A good introduction to off-piste skiing at high altitude

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Exposure

Exposure

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.

Medium Exposure (E2)As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Description

Enjoy off-piste skiing without straying too far from the lifts.

Apart from a short section, the skiing is not very steep and so it is to be avoided in deep snow.

The Westerly aspect and high altitude helps keep the snow good for a while after it's snowed.

From the lift, descend and then traverse to the left.

Continue traversing, aware of the cliff band.

Turn right in to the fall line to pass through a break in the rock band.

The slope is relatively steep but short lived (beware of avalanche risk in the steeper section).

Continue down to rejoin the Pays Desert lift.