Local facilities 4
(i.e. Restaurants, hire shops)
Slope conditions 4
Lift system 3
Skiing / boarding experience
Apres ski 4
I have skied Pila for quite a few years now and can recommend the resort for families, beginners and intermediate skiers and boarders.
Although classed as quite a small resort it has some great runs that will inspire confidence for the developing skier / boarder and for the adventurous there are some (limited) runs and off piste areas that will keep you occupied.
For the more advanced skiers in the party, you may want to pop over to one of the other Aosta resorts such as Cormayeur for a day trip to get your fix of black runs.
One of the great things about this resort is the beginner areas and the quality of the ski schools there (Interski and the Pila Ski School ). Tuition is very good from both schools. For the beginner there is lift access to the upper slopes and an area called Grimond. This area is wide and a great place to learn, the snow quality is also really good due to how high up this area is, so unlike a lot of resorts which have the beginner area at the base of the mountain, it is not affected by late season snow melt / patchy snow, so is a good resort if your looking to learn late in the season.
The resort in general holds the snow well late into the season, I have skied the last weeks of the season many times in Pila and have not been let down yet .......touch wood!
The resort is very quiet during the week with next to no lines for the lifts, weekends are a different story as the race kids and Italians from neighbouring cities tend to descend upon the resort en-mass, yet it is not as bad as some of the other more high profile resorts in the area.
Close to Pila are a number of big name resorts and smaller less known resorts, which are easily accessible via car or bus and expands the options you have whilst skiing in Pila should you be using it as a base. The nearby town of Aosta is just a gondola ride away from the resort where you can do some sightseeing of the old roman ruins or for the shoppers, stock up on the latest Italian fashions within the quaint town.
So should you give Pila a try?
If you are a group of Advance to Expert skiers, I would suggest a different resort, but a day out at Pila should be planned as you will not be disappointed at the fun off piste and some of the blacks.
For a group or beginner / intermediates, a family of mixed abilities, or those with small children, I would definitely consider Pila for your next or first trip.