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.

A week in Champoluc with TheAlps

Posted: Jan 28, 2014
Categories: Champoluc, Stories
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I was extremely lucky meeting up with The Alps Crew in Champoluc the day after an amazing 1,5 metre of snow had fallen (that’s more than 5 feet in just one day!).


The first three mornings, I managed to get up quite early to enjoy amazing days of backcountry skiing with Pascal. I particularly enjoyed going all the way up to Indren for a run in the fresh powder and playing around in the forests of Punta Jolanda. Skiing with Passe was awesome since he knows the entire place like the back of his hand. I just tagged along and got to shred all the best spots of the mountain, big thanks Passe!


After some mandatory New Year’s celebrations resulting in a few lazy days with more relaxing at Campo Base than skiing, I was back on track again. Bartolomeus had gotten seriously tired of working at this point. He almost chopped his own finger off in order to get Agnes to take over so that he could ride with me the last couple of days. Now that’s true commitment.


So the last few days Barto joined In as well and we continued enjoying beautiful days of skiing in the sun.  We managed to gather almost the entire crew one day for what may have been the best lunch of my life so far at Rifugio Ferraro, a super cosy little mountain hut owned by an Italian woman that had hiked all over The Himalayas. I filled up with as much polenta, salsiccia, cervo and spezzatino I could eat and topped it all off with a bombardino. Fabulous.


off-pist skiing

The food, huge amounts of snow, amazing skiing and friendly village of Champoluc will definitely have me coming back soon. I thank all of The Alps Crew: Marta, Pedro, Pascal, Bartolomeus, Agnes and Dennis from the bottom of my heart for a trip I’ll never forget!

Viktor Dahlström



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