The ‘undiscovered diamond’ of the Aosta Valley, Pila is a fantastic Italian resort. With over 70km of piste catering to all difficulty levels, Pila brings about a host of other benefits which you’ll have a hard time not appreciating. The slopes are lavished in ample powder, with acres of off-piste terrain ripe for the riding for the more experienced skiers.
Lift queues are arguably the bane of every seasoned holiday-goer. However, in Pila, they are virtually non-existent (even on the weekend), and the selection of slopeside restaurants there offer excellent value for money; a rare and unexpected treat.
If you’re looking your own little slice of the mountain for the week, Pila is a hidden gem of a resort well worth a visit.
Resort Altitude: 1,450m
Resort Skiing: 2,750m
Total Ski Area: 70km
Blue Runs: 8.3km
Red Runs: 35.5km
Black Runs: 6.5km
Located in the middle of the Aosta Valley, the purpose-built Pila resort hosts wide open bowls with groomed slopes and tree-lined runs. The modern lift system means the area is well connected, with skiers and boarders able to get onto the mountain and explore the area quickly and efficiently. Pila is known for its beautiful expansive views, stretching from Mont Blanc to Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn.
Pila is known for its perfectly groomed runs and is suited for all abilities. The area is ideal for intermediates, with lots of wooded and treelined runs, but beginners will also find the area enjoyable with a beginner zone located at the top of the Aosta gondola and additional progression runs further up the mountain. For the expert skier, the vast area offers some good blacks above the treeline as well as some great off-piste areas.
Snowboarders can choose from a wide range of slopes available to suit their needs. Beginners and carvers can enjoy the wide groomed slopes while freeriders and freestylers are able to find lots of natural hits and relish in the Areaeffe Snowpark, home to various different jumps and features.
There are two ski schools in Pila, the Pila Ski School and the Evolution Ski School. They cater for all abilities of skiers and boarders, both in group and private programmes. Cross-country and Telemark skiing lessons are also available.
The Bibolo Miniclub caters for children between the ages of 3 and 12 years. The club is located next to the main ski school office hosting a large winter playground as well as indoor spaces.
Pila hosts a small number of cosy restaurants to chose from. Brasserie de Grimod, made entirely of wood, has good-quality pizza, as well as a varied menu including fondue. Restaurant Trattoria dei Maestri hosts more traditional Italian dishes as well as specialities from the Aosta Valley. It also boasts beautiful views across the resort. Additionally, restaurants and bars in the resort of Aosta below are also easily accessed by gondola.
Pila has a reputation for a lively après scene - especially in Gallagher's Pub, located near the main cable-car lift. La Niche also hosts a bar as well as a nightclub that stays open until the early hours.
Non-skiers can enjoy other winter activities including snowshoeing, dog sledding and ice skating. The larger town of Aosta, accessed by gondola, has more options to explore and is well worth a visit for a mooch or to go for a dip in the public swimming pool.