Friday 2nd February 2018, Nicolas Hulot the Minister of Ecological Transition, gave the green light to the rehabilitation project of the old Goûter refuge (3,817m).
According to France Bleu, the Minister stipulates 4 conditions:
- The renovation of the old Goûter Refuge will be possible with the destruction of the annex, with less architectural and heritage value, therefore the visibility on the ridge is more important.
- The total reception capacity (old and new refuge) should not exceed 140 places, in accordance with the prescription established in 2008 during the authorization of construction of the new refuge of Goûter, in order to limit the anthropization and to control the frequentation of this emblematic and touristic high mountain area.
- The functions currently assigned to the annex will be integrated into the old refuge (volume collection, winter refuge), with a concerted management of the evacuation supervision in the event of a disaster in one of the refuges.
- The old refuge will include the necessary volume for the storage of the rescue equipment of the High Mountain Gendarmerie Platoon (PGHM) in order to facilitate interventions with climbers in danger.