Commune in Haute-Savoie (74)

2,200 inhabitants (Bornandins)

Web site : www.legrandbornand.com

Cycling :93km of marked mountain bike trails, electric bike hire

Economy :Tourism (1 million annual overnight stays for 25,000 tourist beds, ranking it 17th among French ski resorts), pastoralism, leading commune within the department in terms of number of farms (65), 90km of downhill skiing and 70km of cross-country skiing

Culture :Church of Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption (12th century but rebuilt in the 19th century), Bornandin heritage house (19th century), Espace Grand-Bo (hall and congress centre). Events: Au Bonheur des Mômes (live shows and entertainment for young audiences), parcours de l’Art Vache (trail exhibiting works with a cow theme), Grandborama (110 drawings decorating the longest ski lift, inspired by Le Grand-Bornand’s photographic archive)

Sport :Skiing. Facilities: biathlon stadium. Event: Étape du Tour Annecy > Le Grand-Bornand. Athlete: Tessa Worley (downhill skier with four world titles)

Gastronomy :Reblochon fermier (almost half of the total production within the AOP product-protected area), bescoin (brioche-type bread with aniseed and saffron that’s shared during the 15 August festival)

Point of interest :400 old chalets, the oldest dating back to 1664 and which is still inhabited by the same family

Distinctions :Qualité Tourisme (tourism award), Famille Plus Montagne (family-friendly resort), Accueil Vélo (cyclist-friendly)

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