Amphitheater of The Alps
Skiing the amphitheatre is all about the mix of culture with sport. Out in the wilds of the mountains by day and in a civilised urban environment by night. The first gondola of the day does not leave from a small old village or a new purpose built one, but from the centre of the city of Aosta, filled with all the history, art, culture and life that you might expect from an old Roman town. 18 minutes in a gondola from the centre of town and you are on the slopes of Pila.
An alternative base Cormayer, is medieval rather than Roman. So it is more a town of cobbled streets and narrow pedestrian walkways, trendy italian shops and the hubbub of an Italian town in holiday mode. Again the emphasis is staying in town and heading up to the mountain for the day. There is of course the amazing Mont Blanc Skyway for a non skiing (or serious off piste) day.
Located throughout the beautiful Aosta Valley this area is home to some of the most exceptional small ski resorts in the Alps. The Aosta Valley contains three large ski areas at both ends of the valley with linked skiing areas to both France and Switzerland for skiing in three different European countries all within 1hr of the Historical town of Aosta. Ski every resort in the valley with the Aosta Valley Ski Pass!
The City of Aosta is the cultural heart of the Aosta Valley and only 1hr 30mins from Turin. Aosta allows for the unique chance to stay in a charming Italian city with the slopes of Pila only 18 minutes away via gondola. Follow in the footsteps of the locals and ski the small resorts in the mountains and explore the ancient piazza and roman streets.
Directly east of Aosta and in the shadow of the famous Matterhorn peak is the Matterhorn ski paradise, home to the resorts of Crevinia Valtournenche and Zermatt, in this large linked ski area skiing on both sides of the Matterhorn is possible and high elevations make is one of the most snow sure areas in the Alps. Zermatt is an ideal destination and can be visited on skis!
The large Monterosa linked ski area contains the excellent ski resort of Champoluc as well as Gressoney and Antagnod. This area contains Italy's highest mountain and some of the best off piste skiing in the country; this area is only 1hr from Aosta.
The Western end of the Aosta Valley is home to a number of tiny local ski resorts, however the more well known italian resort of Courmayeur is at the foot of Mont Blanc and provides a fantastic skiing experience with links to La Thuile and La Rosiere over the french border.
The Aosta Valley is unique and home to many small ski resorts favoured by the locals, experience of the most snow sure areas in the alps a guaranteed adventure.
Aosta / Pila
Nestled in the mountains on the southern side of the city of Aosta, Pila’s slopes are accessible in only 18 minutes via gondola from Aosta allowing for guests staying in Aosta to truly enjoy the slopes like a local would do. The Aosta ski pass allows for guests to travel easily to the other resorts in the Valley.
The defining feature of Pila is the treeline, only a handful of slopes are above the trees, the resort faces north and boasts an abundance of wonderful tree lined red runs and blues for less experienced skiers in the bowl above the resort. The resort is serviced by twelve chairlifts and there is an excellent freestyle snowpark available high up the mountain.
Pila contains a wealth of mountain huts and restaurants, there are plenty of places that serve excellent Italian cuisine only a stone's throw away from the Piste. For plenty of non skiing activities Aosta is the place to be.
Defining interesting features:
AreaEffe - first snow park in Aosta Valley.
Direttissima - one of Europe's steepest runs.
Platta de grevon - freeride Zone.
Non Skiing Activities:
Snowshoe walks to the Basin of Pila.
Hot air balloon tour.
18min gondola to Aosta.