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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
Intermediates starstarstarstar
Experts starstar
Boarders starstarstarstar

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.





Convenient for ‘Le Village de Lessy’ in Chinaillon
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 09 60 80

Children from 8 months to 5 years.
Open in the winter season only from 22/12/13-28/03/14 everyday from 9am-5.30pm (excp 25/12)
Level -4 of the Chinaillon Tourist Office, opposite Le Village le Lessy

Indoor, manual and relating to game activities are proposed. Walks and games outside according to weather conditions, number and age of the children.



Convenient for ‘Les Saytels’ hotel in Grand Bornand Village

Tel: 33 (0)4 50 02 79 05

Children from 3 months to 5 years

Open in the winter season only from 21/12/13-25/04/14 everyday from 9am-5.30pm (excp 25/12 and 21/04)

Ball pit, trampoline, games…600m2 on 2 levels.


Approx prices 2013/2014 (+ subscription of approx: 5.50€):
- Morning 9.00 – 12.00 (without meal) (1): 18.50 €

- Morning 9.00 - 13.15 (with meal): 30.50 €
- Afternoon 13.30 - 17:30 (without meal): 23.50 €
- Day 9.00 - 17:30 (meal included): 40 €

- 6 mornings from Sunday to Friday (without meal) (1): 92 €
- 6 afternoons from Sunday to Friday (without meal) (1): 117.50 €
- 6 full days from Sunday to Friday (with meal): 208 €

(1) Meal extra


Vaccination DT COQ Polio, BCG (or monovax test) and health record are required. The number of places is limited so booking is advisable as soon as you arrive in the resort. Booking on site before 9:30am according to places available.


Espace P’tits Montagnards

Games room for families located in the garderie at Grand Bornand village. From Mon-Fri 4pm-6pm. 2 hrs for €3.80.



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

800 square meters covered.
A relaxing moment in an outstanding surrounding, facing grand bornand village and the aravis range.


Skate rentals: sizes 24 to 50
Saturday December 21, 2013 from 14:00 to 19:00.
From 22/12/13 to 04/01/14:
Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10:00-12:00 and from 14:30 until 20:30 (with a break between 17:00 and 17:30 to repeat the ice)
Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:30 to 19:00 and night from 20:30 to 22:30
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:30 to 19:00
From 05/01 to 15/02/14:
Monday and Friday from 15:30 to 19:00
Tuesday and Thursday 15:30 to 20:30
Wednesday from 14:30 to 18:30
Saturday from 14:30 to 19:00
Sunday from 14:30 to 18h
From 16/02 to 15/03/14:
Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10:00-12:00 and from 14:30 until 20:30 (with a break between 17:00 and 17:30 to repeat the ice)
Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:30 to 19:00 and night from 20:30 to 22:30
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:30 to 19:00
From 16/03 to 18/04/14:
Monday and Friday from 15:30 to 19:00
Tuesday and Thursday 15:30 to 20:30
Wednesday from 14:30 to 18:30
Saturday from 14:30 to 19:00
Sunday from 14:30 to 18h.

Possibility of extension of the ice rink until 25 April 2014.


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 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

From 22/12/12 to 28/04/13: open daily (depending on snow conditions).
Free access. Access to Le Rosay sledding area via the gondola (lift pass required).


Grand Bornand Parapente

aravis parapente concept

0033 680 57 08 03

small flight 400m - €60

discovery flight 1100m - €80

prestige flight (45mins) - €130


Grand Bornand Ice climbing with a high-mountain guide
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.

Adult 1/2 day: 125 € (from)
Child (1/2 day): 125 € (from)

Price per person.


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 Farm Visit
From 26/12/13 to 08/05/14 : every Thursday fat 14h15.
Adult: 4,30 €
Child (6-12): 2,50 €

Grand Bornand Segway

From 20/12 to 31/03/14: open everyday from 2-7pm
- Initiation 20 minutes: 15 €.
- Escapade 45 minutes: 25 €.
- Discover 1h: 28 €.
- Evening: 32 €

Grand Bornand Ballonning

ski vol: tel: +33 (0)6 83 97 53 26
Take off from the village in the morning and at the end of the day. lasts for one hour.
Destination: only aeolus, god of the winds, can decide!
Champagne and flight certificate on landing
Groups, seminars: on request, single flight or in several air-balloons
flight price: 250 € per person. on booking.


Grand Bornand Adventure Parc in Forest

During the winter, opening of parc on request in afternoon and thursday night. prices 12/13: €21 per adult. €15 per child.  


All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website


Le Grand Bornand Tourist Office

74450 Le Grand Bornand Village 

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

Chinaillon Tourist Office

Office du Tourisme du Chinaillon

Tel: 00 33 4 50 09 60 09

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 : 08 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) 

Bus transfer Satobus Alpes: 00 33 4 37 255 255
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)


Bus transfers from Geneva Airport

Three buses run from 22/12/12-31/03/13. Book 2 days in advance with local tourist office for return. Tickets must be reserved with (not pre-bookable with Peak Retreats). Transfer time 1.20hrs. Cost when pre-booking online is roughly €56 per adult return (cheaper prices for groups of 4 adults). Child is half adult rate (4-12yrs).

