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.

Crowded slopes, we get lost in the woods

Posted: Dec 29, 2008
Categories: Champoluc, Blog
Comments: 0

It could not be more perfect: sunshine every day and snowfall in the nighttime. Powder and more powder.

I remember the winters of my childhood when the snow was always falling at Christmas and the atmosphere was always perfect...or am I just idealizing things? I believe that this winter is anyway very special here in Monterosa. Not seen such a winter in many years!

But these days are also the days when the crowd pollutes the only street of Champoluc with an infinite line of cars, and when it is dangerous to ski "in pist" because of the risk of being hit by an adrenaline loaded beast on skis, not having control of the tools. So we get off...again!

A few hundreds meters from the main stroke there is a village of 4 houses called Resy. It is weel known for all trekkers for the fact that there lies one of the rest places of the MRT (Monte Rosa Tour). a beautiful trekk of 10 days around the massif of the Monte Rosa, from Italy to Switzerland and back: the Rifugio Ferraro. Fausta and her husband have recently renewed this special place, with pictures and objects from the many trekks that Fausta has accomplished in the Himalayas. The upper room is a library and meditation room for their guests, coming by snow shoes or randonnee skis in the winter time.

And the polenta and spezzatino (meat pot from the region) was the best he had ever eaten, says Bartolomeus, the connosoir of the family!

Then we have to get back to the slopes and the tour in the woods is not so easy with a snowboard...I wonder how many extra XP we had gotten in the World of the Snowcraft Game if the Game Master had known...


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