Pila Ski Resort
Pila ski resort is nestled in the Aosta Valley’s just above the ancient Roman town of Aosta with beautiful views ranging from Mont Blanc to Monte Rosa, you cannot be better positioned for lively snow sure skiing in Italy.
Pila itself is a family friendly town where you can wander through ancient monuments and then take advantage of great shopping, restaurants and coffee shops.
Pila is a smaller resort that gives you a warm and friendly welcome and gets busier at the weekend as locals from Milan and Turin arrive to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the skiing.
It was originally very much a Summer destination but ha grown in popularity through the Winter Season and is now a fabulous place in Italy to ski as it is placed perfectly for quick and easy access to Aosta’s gorgeous slopes.
The Aosta – Pila cable car is an 18 minute trip filled with breath taking views across the valley as you are transported directly on to the slopes.
Pila is a car free resort with free parking in a large car park just 10 minutes away, or arriving by train a short walk through a purpose built underpass to the gondola.
Its offers the widest range of skiing, groomed or natural with slopes of up to 2700m with open areas of powder, lively après-ski with flowing tree line wooded and forest areas for freeriding, and with 600m of awesome structures from railboxes to funboxes running along the Grimod piste snowboarding hasn’t been as much fun for all levels in the fun park.
For those who get up in the morning you will find crisp, clear tracks and oxygenated snow; the snow has no lumps, bumps or ice. The variety and choice of pistes makes the Pila resort an ideal place for beginners, intermediates and those who having been skiing all their lives, as well as the snowboarders who are wanting to learning or developing their skills and take on challenges.
With 480 snow cannons creating and building artificial snow gives an incredible 80% coverage of the slopes and a choice of how you want to use the pistes. This is surely gives you excellent snow reliability and the best way to enjoy your holiday and the snow.
When you want a Pila resort holiday package with every component customised to meet your needs precisely, trust Erna Low every time.
You will be spoilt for choice at Pila Ski Resort. The pistes reach from 70 km, up to 2700 meters and provide for every skier with some of the most stunning vistas possible. The snow allows for everybody from beginners to the most experienced; Ski, Freestyle, Telemark and Snowboarding.
Funpark Chacard is for the youngest of skiers as well as the young at heart, it will provide hours of fun, and at 2200m there is Snowpark Areaeff for snowboarders wanting to challenge themselves.
You can also enjoy the slow snow with nature guides, put on your snowshoes and discover the most wonderful corners of Pila, and see the extraordinary and beautiful scenery and maybe you will get to see foxes, chamois, squirrels and hares. This is a truly magical experience.
- With an altitude of 1800m with access to 70km of pistes from 1765-2700m
- Only a 20-minute gondola ride from bustling town of Aosta
- Breath-taking views across the valley reaching Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa and the even the Matterhorn
- Family-friendly, car-free resort quiet in the week busy at the weekend
- Tree-lined slopes and wide open spaces
- Intermediates will be at home here but beginners and the more advanced are looked after as well
- Heliskiing is available across the valley
- Good off-piste terrain
- Lively après-ski each weekend
- Abundance of cafes and restaurants
- Easy access with great transportation to Aosta
Freeride Freeride is freedom, your journey is unplanned, and you discover new tracks as well as following established ones and leave your mark in the snow. Pila Ski Resort provides a covered conveyor belt which starts at Couis 1 station and takes you 2700m altitude and you descend from Platta de Grevon to the Plan de L’Eyve. The new black run will always be left in its natural condition, in the days following the snowfall it will be groomed and maintained for use by a much wider clientele.
Skiing and Carving For those who are just learning so building confidence Pila provides Baby Pila , Baby Gorraz and Grimod, these slopes will give you a less intimidating experience set with stunning views. For those who prefer a challenge and want to push themselves further then look no further than Couis2 and Leissé.
Pila offers snowboarders the widest range of powder groomed or natural, with awesome off-piste skiing in the forest or along the tree lined slopes. This gives every snowboarder what they want, freedom and adventure places to roam and explore.
And this is the place to get amazing footage of your track with the snow cover, forests all surrounded with stunning views and scenery.
Remember that never mind how incredible the power ski is keep safe, check weather forecasts, make sure people know where you are going, don’t cut across open slopes, make sure you have an ARYA: Appareil Recherche Victimes Avalanches with you.
Of course you can always grab yourself an experienced ski instructor to take you through the mountains and forests.
Areaeffe is 600 meters of heart pumping fun which provides structures and obstacles that run the length of the Grimod piste giving 20000 sqm of crazy space for beginners as well as the more radical.. The easy zone, is entirely dedicated to those starting out and gives you a safe place to build your freestyle with a series of funboxes,railboxs and kickers.
