Le Grand Bornand
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Visitor reviews for Le Grand Bornand Ski Resort
December 03, 2015
Steve Powys from United Kingdom
Pretty village with good amenities, but not too noisy at night. Pistes very well cared for when weather permits. Quiet with no queues on weekdays in school holidays. Campsite close to centre, friendly, clean, full heated facilities including pool and apartments. Good bakery!
Ideal for young families and retired folk.
Le Grand Bornand Ratings
Overall: 4.1. Based on 17 votes and 31 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Le Grand Bornand.
Public Transport: 4.1
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Le Grand Bornand, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Le Grand Bornand, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.1
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.6
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Le Grand Bornand.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.4
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Le Grand Bornand, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Le Grand Bornand is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Le Grand Bornand relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.5
(1) There are no snow groomers at Le Grand Bornand, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Le Grand Bornand are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Le Grand Bornand is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Le Grand Bornand, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.9
(1) Le Grand Bornand usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.4
(1) The staff at Le Grand Bornand are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Le Grand Bornand are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.5
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.6
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.1
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Le Grand Bornand has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Le Grand Bornand, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.4
(1) Not even a kicker at Le Grand Bornand, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Le Grand Bornand, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Le Grand Bornand has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.7
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.7
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.9
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.0
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.1
(1) Overall, Le Grand Bornand is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.3
(1) Overall, Le Grand Bornand is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
December 22, 2013
Johng from United Kingdom
Less than a week before we head to Le Grand Bornand again. We are taking our motorhome to the campsite; brilliant place with pool and helpful staff. Ski lifts have small queues, pistes are bashed, great environment for us and our 2, under 10, children. This place is a real gem; we may go back again at half-term if we enjoy a post Christmas ski.
April 03, 2013
Kathy from United Kingdom
We are here again! The most fabulous resort! Kids are now 91/2 and 12 and are leaving me well behind now! They are getting on brilliantly and very independent! Only down side is our favourite restaurant for lunch "La Soleray" is shut so having to visit others! Remember, keep this little gem quiet :)
January 03, 2011
Keith Walker from United Kingdom
Le Grand Bornand is a good family ski resort and retains a fairly unspoiled French flavour. The skiing is not extreme but is varied. There are a few blacks and a lovely snow field off the top. It has a nice range of cruisey blues and reds. For beginners or those that prefer relaxing trails there are a range of nice greens as well. As with most Alpine resorts views are spectacular. They get busy like any good resort but you will be unlikely to be troubled by the long lift queues of other resorts. The snow park with piped music has been attractively developed in the last two or three years.
January 05, 2010
Steve from United Kingdom
Just to clear things up, LGB (Le Grand Bornand) does have an automated lift system, the lift attendants are as good as any resort and it is only busy in the school holidays.
March 21, 2009
Mogul Queen from France
Pros: Le Grand Bornand is a pretty resort with easy skiing, generally good snow and plenty of mountain restaurants.
Cons: Le Grand Bornand gets very busy and there are too many bad and out-of-control skiers resulting in too many wipe-outs.
February 08, 2009
Ian wickham from United Kingdom
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.
January 25, 2009
Kathy from United Kingdom
This year (March 09) will be our third visit to Le Grand Bornand. I don't like to tell too many people about it as it is so nice. Our two children started to learn at 3 and 6 years old and now at 5 and 8 they have no fear and teach me (mum) a thing or two. No doubt I'll get left behind this time as last year they were doing reds and leaving me behind. Starski Ski school is to blame for that (excellent tuition). So keep this little gem (Le Grand Bornand) quiet.
January 25, 2009
Ruth from United Kingdom
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.
January 03, 2009
Mick Sparkes from United Kingdom
I have been going to Grand Bo (Le Grand Bornand) for the past 8-9 years with various friends and family and really love it. No need for those busy expensive resorts that everyone goes to. Maybe they can keep Grand Bo the same.