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Visitor reviews for Le Grand Bornand Ski Resort

Le Grand Bornand Ratings

Overall: 4.2. Based on 19 votes and 31 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.9

(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.

Variety of pistes: 4.2

(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.

Off-piste: 3.6

(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.

Scenery: 4.8

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.7

(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: 4.2

(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.

Accommodation: 4.7

(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: 4.0

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.7

(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.

Childcare: 4.3

(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.

Snowmaking: 4.1

(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: 4.6

(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.

Shelter: 4.3

(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: 4.1

(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: 4.0

(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: 4.5

(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.

Crowds/Queues: 4.1

(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: 4.6

(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.

Beginners: 4.7

(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.

Intermediates: 4.6

(1) No intermediate terrain at Le Grand Bornand, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 3.8

(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.

Cross-country: 4.4

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.0

(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.

Eating: 4.4

(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.

Apres-Ski: 3.6

(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: 3.8

(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.

Entertainment: 3.6

(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: 4.0

(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: 4.1

(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): 4.4

(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.

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February 18, 2008
Andrew from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
In addition to the reviews below, having just returned from Le Grand-Bo for a very sunny but cold week of nice family skiing, there are developments. It seems to be becoming more popular with the British and there has been a lot of building over the last two or three years. I hope they don't over-stretch themselves. The sheer amount of off-piste tracks, some of which must have taken hours of hiking to reach, was mind-boggling: look out from the Col des Annes and they go forever, and there were also many from the mountain behind the Vieux Village which seemed to come from miles away. I would also like to give a mention for the excellent Starski ski school. They've got my 7-year-old son unafraid of red pistes after only two visits, which can't be bad.
February 03, 2008
ian Wickham from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Hi All, Another fantastic Le Grand Bornand holiday. Snow was great in Le Chinaillon but the runs down from Rosay to Le Grand Bornand were closed. Still a great holiday and the kids were awarded their 1st star by a fantastic Esf ski school. Guess where I'll be going next year.
January 11, 2008
Fiona from Ski France France
Grand Bornand is a lovely place for families & couples not looking for buzzing nightlife. I read one reviewer complaining about the night club. If you want night clubs and fancy bars go somewhere else. This is a laid back resort offering a relaxed break for beginners to intermediates. There are plenty of non ski activities and the people are very friendly.
January 10, 2008
chris wilson from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
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. Cant wait until they build the interconnecting link with La Clusaz!
January 07, 2008
Sam Brown from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great resort. Quiet and traditional. Just got back and the snow coverage was very good over the Christmas period. The town is fairly quiet but very nice nonetheless. Very nice in the summer too :p
December 27, 2007
Lucy Brown from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
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.
February 06, 2007
Ian Wickham from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Hi all, Just got back from Le Grand Bornand. Snow not as good as last year and there were a few more English voices to report ( Thomson now has property here). When we arrived the resort was 80% green but a good dump of snow on Tuesday/Wednesday opened the resort. We have now been back home ten days and it has taken me this time to repair the ski damage to three sets of ski's (from stones). Still, we will be going back next year.
December 30, 2006
Ian Wickham from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
A beautiful resort, like previous reviewers a very french resort with few english voices.There are some loverly resonable priced restaurents with good home cooked food. We are returning to le grand bornand in January 2007 which is very rare for us, the snow cover last year was fantastic here's keeping our fingers crossed for 2007.
January 20, 2006
Andrew from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
A lovely resort, not huge but big enough and you can get a lift pass to cover La Clusaz and the rest of the Aravis if you want. Unpretentious, good skiing and also not over-priced. Not only is Le Grand Bornand village itself a nice place to stay (can recommend the Hotel Croix St. Maurice), but you can stay up the mountain in Le Chinaillon; even Annecy, a beautiful city with lots of everything is only 40 mins. drive away, giving the opportunity to ski all day and get some city sophistication in the evenings. If you like that kind of thing...
March 22, 2005
marcus from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
If you want a European resort away from all the Brits, and like the idea of a very 'Frech' resort, this is it. Very picturesque, good value, not the wildest at night, fairly small ski area (when compared to the big ones like Val d'Isere) but very unpretentious. A breath of fresh air if you want to avoid all the English hordes - excpet me of course.