €10 deposit.

2 pairs of skis for a week - €20

4 pairs of skis for a week - €30

Resort News



Events in Le Grand Bornand 14/15








A magical week where Le Grand-Bornand transforms itself in a Christmas village: lightnings, street entertainment, torchlight descents, live nativity scene

20th and 25th December 2014


Fairy tales, snow challenges, igloo building, dog sledding and fire shows...
For the whole family. Free access

23rd December 2014
For the whole family. Free access.

24th and 25th December 2014






From 18:00 to 21:00
Come to end the year in beauty with a torchlight descent of the French Ski school instructors and a fireworks.

31st December 2014
THE Freestyle event of the winter. Introductions, demo, tests, video competition,
DJ,... Two days of sessions and meetings gathering pros and amateurs on the SnowparKGB
17th January - 18th January 2015
Popular cross-country skiing race. A friendly ambiance and elite cross-country skiers have a rendez-vous at the Bornandine since 1986. This competition is part of the "Challenge Haute-Savoie Nordic".


1st February 2015





(u14 CAtEGORY)
300 young athletes (13 and 14 years old) selected in the various regional committees, will compete in super giant, slalom, giant slalom in La Floria, Maroly and stadium slopes
3rd February - 6th February 2015
2 days of FREE tests to discover Rossignol's latest equipment! Test, play, win...
9th February - 10th February 2015
Demonstrations and entertainment put on by the town's ski and local tradition professionals.
19th February 2015

24h of non-stop skiing and concerts, this year, for "Laurette Fugain" association's benefit! In 7 years, “Glisse en Coeur” has now become the 1st charity event in French mountains. More than 1000 competitors in this "snow marathon", from Saturday 2 pm to Sunday 2 pm, to raise funds.

20th-22nd March 2015



 Other activities:


Free performances in Le Grand-Bornand Village or in Chinaillon. For the whole family. During school holidays. Free access

Ride in a groomer- draw Le Grand-Bornand and try to win a ride in a groomer; drawing run by a jury of ski area professionals… For the whole family. During school holidays. Free access.
Special torchlight descent for children - unforgettable descent in the absolute calm of the night, with only a torchlight to guide you. For the children (minimum level: 2nd star). During the school holidays.


Other Amenities


Supermarket, boulangerie, laundrette, hairdresser, pharmacy, petrol station, bank, post office.


Self service internet terminals or WIFI at the tourist offices.


ski info

Le Grand Bornand offers excellent skiing in stunning scenery between forests of epicea firs and small mountain granaries.  Local slopes are divided in to three fully-linked sectors.  The largely north and north-westerly facing slopes are of varying grades and suitable for skiers of all abilities.


Additional ski facts, main ski area listed in panel above

Local ski area Le Grand Bornand




 29 (2 gondolas, 13 chairlifts, 14 drags)

No. of slopes - 42










La Clusaz  local ski area




 53 (1 telemix, 1 cable car, 4 gondolas, 14 chair lifts, 31 drag lifts)

No. of slopes - 84










GRAND BORNAND SKI AREA (in Aravis-Lake Annecy Ski Resorts)

Altogether you will find 90 kilometres of downhill ski runs (about a quarter of it with snow making cover – 100 snow cannons), serviced by 31 ski lifts, but if that’s still not enough the Aravis Pass covers the neighbouring resorts of St Jean de Sixt, Manigod and the biggest ski area in the region at La Clusaz which has 130km of piste. Le Grand Bornand is linked by regular (every half hour) ski bus – free to Aravis lift pass holders (otherwise €2 for single fare). Heliskiing over the border in to Italy is another possibility and there is night skiing once a week.



The Joyere and Rosay sectors are ideal for beginners, with the latter located on gently wooded slopes above Le Grand Bornand ski area. 



The open spaces of Maroly above Le Grand Bornand – Chinaillon ski area contains numerous red and blue runs served by four and six seater chairs providing a great area for intermediates. 



Advanced skiers will be drawn to a third sector, around the highest slopes at Mont Lachat (2100m) which, looking out across the landscape, also provide some of the best views in the Alps. Here a Free-ride area accessed by the Le Lachat chairlift has been created. It’s a place for expert skiers where the terrain is not marked or groomed and with no ski patrol, although there is of course mountain rescue!



If you are trying snowboarding for the first time then the area at the top of the Rosay lift is where there are wide flatish runs. Generally Le Grand Bornand ski area is suitable for beginner and low intermediates due to its wide runs.

Experts should stick to the two peaks, La Floria and Le Lachat. Most runs are ungroomed and quite steep.



You can now ski back to Grand Bornand village as well as taking the gondola as there have been improvements in snow cannons. This is via a red run under the Rosay gondola. At Le Grand Bornand chinaillon there are many resorts runs to choose from easy greens to reds. 


