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.

Build a Jump and drink a coffee with Dina

Posted: Dec 25, 2008
Categories: Blog
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These Christmas days flow smoothless, the turist masses have not yet hit the slopes and people have still time to talk - or to spend their hours working the snow to build a jump off pist.

No, the sun wasn't shining hot today and the snow was too hard a crust to hazzle a newcomer to learn so no jumping. Some skiing and boarding with friends and a hot cup of tea at the Rifugio Belvedere. Some of the lifts were closed for hard wind, or perhaps we are still waiting for the busy days of the period between Christmas and New Eve to open the whole ski area.

What better time then go and visit the old lady who lives since a lifetime in the same small village at 2000 m, without water in her house, but always friendly with us, visitors from what we call civilisation? Merry Christmas!


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