We had reached the Refuge du Col de la Vanoise in the fog; on the next day the clouds had parted and a beautiful high mountain landscape was visible, above 2,500 meters.
This is the French National Park de la Vanoise, the first (created around 1960) and it gets a lot of visits by French hiking groups. Below, the beautiful valley leading up to Col de la Leisse at 2758 meters.
The Col de la Leisse had much late lying snow.
Day 3 was 21 km, with 659 meters of ascent and 1073 meters of descent.