Winter Huts in Summer : LUSENET : Mountaineering : One Thread

My friends and I are heading out to Chamonix in July and being students we are trying to keep the cost down. We wondered if we can stay in the old huts which are now used for winter climbing at non-wardened times. Would this be possible or are they locked and would we get an angry hut gardian shouting at us! If not it's ok we'll just bivi. Thanks for the help.


-- Sandy Paterson (, May 26, 1999


With a few exceptions (like Couvercle) most of the winter huts are actually the same as the summer huts, where the warden living quarters and kitchen is locked up.

-- Quang-Tuan Luong (, May 26, 1999.

Hi Sandy. Why not use the bivouac huts? No warden, no snacks, no beer, nothing to spend your money! (and no tent to carry up) I can recommend Quintino Sella. But there are a lot more of 'em higher up, like Eccles, Canzino etc. I slept in the winter hut of Gonella, but had to pay the same amount as for the new hut. It was less crowded thoug! Have nice times!

-- Peter Verburgh (, May 27, 1999.

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