More and more resorts now have ski patrols out on the slopes giving safety advice to skiers. These experts can answer questions about speed, slope crossings, the risk of avalanches and anything else relating to safety. Le Grand Bornand is creating a patrol this winter 13/14, and it will be made up of professional pisteurs. 


  • Ski Hire
  • Ski Passes
  • Ski School
  • Activities
  • Historical Snow
Ski Hire


Le Grand Bornand ski hire & Chinaillon ski hire prices start from £35 for children (skis and boots) & £48 for adults (skis and boots) for 7 days. View here for Grand Bornand ski hire prices.


Ski Passes



Le Grand Bornand


6 days

7 days

6 days

7 days

Adult (15-64yrs)





Junior (8-14yrs)





Child (5-7yrs)





Senior (65-74)*





Child (under 5) + Senior (+75yrs)



Le Grand Bornand pass covers 90km of pistes

Aravis pass covers Le Grand Bornand + La Clusaz (linked by bus): 220km of pistes

PLEASE NOTE: NO PHOTO NECESSARY Proof of age compulsory; please bring ID when collecting lift passes


EARLY BOOKING LIFT PASS OFFERS (Xmas book before 20/11/14, Easter book before 25/3/15)
CHRISTMAS (week of 20/12): Get 1 free child pass (5-7yrs, Grand Bo or Aravis) per paying adult                                      
EASTER (weeks of 4/4-11/4-18/4): Get 1 free child pass (5-7yrs, Grand Bo or Aravis) per paying adult


Grand Bornand – 90km of pistes

Aravis (Grand Bornand + La Clusaz) – 220km of pistes linked by bus


Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):


For beginners 14/15:

* Mini ski area: Le Rosay and La Joyère gondolas / Les Gettiers, Le Châtelet, La Taverne, Le Crêt chairlifts / Les Raîches, La Mulaterie, Le Rosay, La Côte, Le Crozat,
Le Baby, Les Combes drag-lifts / Le Lutin and Le Castor handle tows / Le Junior rope tow


Adults - €26.50, children €21.50 per day.


Grand Bornand ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 14/15:

½ day - €23.30 children, €29.50 adults

Day - €25.90 children, €32.80 adults

Ski School



Please note that a booking fee of £9 per party will apply

Group lessons (Sunday to Friday)

21/12-2/1 + 8/2-6/3

Other dates

Lessons only


Child (6-12yrs)1

Club Piou-Piou



Child (6-12yrs)1

Club Piou-Piou


SKI - 6 Half-days







SKI COMPETITION3 6 half-days / ONLY 21/12-2/1 & 8/2-6/3


SNOWBOARD4 (10 yrs+) 6 half-days / ONLY 21/12-2/1 & 8/2-6/3



1 SKI: Adults/children: 10.00-12.15 or 14.30-17.00 (afternoons only 21/12-2/1 & 8/2-6/3)

2 Piou-Piou: 9.45-12.15 or 14.15-16.45

3SKI Competition: Sunday-Friday 10.00-13.00

4SNOWBOARD: (10 yrs+) Sunday-Friday 14.00-17.00 - ALL TIMES TO BE CONFIRMED


(cheapest one reduced; week of 3/1, 10/1, 17/1, 28/3 & 4/4)


Ski School: Please note that: Lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (20/12-3/1, 07/2-07/3 & 11/4-25/4) we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. AM lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer PM classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.  


Grand Bornand Individual Tuitions

(14/15 prices, not pre-bookable)


Every day from 9 to 10 am or from 1 to 2.30 pm. Other times possible during non-holiday periods. 


1h 40 €     
1h30 60 €         


3-5 pers:
1h30 85 € 


Individual tuitions can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these.

Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change


Ski school Grand Bornand contact numbers for private lessons:





Mountain restaurants in Aravis



Grand Bornand Cross-country

Cross country skiing is very popular in the area and well kept runs concentrated on the Bouchet valley, and running through the forest, passing small hamlets and farms. The whole area is reserved for cross-country skiing with links to La Clusaz area by the Frasses trail. From Chinaillon there are several beautiful itineraries starting from the old Village and there are runs for all ability level from beginners to expert skiing in the classic style or using the skating technique. The Evo Nordic Park is also here, providing a circuit designed for anyone wishing to try out cross-country skiing with all the different terrain features you are likely to find located in one place and permanently supervised.


In Le Grand-Bornand Village - "Vallée du Bouchet"
• 3 starting points (Village, les Plans, l’Auberge Nordique)
• 58 km of slopes (green, blue, red and black) along the torrent Le Borne, trough fields and forests, in front of the Aravis Mountains
• Link with La Clusaz thanks to a nordic itinerary of 4.7km
• Biathlon stadium (nordic ski and shooting gallery) in the "Vallée du Bouchet" and on the Sylvie Becaert stadium in the village
• 3 fun begginers' areas, open to all, in Le Grand-Bornand Village, Auberge Nordique and at Les Poches
• Guaranteed artificial snow on 5 km

In Le Grand-Bornand Chinaillon
• 4 loops on classic nordic intineraries from 1,4 km to 9,4 km starting from the old part of Le Chinaillon village through high mountain pastures and forest in front of alpine area.
• 1 groomed trail for pedestrians from the old part of Le Chinaillon to discover the Aravis mountain range


A Nordic pass for 7 days is €34 per adult and €18 per child.




