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.

Seasoner in Champoluc

Posted: Apr 19, 2013
Categories: Blog
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This is a guest blog post written by Siri, a Swedish girl who worked as a  seasoner in Champoluc for TheAlps travel agency. Thank you Siri!

“Hello!

My name is Siri and I am going to write a guest blog post here on Marta's blog for you.

I recently returned from a fantastic winter season in Champoluc. I was there for three and a half months, enjoying the stunning mountains and the beautiful small village. During my time there I worked with TheAlps. What an experience!

Siri!

Champoluc gave me an impression of solidarity. Everybody was so open to each other, and even to me who did’nt knew anyone in the beginning!

It was a great feeling to walk the small cobbled street and know that there is always someone who had time for a coffee in the sun. Or when you woke up in the morning, took a coffee at Atelier and then got up to the wonderful slopes. Not mentioning the snow...

The pistes were magical, off-piste were even more magical and everything was so beautiful that even if you lived there for several weeks, you were struck by how beautiful nature around you was every morning.

The view from Salati Pass

Seasoners who were there and worked during the winter had a strong fellowship , we had dinners and parties together all the time. The bars arranged small events and other fun things every week, and we never said no. After long nights you get up early, either for work or for skiing. I worked partly as Au Pair for a family, and partly at TheAlps.

After ski in the sun at Bruno's

The opportunity to take care of guests, welcoming them to a village that you love so much, it's true joy. The guests at TheAlps are varied, sometimes they are small families, sometimes a bunch of guys and sometimes a cute couple. My part of it all was simply to do what the guest wanted help with. Give them there ski passes, help them to hire skies, guide them in the slopes, and give hints on restaurants etc. Some guests wanted catering, so I acted chef (and even dinner guest of course). Fun with so much variety in a job! Getting back there is no doubt. And for all of you who are thinking of a week, two, or an entire season in paradise – go!”

After ski in the dark at Atelier Gourmand's

Siri von Bothmer, Sweden 140413

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