Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) 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.
A steep and committing line down the backside of the Aiguille Rouges opens up some great skiing in the right conditions.
Although its East facing aspect means it can be tricky to find in the right conditions.
And you need to be sure about the snow conditions before venturing on this route.
The line itself lower down is threatened from other slopes above you.
It is clear from the start that you are dropping in to a big mountain environment on steep slopes away from the marked runs of the ski resort.
The first turns are the steepest and the couloir opens up and gets wider lower down - although stays steep for some way - the couloir itself is over 400m long.
The route continues down to pick up the forest path that takes you back round to the Planay de Villaroger.