Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs…) but only the consequences of the skier falling.
Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.
Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.
High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.
Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.
6th Grade is one of the steepest, tightest inbounds runs in the country.
It is not to be taken lightly.
It gets plenty of sun, and sluffs out regularly, so getting it in primo conditions is like winning the lottery.
Not many people venture into 6th Grade though, and if you make it through clean, bragging rights are awarded for sure.
Head down the main fall line gut just North of Conehead.
It's obvious, there are less trees in the main alley above 6th Grade.
Enjoy the freedom of open turns, it will be your last for a while.
Head fall line past where you'd get into Conehead's, and get into the upper funnel of 6th.
You should pull out to the side to let any sluff pass by you at this point, you don't want to get sluffed down this line.
Start making your hop turns down.
It gets pretty tight in a couple sections, but will open up just after them, so there is room to shrug speed.
At the last kink, there is a bush and a rock that will be the crux move.
You can vege-belay down this, go for the large acid drop off, or start your straightline here.
The last section is a long, fast, and tight rock chute no more than ski length wide.
Once out, you will have to either lose speed across the fall line quickly, or bend a hard right into a large open apron.