Firstly you need to decide whether you want to stay in Le Grand Bornand itself or in nearby Chinaillon where there is more choice and more ski convenience. The little village of Saint-Jean-de-Sixt is an alternative bed base 3km away and served by a regular ski bus service.
Chalet Les Saytels, in Le Grand Bornand, is a pleasant three-star built in typical Savoyard style. It has a hot tub on the terrace and two restaurants – one of them serving ubiquitous cheese dishes.
More of a choice in Chinaillon
Four-star Le Village de Lessy in Chinaillon is a smart complex close to the slopes, with all the usual CGH Residences touches – substantial and attractively decorated apartments with indoor swimming-pools, hot tubs, saunas, steam and fitness rooms. And the whole chalet-style building is dressed in traditional Savoyard stone and timber.
Understandably, it is by no means a budget option (secure underground car parking adds a hefty sum to a week’s stay here), but nevertheless it represents good value for this pleasant level of self-catering accommodation. La Ferme de Florent is an 18th-century wooden farmhouse set at the foot of the ski slopes in Chinaillon. It has six en-suite bedrooms and an open-plan top floor. Hotel la Cremaillere is a charming family-run hotel with just 15 rooms, two apartments and a recommended restaurant.
Saint-Jean-de-Sixt is only 3km away
Hotel Beau Site in Saint-Jean-de-Sixt is committed to green issues and uses technology such as solar panels and wood chip generators to minimise its impact on the environment. The bedrooms all come in different shapes and sizes.
See also our feature on What You Should Know About Lake Annecy Skiing.