Located in the Aosta valley, in the Northwest of Italy, on the French and Swiss borders, the Pila resort has sensational views of some of Europe’s highest peaks including Mont Blanc and Matterhorn. Skiing here will take your breath away with tree-lined slopes looking out across miles of stunning scenery. The historic Roman town of Aosta is only a 20-minute gondola ride away that has a friendly and charming atmosphere.
Skiing in Pila:
In recent years Pila has increased its ability to cater to beginners with runs such as Baby Gorraz and Baby Pila being created to allow natural progression into more challenging runs. Pila boasts acres of off-piste terrain as well as numerous black runs above treeline providing adventures for all abilities of skiers. Known for its groomed slopes, many are well prepared whilst some are left deliberately rough for those who enjoy creating powder as they speed along tree-lined runs. The outstanding maintenance of its slopes and its 62% snow cannon coverage make it a great place to be even if the weather is not your side. Its modern and efficient lift system makes lift queues non-existent even at weekends, allowing constant access to the first-class slopes that make it a hidden gem.
For Schools Because:
A huge attraction of Pila is its excellent English-speaking instructors and selection of ski schools. Alongside this, the beginner’s zone at the top of the Aosta gondola makes the resort a great fit for mixed-ability groups as it also caters to advanced skiers. Pila is also a car-free resort which results in a safe environment that is needed for a large group or school trip.
The Areaeffe Snowpark provides snowboarders with an opportunity to hone their skills, whilst dogsledding, ice skating, tubing and swimming are fun activities for an afternoon off your skis. The resort also has several good-value slope-side restaurants that offer delicious food such as pizza and fondue. The town of Aosta also adds to the evening experience with even more restaurants and a range of shops.
Resort Height 1,815m
Vertical Drop 910m
No. of Lifts 17
No. of Runs 29
Easy Runs 4
Medium Runs 21
Difficult Runs 4
Kilometres of Piste 70
Average Snowfall 70cm
Calais Transfer Time 14hrs
Turin Caselle Airport Transfer time 1hrs 35 mins
Hotel Esse 2000 ****
The Hotel Esse 2000 can accommodate approximately 129 guests in 45 en-suite rooms. Students are in 2-4 bedded rooms and teachers in twin rooms.
Breakfast is served as a continental buffet which includes a daily choice of hams and cheeses. Dinner is served as a delicious hot buffet with accompanying salad bar, providing plenty of choice for even the fussiest eaters!
A one-course hot lunch is provided on the slopes next to the ski school meeting point for added convenience.
- Free WiFi is available in public areas
- Towels are provided for adults and students
- Safe at reception
- A theatre room is available solely for your group during your stay for evening entertainment
Chalet des Alps ****
The Chalet des Alps was one of the first hotels to be built in Pila with some of the best views of Monte Bianco, Cervino and Monte Rosa mountain ranges. The rooms are furnished in a typical Italian style with balcony, satellite TV and en-suite. Excellent for school groups looking for doorstep skiing.
- Traditional chalet-style accommodation
- 27 en-suite rooms to accommodate approximately 100 guests
- Doorstep skiing
- Dining rooms
- Lounge areas with TV
- Ski storage