Turin 2 hrs 15 mins
• small draught beer €2.50 • glass of coke €2.30 • bottle of house wine €8 • cup of tea/coffee €1.50
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high altitude skiing
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So what's it like?
Excellent well-groomed pistes in Pila
The drive up to Pila from the Aosta Valley has to be one of the most spectacular in the Alps. As the road climbs and the valley drops away below, the imposing mountains of both the Monte Rosa and Mont Blanc come into sight. As Pila appears above it is clear that this resort has the perfect location: a bowl sheltered from the wind with an enviable snow record yet a fine sunny position.
Very well suited to beginners, several wide, gentle blue runs make up the heart of the ski area. A definite plus point is that there are no drag lifts anywhere in Pila, with carpet lifts instead in the nursery areas.
A wonderland of red and blue runs opens up from the centre of the resort. From the top of the Chamole chairlift there are no fewer than four different routes to choose from on picturesque runs down tree lined pistes. The runs are wide and generally uncrowded, which maximises skiing enjoyment.
Pila gives the advanced skier the opportunity to try the long testing Resselin run or bash the bumps on the demanding Tsa Creuisa. The area lift pass includes two days skiing in the other Val d'Aosta resorts, join your Crystal ski rep for a ski away day to these nearby ski areas.
Very Italian atmosphere which is relaxed and informal with much of the nightlife centre around the hotels. It is generally quiet during the week, but lively at the weekend. Try: • Gallaghers Irish pub for a young and lively atmosphere • Bar Mion for delicious hot chocolate • La Nuova for after dinner drinks • La Niche disco for those who wish to stay out late
Sauna and solarium, snow shoeing, ice skating in high season in Pila and all season in nearby Aosta, visit Aosta for shopping, markets and sightseeing, charming shops and cafés
There are several snack bars and pizzerias with pasta dishes and pizzas from approx. €5, 3-course evening meals from approx. €19
· Brasserie Du Grimond for pizza or Bar Yeti for specialities from the Aosta valley.
· Charming shops and cafés · Cable car to Aosta for market/shopping/cultural interests
One-way (arrival) from £41 pp.
Return from £78 pp.
Special offers for holidays between Dec 2013 to Apr 2014
· Kids ski free: Free local lift pass for child born after 01/12/06 when accompanying adult buys same pass. Free helmet hire for child aged 11 years and under when hiring skis/board and boots.
· Senior savers: Discounted lift pass available for adults born before 30/04/48.