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.
When the Shoulder traverse opens after a powder day, you can expect to see quite a few 'freeriders' heading toward the Bad News Cliffs for some air time.
Enjoy the show or partake yourself! Just watch out for bomb holes and other skiers! Not recommended when the snow is old and cut up.