View here for Nordic Ski Maps


Grand Bornand Nordic park

The Evo Nordic Park: a circuit designed for cross-country skiing open to everybody, so that you can try it out, (descents, turns, bumps...) with somebody constantly standing on the site (with cross-country ski pass).


The nordic area of Grand-Bornand equipped with ‘’tim-too timing’’ timing points
The fiercest competitors will be able to record their race time on the 9km Peteys red run and try to beat the record speed of Grand Bornand’s Olympic medallist Roddy Darragon of 20’05’’. Hire / sale of timing chips from the Grand-Bornand Tourist Office. 


Grand Bornand Snoeshowing

Le Grand-Bornand Village - e-mail:

Adults and children over the age of 8
Half-day "escapes" (ages 8 and up) or freeride (ages 13 and up) 20 € adult and 18 € child
Day "escapes" (ages 8 and up) or freeride (ages 13 and up) 40 € adult and 32 € child
Adults and children over the age of 15
Every Thursday in season. Night hike followed by a fondue meal in a teepee 6pm-10pm - 50 € per person

Adults and children over the age of 8
Snowshoeing hike and visit of a farm 20 € adult and 18 € child under 16
Snowshoeing - French tea time - sledge (ages 13 and up) 35 € adults and children
Overnight in an igloo (ages 12 and up) 140 €* adults and children
+ snowshoes rental. *Meal included


Grand Bornand Skibike

Adults and children over the age of 10
Discover the new thrills of a sliding sport that’s easy to learn, even for people who don’t ski.
2 hours for 1 or 2 persons 80 € + skibike rental.


Grand Bornand Speed Riding with the Ecole de Ski: ESI Starski
Wing, harness and radio provided. Must be at least an intermediate skier.

Skis on your feet and a wing over your head.

From 20/12/14 to 26/04/15, from 9 am to 6.30 pm. Adult: from 95 €. 


Grand Bornand Ski Joering

Tel. +33 (0)6 15 65 11 11

At La Clusaz (6 km)

Discover new sliding sensations while being at one with nature. Ski while being pulled by a horse.

Ages 7 and up.

From 20/12/14 to 19/04/15, from 9 am to 6 pm. Rate: 28 € per 30 minutes

Reservation required.


Grand Bornand Free-ride area

Access is by the Le Lachat chairlift – a place for expert skiers. Terrain is not marked, nor groomed, there is no ski patrol but of course there is mountain rescue! New patrolled and secured freeride zone will open this winter 14/15 in Le Grand Bornand.


Grand Bornand Snowpark

Le Grand Bornand snowpark - listed amongst the top five in France. With its boardercross, half pipe, rails, tables, quarters, hip and box, it’s got it all!

Thanks to its unparalleled and extensive choice of modules, it welcomed the nations finest when the resort played host to the French Snowboarding Championships in April 2007. For 14/15 it has added a new area called VideoparkGB, with an airbag to practice new tricks safely. The area has a permanent video recording facility so riders can watch their runs and share on social media.


With jumps to suit all levels, from green to black, and taster sessions at the Kids Academy GB, the Grand Bornand SnowparkGB makes freestyle truly accessible to everyone including beginners. An exciting new area dedicated to beginners had been added in 13/14 at the foot of the half pipe, meaning that anyone can have a go and progress to the higher coloured levels.


Night skiing in Le Grand Bornand

Every Tuesday nights from 6.30-10.30pm on the pistes of Cyclamens & l’Abondance in Grand Bornand Chinaillon. Accessed by chairlift.

€11.50 per adult & €7.60 per child

Yooners and ski bike 6.30-7.30pm and ski from 06.30-10.30pm.


Historical Snow


Grand Bornand Snow Report – 2004-2014 (10 season average)


Here is the snow record data for Grand Bornand. The first row shows the week for which the measurement applies eg. February 3 is the 3rd week in February. Top slopes shows the average snow cover in cm at the top of the ski area. Bottom Slopes shows the average snow cover in cm at the bottom of the ski area (this is generally where the nursery pistes are located). About 10 cm is generally enough to ski but it very much depends on what’s below ie. grass or more rocky surface.


10 year ski season average:












































Upper Slopes (cm)





















Lower Slopes (cm)






















Other Accommodation In: Le Grand Bornand

More details
Le Village de Lessy
4* MGM Apts. Sleeps 2-10
Indoor pool
Le Village de Lessy prestige residence is ideally located in the centre of Chinaillon and close to the slopes.
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