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.
After unloading off the Great Western Chairlift, head left out of the Hidden Canyon gate.
This area is outside of the resort boundary, and no avalanche work is performed here.
Make sure to carry a beacon, probe, shovel, know how to use them, and have a partner your trust.
This is an exciting run with a consistent pitch that usually has great snow but is also an area that see frequent avalanches.
Make sure to check the avalanche conditions before heading out the gate.
After you head out the Hidden Canyon gate, begin traversing straight ahead.
Stay on this traverse for about half a mile until you get on a ridge line, and eventually to the Hidden Canyon Saddle.
This is a common area for snowmobilers, so be aware of them coming up the hill from the other side.
Once you've reached the saddle, side step up towards the next peak, slowly veering left.
You'll see an opening in the trees where the traverse begins again with the downhill side being on your left.
As you continue this traverse for the next 100-200 feet, you'll see many open lanes in the trees below you.
All of them are very fun runs, but the classic line begins as you first get to the glades where there are only aspen trees, and hardly any pines.
Ski down from here.
The trees are open enough to make comfortable turns, while maintaining good speed.
This run isn't as steep as the headwall area chutes, but much more easy going.
Once you've reached the bottom of the hill, head straight into the pine trees until you see the traverse that comes down from the headwall.
Make sure not to cut off this traverse, or you will have to walk back on the road.
The traverse out will be in tall pine trees for most of the way, with a sharp left turn as soon as you start to see aspen trees.
This traverse isn't groomed, but usually obvious from ski traffic.
As it wraps around the final sections, you will see some cabins on your right as you begin to approach the resort.