Pila in Italy’s Aosta Valley is a snowsure and affordable ski resort with fabulous views and plenty of sunshine. The wide, gentle nursery slopes and the compact network of mainly red and long blue runs make Pila an ideal base for families and mixed ability groups of skiers and boarders.
Family friendly and affordable, Pila's 29 well-groomed pistes total 70km, of which 22 are red and ideal for intermediates, but Pila also has good beginner slopes and special play areas young children. With only four black runs there isn't much difficult piste terrain for advanced skiers, but there's some good off-piste skiing on wooded north facing slopes which offer great skiing after a fresh dump of powder and a special freeride area.
The main ski area is served by a cable car and eight chair lifts in addition to four magic carpet lifts for beginners and the main access gondola between Pila and the city of Aosta. The ski school offers guiding as well as group lessons and private lessons in skiing and boarding and there are a reasonable number of mountain restaurants to choose from, many of which are also open in the evening.
Apres ski in Pila is relaxed, fun and family friendly, but the nightlife is limited later in the evening so if you like drinking and dancing until 3am or later, you'd be better off choosing another Aosta Valley ski resort such as Courmayeur or Cervina. Pila offers a good selection of mostly 3-star and 2-star hotels and apartments and a reasonable choice of other activities besides skiing. Getting to Pila is easy with three nearest airport via Turin, Milan or Geneva and the resort is usually open from early December until mid April.