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~ Wednesday 24th February 2016

Part 2 of the winter room blog...

After 3 nights out we were starting to run low on supplies. There was a 1.5kg bag of polenta on the shelf so we wouldn't have starved, but we decided to make a quick trip back over the Pas de Chevre to Arolla to get proper food.

With real coffee, flushing toilets and WiFi, Arolla seemed quite cosmopolitan for a change. The village at the end of the road....or the beginning. All depends on point of view. Anyway, with full rucksacks, and softened by our quick taste of luxury, we cheated and used the lift to get back up the hill. After that it was back to the plan, up pt 2959 then down in to the Vallon des Ignes before climbing to the Aiguilles Rouges hut. This hut has spacious winter rooms, and a famous (even in summer) toilet. One of the last "long drops", you get some nice turns on the way there but don't forget your skins for the return.

We'd hoped to go up the Pointe de Vouasson and down to the Evolene on the last day. This is a fine descent, 2000m vertical on a mostly shady aspect, but sadly the weather had other ideas. Skiing the glacier in poor vis didn't appeal, so we followed our tracks down and skied to la Gouille instead. Only 1600m, great snow, shocking visibility at times, but a fine end to the week.