so jealous! it will be a wonderful experience!  your biggest challenge will probably be having enough batter juice for your camera!

I've had a fair bit bit of experience with the huts in the alps, including a few around chamonix, ski touring (haute route)

- your guide service, if using a guide, probably has a packing list, study it closely

- your packed in shoulder to shoulder in the huts sleeping area, unless you have a rare private room

- the blankets/pillows are re-used daily bring a sheet-like sleeping bag that also covers the pillow

- it can get stuffy in group rooms, try to get a bunk next to the windows

- bring some thin rope in case you need to build a clothesline to dry stuff

- bring your own crocs or something, they usually make you leave your boots in a boot alcove, they used to provide some old rubber 'hut shoes'

- make sure you bring a headlamp and know how to get the bathroom at night

- they never feed you enough, so bring a lot of snacks and if you like coffee, bring some starbucks via and get some hot water or pay through the nose for morning coffee/tea. Don't be afraid to take your cup up to the kitchen area and just ask for some hot water.

- know your please/thank you's in french and german. and how to ask for hot water, more food, etc.

- some huts think a couple of slices of thick bread, butter, jam and a piece of cheese is all you need for breakfast.

- they huts are usually well stocked with local beer, I think they assume that's a meal unto itself, lol

- you usually sit on hard benches, so maybe a very small sit-pad.  there's not much to do after arrival, meals are the high-lite (or low lite)

- everywhere in the huts is coed, so there's a lot of clothes changing going on out in the open after arrivals, wet clothes, either from rain/fog or just sweat. This is, well, different, for
Americans, but just go with it.

and now, some hut pix




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