We use a local ski shop because it is just below us on the slope. This makes it very easy to take stuff back to change it, get a faster (or slower) ski, or have adjustments made. You can also leave bags and things there. And they sell sunglasses and socks when you realise that you left them behind! We also find that it is a convenient place to pick up your bags to take up to the house and leave you skiing off!
They are not the cheapest and they do not have the broadest range but the people are nice and they speak some English. They have not only a normal range of skis but boards, ski de randonnée equipment, snow shoes etc.
Their address is:-
Magasin de sports, Ski Service Deloche
L’Envers du Chinaillon
Le Grand-Bornand Chinaillon
74450 Le Grand-Bornand
Tel : 04 50 27 00 73 (+33 4 50 27 00 33)
Opening hours are officially from 08:45 to 18:00 (18:30 at Christmas through New Year and in February) although they seem to open a little earlier and are often there a little later, clearing up.
When hiring, mention that you are staying at La Ferme du Soleil. You will still need a passport to show them. Generally, you pay when you return your hired stuff. They take all the normal credit cards.
You can ask them to reserve you skis etc. There is a form, which you can send them. Emails work much better than telephone with them as they are not there until the season starts.
When driving through Chinaillon, take the left turn, marked to the slopes, and you will se it on the left after about a kilometre. The shop is after the start of the car parking, just afte the Gettier lift and the sign, “Ski Service” faces you.
You can get your ski tickets 150 yards from the ski shop, just down the road.
You can, of course, go anywhere else that you choose. However if you hire from Le Grand Bornand, remember that is more of a trek than shops in Chinaillon.