Le Grand Bornand Ski and Board Tests

Coming up in December 2009

Le Grand-Bornand is catapult-starting the 2009-10 season at the foot of the Floria chairlift, where a tented village of the main ski and board manufacturers will allow you to try out the latest gear for free. Free tests of the latest boards and skis during 2 days : compare equipment and discover the new trends of the different companies and manufacturers.

Ski Chalet Crème de Chalet

Featured Bed and Breakfast

Crème de Chalet is a 18th century chalet d'hôtes, located right up the slopes, 5 mn away from the village. In the morning, put your skis on in the front yard and simply... go! In the evening, ski back to the chalet. Simple... No shuttle or walking needed. In summer, you have direct access to hiking paths, mountain biking and even paragliding.

Snow Shop Adrenaline

Featured Gear Boutique

At Adrenaline you will not only find your boards, boots and skis, but also the latest in fashion design, advise and a friendly welcome.

Restaurant La Bouillotte

Featured Restaurant

Here you will be welcomed with a smile and presented with quality fresh products. The cuisine mixes local products with a special savoir-faire to serve high quality dishes at reasonable prices.

Le Grand Bornand Ski and Board Tests

Coming up in December 2009

Le Grand-Bornand is catapult-starting the 2009-10 season at the foot of the Floria chairlift, where a tented village of the main ski and board manufacturers will allow you to try out the latest gear for free. Free tests of the latest boards and skis during 2 days : compare equipment and discover the new trends of the different companies and manufacturers.

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Post your reviews below about the resort - your experiences in winter or summer, which places to visit, the slopes etc...

5 Response to "Le Grand Bornand Reviews"

  1. Helen Said,

    Le Grand Bornand is the little unspoiled treasure you don't want to see change. We visited the resort Easter 2008 (March) and had the time of our lives. We were blessed with fresh snow most days and the runs were empty! We couldn't believe how quiet the ski-lifts were and how easy it was to use the seated lifts - hardly any button/tow bars.
    We are a family with 2 young teenagers and they were not put off by the lack of 'night-life'. We are used to skiing at bigger resorts like 'Les 2 Alpes' with a 2 hour journey to get to the top where the best skiing is. You can get quite frustrated queuing for 30 minutes for each lift then another 30 mins before you join the next lift!
    Our accommodation was at the Chalet Everest,with only 8 steps from the front door to the ski bus leading up to the resort. The chalet caters for all groups of families 4-12, at very reasonable prices. It is also in reach of the quaint village of Grand Bornand. The weekly market on Wednesday is worth a visit.
    We are returning to LGB for the New Year and we all can't wait to have the batteries recharged again. Maybe this time I will be more careful and try not to break my cruciate ligament in both knees! Totally embarassing coming down the slopes on a stretcher to see people waiting at the bottom of the slope for me to be transported into the ambulance. From a crazy mistake - crossed skis when getting off the ski lift and falling over! Not the cheapest way of coming off the mountain (300 Euros) I hadn't broken the ligaments but damaged ligaments around the knee joints.
    We are hoping the sleepy village will still celebrate the new year or maybe we will see fireworks from the other nearby resorts.

     

  2. Ian Said,

    Another fantastic holiday at Le Grand Bornand, one of my favorite resorts and the snow was great. This year we spent a few more euro on a chalet on the piste in Les Outalays and it was worth every penny/euro.
    My daughter passed her second star but the usually fantastic Esf tuition this year was not so good. The instructor wanted to put my daughter back into the 1st star group after day two as she was younger and smaller then the rest of the group at seven years of age. We would not allow that and low and behold my daughter passes and three of the older kids (they were twelve/thirteen years old) did not. I personally think it was a language issue as she was the only English kid in the group. Just goes to show, stick by your guns as the instructors do not always know best.

     

  3. Ruth Said,

    I would like to say that this resort is awful, but only to keep people away. As one of its best qualities is how peaceful it is. This is heaven on earth. We have been coming for over 5 years now. We have always had snow, always had fun and we like the lack of nightlife, as we would much rather have a nice meal out instead. I would strongly recommend "le ferme du pepe" on the lescale site. We loved the place so much we have been two summer seasons too, great walks to the refuge on Point Percee, and to Aguile Vert. Cant wait till Feb to be back again.

     

  4. Chris Said,

    Grand Bornand is one of the best kept secrets of the French Alps. A lovely unspoilt and completely authentic part of the Aravis region. The village is charming and the locals are some of the most friendly I have met whilst skiing. In summer the place is enchanting - and as one of the region's biggest agricultural communities there are three times more cows than people.
    The skiing is excellent - with a great snow record and, because a lot of the skiing is on mountain pasture, it does not need the depth of snow which much rockier resorts need to get a decent coverage. While the piste map does not indicate a massive amount of skiing on the scale of the mega French resorts, this is deceptive. A morning with a local instructor will show you lots of fabulous intermediate to very difficult off-piste areas.
    I have been coming here for the last 4 years - and will keep coming.

     

  5. Lucy Said,

    I have visited Le Grand Bornand on many ocassions now, both in the winter for skiing and the summer for walking. It is quiet enough to be relaxing and peaceful in summer, but busy enough in winter to have a bustling ski resort feel to it. With plenty of beginner and intermediate slopes to choose from, it is an ideal place to learn how to ski. There are a number of more challenging slopes, plus great transport links to other Aravis resorts nearby where there are plenty of slopes to keep all abilities happy. I look forward to returning again soon and hope not too many people find out about the delights of the area, so that it retains its small friendly French ski resort feel.

     

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