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: Jan 22, 2016

Skiing in Piemonte in good company

We have been in Piemonte to ski with a Swedish company. 20 boys and 1 girl. The trip from Turin takes only 1 hour and it is mostly on the motorway, which means that it is smooth and expensive. The tax to pay at the many pay stations is around 20€ for the short tour. Pretty crazy I find. But it is FIAT the owner of the road. Probably they have to do so to maintain a perfect motorway.

TheAlps picks you up from the airport

Posted: Mar 25, 2015

No skiing in Champoluc, part 2

When you are in Champoluc for one week, and you do not only want to ski, what could you do? I have a job mate at our office, and she says: skiing do many people, so I don’t need to.

There is a point in this indeed. She is in Champoluc one week in early March, and she enjoys. How can she survive in this environment, which is so incredibly dedicated to skiing as Champoluc in wintertime? What else could possibly be done here?

Champoluc Hotel Castor

Posted: Mar 23, 2015

No skiing in Champoluc, part 1

When you are in Champoluc for one week, and you do not only want to ski, what could you do? I have a job mate at our office, and she says: skiing do many people, so I don’t need to.

Well first of all you can go around the village, a sunny day, looking like you are occupied taking pictures of the people hanging around and of the cozy village, with the goal of taking your lunch at the Atelier Gourmand or another of the restaurants on the main street.

Delicious Food

Posted: Dec 8, 2014

Champoluc in November, part 2

Today I took a nice walk up to the pretty little Lago Blu (2220 m). It is towards the glacier, Grande Ghiacciaio di Verra.

Starting out from the village of Saint Jacques I walked the first bit up to the old hotel at Fiery. It is a nice 15 minute walk and from there you have already a beautiful view of the valley. It’s not a bad trip to take sandwiches and go there and then turn back.

Lago Blu, Ayas Valley

Posted: Dec 2, 2014

Champoluc in November, part 1

Arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport. A giant monument of everything about Italy that you don’t like. It’s terrible. This fantastic country with all its beauty and this is the best they can do for an airport!

Rental car and directly in to Milan. When I can I always try to make some time for Milan. It’s a great city. This time I got stuck at Prada.


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