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.

No powder - great mountains

Posted: Jan 28, 2011
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For all of you who are looking for powder in the Alps, I have bad news – there is no powder! We are still waiting for a huge snowfall, but it seems like we have to be patient.

it is indeed a spiritual experience to slide down in the weightless white substance coming from the sky and taking away all sounds and noises! But the good news are that we have fun and some real great experience in the mountains anyway.

The sun in the tiny air at 3000 meters above the see makes miracles!

Sunrise at Guglielmina

The rifugio Guglielmina is open and filled with good smiles in the evening. A perfect start in the morning when you want to be alone on the slopes.

the guys have fun

I have some days in Champoluc  and Monterosa with my guests and ski all day even if the off pist is not so much to tell about regarding the snow conditions. But the landscape and the feeling of being very small in the mystery of nature!

chiefen and sunset



One of the best things I know is to challenge my guests with a hard match at the Ristoro Sitten in Gressoney.

januari 2011 - 06

Here there is a poem on the wall about the fact that you will forget yourself and your problems the higher you reach in the mountains, and I am sure it is true. When I am above 2000 meters I don’t remember how lonely I feel without my children and my husband who are in another part of Europe these days…

I am happy to show this place for other families and friends, and they probably will remember this journey with pleasure for a long time. Then I know I have done what I am supposed to do here.

the matterhorn in the background

And there are many friends to reach out to in Champoluc where I live during winter time. There are many Swedes who enjoy this little unpretentious village, and they stay during a season or some of them even find a way of moving here from Sweden when they are still young and don’t have a family, or build a new family in this place. It is because Champoluc is so very easy going and the spot on the planet is beautiful! Everyone is welcome in the community!

Tuesday nights it is time for the weekly come together of the Hotel Castor. Herman is a show man and involves everyone in his great “Music Night”. You are welcome too!

Music Night at Hotel Castor


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