“Having worked at Interski for several years and been on several educational and work visits, I had an opportunity last year to experience one of our trips from a client perspective. My partner, six of his males friends and I (yes, I know – help!) flew out from London and made our way by minibus to the resort of Pila, in the Aosta Valley in northern Italy. Interski uses three high ski resorts in the area, all combining modern facilities with traditional charm and elegance. Pila has a wonderful natural landscape with views that stretch from Mont Blanc to Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn, and 70 kilometres of well-maintained pistes.
We arrived safely to the comfort of the Hotel Turin, where nothing was too big or small for them to handle. Even when the men got a little rowdy, the staff humoured and charmed them to quieten things down. The rooms were comfortable and warm, with great TV and free wi-fi. The bed and breakfast arrangement worked well, as the breakfast was great and set us up nicely for energetic days on the slopes.
It was an easy ten minute walk to collect our skis and boots on the first morning, as the Hotel Turin is in the centre of Pila and also just 600 metres from the ski lifts – great for those painful and awkward walks in ski boots carrying skis and poles.
Skiing was eventful, and with four beginners in our group Pila was the perfect place for starting and progressing. There are pistes to suit all levels so it should have been easy, but with the men being boys none of them opted for lessons and thought that self-tuition would be the best option. With more falls and crashes than a baby bird trying to fly, I don’t think I have ever laughed so much in all my life. The ironic thing is that the only bruise all week was my partner falling off a chair when trying to straighten the curtains in the hotel…
In the evenings there were a large variety of restaurants and bars to choose from, something for every taste. We particularly enjoyed eating at a few Chinese restaurants in the centre, all of which were fantastic and very reasonably priced.
I can’t wait until next year when we’ll be returning again and hopefully a few girls will even up the numbers. We’ll definitely be going back to the Hotel Turin in Aosta and I am already looking forward to enjoying more of the fabulous skiing in Pila.”