Marta's Monterosa Blog

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.

Posted: Apr 27, 2014

Off season trip to Champoluc. Should we take snowshoes or should we take shorts?

The 19th of April came with at least 50 cm fresh powder, again, and the next group of guests of TheAlps, expected 4 days later to Champoluc, were supposed to go hiking.

Interesting!

Pian di Verra

Posted: Mar 24, 2014

The magic of snowshoes - by Nastassja Capetillo

When you’ve got just one week in the resort with some of the best skiing in the world you might not think about alternative activities. You might only have one ski-vacation planned for the whole year so it's understandable to make the most out of it. But are you sure you are not missing out on anything by staying on the slopes? We decided to give snowshoes a chance. And it was definitely worthwhile! 

Snowshoes

Posted: Mar 20, 2014

Snow chaos in Champoluc and Gressoney - By Pedro Capetillo

Saturday mars 1 2014 – a meter of snow came down on Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna. Our normally unstoppable Chevy 4-by-4 van could hardly make it down to the valley. It took me 3 ½ hours from Champoluc and down to Verres – a distance of 30 kilometers. There were deserted cars everywhere. Tourist busses and utility viechels. Gas stations where sold out for snow chains. Restaurant La Toretta opened for lunch which they normally don’t serve, in order to help all the stranded people. The road to Gressoney was closed all together for the duration of the day.

bad driving

Posted: Mar 14, 2014

Alagna, a real mountain village

When you walk around the village of Alagna you get a little confused. The big wooden houses mix up with decorated palaces from the 19th century and compose a narrow puzzle of streets and squares in all directions.

Old Mountain Hut

Posted: Sep 15, 2013

Ultratrail around the Aosta Valley–In love with the Tor des Geants

Problem is that you cant be here these days without being involved yourself. Everything talks of the Tor des Geantseverywhere in the region, and all the people we meet in 3 days are following the race, directly working for the event or indirectly listening to the evolving of it, often with a friend or a relative participant in mind.
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