Old town 18km from the historic city of Aosta by road or directly lift-linked by an 18 minute gondola ride. Pila has undergone a great deal of expansion in recent years, thanks largely to its big ski area. Far above average ratio of chairs and gondola lifts to drags by European standards. Lively après ski.
At Pila, skiing through woods of birch and larch in total safety and liberty is a unique experience open to everyone. Beginners and children have easy ski runs such as Baby Pila , Baby Gorraz and Grimod. The more advanced progress on to steeper slopes such as Leissé, Nouva which usually have excellent snow where you can turn and model curves endlessly, especially good news for carving enthusiasts in search of thrills and excitement. A run not to be missed is the Du Bois from the Chamolé chair lift. It's a unique experience skiing through aromatic birch woods and extraordinary snow first thing in the morning. For experts a triple chair takes you to the summit of the fast straight Couis 2 at 2,600m, with views out over the whole mountain area. Experience the rush of adrenaline and excitement on the snow of the Bellevue black run. Couis 1 is another tough run, although a little easier, with more breathtaking panoramas over the nearby Cogne valley and the entire Monte Rosa range. Pila has modern comfortable ski lifts that cut queuing times and provide fast ascents. The slopes are well maintained with 250 cannons for snowmaking guaranteeing that at least 53% of slopes are covered. There is something here for everyone from beginners to experts and from children to ski surfing and carving enthusiasts. Pila is on the The Aosta Valley pass which covers 800km (500 miles) of terrain served by nearly 200 lifts in over a dozen ski areas, including Cervinia, linked to Zermatt and other famous resorts in the area such as Pila, La Thuile and Courmayeur (a 30 minute bus ride away) which is linked to Chamonix. There's no ski bus so your own transport is most useful to make the most of the pass. There are many different versions of the Aosta Valley Pass. The latest incarnation gives the pass three types - Blue - with small - medium Italian resorts only - and Red including the major Italian resorts in the area and La Rosiere in France and finally Red + Zermatt which is self explanatory.
Children up to 8 years old receive a free ski pass at Pila - more generous than at most major resorts. Older children aged up to 14 get a third off the adult price. Children aged up to four have a Play and Learn Ground with colourful games and a conveyer belt for those on skis. The ski school has a special club for children. Older children get a beginners ticket to ski on the easy runs.
There are plenty of good restaurants, amongst them Lo Baoutson which serves up an incredible nine course traditional meal on spcial occasions like New Year and provides a snowmobile taxi. Hermitage and Chatelaine are also purveyors of high quality cuisine. For pizza the La Montanara in the Plan Bois Hotel has a good reputation. For more choice head down to Asota for an evening meal.
Pila can be lively at night when the right crowd are in town although it is often quiet during the week in low season. Gallaghers Irish Pub is one of the busier spots most nights and The Old English Distilary can throw great parties, with dancing on the table all night long given a good enough excuse (like St Patrick's Day).
The snowpark is home for all snowboarders. It is the setting for competitions, sporting and musical events of every kind, with an extraordinary complex of fixed structures, some modelled from the landscape. There are jumps, slides and half pipe for those of all ages and experience. If you are already expert then the thrills of fun box, spine and the big jump await you.