Known locally as Le Grand-Bo, the ski resort of Le Grand Bornand sits at the foot of the Aravis mountain range and has snow sports facilities for everyone. The resort has rustic two villages at its base, one at 1,000m and one at 1,300m. From the firs and ancient chalets of these villages there are 90km of downhill slopes to explore, which thanks to the resort's position between Lake Annecy and Mont Blanc are guaranteed great snow cover throughout the winter season. Covering 4,000 hectares the ski area has slopes for all levels of skier and snowboarder, as well as one of the best snow parks in France. Whether young or old, novice or professional the ski area and snow park have terrain and features to both challenge and entertain. The landscape around Le Grand Bornand is also excellent for cross-country skiing, from the Chinaillon village at 1,300m and in the Bouchet valley there are 60km of cross-country ski trails which go all the way to the resort of La Clusaz - advanced cross-country skiers will love the famously tough Frasses track found in La Clusaz. Along with downhill and cross-country trails, the area has a wealth of hiking and snowshoe walking routes, as well as facilities for paragliding, ice skating, dog sledding, hot air ballooning, and ice climbing. And for non-snow based activities the resort has a lively après ski scene where you can enjoy more than thirty restaurants and forty bars, or take in some of the region's cultural sites like the many reblochon cheese producers. The birthplace of this famous cheese, the Le Grand Bornand is home to the most famous reblochon cheese market in the Thones Valley and is fiercely proud that the cows in the area outnumber the inhabitants of Le Grand Bornand. Perfectly situated between Lake Annecy, Mont Blanc, and Switzerland the traditional villages of Le Grand Bornand have retained their traditional charms while developing modern snow sports facilities, and at only 50km from Geneva airport this is the ideal resort for short winter breaks as well as longer holidays.