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Visitor reviews for Le Grand Bornand Ski Resort

Le Grand Bornand Ratings

Overall: 4.2. Based on 20 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: 4.1

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

Luxury Hotels: 3.7

(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: 4.7

(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: 4.6

(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: 3.9

(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): 4.2

(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.

Show all 35 ratings

December 03, 2003
Will Cox from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Le Grand Bornand is a beautiful resort in Summer and Winter. It retains its old charm and has fantastic skiing and mountain walks in the Summer. We have been coming here for 5 years ever since we bought our chalet.
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.
January 05, 2010
Steve from Ski United Kingdom 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. Great resort.
March 09, 2008
A.kimber from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Travelled to Le Chinaillon for New Year with boys 14 and 16 years. Stayed at Pistes du Soleil appartments in a fantastic location overlooking ski runs with a huge balcony. Sourced apartment direct from owner at fantastic price! Lovely resort especially as thanks to a top up overnight snow fall on the first night had uninterrupted sunshine and fantastic skiing all week. ESF ski school; brilliant again, and, as a very nervous 40 something female, I felt I made good progress. Good for beginners and, from what my boys and husband told me, the rest of the resort ~ bits I would never see according to them ~ was great. The comments I have read about the lift operators I can't agree with but the system is not automated with passes needing to be checked visually. Used a fantastic ski hire shop that allowed your ski and boot storage at no extra cost with very helpful and friendly staff. Can't recall the name but it was literally at the end of the 'eglantines' run back to the resort. Resort itself, small with a limited number of restaurants and shops but buses run regularly to Le Grand Bornand which looked a delightful Haute Savoie town. Again, along with Les Saisies which we skied at last Easter, it was another very French uncrowded gem. Hope it stays that way!
December 03, 2015
Steve Powys from Ski United Kingdom 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.
December 22, 2013
Johng from Ski United Kingdom 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.
March 01, 2008
sue from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Second visit to Le Grand Bornand in Feb 08. Had another fabulous time. The skiing was just right for beginners/intermediates. We have yet to explore many of the routes. We have not skied anywhere else so have nothing to compare it to. Having 2 children (10yrs and 12 yrs), night-life is not important. The choice at the restaurants is very good with a great market on Wednesdays.
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 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.
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.