As is often the case in Italian resorts, group lessons are priced very close to the European average. Private classes in Pila are, by contrast, dirt cheap. You can get a one-hour private lesson for half of what you’d pay in the A-list French resorts. Having this kind of close personal attention (provided your instructor can speak good English), is going to make a huge difference to your skiing and your experience of the holiday – and you’d be mad not to try it out at least once. Bear in mind this is also a great resort to try out your own ski instructor credentials – if you’ve been on one of those gap-year learn-to-be-an-instructor courses.
Interski runs a snowsports school for seven to 15 year olds, and nine-week BASI gap year courses. Children from birth up to 12 years are looked after and entertained at the Mini Club, which is located near the Pila Ski School chalet. It also offers ski tuition for older children. Younger ones from the age of four will enjoy the Play and Learn Ground, a snow playground with colourful games and a magic carpet lift. The Kids Adventure course has jumps, dips and moguls to help them get to know the area, and there’s even an interactive map.