Skiing in the Italian Alps: A Review of Pila and Aosta
We travelled from Calais to Aosta on 27.12.23 with a stopover in Arras. We booked with interskiholidays.co.uk because of their expertise in the Aosta resorts and we had booked with them before so knew how convenient they make everything.
Pila, the “mountain terrace” that offers an affordable panoramic experience, making it the most coveted balcony in the Alps in the Aosta Valley. A mere 18-minute journey aboard a comfortable gondola from Aosta gets you up to 1800 meters.
Pila boasts impressive figures, with 4 black runs, 21 red, and 4 blue trails covering a total distance of 70 km, reaching heights of up to 2700 meters above sea level. Whether you’re into skiing, snowboarding, freestyle, or telemark, Pila caters to snow enthusiasts of all levels. Beginners can take their first steps in the Baby Gorraz and Grimod area, while experts can carve their way through Chamolé, Couis, and Platta of Grevon.
Aosta, often referred to as Aosta Town, is the capital and principal city of the Aosta Valley, an autonomous region in northwest Italy. Nestled in the heart of the Alps, Aosta has a rich history dating back to Roman times, and its charm lies in its well-preserved ancient architecture, stunning mountain surroundings, and cultural heritage.
Here are some key aspects of Aosta:
Roman Heritage: Aosta boasts an impressive Roman heritage, with well-preserved monuments that reflect its history as a Roman colony founded in 25 BC. The Arch of Augustus, Porta Praetoria, and the Roman Theater are notable landmarks that transport visitors back in time.
Old Town: The historic center of Aosta is a delightful maze of narrow cobblestone streets, charming squares, and medieval buildings. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, with its beautiful cloister, is a prominent religious monument.
Culture and Art: Aosta is home to several museums and art galleries, including the Regional Archaeological Museum, where artifacts from the Roman period are displayed. The town hosts cultural events, concerts, and exhibitions throughout the year.
Surrounding Mountains: Aosta is surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, making it a gateway to outdoor activities. The nearby Gran Paradiso National Park offers hiking, skiing, and mountaineering opportunities, attracting nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.
Local Cuisine: The Aosta Valley is known for its delicious cuisine, influenced by both Italian and Alpine flavors. Local specialties include Fontina cheese, lard d’Arnad, and traditional dishes like “polenta” and “carbonade.”
Festivals and Events: Aosta hosts various festivals and events, celebrating local traditions and culture. The Sant’Orso Fair, held in January, is particularly famous for its artisanal crafts and traditional products.
Accessibility: Situated near the borders of Switzerland and France, Aosta is easily accessible by road and rail. The town serves as a hub for exploring the wider Aosta Valley and the surrounding Alpine regions.
Overall, Aosta is a charming blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, offering visitors a unique experience in the heart of the Italian Alps.