I am Marin Obert, I was born in 1960 and started guiding in the fall of 1979 and I have been an UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide since 1980. After nearly 40 years I realize that I was very young when I started, but in my house I have always breathed “thin air”. Three of my four brothers were Mountain Guides, my dad was a mountain passionate and my grandfather was a Guide too! In 1980 I attended my first expedition in Nepal, and in that occasion I left a piece of my heart in those magnificent places so I came back for trekking, with friends, with clients and once to climb the only 8000 of my career, the Shisha Pangma. I love my job even if I do not practice it all year round, in winter I’m in charge of the safety of the Champoluc side of the Monterosa Ski area. I really like to work on my beloved Monte Rosa but if there is the chance I will happily see new mountains.
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Since his childhood Simone’s life goals were quite clear: “When I grow up I want to become a Ski Instructor, a Mountain Guide and a ski champion”, he was saying looking at the peaks of the Monte Rosa.
Today he achieved all his childhood dreams because he is working full time as Ski Intructor, Mountain Guide, Mountain Rescue Technician and he entered in the hall of fame of Speed Skiing with an impressive series of results.
During his career he won: 3 Speed Ski World Record, 11 overall World Cup, 5 Gold Medal at World Championship and 1 Silver Medal, 6 Victories of the Speed Masters Circuit and 4 Victories in the Pro World Cup Circuit. All this trophies makes him the most winning athlete ever in Speed Skiing and ensured him a place in the history of Winter Sports.
But Simone is not fast only on skis, in the summer of 2007 he was able to climb all the 21 peaks over 4000mt of the Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn in less than 18 hours setting another record. During the summer of 2014 he is part of the italian expedition to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the K2 first ascent.
When is not working you can spot Simone on the slopes in his speed suite while training to enlarge his trophies collection.
Marco Spataro, Mountain Guide and photographer, lives at the foot of Monte Rosa, in the Ayas Valley; where he likes to climb the peaks alone or with customers. Since he was a child, he walked along with his father the main mountains of the Valle d’Aosta, on foot or with skis. And it is his father Remo who has shared with him the love for photography and mountain; a passion that became a job. During his trips, you will often notice that Marco is always looking for the best light and shots for his pictures. His images emphasize the love for the landscape and the mountains during all the four seasons.. He collaborates with mountain and tourism magazines where you can find his articles and photos. When is not skiing or taking photos you can find him at the Ligurian Riviera, riding his bike.
Born in 1974 close to Novara, he decides to move to Ayas at the age of 20 to work as a snow-cannon technician. The passion for the mountain has led him to take his first steps on the Glaciers of the Monte Rosa and then to the Himalayan glaciers climbing the Shisha Paghma, and then in South America to climb Mount Yashinca, Hurus, Tochliaracu and Huascaran. In 2006 becomes an Aspirant and then in 2009 an UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide. He knows the best spots of the Ayas Valley like the back of his hand and he will always have the pleasure of guiding you where you wouldn’t dare. President of the Champoluc Alpine Guides Society, today lives with his wife Michela and his children Pietro, Emile and Anna in Antagnod.
Class 1978. Ski Instructor since 1999, Aspirant Mountain Guide in 2008 and UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide in 2011. He says: “At three and a half years my parents put skis under my feet. At twenty years old I became a ski teacher but I realized that the slopes were too tight; so I start pushing myself further and further and I pushed so far thath I became a Mountain Guide. During these years I took also a degree in architecture… Here I am … I still do not know exactly wich of those, but it seems to me that I have achieved this: being able to live of my passions”.
Born in 1982 he becomes an UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide in 2011. He has not grown up in a “mountaineering family” but in his twenties Rudy starts to explore the mountains. Thanks to his friend Diego, an extremely passioned and talented alpinist, he understands that guiding could be his way. In 2012 he becomes an Mountain Rescue Technician and is also a volunteer rescuer in the Ayas section. He has also recently achieved the qualification of Mountain Guides Instructor. He says: “I like beeing in the mountains, but what makes my job really special is the emotional aspect. I like to help people realize their dreams”.
