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: Jan 7, 2011

Punta Indren - Monterosa: a challenge for snowboarders

I am a skier and my son – a teen ager and snowboarder – swears I never become a boarder, not only because I am too old, but because it is a way of life that I don’t even get a hint of.

“Mother, you don’t know what it means to chill out”

After last day I can probably understand a little bit better what he means: skiing and snowboarding are two different sports and there is a sort of impossibility to have them in the same pot – not to tell of the same slope!

let’s start at the beginning:

I was supposed to guide 4 boarders for a pist tour of the Monterosa ski area. I took my snowboarding kids with me to be sure my guests from Germany could do with their boards what I was going to take them to.

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Posted: Dec 28, 2010

Powder in Champoluc

Happy to have a computer other ways I don’t know what had happened to us sitting 9 hours with Pascal just singing loud and making all kind of noise. A kid in a car for so long as 3 days, I can really suggest you to have plenty of DVDs or downloads!

But we had all sorts of things to look at on the Autobahn and time was not really a problem. Köln to Champoluc took us 9 hours, good for winter and lots of traffic! Look at Santa and the beautiful old Volvo truck:


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Posted: Dec 25, 2010

The last miles on the Autobahn and our arrival in Champoluc

Ahh, after a good nights sleep (for everyone except Pascal) in the cabin of the ferry, we are finally in Germany.

But our happiness doesn't last very long, after just a few kilometers we were met by a long line.

We were stuck in this first line for at least 40 minutes and after the first one there was the next one. Of course after that one, an other and so on.

So our view for today was pretty much like this…

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Posted: Dec 20, 2010

Entering Germany! (still on our way to The Alps)

December 19, 2010

1:st day.

Our trip began a few minutes after nine AM, in Stockholm. After a quick stop at OKQ8 (a gas station) to refill the tank and buy some soda, we got going. As soon as we got out on the highway we understood this was going to take a while and that we might not get to the ferry in time.

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Posted: Dec 19, 2010

Our way through a snowy Europe to reach the Alps

 

The Alps are pretty crowded 14 weeks per year, by skiers and people working with tourism. This winter season has already started with bookings and preparation. Good to say that there is time for management of lift systems and hotel buildings all over the well visited resorts. Summer is declining as tourist season with the exception of a few weeks in July and August.

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So now the Alps have time to breath fresh air without cars and buses. Nature goes its own way and soon comes the desired first white flakes everyone is hoping for, as a “must” for a new successful season.

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