- One of the best black runs in the Alps, the Piatta de Grenon is scarily steep in parts, but with plenty of terrain so you can let your skis run and build up speed. Catch the Coulis 2 chairlift, then ride the small escalator to the top, wizz back down and repeat until your legs give in.
- The views from the top of the Pila ski area are just incredible, with such a big vista of classic mountains. Make sure you swot up the night before with a local map, then you can be the one pointing out the Matterhorn, Mt Blanc, and the Monta Rosa.
Pila is located above the Roman town of Aosta, just a 20-minute gondola ride away. With a big vertical high, superb snow-making and slopes up to 2700m, it’s one of the most snowsure destinations in the Alps. Those who love skiing in the trees will love the wooded runs here, while higher up there are fantastic open areas where the powder lies. Although relatively small, Pila has a reputation for lively après-ski – and if that’s not enough to keep you entertained off the slopes, you can head to Aosta town for a stroll amongst ancient monuments, good shopping and great dining.
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About the resort
Pila itself is relatively small and quiet, with a friendly atmosphere. As with the rest of the Aosta Valley’s resorts, it tends to get busier on the weekends, when visitors from Milan and Turin head to the slopes. Originally a summer destination, Pila became a winter haunt during the world wars, and has developed since then into a resort perfectly placed for quick and easy access to Aosta’s slopes.
On the mountain
With one of the best snow records in the Alps, Pila is a good choice if you’re looking for quick access to the slopes at any time during the season. Most runs are red, making it the ideal ski area for intermediates, but the mountain also suits beginners, and offers more advanced skiers some good terrain too. Off-piste is a little limited but there are some great spots if you know where to find them. There’s also a good slopestyle snowpark.
Off the mountain
While other resorts have more on offer once the slopes have closed, Pila still has a friendly, lively feel about it, especially on the weekends when day-trippers come to visit. There are plenty of good restaurants and a few shops to browse, some good bars and an ice rink. And for more, the town of Aosta is just a 20-minute gondola-ride away.
Where to stay
Pila offers a good range of excellent value accommodation options including two and three star hotels and self-catering apartments, many with the convenience of ski-in ski-out or just a short walk from the pistes. To book or for advice, contact one of the Pila specialists listed below.
Packages and tour operators
A number of UK tour operators can assist with arranging all elements of your holiday to Pila including accommodation and travel from the UK and can advise you on the best accommodation options for you.