What’s new in Pila for the 2012/13 season?
The winter season in Pila is open and it will be running through until April 14th 2013 when it is brought to a close with the famous Desarpa White race.
The Aosta Valley has some of the highest and most spectacular mountains in Europe from the Mont Blanc to Monte Rosa, through the top of the Grand Combin and the Matterhorn. The resort of Pila is at 1800m and it is here that you can embrace the beauty of the Aosta Valley with a fantastically unique experience.
Pila has been improved drastically over the last six or seven years, thanks to several changes and developments. All of these new systems, developments and services have been brought in to increase the safety of the area and to improve the comfort for the skiers and snowboarders. The resort has been optimised, the connections have been improved and the daily preparation of the slopes has also been improved, to ensure perfect skiing conditions.
Last year the work on the construction of the artificial reservoir was completed to help improve the artificial snowmaking. And other cracking additions to the resort over recent years have included the Fun Park and the black Platta de Grèvon.
The Platta de Grèvon is a cracking run that offers you the chance to increase your adrenaline and test your skills on one of the most challenging trails of the area. It also offers you the choice of whether to take the dynamic and challenging route to the Couis 1 chairlift or the classic and more scenic route.
As well as on the pistes, Pila has also improved upon its off the slope activities. There is a huge area for snowshoeing which has been added to the map as well as an 800 square metre synthetic ice rink in the centre of the town of Pila 2000. The rink is made out of plastic that is ultra-modern, as well as environmentally friendly, so you can use the rink all through the year.
There is also the option to go dog sledding, which is as thrilling as it sounds and is one of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of the forests and woods that surround the resort. As well as all of these cracking additions to the resort, you can also appreciate the fantastic local food and wine that is on offer in the catering huts that are dotted on the edge of the slopes near the woods.
By Iain Martin