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I am passionate about the Alps. They are my heart's home and the place where I would like to spend the last day of my life. I have been a tourist in the village of Champoluc in the Italian Monterosa for all my life and worked as a tourist operator in this area since more than 15 years.

I believe in respect for the special environment of this place that you can find only here. We all gain by enjoying its beauty, while trying to make a minimum impact at the same time. Leave it for our children in the future!

I believe in respect for people who live here with their traditions and culture, language, and work, their genuine products and delicious wines. They open their homes for us, tourists and meet us as their guests, if we are able to open our hearts for them. I have a friend who is a hotel owner and he says that when stressed people from the city come to his place, he tells them to sit down and take a drink before they even begin to worry if they have a room. Perhaps, we can bring a little of their kindness and calmness with us on our way back to the city.

My philosophy is to give back a little of what the mountains and the people from this place have given to me and to my family through my work, to communicate my philosophy and my passion to those who follow me on the blog, and in my trips as a tour operator.

If you would like to visit Champoluc, Gressoney, Alagna or other villages in the Aosta Valley, trek or ski in the Monterosa, discover Sardinia or other places we offer, contact us.

Hiking the Walser Path to Mascognaz in December

Posted: Jan 14, 2012
Categories: Blog
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Ok, what are you supposed to do when you have 16 happy guests coming to Monterosa for skiing 3 days and the snow has not come yet?

You worry like crazy and think how the crap you are going to manage this.

Then as a miracle, you are driving your rental car to Champoluc and white flakes fall slowly to the road – and you don’t even have any chains….

Charmant snow

But this is amazing and all is going to be fine at the end!

Well, it is not snowing forever, and the open slopes in Champoluc these days are only 2, Ostafa and Sarezza. Not so much you think, but then you also think that this was what there was at all when you were a teenager, for a century ago, and you were in love with this place. So where is the problem?

the path

We skied our two slopes and then we went hiking to one of the enchanted places around: Mascognaz. It is a 1600th century village at 2000 meters with a private road accessible only to hard core vehicles as a Swedish military vehicle or scooters.

To come here we went through the woods on a Walser path. The Walser inhabited these regions above 1500 meters and spread out all over the Alps with their beautiful villages.

Mascognaz

We had a discussion on our way about how self sufficient they were. They handled on salt for example, and they probably exchanged salt against milk or things like that. So they were not totally self sufficient in the end. Anyways - they lived where others could not manage to live. As Mascognaz.

Lo Peyo

Now there is a charming hotel in Mascognaz, that a man with a vision let build here for love more than believing he would get so much money out of it. He is as I am an old tourist in Champoluc, his grand father hiking all the way by feet to get here at the beginning of the last century. That man started a trend in the valley of Champoluc, of rebuilding old houses and letting old villages on their last breath get back to life again.

lunch

On the ancient Walser path we go between Crest and Mascognaz and my Swedish guests are enchanted. It is probably one of the best experiences of the whole trip. So different to all that they have been imagining of thinking about their trip to the Alps.

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