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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.
This steep, open glade gets surprisingly few tracks.
This glade gets its name from a vertically aligned rocky outcropping that resembles a shark fin.
The name is used by ski patrollers who use the shark fin rock as an avalanche control point.
Hidden from view by trees of the same size, this demarcation often goes unnoticed.
Access this glade from SE King Left.
Stay right, traversing towards SE King Right Proper.
About halfway down, the trees open up and a broad face opens up.
Watch for rocks at the top of this broad face.
This slope avalanches regularly and can sometimes be stripped bare of snow at its steepest section.
Once through the rocks, the slope opens up for another several hundred feet into Silver Basin.