Emrik Favre, born in Aosta on October 4 1988, becomes a Ski Instructor in 2010 while he starts working at the Quintino Sella at Felik Hut where his passion for the mountain becomes concrete. During that autumn begins a nice set of extra-European expeditions that leads him to Himalaya at Cho Oyu 8201mt, in 2012 at Churen Himal 7385mt, and after Kangchenjunga, Kimshung, Saribung Peak, then goes to Aconcagua 6962mt and recently in China where climbs Mt Edgar 6618mt and six other inviolate peaks. During his last expedition in autumn 2019 he can step on the top of his first 8000mt peak: the Manaslu. Globe trotter for passion in 2016 becomes Aspirant Mountain Guide and since 2019 he is a fully qualified UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide. It will be a pleasure for him to accompany you wherever you want ….
Born in Turin in 1985, since my childhood I used to spend my summer and winter holidays in Champoluc with my family. In 2007 i get my qualification as Ski Instructor and exactly 10 years later I achieved one of my biggest dreams: become an Aspirant Mountain Guide.
In the meantime i settled my base here in the mountains and thanks to many friends, now Mountain Guides too, I was able to pratice and refine my skills in all the alpine activities. During the years of my training I worked at the Guide d’Ayas hut, while the desire of become a Guide was growing more and more strongly in me.
I’ll be pleased to guide you on the mountains of my formation and realize together your dreams.
Born in november 1979 Alex is raised in Saint Vincent, at the bottom of the Monte Zerbion. Here starts to explore the mountains while he walks among his father, passionate about hiking and hunting. Quite soon he starts to push his boundaries following his big passion for sport climbing, travelling with friends in Spain, France, Morocco, Turkey, Greece and many other wolrd class climbing spots.
In 2007 he becomes Snowboard Instructor and in 2015 he gets his qualification as a UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide. Alex works also as a Firefighter in Aosta, but in his spare time he still has a strong will to explore the mountains. Could be on the Valle d’Aosta rigdes in the summer, in winter time on skis riding snowy faces or with climbing shoes on the most beautiful lines he can spot.
Even if he likes his mountains if you ask him to explore elsewhere, he will surely be up for it!
Born in Aosta on February 22, 1985, he grows in Champoluc. Here he starts to approach the mountain following the father, passionate mountaineer and skier. Between 2003 and 2005 he worked at the Guide di Ayas Hut. This experience brings him in touch with the world of the Mountain Guides, then he became a volounteer for the Mountain Rescue and he has worked for the Monterosa S.p.A. as a Ski Patroller while training and gaining experience in the mountains. His path is clear: he decides to sign up for the Aspirant Mountain Guides exam, which passes in the summer of 2011, and in July 2015 he became an UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide. Today Patrick is also a Mountain Rescue Technician and he is in charge of the Mountain Rescue Station of Ayas.
Born in 1956, he gets his Mountain Guide certification in 1981. Sice his childhood he wanted to become a Guide, and once he got his qualification Adriano signed up to be part of the Valle d’Aosta Mountain Rescue. He builded a very strong relationship over the years with the Rescue, so strong that he was nominated Director two times. He was also in charge of the safety of the slopes of the Monterosa Ski from 1989 to 2010, developing innovative system to secure the most steep faces from avalanches.
Other than his mountaineering activity on the Monte Rosa massif, Switzerland and Valle d’Aosta Adriano took part of many extra-european expeditions in China and Nepal regions. He climbed until the top of Manaslu, Dhaulagiri and Shishapagnma and he was part of the team on many other mountains: Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga, Annapurna, Churen Himal. He also climbed all the highest peaks of Africa, and today Adriano still likes to organize trekkings in the most remote areas of the Nepali region and all around the world.
Since 1987 he runs with the family and Alfredo Favre the Quintino Sella hut, at the bottom of the Felik Glacier, and during winter you can find him in a restaurant on the ski hill.
Adriano still works a lot with the National Mountain Rescue and the Civil Protection Deparment, but since 1997 his name is tight to one of the most famous ski-mountaineering race in the world: the Trofeo Mezzalama, where he works as technical and safety manager.
