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.
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, either put on climbing skins or begin boot packing towards the 10,420 feet peak straight ahead.
When a boot pack is already set, this hike takes about 15 minutes.
From the top you'll be able to see the backside of Park City and Deer Valley lifts to the North, as well as the Heber Valley to the East. Once you're at the top there are several options to ski back towards the resort.
For the main run with the most consistent coverage, head north-west to the other side of the peak towards a smaller sub peak.
Getting on top of this sub peak will require a short sidestep/hike.
From here, ski straight towards the west.
There is moderately thick pine forest, with much of it wide open.
The pitch is long and consistent, meandering through old growth pine trees and aspen trees alike.
After a few hundred feet of skiing, you will be at the traverse after the Sunny Glades run.
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 is 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.