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Grand Bornand is an unspoilt Savoie market town with a lovely church and stunning scenery. There are no high rise or concrete blocks and it is a very French, unspoilt community. The market is still held in the square every Wednesday morning and are buses into La Cluzas or the lovely city of Annecy, for those who like to explore the area.
The village of Chinaillon is in the commune of Grand Bornand but a further 8.5 km up the mountain, where the skiing is. There is a free ski bus up and down to Grand Bornand so travelling is not a problem. Chinaillon is a small typically French village where development has been strictly limited by the Mayor in order to preserve its character. As residents we are very pleased about this and believe it all helps to make your holiday a pleasant one.
The ski area consists of just under 100km of piste, gentle greens for learners, lovely wide blues and reds for intermediates, with one of the steepest blacks in Europe and plenty of challenging off piste for those powder days. Described by the Mail on line as ‘a secret the French have long kept to themselves… now being discovered by growing numbers of delighted Britons’. Snow carbon describe us as ‘one of the most beautiful villages in the Alps’ and ?something of a cult destination among its devotees – and with good reason.’ We regularly appear in lists of the top ski destinations, including the Independents top 50 in Europe in Feb 2013.
Plenty of the restaurants are accessible by non-skiers too, either by lifts or by walking so meeting up for lunch is never an issue. It is an ideal resort for groups as the mix of skiing enables everyone to enjoy the area whilst meeting up regularly.
The village has many shops selling snow gear and traditional Savoyard produce, generally anything with red hearts on it, sausages and the local reblouchon cheese! There are also several bars, restaurants and 2 spa’s in the village.
There are 2 ski schools, ESI, which we recommend and ESF. We use a nearby ski hire shop who are also on piste should you wish to try out different skis/boards during your stay, they are very friendly and helpful.
We will happily help you arrange classes and/ or equipment hire when you arrive and as the lift passes are purchased nearby as well there will be no delays getting you out on your first day. We have been skiing for many years and for those of you who are happy without classes we can provide a tour of the slopes so you can get to know the area and try our favourite runs.
For links to the local tourist board, ski schools and travel info please go to the Info tab.