I have skied for years in France, and only recently discovered the joy of skiing in Italy. The thing that really makes the difference is the people (although the scenery of the Dolomites and the Aosta Valley is also a major plus). Whether it is on the slopes, in the villages or in the hotels, the local people tend to be cheerful, helpful, and friendly. Especially so in the Hotel Le Lion Noir. We had a family skiing holiday over Xmas 2013. The food was excellent, as was the service. The infectious good humour of the staff made the evening meal a fun social event into the bargain. The view from the hotel lounge must be one the best from any hotel in Europe, with an unbroken panorama from Mt Blanc to the Matterhorn/Monte Cervina. Skiing out is easy, down to the Chamole chairlift. Skiing in requires a little more confidence if coming straight off the red run along the side of the hotel, but does not require much more effort for the less adventurous coming off the main return run through Pila - a short walk up from the blue. I had some concern about what snow conditions would be like over Xmas, but the snow was perfect, and the north-facing runs of Pila which are over 1800m, have a good snow record for the early part of the season. We encountered queues only on the morning of Dec 27th - the rest of the week we skiied straight onto the chairlifts and enjoyed almost empty pistes. We can fully recommend the Hotel Le Lion Noir and Pila.
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