The Elisabetta refuge was visible as a small speck way off in the distance
and we enjoyed the awesome views. The refuge at 'col Checroi' was packed
with people having snacks and hanging out in lounge chairs catching
a tan. Cable cars had brought the masses up to this lovely spot, and
we descended just below the ugly pilons to Courmayeur. Having no reservations,
we lucked out by finding a room at the Hotel Centrale. Seems August
15th is a national Italian religious holiday (Feast of the Assumption)
and rooms without prior reservations can be scarce.