Le Grand-Bornand

Lac du Maroly

The town of Le Grand Bornand created in 2007 a pond with the capacity to stock the totality of the water required to create artificial snow on the existing pistes and future ski tracks. The resort had been forced up to that date to empty three times per season the lake of La Cour in order to meet its needs in snow. From the Lac du Maroly water, 70 pc of the required snow can now be obtained to cover the resort skiing domain.

The new reservoir, which required considerable works, is the largest for a ski resort in France. It can produce 1,200 m3 of water per hour, making it possible to spread one meter of snow on all the existing slopes in 80 hours.

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Grand-Bornand © J.M. FAVRE-AravisVue Le Grand-Bornand © E. Lantelme
Population: 2,100
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Village resort in Haute-Savoie (74)
Specialities: reblochon; tome (cheese), sausage, matafan (bun), rissoles (apple pie), bescoins (anis bread), tartiflette. 
Economy: tourism, winter sports, breeding.  
Celebrities: Tessa Worley (skier), Robby Darragon, Sylvie Becaert, Christophe Perrillat (Nordic skiing Olympic medallists).
Sport: Military World Games (biathlon), Bornandine (Nordic skiing), La Grand Bo (Gran Fondo), Biathlon Workd Cup. Ski Club. Cycling club. Aravis golf course.
Festivals: Au bonheur des mômes (August).
Labels: Station verte (green resort).village fleuri (2)


Timeline

  • 1146

    First mention of ND de l'Assomption church.
  • 1569

    The church burns down.
  • 1677

    Foundation of church Notre-Dame des Neiges in Chinaillon.
  • 1715

    A parish school opens.
  • 1755

    End of a dispute with La Clusaz over land delimitation.
  • 1767

    The oldest bell in the church is installed.
  • 1817

    A violent earthquake causes material damage.
  • 1907

    Alpine skiing is introduced in Le Grand-Bornand.
  • 1923

    Creation of the first ski club, the Bornand Skiers Society.
  • 1937

    Reblochon makers form a cooperative.
  • 1987

    A sudden flood of the Bome river after violent storms ravages the valley and a camp site, killing 21.
  • 2003

    An estate agent, Xavier Flactif, and his entire family are killed by a neighbour, David Hotyat. The case shocks the village and the whole of France.
  • 2013

    Tessa Worley becomes slalom giant world champion.
Chalet ancien © M. Lucchesi-OT Le Grand-BornandReblochon © ALPESPHOTOVIDEO-Aravis
Population: 2,100
5 previous stages
Village resort in Haute-Savoie (74)
Specialities: reblochon; tome (cheese), sausage, matafan (bun), rissoles (apple pie), bescoins (anis bread), tartiflette. 
Economy: tourism, winter sports, breeding.  
Celebrities: Tessa Worley (skier), Robby Darragon, Sylvie Becaert, Christophe Perrillat (Nordic skiing Olympic medallists).
Sport: Military World Games (biathlon), Bornandine (Nordic skiing), La Grand Bo (Gran Fondo), Biathlon Workd Cup. Ski Club. Cycling club. Aravis golf course.
Festivals: Au bonheur des mômes (August).
Labels: Station verte (green resort).village fleuri (2)


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Le Grand-Bornand and cycling

The Haute-Savoie resort first hosted the start of two Tour de France stages. In 1995, Swiss Alex Zueel found enough strength to win in La Plagne at the end of the day. In 1999, the peloton started from Le Grand Bornand heading for Sestriere.

In 2007, stage honours went to young German Linus Gerdemann, who also took the yellow jersey lfor one day. In 2012, Le Grand Bornand also held a stage of the Tour de l'Avenir revealing oone of the great hopes of French cycling, Warren Barguil.

CYCLISME TOUR DE FRANCE 2007: ETAPE 7 entre BOURG EN BRESSE et LE GRAND BORNAND, Linus Gerdemann ©Presse SportsBiathlon World Cup © C. Pallot - ZOOM.jpg
Population: 2,100
5 previous stages
Village resort in Haute-Savoie (74)
Specialities: reblochon; tome (cheese), sausage, matafan (bun), rissoles (apple pie), bescoins (anis bread), tartiflette. 
Economy: tourism, winter sports, breeding.  
Celebrities: Tessa Worley (skier), Robby Darragon, Sylvie Becaert, Christophe Perrillat (Nordic skiing Olympic medallists).
Sport: Military World Games (biathlon), Bornandine (Nordic skiing), La Grand Bo (Gran Fondo), Biathlon Workd Cup. Ski Club. Cycling club. Aravis golf course.
Festivals: Au bonheur des mômes (August).
Labels: Station verte (green resort).village fleuri (2)


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Places to see

Maison du patrimoine  (House of local heritage)

A restored 1830 farm, it displays the everyday life of a mountain village of Savoie through the course of time.

Art Vache Path

Some 40 artworks representing cows are on display around the resort: sculptures, frescos, painters, tapestries.

Art vache © G.PielArt Vache © M. Lucchesi - OT Le Grand-Bornand
Population: 2,100
5 previous stages
Village resort in Haute-Savoie (74)
Specialities: reblochon; tome (cheese), sausage, matafan (bun), rissoles (apple pie), bescoins (anis bread), tartiflette. 
Economy: tourism, winter sports, breeding.  
Celebrities: Tessa Worley (skier), Robby Darragon, Sylvie Becaert, Christophe Perrillat (Nordic skiing Olympic medallists).
Sport: Military World Games (biathlon), Bornandine (Nordic skiing), La Grand Bo (Gran Fondo), Biathlon Workd Cup. Ski Club. Cycling club. Aravis golf course.
Festivals: Au bonheur des mômes (August).
Labels: Station verte (green resort).village fleuri (2)


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A great day for the samll flea

Le Grand-Bornand celebrated a superb Valentine on February 14, 2013 when local skier Tessa Worley became giant slalom world champion on the Austrian slopes of Schladming, the first Frenchwoman in 20 years to achieve the feat.

Dubbed "the small flea", Worley was widely expected to have her day as she is as stubborn and ruthless on skis as she is nice and friendly off them. The leader of a great generation of French giant slalom specialists, Tessa made her first impression at the age of 18, when she won her first World Cup GS as a complete unknown.

The feat went a little unnoticed as it took place in Aspen, Colorado, far from home. Since then, Worley, who started skiing barely aged 2, had become one of the best giant slalom specialists on the circuit, winning six more races in the following seasons. A world bronze medal in 2011 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen was the first reward of her consistency.

However Worley was not the clear favourite at the start of the 2013 worlds as titleholder Tina Maze, Olympic champion Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany or Austrians Kathrin Zettel and Anna Fenninger looked better equipped to master such a demanding slope. But Tessa outclassed them all, clocking the fastest time in both runs. Her show of strength was a remarkable display of her qualities, mixing the sporting spirit inherited from her Australian father and French flair.

Tessa Worley © A. Grosclaude_Agence ZOOM
Population: 2,100
5 previous stages
Village resort in Haute-Savoie (74)
Specialities: reblochon; tome (cheese), sausage, matafan (bun), rissoles (apple pie), bescoins (anis bread), tartiflette. 
Economy: tourism, winter sports, breeding.  
Celebrities: Tessa Worley (skier), Robby Darragon, Sylvie Becaert, Christophe Perrillat (Nordic skiing Olympic medallists).
Sport: Military World Games (biathlon), Bornandine (Nordic skiing), La Grand Bo (Gran Fondo), Biathlon Workd Cup. Ski Club. Cycling club. Aravis golf course.
Festivals: Au bonheur des mômes (August).
Labels: Station verte (green resort).village fleuri (2)


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