Gian Andrea Frachey
Gian Andrea Frachey
Known as Andrea, he was born in 1957 from Oliviero Frachey and Elsa Speich. The name of his family in strictly bonded with the Monte Rosa, and so he followed his father’s path becoming Ski Instructor in 1979 and Mountain Guide in 1987. He never worked so much as a Guide because quite soon Andrea was involved into the family buisness: a sport shop thah his father founded in Champoluc. So you can find him in his sport shop during the summer or on the slopes teaching during the winter season.
Born in Ayas in 1946 Mario is the grand-nephew of Jean-Baptiste Obert Tacia, one of the very first officially licensed Guides in Ayas of the early century. After running in a few differend jobs he decides to follow the path of a guiding carreer, besides his uncle was a Guide too and his father was quite passionate about alpinism. So Mario becomes a Porter in 1969 and an UIAGM Mountain Guide in 1973 starting the “Clan of Tacia” that he will build with his brothers, a working and family bond. Along the years Mario is able to organize hiking trips with his clients in Himalaya, South America and Africa, while the desire to guide people on the lower altitude trails of the Valle d’Aosta is strting to grow in his mind. So he took another qualification as Mountain Leader to guide people on the scenic trails lower than 3000mt in his beloved region.
Today Mario still works as a Guide, happy to walk with his clients trought the beatuful landscapes of the valley on foot or snowshoes.
Born in Ayas in 1950, his grandfather was Camille Sylvain Frachey, one of the most famous Guides of the valley. But since his young age Alfredo found his mentor in Umberto Favre, that allows him to tie to his rope. In 1969 Alfredo becomes an Aspirant and in 1975 a Mountain Guide, and during his apprenticeship follows the other Guides to learn from them on the field, while is working as a porter for the Quintino Sella hut.
He takes part to the first expedition to the Churen Himal with the Guides of Champoluc and in partnership with Adriano Favre goes to Africa to climb the main peaks of the continent, with clients or by themselves. Together they also organized a treks in the himalayan mountains, and since 1987 they run the Quintino Sella hut during the summer.
Since 2001 to 2014 Alfredo had also covered the role of President of the Champolluc-Ayas Mountain Guide Society.
Pier Luigi Dondeynaz
Born in 1958, Pier had already two Mountain Guides in the family, his uncles. So he starts to climb the mountains of the Monte Rosa with one of them as a teenager. Right after his military service in the Alpini mountain troops Pier is among the spectators of a slides show about the Churen Himal expedition of the Ayas Mountain Guide: he is so touched that goes straight to apply for the Mountain Guides training. He complete his education in 1985 and was one of the Guides that starded with a more moder approach to the job, investing in advertising and organising group lessons. In 1993 he takes part to the second expedition to the Churen Himal, the mountain that impressed him so much a few years before.
Today Pier works mainly in construction but you can still spot him in the mountains during the hunting season, his other big passion.
Jean Baptiste Obert
Jean Baptiste Obert
Jean-Baptiste, born in Ayas in 1954 , has still vivid memories of his first ascents over 4000mt: he was with his brothers and cousin, tied up to his father’s rope. Thanks to those first steps the passion about mountaineering grows in him, and his elder brother Mario helps him with his knowlegde about crampons and ice-axe technique. So in 1973 Jean becomes Aspirant and in 1979 UIAGM Mountain Guide, while working with his brothers along the summer and running a little cross-country ski rental during the winter. But soon his job in constructions becomes his main one, today Jean runs his own buisness and is not guiding anymore.
Born in Ayas in 1931 and nicknamed Castel he did many jobs in his young age: wood carver, stone cutter and brick layer, until in 1957 took is qualification as a Porter and Mountain Guide in 1961. During his first years as a Porter he worked also carrying supplies on the trail that goes to the Quintino Sella hut, from the point where donkeys were unable to proceed.
In 1962 was one on the founders of the Champoluc-Ayas Mountain Guides Society, posing the milestone for our modern society.
During february of 1959 with Marco Gaillard, another Ayas Mountain Guide, was able to complete the first winter traverse from the Roccia Nera to the Western Breithorn.
Today he is retired and an Emeritus Mountain Guide.
Born in Ayas in 1944, he becomes a Porter in 1969. He didn’t worked so much as a Guide because his main job was running a construction company, but he recalls that guiding his clients on the summits was a moment of true liberation and freedom from his busy valley lifestyle.
Today he is retired from the profession of Mountain Guide.