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Pila

Pila Ski Resort Guide

Pila, Italy

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length70km43 miles
Highest Lift2,750m9,022ft
Resort Height1,800m5,906ft
 Nearest AirportsMilan Malpensa and Milan Linate
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Pila

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.

Summary

The Italian ski resort of Pila is in the Italian Alps at an altitude of 1,800m5,906ft, with 70km43 miles of marked runs.

Pila is part of the Aosta Valley ski area with access to 352km219 miles of downhill skiing, with 180 marked pistes, served by a total of 62 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Pila itself (70km43 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Aosta Valley ski resorts of Breuil-Cervinia, Courmayeur, Crévacol, Etroubles and Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses.

The ski resort itself is at 1,800m5,906ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,750m9,022ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Pila?

The next notable snow forecast is 12cm5in, expected on 6 December.

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Ski Area Stats

Pila Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 3 10km6 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
2052km32 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 3 8km5 miles
Downhill
Total Length
70km43 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
8km5 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
13

Aosta Valley Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
44
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
97
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
36
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 3 
Downhill
Total Length
352km219 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
62

Altitudes

Pila Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,750m9,022ft
Lowest Piste1,800m5,906ft
Resort Altitude (Pila)1,800m5,906ft
Max Vertical950m3,117ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Pila
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Pila Overview

Pila is an old town with a big vertical high in the Aosta Valley. It is one of the most snowsure destinations in the Alps, with the ski area running from 1765m – one of the highest resort bases on the continent, right up to more than 2,700m. Another unusual attraction is that the region’s historic capital, Aosta, 18km away by road is actually lift-linked directly by an 18 minute gondola ride giving an expanded choice of dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities for anyone based in the ski resort.

Pila is located on a natural balcony from which there are great views from Mont Blanc to Gran Paradiso and as far as Monte Rosa and the resort has a reputation for lively après ski. There is no need for cars once you arrive because you will find ski slopes and services right on your doorstep.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Resselin'.

Skiing

Pila’s skiing offers the best of all worlds with skiing through woods of birch and larch in total safety and freedom on lower slopes and open powder snow areas above the treeline. 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 the Bellevue black run and Couis 1 are two tough runs, the latter a little easier than the former, with breathtaking panoramas over the nearby Cogne valley and the entire Monte Rosa range.

For winter 2010-11 the resort opened a rare new black run this winter starting from Platta de Grevon (2700m) and descending to Plan De L’Eyve. Access to the run is provided by a conveyor lift which leaves from the Couis 1 arrival station. This new lift is housed within a perspex cover, forming a tunnel which is likely to be largely covered by snow through the winter for minimal visual impact, as well as protecting users from extremes of weather.

The area where the new run is located is well positioned in terms of both slopes and snowfall and has been landscaped for a smooth descent and made secure from avalanche danger.

The resort has also announced that to add to the enjoyment for those who like their snow light and fluffy, the new piste will be left ungroomed after each big snowfall – for several days at least, to provide an off piste experience.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

The snowpark is popular with boarders and freestylers, combining natural terrain gfeatures with created structures. 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.

Location and Map

Where is Pila?

This ski resort is in the Italian Alps in Campo nell'Elba, Livorno.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Pila is Milan Malpensa, 100 minutes drive away.

Milan Linate, Turin Caselle, Bergamo, Lugano, Genoa and Brescia airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 13 ski lifts are able to uplift 16,300 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 8km5 miles of ski runs, with 400 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Pila open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Pila, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Pila Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Pila

Mentions in recent J2Ski News Items and Snow Reports from our users...

Aprés Ski

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).

Pila