Mont-Blanc: the Goûter refuge closes today


Due to bad weather conditions, the Goûter refuge closed today, the 24th of September 2019, one week in advance.

With many other domains and ski lifts having already been closed, the 2019 summer season in Chamonix is coming to an end.

Goûter Refuge (3815 m).
Goûter Refuge (3815 m)
Goûter route, photo source, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The Goûter refuge closes

Located on the main access road to Mont-Blanc, the Goûter refuge will close today, the 24th of September 2019, in the morning.

It was initially planned that the refuge would stay open for one more week. However, the adverse weather forecast caused an early closure.

The decision was taken on Sunday, as Météo France announced snow on Tuesday morning.

All those who booked were contacted by phone or e-mail, but most had already cancelled their visit. "The customers are responsible people", says Antoine Rattin, guardian of the refuge.

Situated at 3,815 m altitude (12,516 ft), the Goûter refuge allows mountaineers to climb to Mont-Blanc by the royal route of the Aiguille du Goûter, the dôme du Goûter and the Arête des Bosses.

Gouter Refuge (3815m). Photo source:ûter

Gouter Refuge (3815m). Photo source:

The summer season is over

Chamonix remains in 2019 a very popular location for spending the summer vacations, as it offers breathtaking views and a virtually endless number of engaging activities.

Almost all domains and ski lifts are closed for the season: The Balme and Les Houches domains and the Tramway du Mont-Blanc closed on the 22nd of September.

The Grands Montets closed on the 1st of September and the Domaine du Brévent closed on September, 15th.

The Aiguille du Midi cable car and the Step Into the Void remain open until the 4th of November.

You can check all the schedules for all the ski lifts here.

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