Timetable and prices 12/13


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.

Skibus for night skiing - from Chinaillon - Every Tuesday from December 25th 2012 to March 19th 2013, (unless night skiing cancellation).

Night bus - from Chinaillon - Every Friday evening, from December 28th 2012 to March 22th 2013.

See timetable for 12/13


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







During one week, the village lights up with street entertainment, torchlight descent, Nativity scene, hobbies and other activities will make easier the unbearable wait for Santa Claus.


21st-28th December 2013






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 2013
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".


2nd February 2014





The Maroly snowpark, one of the best snowparks in France, lights up for 2 days dedicated to freestyle. Professionnals or amateurs, freestylers will all have the same goal : share their passion by demonstrations, exchanges and good humor.
8th-9th February 2014
Demonstrations and entertainment put on by the town's ski and local tradition professionals.
27th February 2014
Get out your masks, confettis and party novelties ! Torchlight descents, parade of floats, a sparkling bouquet of firework pyrotechnics set off at the bottom of the slopes, all these will light up the streets of Le Grand-Bornand Chinaillon.
5th March 2014


From 09:00 to 17:00 daily
An opportunity to try out Rossignol's latest gear.

7th-8th March 2014
24 hours of skiing and concerts for a good cause... in just 5 years Glisse en Coeur has become one of the main events of the winter season in Le Grand Bornand
21st-23rd March 2014







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:

Mini domaine: télécabines Le Rosay et La Joyère / télésièges Les Gettiers, Le Châtelet, La Taverne, Le Crêt / téléskis Les Raîches, La Mulaterie, Le Rosay, La Côte, Le Crozat, Le Baby, Les Combes / fils neige Le Lutin, Le Castor / télécorde Le Junior / Tourniski.


Prices 13/14:

Adults - €25.50, children €21 per day.


Grand Bornand ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 13/14:

½ day - €23 children, €29 adults

Day - €25.50 children, €32 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

(13/14 prices, not pre-bookable)



Times: 9.00am to 10.00am (3 lessons minimum)

1pm to 2.30pm (5 lessons minimum)


1h 38 €     
1h30 57 €         


3-4 pers:
1h 54 €     
1h30 78 € 


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 there are about 60km of varied 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.


Since 2007 Le Grand Bornand has 300 000 cubic metre (66 million Gallons) water reservoirs dedicated to artificial snow making so there won't be a shortage if snowmaking is required at some point during the season! As a comparison the famous resort of Couchervel in the 3 Vallées has been building one of 150 000 cubic metres.


58 km of varied and well kept runs are yours.
Cross-country skiing in Le Grand Bornand, it's a second nature!
In the Bouchet valley, along torrent and forest, typical hamlets and farms, a whole area is reserved to cross-country skiing, linked with La Clusaz area by the Frasses run.

At Chinaillon, 12km of beautiful itineraries also start from the Vieux Village.
A way to enjoy the local life style in the marvellous Grand-Bornand landscapes.



From the Village in direction of the Bouchet valley, laid out for classic and skating:

2 green circuits, 9 km

1 blue circuit, 10 km

1 red circuit, 10 km

2 black circuits, 19 km (12 km + link circuit with La Clusaz (Confins area) of 7 km)

Biathlon stadium (cross country and shooting) in the Bouchet valley.


2, 5, 8 and 12 km circuits from the Vieux Village, only for classic.


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




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).


Grand Bornand Snoeshowing

Le Grand-Bornand Village - e-mail:
1/2 day - €20 per adult

Day - €40 per adult

Farm visit on snowshoes - €20

Evening snowshoe with Savoyard meal - €41 per adult


Grand Bornand Speed Riding with the Ecole de Ski : ESI Starski
Skis on your feet and a wing over your head: come and try out this exciting sport with fully certified paragliding and alpine skiing instructors.
Different lesson options.
Beginner, skill improvement, and private lessons.
Wing, harness and radio provided.
Must be at least an intermediate skier.

From 21/12/13 to 27/04/14: reception desk open from 09:00 to 18:30.
Prices - Adult : 95 € (from)

Prices do not include insurance.


Grand Bornand Ski Joering

From 20/12/13 to 31/03/14: everyday from 9am-6pm on reservation.
- 30 min: 28 €
- 1h30: 53 €


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!


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.


Night skiing in Le Grand Bornand

Every Tuesday nights from 6.00-10.30pm on the pistes of Cyclamens & l’Abondance in Grand Bornand Chinaillon. Accessed by chairlift.

€11.40 per adult & €7.50 per child


A new area for beginners

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. An exciting new area dedicated to beginners has been added this year at the foot of the half pipe, meaning that anyone can have a go and progress to the higher coloured levels.


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.

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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