Le Grand Bornand

L'Escale : - 74450 Le Grand Bornand

Tel : +33 (0)4 50 02 20 69
Fax : +33 (0)4 50 02 36 04

Le Clos du Pin: - 74450 Le Grand Bornand

Tél./Fax : 04 50 02 70 57
Tél./Fax : 04 50 02 27 61

 

The resort is split into 2 areas, "The Village", and "Grand Bornand Chinaillon". The Village is at 1000m and has 2 campsites and a motorhome parking area, so will probably be the destination for most motorhomers.

There are ample facilities for visitors including bars, restaurants, ski hire/sales, oh and a lot of fine Patisserie's!

The village has a relaxed atmosphere, and has the "Aravis mountains" as a backdrop which create stunning views in the changing light. With a stream running through the middle of the village, ample sledging areas for the kids, and an outdoor skating rink, evening walks with, or without youngsters in tow are a pleasure.

The resort has a website here http://www.legrandbornand.com

L'Escale Campsite

This site makes an ideal base for a holiday in Le Grand Bornand with helpful friendly staff, spotless toilet/shower facilities and easy access to the village (5 minutes walk). Ski storage and a drying room are also available. More information and online booking facilities are available here http://www.campinglescale.com/accueil_e.html

Le Clos Du Pin

This site is smaller than L’Escale and is located 1km from the village http://www.le-clos-du-pin.com/

Motorhome Parking Area

When we visited in Feb 07 there was a motorhome parking area near to the outdoor skating rink, we did not however notice any facilities (water, or waste disposal)

Skiing

Le Grand Bornand has a good selection of pistes for all abilities, which are accessible from both areas of the resort. From the L'Escale campsite, a free bus takes you to the cable cars every 10 mins or so (you receive a "carte D' Hote" ticket when you check in to the site, which you present to the bus driver).
Once at the cable cars you can buy passes for one, or both ski areas (both area passes are recommended as the resorts link together in the mountain). Its worth remembering that for passes over 3 days you will need to provide a passport photograph. Once in the mountains there are a selection of restaurants offering the usual fare, at the usual "on piste prices!" There are a good mix of pistes in the resort suitable for skiers and snowboarders, beginners and advanced alike. As it is not a destination for many package holidays the pistes are very quiet.

Ski hire

There is a large selection of hire shops in the Village, one of which offers a discount for customers from L'Escale campsite (The campsite staff will direct you if you ask) one shop maybe worth considering is adjacent to the cable car entrance which also has secure lockers free to customers. this means you can travel to/from the cable cars in the comfort of a pair of trainers leaving all your ski kit at the shop. ( a lot easier for the kids than negotiating the bus fully laden) There are obviously plenty of hire places but found that booking online with Sport2000 at http://www.sport2000-grandbornand.com/location_ski_grand_bornand/ you got a 50% discount and they are directly opposite the Gare Routier in the centre of the town.

Ski passes can be booked online at https://jupiter.secure-commerce.net/524c-017/_forfait/nouv/legrandbornand/welcome.htm If you have digital photos <40Kb they can be added to your order (you have to have a photo for all passes over 3 days). It's possible to arrange for them to be left at the reception at L'Escale Camping so they are ready for you when you check in.

Ski Lessons can be booked online at http://www.esf-grand-bo.com/ski-school-le-grand-bornand/?language=en and then the tickets picked up from the Tourist Infomation in the centre of town.

Although the campsite provide you with a free ski-bus pass the route is via the central station which means it can take 15 minutes to get to the lifts. For €27 a week you can hire a locker at the base of the Rosay telecabine which will hold 4 pairs of skis and warm and dry 4 pairs of boots meaning you can easily walk to the lifts from the campsite in comfy shoes and with nothing to carry. Has the added benefit that it makes it easier to stop in town for that after ski vin chaud on the way back to the van.

The campsite at L'Escale is very good for people looking to try skiing from their MH for the first time. There are 15-20 seperate showers that always had hot water and were always clean. The toilets also were always clean. The site has a boot room which I would estimate has almost 200 pairs of boot warmers and a huge room for storing skis and boards. There is also a massive drying room meaning you can always get your jackets and gloves dry for the next day.

Resort Summary

An ideal resort for skiing motorhomers, with visitors having the option of wild camping on the parking area, or making use of the superb facilities at L'Escale. With varied skiing for all abilities and a good (but quiet) "apres ski" in the village, its difficult to fault Le Grand Bornand.

Thanks to Mick Clarke