Seven times stage town
Village resort of Haute Savoie
Population: 2,202 (Bornandins, Bornandines)
Specialities: farmhouse reblochon, white tomme, mountain charcuterie, cheese-based specialities (fondue, tartiflette, péla), matafan (potato fritters), farcement (sweet and sour potatoes), rissoles (pan-fried apple turnover), bescoins (aniseed and saffron bread traditionally offered on 15 August by the godfather to his godson).
Personalities: Tessa Worley (alpine skiing, world champion in giant slalom in 2013 and 2017, crystal globe in Super G), Sylvie Becaert (biathlon, Olympic medallist in Turin 2012), Roddy Darragon (Nordic skiing, Olympic medallist in Turin 2012), Steve Missillier (alpine skiing, Olympic medallist in giant skiing in Sochi 2014), Jonathan Midol (skicross, Olympic medallist in Sochi 2014), Ivan Perrillat-Boiteux (cross-country skiing, Olympic medallist in relay in Sochi 2014), Benjamin Daviet (cross-country skiing, Paralympic medallist in relay in Sochi 2014).
Sport: Biathlon World Cup (2013, 2017, 2019), La Bornandine (Nordic skiing semi and marathon), Glisse en Coeur (charity event, sporting, solidarity and musical challenge), La Grand Bo cyclosportive (June), Le Bouquetin cycle climb (15 August). Cycling club: Vélo club du Grand-Bornand FFC (45 members).
Culture: Au Bonheur des Mômes festival (August, shows for young people).
Economy: tourism (one million overnight stays per year for 25,000 tourist beds), agropastoralism, building crafts (carpentry, etc.). Winter: alpine ski resort (42 runs, 90 km on more than 360 ha, 29 ski lifts, 146 snow guns), a Snowpark with half-pipe, boardercross and four jumping lines. Summer: hiking (150 km of trails), climbing, high mountain, hot air ballooning, Via Ferrata, adventure course (accro branches), paragliding site, mountain bike course (50 km), golf (10 holes), a swimming pool. Agriculture: Abondance cows for the production of reblochon cheese.
Signature: The school of champions
Labels: Famille Plus / Qualité Tourisme / Accueil Vélo / Ville fleuries 2 fleurs / Grande Traversée des Alpes / Annecy Mountains
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LE GRAND BORNAND, A HISTORY
In epicurean, adventurer or bohemian mode
Le Grand-Bornand, a major ski village in winter and a must-see mountain destination in summer, cultivates the charm of its 200-year-old chalets combined with the modernity of a resort with an impressive schedule of events and at the forefront of a new arty chic. Both an authentic village living all year round and a renowned resort with facilities and services meeting the expectations of an international clientele, Le Grand-Bornand can be discovered in epicurean, adventurer or bohemian mode. Between living traditions, a resolutely sporty spirit and a strong character, the "pearl" resort of the Aravis, in the heart of the Annecy Mountains territory, is definitely playing a singular and remarkable score in which everything remains to be experienced and shared...
Au Bonheur des Mômes" Festival: the Avignon of children
Europe's biggest live performance event for young audiences, "Au Bonheur des Mômes", from 22 to 27 August: almost 90,000 festival-goers are expected for the 29th edition of the “Avignon festival for kids”. The only cow art trail in the world with an open-air art gallery celebrating the "star" ruminant of Grand-Bornand.
Where the biathlon planet meets
The French capital of the biathlon World Cup already held three rounds in 2013, 2017 and 2019, all of which were a media and popular success with up to 62,000 spectators, Annecy-Le Grand-Bornand will once again host the world's leading biathlon event from 13 to 19 December 2021... now a must on the international circuit. It will be an opportunity to see the talents of the French team shine at home, in the Sylvie Becaert International Stadium.
LE GRAND BORNAND AND CYCLING
On 17 July 2018, Julian Alaphilippe won the first of his five stage victories in the Grande Boucle in Le Grand Bornand. He did it again in Bagnères-de-Luchon to finish as best climber of the Tour de France. The Savoy resort was also on the course of the 100th edition. Rui Costa won the third stage of his career that year. He took over from Fränk Schleck, who had won in 2009 in front of Alberto Contador under the benevolent eye of his brother Andy. In 1995, Alex Zülle had drawn the necessary energy at the start in Le Grand Bornand to win at the end of the day in La Plagne. In 2007, the victory went to the young German Linus Gerdemann, who took the Yellow Jersey for a day.
The heritage house
A restored former farmhouse built in 1830, it is managed by the Grand-Bornand heritage association. You can discover with the guides of the Patrimoine des Pays de Savoie the life of a mountain village and its evolution through its land, its past and the architecture of its houses.
Col des Annes and its mountain pastures
At an altitude of 1,720 m, at the foot of the Pointe Percée, the highest peak in the Aravis mountain range at 2,750 m, there are several mountain restaurants and farms with unique architecture, as well as a breathtaking view of the Aravis mountain range.
The Bouchet Valley
This magnificent valley, the birthplace of Reblochon cheese, stretches along the Borne between the gently sloping alpine pastures of Mont Lachat and the steeper forests and rocky bars of the Aravis chain. You will pass through hamlets with their hundred-year-old chalets with their anchelle or tavaillon (wooden tile) roofs, their chapels and the numerous farms testifying to the strong agricultural activity.
A 1.5-hour hike in a mineral environment of striking beauty allows you to reach the Peyre lake (2,100 m altitude), from the Col de la Colombière where you can inevitably admire the many ibexes that have taken up residence there.
The mysterious waterfall
On the Arvelay road, this superb waterfall allows the Chinaillon torrent to flow down towards the Borne. Beyond the visual interest of this natural curiosity, legend has it that this site was the meeting point of a young couple who gave birth to the first Grand-Bornand inhabitants.
If there is one place in the world where you can eat Reblochon, it is undoubtedly in Grand-Bornand, the capital of this cheese which has had an appellation since 1858, but which also owes its success to the popularity of winter sports from the 1950s onwards. Made exclusively from whole raw cow's milk, there are two types. A green casein stamp indicates farmhouse Reblochon de Savoie, made from a single herd. The red casein stamp indicates a Savoy Reblochon that comes from the milk of several herds. Its rind must be dry, orange-pink (especially not red or orange) and covered with a fine white "foam". It hides a smooth and supple ivory-coloured paste, made and creamy in the middle. Every Wednesday morning, a reblochon market is held in Le Grand-Bornand, on the church square. An institution since 1795. The tourist office organises visits to farms throughout the year to discover all the stages of Reblochon production.