Heading to Zinalrothorn, Swiss Alps. Ph. PatitucciPhoto

On the Zinalrothorn, normal route. Valais, Switerzland. Ph. PatitucciPhoto

I always forget that before guiding I earned a degree in Economics in Venice…but that’s what I call my “early age”. Anyway, I ended up pursing my big passion for the mountains, for climbing and skiing, in 2008 I became a certified Mountain Guide, and now I can proudly say I live this passion 365 days a year and I’ve made the guiding a full time job. Honestly, I don’t know if I could survive without it and I can’t see myself doing anything else for a living.
I’m based near Cortina d’Ampezzo, in the heart of the Dolomite Mountains, mostly all year round together with my partner and our 2 little girls.  Eager for new adventures I’ve guided my clients around the big and most famous mountains all around the Alps as well, on skis or just climbing them during the summer.
Photography is another big passion I’ve got by my father, if I don’t have a camera aound my neck I feel naked.
As most of the people from my generation, I’m addicted to social media and I’ve got my phone in the hands a lot, ready to share moments I live in the mountains through a picture.
My english is fluent and I also speak French.

In the Dolomites I’ve guided trips, both in the summer and winter for Dolomite Mountains, Holimites, Mountain Travel Sobek , Ski Safari 9 Vallées and The Ski Club of Great Britain . I’ve also worked in partnership with Mont Blanc Guides, High Mountain Guides and ISM, guiding for all their courses on the big peaks of the Alps (Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Eiger etc.)It’s been also because of them that my experience as an alpinist and a Guide has increased a lot during the last decade.

IFMGA certification is the highest mountain guide qualification in the world. The training and examination process takes around 4 years, it takes dedication, lots of training and big committment as you’re gonna be tested in all the different activities: Rock & Ice Climbing, Mountaineering and Ski Mountaineering.

Whenever you’re hiring a Guide, be sure he/she is certified by IFMGA and be sure of the legality of his/her commercial operations.  Ask for his/her Guide badge, there must be the IFMGA logo displayed and a IFMGA sticker with the current year on the back side. Lifts companies always ask for the Guide ID card and they flip the badge over to check the sticker whenever Guides ask for discounts or free rides.

Here’s a link with my Bio on the Mountain Guides College of my department.