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About the Resort
OF A TRADITIONAL MOUNTAIN VILLAGE
In the heart of the Aravis
Mountain range in the Haute Savoie, perfectly located between Mont Blanc,
Annecy and Switzerland, Le Grand-Bornand offers the best of the Alps!
Not only is Le Grand-Bornand a tourist destination in the
as well as winter, but it is also a truly charming village
Mother Nature has done her very best . The Aravis Mountains, with their
at 2750m, form the main backdrop to the village. The range is capped by
distinctive Pointe Percée from where green, forested mountain slopes,
to all, curve down towards the village.
divided in to two parts: Le Grand-Bornand Village
is, at 1000
metres, a typical Savoyard village with a market square
'grenette',a traditionally roofed market hall, its church
shops. The splendid Bouchet valley stretches away behind… a favourite
country ski area.
Six kilometres further up, at 1300
on the road to Col de la Colombiere, Le Grand-
Bornand - Chinaillon is
the other part of the resort, where most
of the ski runs begin. The
old part of Chinaillon, very well preserved, dates
back to 17 th century.
Le Grand-Bornand without its chalets would not be! There
are more than four
hundred of them spread throughout the village, often up to
years old. So, how do you recognise a Grand Bornand chalet? By
architectural details such as the 'pointe d’ane'- the master
beam in the
building; the 'solaret' - a light and airy loft; and the
'credence' - a
kitchen cupboard built into the wall, or a small barn right
next to the
main house where the 'goodies' were kept. Faced in wood, with
and warm interiors, these chalets are considered to be the
of the alpine heritage.
also the church with its splendid onion-shaped dome,
tiny chapels spread all over the area, around which
small hamlets were built.
The customs and traditions of yesteryear are
also upheld largely thanks
to the folklore group 'Lou
Brafaudi' and to the area’s musical
the traditional Reblochon market on Wednesday mornings,
fairs and old festivals are just as richly authentic.
first generation resort has stayed faithful to its traditions
and the whole
village has been able to maintain its own spirit, its Savoyard
all else, at the same time as developing modern facilities to a
Keep in mind too, as you travel round our area that
is the most beautiful part of our legacy from the
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Western Les Saytels ***
Just a stone’s throw
the Grand-Bornand ski lifts, the hotel
“Chalet Les Saytels” is only
10 minutes away from La Clusaz.
Croix St Maurice **
Located in the heart of the mountain village and resort of Grand Bornand,
close to the childcare center and the recreation area.
Fabrice and Nadège guest you in a chalet very close to
a large parking
area and different shops, 100 meters from the lifts and
a few meters from
Le Royal Ours Blanc ****
This hotel is situated in the heart of Alpe d’Huez and
100 m from the slopes and the Congress Palace. All the 47
and suites have spectacular views from the balcony across
Oisans mountains and are well equipped with bathroom,
wc, hair dryer, satellite television with videorecorder,
telephone and mini safe.
de Pierre et Anna (Guest House)
8 rooms from 2
to 4 persons and 1 suite of 4 persons
300 years ago, “The Farms of Pierre and Anna” have sheltered
generations of mountain folk, the rhythm of their lives governed
manufacture of Reblochon (the renowned local cheese).
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