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 broad open face that often holds deep snow, Lower Kookie is a challenging black diamond.
Access it by traversing Grubstake, snaking through the trees and continuing along the ridge past Rinky Dink and Sure Shot.
Look for Lower Kookie once the ridge flattens out.
Trees and some rocks make the entrance on skier's left tricky.
Work right for an easier entrance that often gets tracked out more quickly.