Epicurean Skiing

"NOTICE TO EPICUREANS,
Le Grand-Bornand vibrates with a new chic arty blending tradition and pioneering spirit to savour the time of a retreat conducive to letting go of insiders."


MORE THAN 400
Bicentenary Chalets...

 
It is, to some extent, the number of two hundred year old cottages that Le Grand-Bornand has preserved, the oldest of which, dated 1664, is still inhabited by the same family...


SKI "SUNSET":
skiing, yes... but arty!

 
Grand-Bornand offers a unique opportunity to extend the pleasure of skiing by one hour every Saturday from January 25 to March 28, as well as every evening during the 2020 winter holiday. The principle: enjoy the sunset show at an altitude of 2100m, the highlight of your skiing day, and enjoy a last descent in a stunning atmosphere... The other benefit of the operation consists in staggering the returns to the valley, thus limiting the congestion of the roads to keep intact the capital "happiness" of his day skiing! Please note: the creation of a special ski pass "Sunset", valid from 3pm on the dates concerned by the operation.


YOGA DETOX WEEK,
at the Nordic Inn
 
Letting go, taking care of yourself by combining physical exercise and well-being: this is the purpose of this week all-inclusive in the resourcing setting of the new Nordic Inn***. On the program, yoga classes in the morning, combined with sports and discovery activities in the afternoon (Nordic walking, birch sap harvesting, plantar reflexology and self-massage) with access to the wellness area and its beneficial salt cave where you can enjoy the virtues of minerals and the sea air on your body.


IN THE HEAT OF THE STABLE,
the secrets of the reblochon fermier revealed
 
2000 cows for barely more inhabitants contribute, all year round, to making Grand-Bornand the first production area for the famous round cheese with its creamy hazelnut taste. The resort is also the first agricultural commune in Haute-Savoie with about fifty farms in operation, and every Wednesday morning offers the last market at the reblochon de la
region. An institution dating back to 1795... Every week, one of the many farms in Grand-Bornand opens its doors to the public. The opportunity to discover, in-situ, the different stages of reblochon manufacturing. From milking the cows to maturing in the cellar, the "crème des fromages" prized by hikers reveals the secrets of its unique taste and texture during a final tasting with the producer.


AT THE ALPINE COUNTERS,
where the grocery store jumps borders...
 
Imagined by a collective of Borden merchants "all children of farmers and peasants at heart", according to Framboise Missillier, Aux Comptoirs des Alpes offers, in the precious setting of a "new look" grocery store, the best of Alpe's products. Filling the stalls surrounding the "carnotzet" - a place conducive to conviviality, in local dialect - serving as a wine and coffee bar, cold meats and Savoyard cheeses, but also from Switzerland and Italy, organic and hazelnut crozets, beer cellar from the local microbreweries and a Borden honey puller, reveal the incredible diversity of small alpine artisanal productions, in an atmosphere reminiscent of city halls.


SEPARATE ROOM(S)
See L'Envers des Etoiles....
 
...this is the promise made by the chalet of the same name, one of the last luxury establishments to have opened in Grand-Bornand. "One of the most beautiful chalets of the Aravis", according to the opinion of the commission in charge of the classification of accommodation, completes with panache an offer in constant evolution, taking advantage of the exceptional patina of these vernacular chalets, most of which are contemporary with the Château de Versailles... 500m² of comfort, art and exquisite taste, and this, right from the legendary Envers piste: Thus appears the chalet L'Envers des Etoiles*******, a luxurious setting organizing its six suites around a lounge of more than 160m². Central fireplace and monumental staircase, spectacular chandeliers based in particular on selenite, each crystal of which has been specially sculpted, a prestigious wine cellar and an indoor swimming pool opening onto the ski slope... a map of the ad hoc services, offering in particular the possibility of enjoying a vehicle with driver, a chef or a physiotherapist at home.
 


...or revise the notion of chiaroscuro, at the Chalet 1864
 
It is like suddenly immersing yourself in a Rembrandt painting... the last house in the valley, at the foot of the haughty Aravis mountain range, the Chalet 1864, an exceptional room and table d'hôte whose name refers to its year of construction, invites you to a contemplative retreat in its old wooden setting. A few rooms and suites with refined decoration, graffiti remnants of the former function of this ancestral farmhouse: everything here invites us to revise the notion of chiaroscuro, taking advantage of a light like no other.