Le Grand Bornand Ski Resort
Le Grand Bornand is a great weekend destination, with easy access from Geneva and 86km of slopes.
Two gondolas from the edge of town or a pair of chairlifts from the satellite village further up at Chinaillon access a varied, north facing range of slopes. Their aspect helps them hold their snow, but the low altitude and exposure to warm weather fronts on the edge of the Alps can cause snow reliability issues lower down. When the snow is good however, there's good green runs for beginners, but the main attraction are the long steep reds and blacks off Mont Lachet and La Floria. The lift system is decent, with most of the main runs accessed via fast chairs, but a few slow old chairs and drags remain.
The village is traditional and similar to its near neighbour La Clusaz, with plenty of old wooden buildings and French alpine charm. An alternative base lies at Chinaillon, which has direct access to the slopes and is a little more snowsure, owing to its altitude of 1300m. Off the slopes, cross country and biathlon are big business here and there are some excellent trails in and around the resort as a result. Travel from Geneva takes around an hour on a good run, making this a great weekend destination.
Resort website: www.legrandbornand.com