Pila

Pila ski resort. Gondola access direct from Aosta.
Pila has north facing ski terrain, quality snow & lots of untracked lines.
Pila ski resort village is at 1800m elevation, 1200m above Aosta.
Finding freshies is easy at Pila, many days after the last snowfall.
The top of the Couis 1 chairlift at Pila is not for the faint hearted!
Fantastic steep terrain off the alpine ridge at Pila gets the blood pumping.
Grimod chair & terrain park at Pila ski resort.
Home trail into Pila village.
Home trail into Pila village.
Pila's best restaurant, Societe.
Great PIla food & entertainment at the La Baraka.
Beautiful sheltered piste on the Chamole chair at Pila.
Couis 2 chair accesses steep on & off piste terrain.
Off piste bowl below the Couis 2 at Pila ski resort.
The steep high alpine ridge at Pila provides some fun advanced skiing.
Pila ski resort.
Pila has loads of après ski options throughout the resort.
Access to Pila is wonderful via the gondola from Aosta.
Historic Aosta is evident from the Pila car park!
Ski & stay at Pila.

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Pila Ski Resort Italy

Pila ski resort in the Valle d'Aosta Italy is a most underrated skiing area. Pila has superb gondola access from the wonderful city of Aosta, ski in ski out accommodation plus fabulous snow and terrain.
 
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Summary of Pros & Cons for Pila Ski Resort

Pros

  • Gondola access direct from the city of Aosta;
  • North facing terrain with excellent snow quality;
  • Very good variety of piste trails for all levels, particularly intermediates;
  • Good value lift ticket price;
  • Some challenging freeride terrain;
  • Very quiet during the week;
  • Superb restaurants, food, drink and après ski.

Cons

  • Very busy on weekends and holidays;
  • Some old, slow lift infrastructure;
  • Piste chokepoint near village is dangerous;
  • Some facilities are dated and a touch run down (rustica!).

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • Close to the major city of Aosta;
  • The slow lifts on the advanced terrain (rest, recover, crowd control or just too limiting?)

Pila Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

Pila is an exceptional north facing, medium sized ski resort with access direct form the Aosta city centre via gondola. From the gondola top at 1800m the terrain steep alpine bowls, lower tree lined runs and flattish beginner areas become obvious.

Beginner areas exist around the village progression areas in sheltered locations further up the mountain linked by a cable car between Gorraz & Grimod.

Intermediates will love the range of piste trails across the entire upper mountain. The tree lined run off the Chamole chair are perfect in poor weather or sunny days alike. A full 1200m vertical run from the top of the Couis 1 chair down to the gondola mid station at Plan Praz will test the legs off the best intermediate skiers & snowboarders.

Advanced and expert sliders have a few interesting piste options, but the better fun is in the steep Couis alpine bowls plus easy access freeride terrain off the top of the Grimondet chair.

If Pila is let down by anything it is the chairlifts and a nasty piste choke point on the beginner's trail 15 as it enters the village (carnage on a busy day!). At least 5 of the 8 chairlifts at Pila are ancient and painfully slow. The two uppermost lifts (Couis 1 & 2) serve steep alpine bowls where the snow quality benefits from the chairs lack of speed. Others though, like Pila Gorraz, are major linking chairs which need urgent replacement if the resort is to truly become world class. 

Pila Snow & Weather

Pila has an interesting location in the Aosta valley where it receives the best and avoids most of the worst weather. North facing terrain 95% above 1800m provides the first hint to snow quality. Across the valley from Western Europe's highest ridge line provides the next. High altitude, cold temps and shaded disposition in a snowy location ticks a few Powderhounds weather boxes.

Whilst the main ridge from Monte Bianco along the frontier to the Monte Rosa massif can often be socked in by cloud, Pila seems to avoid much of it. And when Pila is socked in, tree lined terrain down low allows for safe & sheltered skiing.

Where is Pila, Italy?

Pila ski resort is in the Valle d’Aosta, south of & overlooking the city of Aosta. The main gondola access to Pila is conveniently from the centre of Aosta, 133km by road north of Turin.

Main international gateway airports are Milan Malpensa (195km by road) & Geneva (150km by road) in Switzerland. Turin airport serves some European & UK flight origins. The Powderhounds usually recommend taking the train & bus from the airports to any ski resort, but for those that just cannot abide public transport or are travelling in larger groups, a private transfer from Turin or Milan may be the most efficient mode of travel if one doesn’t have a car. Search & book all airport transfers to Aosta & Pila here.

The E25 motorway (autostrade) runs through the Valle d'Aosta past the city of Aosta, heading west to France via the Mont Blanc Tunnel and east to Turin and Milan. If driving up to Pila, what is a little over 5km in distance, is nearly 20km and 25 hairpins by road.

Aosta is well served by train & bus transport. A railway line from Chivasso (on the Milan - Turin line) terminates at Aosta. Taxis & the central bus station provides links to Pila village.

Car hire & rental is available at several locations in the Aosta city centre and near the small local airport. Ensure the rental is an all wheel drive with snow tyres.

Nearby Ski Resorts

The Aosta valley has numerous great ski resorts which provide some variety & adventure. To the west are ritzy Courmayeur, spectacular Skyway Monte Bianco & laid back La Thuile. North is quiet Crevacol. East is superb Cervinia, beautiful Chamois, the freeride paradise of Monterosa & secluded Champorcher. All are an achievable day trip from Pila or Aosta.

Pila Accommodation

The main ski resort village at Pila is perched 1200m above the ancient city of Aosta. Numerous hotels, self contained apartments, chalets & guesthouses are located on a bench at 1800m elevation. The road (bus/taxi/car) or gondola from Aosta provides easy access for those wanting to stay on the hill.

The Pila village is split into a few different areas. The main village starts at top of the gondola, however there are two intermediate stations for those staying below the main resort. Les Fleurs (1373m) is below the ski terrain but has several apartments & chalets available. Further up, the next station is Plan Praz, the lowest part of the ski terrain and with a collection of apartments & chalets, some with ski in convenience.  Above the village near Grimod, the rifugio Baita Grimod provides simple ski in ski out winter lodgings.

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Aosta and its adjacent valley towns can make excellent bases from which to ski Pila. In Aosta itself some hotels & guesthouses within the old town are in charming & lively locations but may be pedestrian access only. The outskirts of the old town or up on the sunny south facing terraces presents the better accommodation options. At only 600m elevation, Aosta is snow free for much of the winter, which may appeal to some visitors.

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Tours in or near Pila

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Freeride Monterosa & Aosta Valley
FREERIDE MONTEROSA & AOSTA VALLEY
7 Days | 6 Nights | 6 Skiing Days
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Explore the wonders of the Aosta valley & Monte Rosa, Matterhorn & Mont Blanc with your own guide & host. Ski the best of Italy in Monterosa, Cervinia/Zermatt, Pila, La Thuile/La Rosiere, Courmayeur & Monte Bianco. Fully customise your own tour for 1 to 7 people with dates, locations & duration that suit you.
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USD 1,735
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