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Get to know Filippo
Filippo, otherwise known as Lippo or more recently Fill, is another dishy Italian on our team! He started skiing when he as a little bambino at the age of 4 years old, at a resort close to his village where there were only 2 lifts – 1 for the babies and 1 for the experts! He entered his first race when he was only 5 years old and won! Of course he was incredibly happy until he realised he was the only person who entered of his age group! His competitive spirit did not waver though and he competed in racing until he was 17 years old before deciding he was a little bit too small and light (which now benefits him wizzing up the mountains ski touring!) He became a qualified ski instructor at the age of 20 teaching in the Christmas holidays and weekends (as he was also a teacher in Alagna) teaching in Italian resorts such as MonteRosa and Sestriere. He then went to live in Livigno for 4 seasons which he describes as having an amazing atmosphere and a lot of fun. After this he decided it was time to become a ‘Senior’ Ski Instructor and teach in the 3 Valleys! He has now been part of the Marmalade squad for 4 years going into his 5 and says he is very proud to be part of the crazy crew!
In the summer Fillipo and his family have a little restaurant in the mountains which he describes as an easier summer compared to his old summer days filled with cows and cheese!
What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is Filippo Casaccia and I come from Italy. A little village close to Monte Rosa up in the north of Italy.
Describe your perfect day on the mountain.
I really like ski touring – I love the wild mountains – so my perfect day would be to put some sandwiches in my rucksack, put my skins on my skis and head up the mountain. When I’m at the top I’ll have my sandwich, maybe some tea (or a beer if it’s later in the season) then ski down. For me this would be my best day!
Beer or wine?
Well we are Italian so we have a lot of good wine but I have to say I am not a big drinker – when I drink I get quite drunk too soon. But probably it would have to be wine. I like how wine has different styles and tastes. I can taste the difference with different wines but not with different beers. Wine for me.
What do you most like about being a ski instructor?
It’s the contact with people, speaking with people and building relationships with them. Making friends with people and not treating them as just a client. The beautiful views and panoramas from the mountains.
The valleys, the mountains, skiing – it’s not work. It’s a pleasure to ski with people, to teach them how to enjoy the mountains.
What is your favourite car?
Currently it’s my van! I don’t mind so much for cars. My van I can put all my stuff in and just go. I can sleep in my van. I can have my bicycle, skis, tent, whatever in there. I can have my life in my van and just go.
What is your summer job and location?
I spend my summers at home in Monte Rosa. I look after a few cows! But it’s not my main job. My father and I have a restaurant just below the house so we make food and run the restaurant. I am becoming a good chef. This year I have been making wine, cheese and sausages. And grappa! I have made some good grappa that I will bring with me to the 3 Valleys.
If you could go anywhere in the world for a month’s holiday where would it be?
I would love to go to New Zealand and Australia. To see those places during the winter. To do some skiing down there but not spend the whole time just skiing – I’d like to to travel and explore both those places as well as ski time!
Favourite ski resort and why?
So difficult. I started skiing at Monte Rose which is my home so it’s always good. Monte Rosa is like a freeride paradise, like La Grave in France. Just a few lifts up and the lots of terrain and tracks to chose from. It’s crazy!!
I spent 4 years working in Livigno which was great. It’s very small but you get to know everybody – like a family. We had great relationships with everyone there. It’s got beautiful Alpine style and a great place to be.
But then the 3 Valleys is so big. It’s so good. I don’t think I will move from here now that I am here. Here there is good work, great mountains and so many options to chose from day to day.
When you look at all the options then I think 3 Valleys is the best!
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