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5) Pila

Pila is a must visit, small, resort above the town of Aosta.  Although a busy ski resort during winter, it is very quiet during the summer. 

The area has a mixed history having formerly being part of France, with the locals speaking a dialect more similar to French than Italian.  If you do not speak Italian, French is widely spoken and understood.  The town is situated on the main through road up to the Mont Blanc and Petit Saint Bernard tunnels, which makes it ideal if you are planning to ride in other places, such as, Les Arcs, Verbier and Chamonix. 

Nearest airport: Turin & Geneva.

What does Pila have to offer?

 Cross Country
 Beginner & Intermediate
 Downhill  Beginner & Advanced 
 Freeride  Beginner & Intermediate
 Cable Car
 Gondola  -
 Chairlift  YES
 Connected to  -

Pila is a great example of a successful, interesting and challenging BikePark.  The trails have mostly been built or cleared by hand and are natural technical singletracks.  They are labelled as freeride runs, but really are more in a way of donwhill runs.  The World Cup DH sees a little more built berms and jumps, but a healthy proportion of it remains technical wooded and  a natural trail.  Although it has been inexpensive to create, it has potential for further building and when combined with the long Pila to Aosta descent it makes a great riding destination.

With Pila hosting Sam Hill's return from injury at the 2005 World Cup - you can expect a quality track.  It was designed and built by Italian Corrado Hern and is a good example of a fast technical track with fast lines through rocks and tight berms - an awesome track in all weather.  Beginners to downhill riding will enjoy the track as most of the hard sections have easy lines around them and sections that are marked as black have red alternatives. Downhill riders are not restricted to the marked track as the Freeride trails are all really great Downhill runs.

Freeride in Pila consists mainly of steady Downhill singletrack that has the odd drop thrown in along with some small jumps in the woods.  All the trails are good fun and riders of all abilities can spend a few days riding here, mixing the Downhill and the Freeride trails.

One of the highlights is the Pila - Aosta Freeride.  There is an 11 km downhill singletrack which takes you back down to the bottom of the valley to the lift station in Aosta.    Connecting the Downhill or one of the Freeride trails from the top lift with this trail can give you a Downhill run with a verticle descent of around 2300m!

Twelve Cross Country routes are waymarked, aimed more towards the beginner and all use the ski lift for the uphill part.  More experienced cross country riders would be perfectly happy on the freeride marked trails.

 Summer Lifts Open
 End of June until 2nd week in September
 Lift Opening Times  08:45 - 17:00 (always check)
 Lift Prices  Day pass 15.50 € // Week pass 62 € // Season pass 140 €
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Tourist Office: T+39 0165 236627

Comments (2)
  • sally patchett  - opening dates
    are the lifts open for bikers every day from 26 Aug to 2 Sept ?
  • Siri  - October
    Hallo! We are planning a trip to Torino and Pila from the 5. Of October. Is it possible to go mountainbiking then? And are the lifts open. What else can you do in Pila at this time. Kind regards Siri
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