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: Oct 26, 2009

Hot Summer Trekk

The sunny weather is incredibly hot these days in the mountains. Dehidration and sun overheating made me so sick I was stuck in my bed a whole day! But then I bought one of those hats Yankees use when they are outside I always made jokes of before, and "god bless the yankees!" I could at least make it the last day.

Posted: Apr 19, 2009

Peace, peace and more peace! Walking in the snow at the end...

The season is at its end for this time.

I am grateful and peaceful.

Nature is shining in the sun of the spring and I decide to shift skis with my hiking boots and go walking my last days in the mountain for this time. My heart is filled with love and a sensation of belonging, even if I know I probably never can install myself and my family in this enchanted place, Monterosa.

I want to be alone here for this moment, to walk in the woods and in the perfect silence of the snowy valleys. I know I am not alone, I feel the presence of eyes, the eyes of the animals waking up after this heavy winter: mountain goats, marmots, birds.

Posted: Apr 1, 2009

The Milky Way and The Ladies

Just for a change I was searching the stars in Sestriere and Sauze d'Oulx with some of my most beloved guests. The ski area that hosted the winter OS 2006 lies west of Torino and is called the Milky Way. 400km of pists and 7 villages chained by the lifts between Sauze in Italy and Mongenevre in France.
Posted: Mar 11, 2009

The sacred Swedish Sportlov and more guests

It is sacred, yes, people come to the Alps from the North and you will barely hear any other language in the villages than Swedish these weeks.
Posted: Feb 27, 2009

Life beyond computers and more guests of honour.

When I am sitting on a root after a walk in the sun and the snow, slowly travelling in the Alps, this windy day which forced all to stay away from the slopes, I just cannot imagine to be able to sit in front of my computer again. Our communication of today is wired, we have all a feeling that it is fundamental for life's continuity to be connected 24x24, no one should miss an opportunity to reach all the others where ever they possibly are, or to miss an information from all the most remote corners of this crazy ciber world.
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