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Location: snowHeadLand
Resort: PIla
Country: Italy
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Author: Shane45

Date: 5th Feb 2006
Our holiday: Wife & myself both attended ski school both relative newbies.
Website : www.pila.it
Basics : Aosta Valley in the Alps, fly into Turin than approx 2hr transfer.
lift system : One cable car 75 capacity, various 3/4/6 man chair lifts only one button thats is on nursery slope.
No direct link to other resorts, you need a hire car or multiple bus trip to reach other resorts nearby.
The terrain : Approx. 60km of piste, 80% reds at a guess, 3 blacks, several long blues
The snow : No snow for several weeks before we arrived, was told that the snow was all man made, held up well in the mornings, but afternoon after the top was worn off difficult for beginners. All the blacks were closed and several reds due to lack of snow cover.
Off-piste : Unable to comment on off piste.
The resort : Very quiet, only a few bars & restaurants. Lots of locals ski at the weekends. 'Commercial centre' practically deserted, no shops to speak of. Must be difficult if you are self catering, one small supermarket.
Food : Hermitage was a popular mountain restaurant, has a self service type canteen good value.
Accommodation : We stayed at the Chalet Des Alpes, 27 room family run hotel. Very clean and comfortable. Food excellent. Good position ski down to Chamole chair lift & ski home.
Costs: Approx. £500 per person for hotel & flight.
Conclusion: Nice quiet resort, no queues during the week, much busier at weekend. However unlikely to return as only 6okm piste when all open, we could as novices ski every run in less than a day. Good views of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. Would make a good family resort, prices very reasonable to eat & drink. But if you are not skiing then there is nothing else, unless you want to visit Aosta town which you can get to via the cable car, without a lift pass this is 6 euros each way.

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