Easily accessible by the Grand Grimod four-seated chairlift that takes you straight to the park.
The Fun Park
Pila’s has a new ‘all downhill’ Fun Park that was created to entertain the kids but for some reason the adults love it just as much! There is no age limit and allows the whole family to get together and enjoy the snow and have some fun. The panoramic views will enchant you as you descend in the snow tubes sitting on your brightly coloured inflatable as you can see Mont Blanc and Gran Combin on the horizon and an inflatable doughnut in front of you.
For the youngest of children next to the slopes there is a play area full of games and inflatable structures to keep them (and you) busy all day.
Snow conditions in Pila Italy
The entire Pila ski resort is renowned for its snow reliability and can be enhanced by artificial snow making with its 480 snow cannons when need. You can expect excellent snow at any time of the season in Pila and the snow-making facilities mean you’ll never be disappointed.
How about indulging in a few refined refreshments after a thrilling day on the slopes? The apres-ski scene in Pila is quite during the week but turns around at the weekend with 27 pubs and restaraunts. Whilst you are there check out:
Gallaghers Irish Pub a busy pub and restaurant that serves an array of food and great choice of drinks
Yeti Pub and Bar an amazing location easy to find with an exotic the Italian food menu is excellent and visitors also recommend great latte, hot chocolate or espresso at this bar.
Brasserie du Grimod. You will really enjoy tasty pizza, fondue and focaccia in an intresting rustic surrounding with really friendly staff
Ristorante Tivet The cosy ambiance at this very convenient spot gives you the chance to relax and enjoy the local dishes and delicious wine
Hermatage is another place with incredible views, and mouth watering sandwiches, polenta and soup. Sip on delicious wines, cordial or beer or warm yourself up with a great coffee. There is also indoor and outdoor seating.
Mason de Jean recommended for the Italian cuisine La Maison De Jean serves pizza, polenta and sandwiches, with its house wines or grappa.
A shuttle expands the nightlife in Pila, to go to dinner in the hut, or even a snowshoe hike in under the stars or to participate in an event organized at high altitude, or on the contrary, go down from Pila to Aosta for a busy city night life. evening. It is a free shuttle that replaces the cable car in the evening and even stops on request at any accommodation or facilities on the road to Gressan.
Amenities and facilities in Pila are excellent, as you would expect from such an established resort. We can advise on everything you need to make your skiing holiday here as enjoyable, comfortable, safe and secure as possible.
There are a number of ski hire outlets in Pila Ski Resort, but instead of making arrangements for every member of your group, leave it to Erna Low to sort out and conveniently incorporate in your customised ski package. We have strong connections in the resort therefore we’re best placed to secure high quality equipment that meets the needs of skiers with various styles and abilities, all for a highly competitive price.
There is an extensive range of ski passes available from single trips on chip-card to the ‘Pila Railcard’ which is a hands free pass for all the Aosta valley ski-lifts, whatever your need there is a perfect solution for you.
Again, we can often secure discounts on your Pila ski passes, so please talk to us about what’s on offer during your desired dates
There are a number of spas, saunas and pools that encourage wellness and relaxation so you can treat yourself to cleansing sauna to a refreshing massage to relax those tired muscles and refresh and invigorate before the next session on the Pila slopes.
Shops in Pila Ski Resorts We all love a bit of retail therapy, especially if you have been out exploring all that Pila resort has to offer. With Aosta just a short trip away gives you the best of both worlds, the town offers everything from local boutiques stores to stores that sell international brands. You can pick up your souvenirs, locally made wine and designer kit. In other words you will be spoilt for choice.
With lots of magical activities on and off the slopes, Pila ski resort holidays are fantastic for families travelling with children of all ages.
Ski schools in Pila instruct children of all ages. There are several to choose from and again we at Erna Low can advise.
Kids in Lech love the traditional as well as the crazy activities at the Fun Park. Tobogganing is a popular choice as well as spending time with the family and making new friends they’ll meet at the various day centres and children’s clubs.
There is tailor made childcare for children between 3 and 12 years old. With large indoor spaces and lots of outdoor snow play areas, relax knowing the kids are in experienced and reliable hands in a safe environment
Pila’s slopes offer a lot of wide open pistes, deep powder bowls and gorgeous tree-lined runs. The conditions are usually great here, with most skiing in Pila taking place above 2000m. The slopes here range between 1,800m-2,725m and stretch across 50km.